Nature conservation

Biodiversity Reform

A Biodiversity Baseline Assessment for New South Wales

The New South Wales Government has introduced new legislation for biodiversity conservation and native vegetation management, including the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (the Act). One of the main goals of the Act is to conserve biodiversity. To contribute to assessing the performance of the new legislation, Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) will establish a monitoring program and assess the status of biodiversity in New South Wales at the beginning of the Act – the baseline – then at recommended intervals, including contributing to the five-year review of the Act.

Developing biodiversity indicators

Recording all the plants and animals across New South Wales is a large, complex task. To simplify the task, we have developed indicators of biodiversity, drawing on the expertise of OEH staff, and of other Australian biodiversity experts by collaborating with CSIRO. 

A suite of biodiversity indicators has been identified for species and ecosystems. The method used to develop the indicators has been peer-reviewed and will be available in a technical report and technical summary.

The baseline status of NSW biodiversity will be available in a NSW Biodiversity Outlook Report, which will be subject to peer review.

More information

Further information will be provided in the Biodiversity Baseline Assessment: Method Design – Technical Summary and A Method to Assess Biodiversity and Ecological Integrity across New South Wales technical report. These are not yet available. Their titles may change.

Page last updated: 21 November 2017