Changes to the biodiversity laws within New South Wales came into effect on the 25th August 2017, including the release of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. This Act is an integral part of the NSW Government’s biodiversity framework, together with the land management framework under the Local Land Services Act 2013 (as amended by the Local Land Services Amendment Act 2016).
The new biodiversity framework aims to to avoid, minimise and offset impacts of development on biodiversity values through the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme. Find out more about the new Biodiversity Offset Scheme (BOS) here.
The following list of frameworks provide an overview of the new scheme:
- Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016
- Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017
- Biodiversity Conservation (Savings and Transitional) Regulation 2017
- Local Land Services Act 2013
- Local Land Services Regulation 2014
- State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017
- Biodiversity Assessment Method 2017
In making the new biodiversity laws, a number of pieces of legislation were repealed, including the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, Native Vegetation Act 2003, Nature Conservation Trust Act 2001 and Parts of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
Under the new scheme, an accredited assessor may be required to undertake a detailed assessment of a property, if it is determined to meet the criteria identified under the new framework.
Our principal ecologist, Elizabeth Ashby is an accredited assessor under the new Biodiversity Offset Scheme and can provide professional assessments in line with the current legislative requirements, including assessments required using the Biodiversity Assessment Method (2017) or under local council provisions.