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Biodiversity experts

Find out what an expert is, how to apply to become one and how to find an expert.

What is an expert?

An expert is a person who, in the opinion of the Environment Agency Head (EAH), possesses specialised knowledge based on training, study or experience to provide an expert opinion in relation to the biodiversity values to which an expert report relates, that is, ‘species-credit’ species.

The specific purpose of an ‘expert-report’ within the Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) is to allow for a person with extensive knowledge about an individual threatened species to identify its habitat without survey and predict its density and distribution in that habitat.

Information on experts and expert reports

Experts and the use of expert reports are described within section 6.5.2 of the Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM).

An expert is engaged by an accredited assessor to prepare an expert report as part of a Biodiversity Assessment Report (BAR) (where relevant). An expert does not need to be an accredited assessor themselves or have attended BAM training.

It is the responsibility of the BAM accredited assessor to ensure that any Expert Report being submitted as part of a BAR has been prepared by a person approved by the EAH as an expert.

An expert report relates only to species-credit species (and not ecosystem-credit species or plant community types (PCTs). NSW Bionet can be used to determine the credit type for a threatened species.

How can expert status be demonstrated?

Expert status can be demonstrated by:

  1. The expert’s qualifications such as relevant degrees, post graduate qualifications.
  2. Their history of experience in the ecological research and survey method, for the relevant species.
  3. A resume detailing projects pertaining to the survey of the relevant species (including the locations and dates of the work) over the previous 10 years.
  4. Their employer’s name and period of employment (where relevant).
  5. Relevant peer reviewed publications.
  6. Evidence that the person is a well-known authority on the relevant species to which the survey relates. The accredited assessor cannot act as a referee for the proposed expert.

How can I seek approval to become an expert?

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment will only consider applications for approval to become an expert for projects that require an Expert Report to be prepared.

Expert applicants or accredited assessors should prepare a submission addressing criteria a to f above for each species and attach to the application form. The submission and application form should be submitted as one package per species per BAM assessment. The package should consist of one compiled PDF and can be sent to

The application form must be signed by both the expert applicant and the BAM assessor managing the relevant BAM project case. The Department will contact the accredited assessor to verify any aspect of the application.

Application form to apply for approval to become an expert (DOCX 52KB).

Finding an expert

BAM accredited assessors can use their ecological professional network to find an expert or potential expert.

They can also refer to the following sources of information:

List of experts to prepare expert reports

Under of the BAM the Environment Agency Head (delegate) may publish a list of experts. Experts listed ae approved for the regions listed in the 'Region name' column. Refer to Regional operations - regions and Local Government Areas (PDF 103KB) for more information.

The Department does not intend this list to be a comprehensive list of all known experts. It is a list of people that have been approved by the EAH (delegate) for specific projects and who may be relevant to future projects.

The list is being updated as people are being approved.

NameContact detailsRegion nameSpeciesStartEnd
Dr Stephen Bell 0407 284 240

Diuris tricolor
Pine Donkey Orchid

Prasophyllum petilum
(syn. Prasophyllum sp. 'Wybong')

14 May 2018 N/A
Dr Stephanie Clark 0426 204 240

Meridolum corneovirens
The Giant Cumberland Land snail

Pommerhelix duralensis
The Dural Land snail

15 May 2018 14 May 2024
Dr Simon Clulow 0459 551 370
  Uperoleia mahonyi.
Mahony's toadlet
7 February 2018 N/A
Garry Daly 0448 864 934
Illawarra LGAs

Litoria aurea
Green and Golden bell frog

13 March 2019 13 March 2025
Dr Stephen Debus 0409 779 766
  Hieraaetus morphnoides
Little eagle (breeding)

Lophoictinia isura
Square-tailed kite (breeding)

12 November 2018
Dr Colin Driscoll 0438 773 029
  Tetratheca juncea
Black-eyed Susan
29 March 2018 N/A
Dr Steven Douglas 0419 211 225

Acacia bynoeana
Bynoe's wattle

Acacia pubescens
Downy wattle

Melaleuca deanei
Deane's paperbark

Persoonia nutans
Nodding geebung

12 November 2018 N/A
Teresa James 0428 218 502
  Pimelea spicata
Spiked rice-flower
12 November 2018 N/A
Dr Francis Lemckert 0408 340 084
  Litoria aurea
Green and golden bell frog
12 November 2018 N/A
Dr Francis Lemckert 0408 340 084
South east region LGAs

Heleioporus australiacus
Giant burrowing frog

Litoria brevipalmata
Green-thighed frog

Litoria littlejohni
Littlejohns tree frog (heath frog)

Mixophyes balbus
Stuttering barred frog

Mixophyes iteratus
Giant barred frog

Pseudophryne australis
Red-crowned toadlet

5 July 2019 5 July 2025
Robert Miller 0410 244 865

Hibbertia fumana

Hibbertia puberula

12 November 2018 N/A
Elizabeth Norris 0499 754 492
Greater Sydney Region LGAs Pimelea curviflora var.curviflora 30 March 2019 30 March 2025
Peter Olde 0432 110 463
Greater Sydney Region LGAs

Grevillea parviflora subsp. Parviflora
Small- flower grevillea

30 March 2019 30 March 2025
Michael Pennay 02 6229 7960
Illawarra LGAs Miniopterus schreibersii,
Common bentwing-bat

Myotis Macropus
Southern myotis

Chalinolobus dwyeri
Large-eared pied bat

Setirostris eleryi
Bristle-faced free-tailed bat

Vespadelus troughtoni
Eastern cave bat

Pteropus poliocephalus
Grey-headed flying-fox
8 August 2019
 8 August 2025
Dr Stephen Phillips 0409 778 633
  Phascolarctos cinereus
13 July 2018 N/A
Dr Paul Rymer 02 4570 1094
  Dillwynia tenuifolia 12 November 2018 N/A
Dr Tony Saunders 0409 399 849

Hieraaetus morphnoides
Little eagle

Lophoictinia isura
Square-tailed kite

12 November 2018 N/A
Dr Martin Schulz 0417 759 689
Greater Sydney Region LGAs

Cercartetus nanus

Eastern pygmy possum

30 March 2019 30 March 2025
Ross Wellington 0407 489 489
Illawarra LGAs

Pseudophryne australis
Red-crowned toadlet

Heleioporus australiacus
Giant burrowing frog

Mixophyes balbus
Stuttering frog

Litoria littlejohni
Littlejohn's tree frog

25 July 2019 25 July 2025
Ross Wellington 0407 489 489
Greater Sydney Region LGAs

Litoria aurea
Green and golden bell frog

28 June 2019

28 June 2025

Dr Peter Weston 0423 125 508

Greater Sydney Region LGAs

Grevillea juniperina subsp. juniperina
Juniper-leaved grevillea

Pterostylis saxicola
Sydney Plains greenhood

12 November 2018


Page last updated: 29 August 2019