Biodiversity Offsets Scheme Training
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.
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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 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.
Key amendments were made to the BAM with BAM 2020 coming into force on 22 October 2020.
Training for Accredited Assessors
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment 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 DPIE as an accredited assessor, you will need to complete all the accredited assessor training program and demonstrate competency.
Please note that demonstrating competency in the Accredited Assessor training is only one part of the accreditation process, which is managed by DPIE. For more information, see this page or contact OEH
The Accredited Assessor course has been revised and now comprises a remote self-paced eLearning component followed by up to four days of Biodiversity Assessment Method content delivered face-to-face, including practical/field components.
More information will be provided as the full revision of the training package is complete.
We are pleased to announce that the training has recommenced with the Introduction, Module 1 and Module 2 of the eLearning component now available. Modules 3 to 12 will be released mid-late January 2021 with the face-to-face component to follow.
Accredited Assessor Course (inclusive of eLearning and face-to-face)
$2,000 per participant (excluding GST)*
Training for Local and State 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.
Greencap is currently planning the schedule for future courses, and is in the process of confirming regional interest. All courses listed are tentative until confirmed in writing. Courses are subject to minimum numbers and will be confirmed at a minimum of two weeks in advance of the course commencement date.
To inform planning, please use the enquiry form below to register your details to stay informed. Ensure that you include your location. Submit an enquiry if this would be suitable. Please be assured that there are more courses being planned and we will release details as soon as locations and dates are finalised.
There are currently no upcoming Approvers courses organised.
$550 per participant (including GST)
$1,100 per participant (including GST)
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.