Scheme development

The Biodiversity Offsets Scheme under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 commenced on 25 August 2017 visit Biodiversity Offset Scheme.

The information on this page only remains relevant for savings and transitional arrangements under former legislation and policy. Visit Biodiversity Offset Scheme Transitional Arrangements for more information.

Ministerial Reference Group


The Ministerial Reference Group (MRG) is a key stakeholder group that was established to assist in finalising the BioBanking Assessment Methodology and the regulation. The group also:

  • reviewed the results of the three-month pilot program to test the BioBanking Assessment Methodology
  • oversee implementation of the scheme
  • assist in the review of the scheme.


The MRG consists of leaders from key stakeholder groups:

  • Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Total Environment Centre
  • NSW Environmental Defender's Office
  • NSW Farmers' Association
  • Property Council of Australia
  • Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW)
  • NSW Minerals Council
  • Catchment Management Authorities Chairs Council
  • Local Government and Shires Associations NSW

The group is chaired by OEH's Deputy Chief Executive, Climate Change, Policy and Programs Group.

Page last updated: 28 August 2017