Threatened Species Bake Off | 7 Sep 2019

threatened species bake off

Threatened Species Bake Off

The Threatened Species Bake Off is an invitation to Australians to bake a dessert in the shape of a threatened species to commemorate Threatened Species Day on 7 September.

The Bake Off aims to build awareness in the community about Australia’s remarkable and unique threatened wildlife that call Australia home. The Threatened Species Commissioner is delighted to be launching the Threatened Species Bake Off for the third year running in 2019.

How to participate:

Using your baking skills, produce a baked good in the shape of your chosen Australian native threatened species and share it with the Commissioner on social media. A list of nationally threatened species can be found here. 

Upload an image of your baked goods to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram by using the hashtag #TSBakeOff and tag the Threatened Species Commissioner.

Schools are encouraged to submit their entry along with a short video or 100 word description on why their threatened species is important to their school or region. Schools can enter via social media or by sending their submission through to

Winners of the 2019 Threatened Species Bake Off will be announced on Thursday 12 September by the Threatened Species Commissioner, Dr Sally Box. The winning entries will be displayed on social media and the webpage.

By entering the Threatened Species Bake Off you are giving permission for the Department and judges to use the image or video to promote the initiative.

Submissions are open until 4:30pm ACST on Monday 9 September 2019.

threatened species bake off

Indigenous language focus for 2019:

2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019). This is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate and engage in a national conversation about our Indigenous languages and the fact that although many of these languages are still spoken, 90% of them are considered endangered.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants are encouraged to include their language name for their baked creation. All participants are also encouraged to do their own research into an Indigenous name for their chosen threatened species, and include it with your entry if you can.

There are many examples derived from Indigenous names for threatened species that are part of the everyday Australian vocabulary such as the Kangaroo, Wallaby, Wombat and Waratah. Other examples of Indigenous names for threatened species include the Warru (also known as the Black-footed Rock-wallaby), Numbat, Chuditch (Western Quoll), Ninu (Bilby), Konoom (Smoky Mouse) or Tjalapa (Great Desert Skink). Some names may now be lost.

You can see some resources to help search for Indigenous species names HERE 

threatened species bake off


The 2019 Threatened Species Bake Off includes five categories which offer the opportunity for everyone to get involved. Submissions will be judged based on the likeness to the chosen threatened species and the creativity of the design. Judges will also consider the content of the written or video submission when judging the schools category.

Children’s Award
The Children’s Award is open for children under the age of 15 years.

The Open category is for submissions by individuals 15 years and over. This can include submissions from organisations and community groups.

Schools Award
Open to all Australian schools.

People’s Choice
The winner will be decided by the public. All submissions will be uploaded into an album on the Threatened Species Commissioner’s Facebook page during the final week of the competition. The winner will be the entry with the most likes.

Minister’s Award
The Federal Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, will choose one outstanding animal and plant entry.


The Bake Off will be judged by the Irwin family, ecologist Dr Bec West, Indigenous ranger Mikaela Jade, and Australia’s Threatened Species Commissioner, Dr Sally Box.

threatened species bake off

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy website here

What Endangered Species Bake Off

When:    Saturday 7 September 2019 | Submissions open until Monday 9 September 2019 at 4:30pm

Where:   Australia-wide

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Threatened Species Commissioner Facebook & Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy website


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