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.



Update: Extension to Transitional Arrangements

The Minister for the Environment has made an amendment to the Biodiversity Conservation (Savings & Transitional) Regulation 2017 (BC (S&T) Regulation). The amendment extends to 6 months from commencement of the Biodiversity Act 2016 the period for which former planning provisions apply to local developments across the State. The amending regulation can be viewed online.

An Office of Local Government circular for Councils has also been published that outlines details 17-38 Update on implementation of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 | Office of Local Government



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


Biodiversity Offsets Scheme accredited assessor training modules



Locations and dates for Accredited Assessor training course have been released for early 2018. We are now accepting expressions of interest for these courses. These courses details are subject to change until confirmed with attendees.

Since August 2017, over 200 people have attended our Accredited Assessor training across various locations in NSW. Due to the overwhelming demand for Accredited Assessor training and the need to support fair access to available courses, several guidelines have been established by OEH for future course bookings:

Should your organisation wish to apply for more than one person to attend the same course, please submit your case in writing to and we will review your situation. These course booking limits will be reviewed during 2018 and may be changed depending on the current demand for courses.





20-24 Nov 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm Wagga Wagga - Full
4-8 Dec 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm Sydney - Full
11-15 Dec 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm Newcastle - Full
29 Jan - 02 Feb 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm Sydney / Wollongong
05-09 February 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm Newcastle
12-16 February 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm Dubbo
19-23 February 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm Coffs Harbour / Ballina
05-09 March 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm Wagga Wagga
12-16 March 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm Coffs Harbour / Ballina
19-23 March 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm Sydney / Wollongong
09-13 April 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm Sydney / Wollongong

From 1 October onward, all scheduled course times will be in accordance with New South Wales daylight savings time.



Accredited Assesor Course

$1,950 per participant (including GST)

Booking Enquiries



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.



Our 2018 schedule will be released once we have confirmed regional interest. To inform our planning, please use the enquiry form below to register your interest in attending one of the listed courses or register your details to staying informed. Ensure that you include your location.





Content Covered

22-23 Nov 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm Wagga Wagga Extended
5-6 Dec 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm Yass Extended
7-8 Dec 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm Cobar Extended



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.



Enquiries: Would you like to submit an expression of interest for Biodiversity Offsets Scheme training?

To ensure all interested persons are contacted, please complete one form per person.

*Required field.