Surveys and assessments

Field surveys help ecologists assess the impact of a development on threatened species, populations or ecological communities.

Field surveys provide information for:

  • an assessment of significance when a proposed development is likely to impact threatened species
  • a species impact statement, which is needed for a development on land containing critical habitat or that will impact threatened species, under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 or the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
  • assessments under the BioBanking Scheme to calculate biodiversity impacts and gains.


Definitions for threatened species, populations and ecological communities are listed under Schedules 1, 1A and 2 of the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.