The Biodiversity Values Map and threshold tool
The Biodiversity Values Map and Threshold (BMAT) tool is established under clause 7.2 of the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017.
The Biodiversity Values Map and threshold tool allows developers, landholders and consent authorities to check if the proposed development or clearing exceeds the Biodiversity Offset Scheme threshold (BC Act, section 7.4). Use the tool to search for an address or lot and deposited plan (DP) number and view the biodiversity value map and Native Vegetation Area Clearing Estimate data.
The tool can produce a report stating whether the Biodiversity Offset Scheme threshold is exceeded, and a Biodiversity Development Assessment Report (BDAR) may be required.
The Biodiversity Offsets Scheme entry threshold has 2 elements:
- whether the amount of native vegetation being cleared exceeds an area threshold
- whether the impacts occur on an area mapped on the Biodiversity Values Map published by the Environment Agency Head.
The Biodiversity Values (BV) Map identifies land with high biodiversity value that is particularly sensitive to impacts from development and clearing.
Read more about the Biodiversity Values Map.
Biodiversity Values Explanation Report and Map Review
Landholders or their agents can apply for a Biodiversity Values Map Explanation Report. The report gives detailed descriptions and maps for the biodiversity values applicable to a nominated landholding.
If you disagree with the Biodiversity Values mapped on your landholding, you or your agent can request a review of the map.
Read more about the Biodiversity Values Explanation Report and the Biodiversity Values Map Review at Biodiversity Values Map Review.
Reviewing area clearing calculations from the Biodiversity Values Map and threshold tool report
The Native Vegetation Area Clearing Estimate data is not a regulatory map but supports the calculation of proposed native vegetation clearing in the tool.
Landholders, their agents and decision-makers can review the area clearing calculations in the Biodiversity Values Map and threshold tool report.
Read more about reviewing report results in the Reviewing Biodiversity Values Map and Threshold Tool area clearing threshold results guide.