Local government and other decision maker support

A range of guidance materials to support councils and other decision makers implementing the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme

Guidance and resources

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Support webinars is a series of webinars for accredited assessors, local government (AND decision-makers) implementing the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 17 (PDF 240KB)

  • Biodiversity Values Map update V.12
  • BOS Support Webinar No. 24 – Recording and Q&A
  • Biodiversity Assessment Method Transitional arrangements ended 22 October
  • Manageable High Threat Weeds – Practice Note
  • System updates
  • Biodiversity Conservation Trust update

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 16 (PDF 212KB)

  • Impact on BAM Support Mailbox response times
  • How should vegetation clearing for bushfire protection be considered under Part 7 of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016?
  • Pre-release Eastern NSW Plant Community Type data
  • Plains-wanderer Important Habitat Map
  • General Notes section of the Threatened Biodiversity Data Collection
  • Serious and Irreversible Impact BAM 2020 data
  • BAM Transitional arrangements
  • System Update
  • Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement sites: calculating interim ecological response targets
  • Information sessions on Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement products
  • Biodiversity Conservation Trust update

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 15 (PDF 170KB)

  • Replacement of the Biodiversity Offsets Payment Calculator - continued consultation
  • Public exhibition of BDARs
  • Subscribe to SEED datasets
  • Check BAM-Calculator reports are consistent with Biodiversity Assessment Reports
  • Videos explain the BOS in a nutshell
  • System Update
  • Information sessions about Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements
  • Biodiversity Conservation Trust Update

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 14 (PDF 250KB)

  • BAM data import on 7 June 2021
  • BOS enquiry form improves response time
  • Reminder – BARs must contain a finalised credit report
  • How to submit and send back BOAMS cases
  • System fixes and updates
  • Mailbox query responses in 3 days

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 13 (PDF 221KB)

  • 'New' Plant Community Types are displaying in the BioNet Threatened Biodiversity Database Collection (TBDC)
  • Koala SEPP Questions and Answers
  • Local Government resources webpage
  • Scheduled BAM data import
  • System Updates
  • BCT Update

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 12 (PDF 167KB)

  • Launch of the SEED Layer Intersection Tool
  • Using BioNet for BAM assessments
  • BAM Transitional arrangements end soon for some applications
  • Reminder: Consultation on changes to the BOS open until 19 April
  • Fire Extent and Severity Mapping (FESM)
  • System Updates
  • BCT Update

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 11 (PDF 92KB)

  • Deferral of January update to the BOPC
  • Reminder: Transitional Arrangements for BARs prepared using BAM 2017
  • New guidance for assessing habitat suitability
  • Planned update to threatened species data in BAM-C on 29th April
  • BCT update

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 10 (PDF 94KB)

  • Welcome back
  • BAM 2020 Operational Manual
  • Update on BAM Assessor renewal training and new assessor training modules
  • New Guidance for the application of modified benchmarks to the assessment of vegetation integrity
  • BOS credit retirement/transfer forms

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 9 (PDF 70KB)

  • BAM Support mailbox: Christmas close down
  • BOS Bushfire Exemption
  • Koala SEPP 2020
  • BOS Support Webinar – Q&A
  • Biodiversity Vales Map Update V.11
  • BCT Update
  • BOPC Update Frequency Change
  • Clearing area threshold and the BMAT Tool
  • Seeking concurrence for a reduced credit obligation

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 8 (PDF 53KB)

  • Transitional arrangements
  • NSW Survey Guide for Threatened Frogs
  • Biodiversity Offsets Payment Calculator Update
  • BAM Operational Manual – Stage 3
  • First trade of BAM species credits
  • Biodiversity credit open fixed price offer
  • Biodiversity Conservation Trust Update

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update: Special Edition – BAM 2020 (PDF 52KB)

The BAM 2020 includes the following new features:

  • improved language so it is easier to understand and apply
  • clearer assessment requirements for prescribed and indirect impacts
  • alignment of impact assessment criteria for entities at risk of a serious and irreversible impact with the principles listed in the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation
  • a new streamlined assessment module for planted native vegetation
  • revisions to existing streamlined assessment modules for paddock trees (renamed 'scattered trees') and small areas, clarifying when they can be used and providing additional guidance on their application
  • minor changes to estimating biodiversity gain from management actions on offset sites to provide a more consistent and robust approach
  • a new appendix to support strategic biodiversity certification
  • updated format and section numbering to meet accessibility standards so all users can access the BAM.

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 7 (PDF 46KB)

  • Swift parrot important area map
  • New BioNet Power Queries – ID species within a sub region and PCT
  • BioNet video tutorials
  • Complaints and Feedback Management Policy (2020)
  • Have your say – Accredited Assessor Draft CPD guideline
  • BOS Educational video series
  • BOS support webinar
  • BAM Assessor training and accreditation renewal updates

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 6 (PDF 48KB)

  • Does the 14-day submittal period apply to amended biodiversity assessment reports? 
  • NSW BOS and Land Management Framework Flowcharts 
  • Compliance and State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation in Non-Rural Areas) 2017
  • High Threat Weed list review  
  • Interim Advice – Species Polygons Dual Credit Bird Species 
  • BOS Support webinar 

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 5 (PDF 67KB)

  • Preparing conditions of consent for a variation rule credit retirement
  • Biodiversity Offset Scheme support webinars
  • Biodiversity Offset Scheme website survey
  • Biodiversity Offset Scheme educational video series
  • Do you have an Avoid and Minimise case study to share?
  • Biodiversity Offsets Payment Calculator update

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 4 (PDF 72KB)

  • BOS fees 2020–21
  • BOS Support Webinars
  • Display of Equivalent BAM credits on BOS public register (supply)
  • What is the 14 day BAR submittal period?

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 3 (PDF 1419KB)

  • Streamlining NSW and Australian Government Biodiversity Assessments
  • Application of new or revised survey guidelines
  • BOS support videos for LG
  • Biodiversity Values Map Update v10
  • Upcoming BOS support webinar
  • System information and updates
  • Application forms to transfer and retire BOS credits
  • Correction to BOS Support for LG webinar – contacts for advice

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 2 (PDF 139KB)

  • Mailing list subscriptions and ‘Local government resources’ webpage
  • Test of significance in the context of rebuilding from bushfire
  • Biodiversity Values Map update on 27 May 2020
  • Regent honeyeater important areas – update
  • Threatened plants survey guide – revised
  • BOS Support webinars

Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Local Government Update No. 1 (PDF 119KB)

NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme and Land Management Framework Biodiversity Assessment and Approval Pathways

The NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme and Land Management Framework: Biodiversity Assessment and Approval Pathways for Local Government (4 August 2020) has been published in an interim form. We are continuing to make improvements to this resource to simplify guidance and ensure accessibility.

Please contact the BOSCREDITS Mailbox BOSCREDITS@environment.nsw.gov.au if you need help with this resource.

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