Native vegetation or biodiversity offsets describes a mechanism to compensate for the losses of native flora and fauna habitat due to development. Offsets may also be referred to as environmental offsets. To compensate for these losses, offsets may be a condition of a permit to develop land under state or Commonwealth legislation and can be a significant expense for developers.
Our experienced team develop offset strategies that are proactive and support your desired project outcomes. Where possible we aim to find cost and time savings, and at all times, minimise risks to ensure your project's success.
For proposed developments that require the removal, lopping or destruction of native vegetation, discussing your project with an experienced ecologist during the planning stages can be highly beneficial and cost saving. Identifying possible offset obligations early on allows time to modify plans to minimise and avoid the impact on native vegetation.
By allowing time to identify and budget for possible offset requirements, the development process can be streamlined to save development costs. Some offsets are in very short supply and delays of up to 6 to 12 months may be incurred to secure a specific offset and/or negotiate with relevant government authorities.
Our team assist with:
If you are a permit holder, Ecology and Heritage Partners will assist you to successfully meet all aspects of offset approval conditions in the shortest possible time, with the most cost-effective solution.
Our team facilitate smooth navigation through the regulatory environment, provide advice to minimise offset obligations, and manage all stages of the offset process including:
If you are a landowner or existing credit owner we can assist you by:
Our experienced team has established contacts, and the ability to identify suitable sites and rapidly facilitate offset agreements.
If you need advice regarding the management of an offset site, we assist with:
Being a credit owner can be extremely rewarding. If you are unsure if your property has the potential to generate offset credits, contact our offset team 1300 839 325for further information.
With our extensive list of available offsets under the EPBC Act (e.g. Natural Temperate Grassland of Victorian Volcanic Plain bioregion, Striped Legless Lizard, Growling Grass Frog and Golden Sun Moth) and the Victorian Guidelines for the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation (the Guidelines), our service includes:
Download our Native Vegetation and Biodiversity Offsets Capability Statement or contact the team on 1300 839 325 to discuss your project requirements.