NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects

The NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects is being introduced to clarify, standardise and improve biodiversity offsetting for major project approvals. The policy will apply to state significant development and state significant infrastructure under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The policy will be phased into use via a transitional period which will commence on 1 October 2014. During this time, proponents and the consent authority will apply the policy administratively (that is, it will not be mandated through legislation). There will be some flexibility in its application to determine any problems and address finer details.

Feedback collected from key users throughout the transitional period will allow for the fine-tuning of the policy.

More information on the policy and accompanying documents


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Page last updated: 10 September 2014