Offset credits transactions

Before development works start, Biodiversity Offsets Scheme credits must be retired to offset impacts on biodiversity values.

Buying and retiring biodiversity Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (BOS) credits can offset a biodiversity obligation applying to a development or vegetation clearing. Credits may also be voluntarily retired to improve environmental outcomes.

Retired credits are removed from the market and can no longer be traded.

Accurate submission and approval of an application to transfer BOS credits results in a legally binding transaction of credit ownership from seller to buyer. 

The market determines the amount paid for each credit. The landowner and credit purchaser are free to negotiate a price, as long as the total fund deposit requirements are met. Total fund deposits allow for long-term management of biodiversity stewardship sites. 

BOS public registers

The BOS public registers support the operation of the BOS credit market by helping to connect credit buyers and sellers while increasing market transparency.

The public registers provide information about BOS credits, obligations and transactions created under the provisions of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017.

Authority to sign and proof of identity

The applicant’s authority to sign and proof of identity is required for Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (BOS) transaction applications. 
Read the Authority to sign and proof of identity practice guideline (PDF 144KB) for more information about legal authority to sign and the documents required to prove the identity of the applicant.

Transferring and retiring BOS credits

Application to transfer BOS biodiversity credits (DOC 161KB)

Application to retire BOS biodiversity credits (DOC 134KB)

Guidance for applying to transfer or retire BOS credits (PDF 36KB)

Instructions for submission are included in the forms.  Applications to transfer or retire BOS credits must be accompanied by the relevant fee. Visit Scheme fees.

Note: These application forms don't apply to transfer and retirement of BioBanking credits. For Biobanking transactions visit Biobanking page.

Annotated forms

Annotated forms are available to help applicants understand the requirements before lodging an application. These forms have been marked up with instructions for when and how certain parts of the form need to be completed and clarify the information that needs to be included.

Annotated BOS Credit retirement form (PDF 255KB)

Annotated BOS Credit transfer form (PDF 312KB)

For more information about processing forms and guidance for applying to transfer or retire BOS credits visit Transferring and retiring BOS credits.

Timeframe for processing BOS credit transfers and retirement

The usual timeframe to process an application to transfer or retire BOS credits is approximately 3 weeks. Submitting an incomplete application will delay the processing time.

This timeframe gives EES to review the application, request and review any additional information and for payment towards the Total Fund Deposit  and the application fee to be received. 

The time taken to process an application may vary depending on how long it takes to receive additional information or there are unexpected circumstances.