Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Training (NSW)

Muddy Boots Environmental Training has been appointed by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage as the exclusive training provider for the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.


Why has the scheme been introduced?

Introduced in 2016, the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 aims to deliver ecologically sustainable development in New South Wales and address the loss of biodiversity via a biodiversity offsets scheme and private land conservation agreements.

These reforms are aimed at providing for ecologically sustainable development, improving biodiversity, and utilising the best available science and data to deliver a modern approach for land management and biodiversity conservation in NSW.


How does the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme work?

The Scheme allows for biodiversity offsets to be measured in terms of credits, using the Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM) - a new scientific method that assesses biodiversity and calculates losses and gains at development and stewardship sites. Formal assessments under the Scheme can only be conducted by persons accredited as assessors under section 6.10 of the BC Act. Accredited assessors will carry out all BAM assessments and preparation of biodiversity assessment reports.



Training for Accredited Assessors

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has established arrangements for accreditation which includes a requirement of training in the use of the BAM. Greencap are the exclusive providers of training for the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.


Accredited Assessor Training Modules

To be considered for accreditation by OEH as an accredited assessor, you will need to complete all the training modules listed below and demonstrate competency.


Biodiversity Offsets Scheme accredited assessor training modules



Tentative locations and dates for the September 2017 Accredited Assessor training courses have been released, as set out in the table below. We are now accepting bookings for these courses and we will contact you to discuss payment arrangements when you register your interest.

October 2017 Accredited Assesor training courses are also tentatively scheduled and we encourage you to register your interest

Please note that OEH is currently sponsoring a number of places for assessors based in Local Government to become accredited. Please contact the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) directly for more information about sponsorship.





25-29 September 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm Queanbeyan
9-13 October 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm Sydney
16-20 October 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm Newcastle
23-27 October 2017 8:30am - 5:30pm Dubbo



Accredited Assesor Course

$1,950 per participant (including GST)

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Training for Local Government Approvers

Training will be offered for those members of Local and State government who will be involved in assessing or reviewing applications which include biodiversity assessment reports. Approvers will need to understand the legislative reforms, including the Biodiversity Assessment Method and credit schemes to accurately review these reports.

Training for approvers will be available in two formats. A Standard Approvers course will be available over one day. This course will focus on introducing approvers to new concepts, tools and roles introduced by the land management and biodiversity conservation reforms. This course will contain content to provide participants with a general understanding of their role within the offsets scheme.

An Extended Approvers course will include the Standard Approvers course (Day 1) and a more in-depth training on biodiversity assessment processes and the operation of the Biodiversity Offset Scheme (Day 2). Participants of the Extended Approvers course will need to have completed the Standard Approvers course as a pre-requisite. The two days do not necessarily need to be completed at the same time, but Day 1 must be completed first. Completion of the Extended Approvers course is recommended for local government staff with decision making roles in biodiversity impact assessment.

When registering your interest, please indicate your preference for the Standard or Extended course.


Sponsored Training Places

OEH will be sponsoring a number of training places for local government. Funded places will be managed to ensure equitable access across the State. OEH will initially sponsor three training places for each Council. OEH will continually review the allocation of sponsored training places as the training rolls out. As sponsored places are limited, please ensure that your participation is supported by your employer.

There is no limit to the number of staff that a Council may seek to have trained at their own cost.



Note that OEH is only offering the Standard Approvers course in August 2017. The locations for the August 2017 courses have also been finalised, as set out in the table below. We are now accepting bookings for these courses.

From September 2017, both Standard and Extended Courses will be offered across New South Wales. To inform our planning, please register your interest in attending one of these courses, and your preferred training location. We will continually update our website with confirmed locations for the training.





Content Covered

16 August 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm Nowra Standard
22 August 2017 8:30am - 4:00pm Coffs Harbour Standard
30 August 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm Dubbo Standard
13-14 September 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm Paramatta Extended
21-22 September 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm Thornton Extended
28-29 September 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm Nowra Extended



Standard Course

$550 per participant (including GST)

Extended Course

$1,100 per participant (including GST)

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Other Training

Others wishing to receive training in aspects of the Biodiversity Offsets Scheme, but are not looking to become an accredited assessor, can select which modules to complete.
Contact us for guidance regarding what modules are best suited to your individual circumstances.


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