Information for participants

Landowners in NSW who are interested in protecting and conserving biodiversity values on their land may establish a biobank site and generate biodiversity credits. These can be generated by landowners who commit to enhance and protect biodiversity values on their land through a biobanking agreement. Credits may be sold to generate funds for the management of the site. The list of wanted credits allows prospective buyers of biodiversity credits to inform current and future credit holders of the credits that they require.

Information for landowners provides an introduction for landowners wanting to establish a biobank site.

Information for developers is designed to assist the development industry to understand BioBanking and how it can help identify land that is suitable for development, use the methodology to assess impacts and offsets, and buy credits.

Information for conservationists (09381conserv.pdf; 431 KB) has a general introduction to how BioBanking works for conservationists.

Information for CMAs (08611InfoForCMAs.pdf, 59 KB) outlines the role of Catchment Management Authorities in BioBanking, how CMA staff can become accredited assessors, ways in which BioBanking can help achieve catchment targets and how it fits in with other incentive programs.

The BioBanking Handbook for Local Government (08526bblocalgovhb.pdf, 1.2 MB) provides information on the role local councils play in incorporating the conditions of a biobanking statement into the relevant development consent. It also explains how BioBanking can be used to protect the local biodiversity.

BioBanking also gives Aboriginal landowners a chance to create jobs and business opportunities while managing Country for conservation. It's all possible with the Land Alive project, funded by the Environmental Trust and part of the BioBanking Scheme.

BioBanking fees

The fees for the BioBanking Scheme are set out in the table below and are adjusted for CPI annually in August.


Application fee for biobanking agreement


Application fee for variation of a biobanking agreement


Application fee for biobanking statement


Application fee for modification of a biobanking statement


Application fee for retirement of biodiversity credits


Application fee for retirement of biodiversity credits (without a biobanking statement)


Annual landowner contribution fee


Biodiversity credit transfer


BioBanking Banter

BioBanking Banter is a quarterly email newsletter that provides a regular update on the BioBanking Scheme including information about new biobanking agreements and statements, expressions of interest, publications, changes to processes, and training courses for BioBanking Assessors.

BioBanking Banter 1 (bbbanter0609-1.pdf, June 2009, PDF 80kb)

Biobanking Banter 2 (bbbanter0909-2.pdf, September 2009, PDF 154kb)

BioBanking Banter 3 (bbbanter1209-3.pdf, December 2009, PDF 95kb)

BioBanking Banter 4(bbbanter0310-4.pdf, March 2010, PDF 103kb)

BioBanking Banter 5 (bbbanter0610-5.pdf, June 2010, PDF 109kb)

BioBanking Banter 6 (bbanter1010-6.pdf, October 2010, PDF, 106kb)

BioBanking Banter 7 (bbbanter0111-7.pdf, January 2011, PDF, 77kb)

BioBanking Banter 8 (bbbanter0611-8.pdf, June 2011, PDF, 70kb)

BioBanking Banter 9 (bbbanter0512-9.pdf, May 2012, PDF, 112kb)

BioBanking Banter 10 (bbbanter091210.pdf, September 2012, PDF, 347kb)

Page last updated: 20 December 2013