Biodiversity Offsets Scheme public registers

The Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (BOS) public registers hold information about biodiversity credits, obligations and transactions created under the provisions of current biodiversity legislation.

The public registers support the operation of the biodiversity credit market by helping to connect credit buyers and sellers and increase market transparency.

Important information

Display of equivalence credits on the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme credit supply register is optional. If you want to see all credits available in the NSW market, refer to both the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme and the BioBanking public registers.

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and clarity of the information provided. However, you should exercise judgement when using this information and consider obtaining expert advice.

The Biodiversity Offsets Scheme public registers are:

  • Credit supply register – details of the number, type and location of credits available for purchase. This register includes Expressions of Interest (potential credit supply), pending credits (which need assessment/approval) and issued credits. The credit supply register is also available as a point-in-time Excel download (XLS 4.5MB).
  • Credit demand register – details of the number, type and location of credits which are required. This register includes credits wanted (potential credit demand) and pending credits (those which need assessment/approval). The Biodiversity Conservation Trust has a separate credits wanted list. If you are an organisation wishing to have a credits wanted list added to this website, contact Biodiversity Offsets Scheme credits. The credit demand register is also available as a point-in-time Excel download (XLS 73KB).
  • Transactions register – information about Biodiversity Offsets Scheme credit transfers and retirements, including credit type, number, price and date, as well as suspensions and cancellations. The transactions register is also available as a point-in-time Excel download (XLS 1MB).
  • Accredited assessors register – provides contact details for individuals accredited to prepare assessments of biodiversity values under the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme. The accredited assessors register is also available as a point-in-time Excel download (XLS 343KB).
  • Private land conservation agreements register – details of private land conservation agreements with the Biodiversity Conservation Trust.

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme credit transfer and retirement

To transfer Biodiversity Offsets Scheme credits, an Application to transfer biodiversity offsets scheme credits form must be completed and submitted.

Once credits have been transferred from seller to buyer, they may need to be retired from the credit market by submitting an Application to retire Biodiversity Offsets Scheme biodiversity credits.

The relevant fees must accompany an application to transfer or retire Biodiversity Offsets Scheme credits.

Transitional arrangements

Arrangements are in place to ensure a smooth transition to the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme. Transitional arrangements provide for continuing credits and credit obligations created under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act). There is also a provision for the Environment Agency Head to determine the reasonably equivalent biodiversity credits or biodiversity credit obligation under the Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Go to the Transitional arrangements page for more information about the transitional arrangements that are in place, including equivalence between BioBanking credits and Biodiversity Offsets Scheme credits.

BioBanking public registers

The Biodiversity Offsets Scheme has replaced the BioBanking scheme, but transitional arrangements provide for the continuation of both credits and credit obligations created under the Threatened Species Conservation Act. The BioBanking public registers will continue to provide information on BioBanking credit transactions, BioBanking agreements, and statements created under the Threatened Species Conservation Act. Visit the BioBanking public registers.