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The department regularly updates our website with new information about the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.
You may wish to subscribe or refer to our BOS Scheme newsletters which describe the latest developments and key information.
The department has developed guidance material for the participants of the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.
Landholders and Developers – The Biodiversity Offsets Scheme may apply to a local development that needs development consent or vegetation clearing that doesn't need development consent.
Guidance material can be found on the Landholders and Developers web page within the Biodiversity Offset Scheme section of the department's website.
Local government and other decision makers – Local government and other decision makers are key partners in the conservation and management of biodiversity and threatened species in New South Wales.
Key resources can be found on the Local government and other decision makers' resources web page to support implementation of the biodiversity assessment and approval framework. Resources include bulletins on specific topics, practice notes, a link to BOS webinars, videos on the scheme and when it applies, and the biodiversity assessment and approvals pathways flow chart for local government.
Accredited assessors – Under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act), assessors must be accredited to apply the Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM). The accreditation scheme is designed to ensure that the Biodiversity Assessment Method is applied by people with appropriate ecological skills, knowledge and experience, and a demonstrated understanding of the method.
Key resources can be found on the Accredited Assessor resources web page. Resources include references to key legislation, BAM operational manuals, Biodiversity Assessment Report templates, links to key data, information, tools and forms, survey and other guidelines, practice notes, BOS updates and a link to BOS webinars and associated information.
In addition, the Assessor questions and answers web page also provides answers to some common questions about the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme and the Biodiversity Assessment Method.