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NSW plant community type - Change control

A Plant Community Type Change Control Panel (the PCTCCP, or The Panel) oversees data quality improvements to the NSW Plant Community Type Classification that is managed within the BioNet Vegetation Classification application.


Specifically, the PCTCCP is the approval body responsible for:

  1. Ensuring that the administration of changes and maintenance to vegetation classification typology are managed in accordance with OEH standards and operational protocols;
  2. Ensuring that the changes support the operation of the OEH administered regulatory tools;
  3. Ensuring that decisions regarding changes are traceable and explainable and are understood;
  4. Ensuring that knowledge of changes to classification are understood and communicated throughout the organisation and to external clients;
  5. Maintaining awareness of classification projects current or planned so as to forecast resource demands on other sections of the organisation; and
  6. Logging and resolving issues or concerns relating to classification accuracy, completeness or database functionality affecting the operation of regulatory tools.


Executive custodianship for the design, construction and implementation of an integrated NSW Vegetation Information System, including the BioNet Vegetation Classification database and the NSW Master Plant Community Type Classification, resides with the Executive Director Science, Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). The Panel is chaired by the Deputy Executive Director, Science and Public Programs, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, and reports to the OEH Native Vegetation Steering Committee.

Operational procedures

  1. The Panel will follow the principles, processes and criteria set out in the Plant Community Type Operational Standard (in preparation).
  2. The Panel will work closely with the Biodiversity Information Systems (BIS) team and the Ecology and Classification team to ensure all proposed changes are appropriate, documented, tracked and implemented.
  3. The Panel will review all valid change requests submitted.
  4. Changes to the PCT classification that are accepted by The Panel will be flagged in the VIS Classification module as 'provisionally approved'. Final ‘approved’ status is applied to the classification (and corresponding threatened species associations) when the PCT classification is ready for us in assessment tools.
  5. The Panel will receive support from the Senior Team Leader, Ecology and Classification. This role includes the coordination of incoming proposals for changes and expert reviews of proposed changes, and the tracking and implementation of The Panel’s decisions in the VIS Classification module.
  6. The Panel will meet at least once every 6 months.
  7. The Panel may recommend improvements to the PCT Operational Standard (in preparation), which should be directed to the Executive Director Science, OEH, or their nominee.
  8. Appointment of The Panel members is subject to endorsement by the Executive Director Science, OEH, with appointments to be reviewed every three years.

For advice on how to establish an endorsed vegetation classification and/or mapping project contact Further advice will be posted on this site once the PCT Operational Standard is finalised.

Page last updated: 28 May 2018