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Accredited assessor information and resources

Resources for assessors applying the Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM)

  • Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016
  • Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017
  • NSW Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) Order
  • BAM Operational Manual – Stage 1 (PDF 1.3MB)  
  • BAM Calculator: User Guide (PDF 2.98MB) 
  • NSW Biodiversity Accredited Assessor System (BAAS)
  • Biodiversity Offsets and Agreement Management System (BOAMS)
  • Biodiversity Offset Payment Calculator
  • NSW BioNet
  • NSW BioNet quick guides, manuals, and datasheets
  • Power query for BioNet: How to access the BioNet Web Service using Excel and Power Query (PDF 1.03MB)
  • Archived BioMetric and Threatened Species Profiles datasets (Biobanking data)
  • Survey guidelines

  • NSW Guide to Surveying Threatened Plant s (PDF 571KB) 
  • 'Species credit' threatened bats and their habitats (PDF - 1.19MB)
  • Field survey methods for amphibians (PDF 200KB)
  • 2004 Threatened Biodiversity Survey and Assessment: Guidelines for Developments and Activities (Working Draft) (PDF 486KB)
  • Assessor updates 

    OEH periodically sends email updates to accredited assessors.

    The content of those emails is summarised below. Please contact the LMBC support centre for a copy of previous bulletins.

    Note: OEH regularly updates support tools and documents, so some of the information in the bulletins may have been superseded. 

    BAM Assessor Update Number 9 – 30 November 2018

    • How does the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 interact with SEPP 44?
    • Three useful tips for using BOAMS 
    • What to do if no survey month is specified in BAM-C for a flora species
    • Data differences between BAM-C and BioNet
    • Local Government FAQs webpage

    BAM Assessor Update Number 8 – 21 November 2018

    • Western Sydney interim designated areas - extended for 12 months
    • Biodiversity offsets scheme commencing for local development for former IDA areas 

    BAM Assessor Update Number 7 – 8 November 2018 

    • Changes to the Biodiversity Values Map

    BAM Assessor Update Number 6 – 31 October 2018

    • CPI Increase to fees
    • Assessor Forums
    • Bat survey guidelines
    • Varying survey time for species credit species

    BAM Assessor Update Number 5 – 22 October 2018

    • Total fund deposit – discount rate

    BAM Assessor Update Number 4 – 15 August 2018

    • Reasonable credit equivalence
    • Accredited Assessor Forums

    BAM Assessor Update Number 3 – 3 August 2018

    • Paddock tree module in BAM Calculator
    • Upcoming assessor forums in Sydney and Newcastle
    • Update to Biodiversity Offset Payment Calculator
    • Updated high threat weed list
    • Assessing development impacts on Category 1 land and the Biodiversity Offset Scheme
    • Threatened Species Test of Significance Guidelines
    • Submitting Biodiversity Development Assessment Reports

    BAM Assessor Update Number 2 – July 2018

    • Benchmarks for Plant Community Types
    • Changes to the Biobanking Web pages
    • Fees for the Biodiversity Conservation Scheme 
    • Threatened bat survey guide

    BAM Assessor Update Number 1 - 13 July 2018

    • Publication of Stage 1 of the Operational Manual
    • Advice on pricing credits for BSA sites
    • Updates to the BAM Credit Calculator
    Page last updated: 31 January 2019