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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 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.

Please note that demonstrating competency in the Accredited Assessor training is only one part of the accreditation process, which is managed by OEH. For more information, see this page or contact OEH

  

 

Schedule

Greencap anticipates that the frequency of five day accredited assessor courses will decrease from June 2018 to approximately one being held every 1-3 months. This will also affect the locations that the course is offered in, with courses more likely to be offered in larger metropolitan areas. We recommend that you do not delay your enrolment in the accredited assessor course.

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 proposed course commencement date.

Date

Location

03-07 February 2020

Newcastle

30 March - 3 April 2020

Sydney

18-22 May 2020

Port Macquarie

22-26 June 2020

Dubbo

 

Note: Signed Registration Forms must be returned at least 2 weeks in advance of a course date otherwise courses may not run.

*Cancelled due to insufficient completed registrations.

 

Pricing

Accredited Assessor Course

$2,000 per participant (excluding GST)*

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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.

 

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.

 

Schedule

We are currently planning our schedule for future courses, and we are 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 our 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.

 

Pricing

Standard Course

$550 per participant (including GST)

Extended Course

$1,100 per participant (including GST)

Booking Enquiries

 

 

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.

Contact Our Experts

Malcolm Nunn

Team Manager - Environment