What are Offsets?

An ‘offset’ compensates for an impact resulting from a development and may include:

Vegetation Offset – required when it is determined that a development must maintain the current extent of certain vegetation or habitat

Biodiversity Offset – may be required under the EPBC Act (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act – 1999, C’wealth) or the NCA (Nature Conservation Act – 1992, Qld)

Koala Offset – required to provide a net benefit for koala conservation for unavoidable development in koala habitat conservation areas in South East Queensland.

Marine & Coastal Offsets – required to address the loss of marine, coastal and fish habitat through development.

Environmental offsets are not intended to make proposals with unacceptable impacts acceptable. They simply provide another tool that can be used during project design, environmental assessment and implementation to achieve the principles of ecologically sustainable development.

An offset is an arrangement that, over time, guarantees to maintain the extent, structure and function of:

Regional ecosystems;

Essential habitat; and

Vegetation associated with:

o Watercourses;

o Natural wetlands; and

o Nationally significant wetlands.

Environmental Offsets required by legislation include:

o Vegetation offsets (Vegetation Management Act 1999 (Qld))

o Koala offsets (Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld) – NCA)

o Biodiversity offsets (EPBC Act 1994, NCA and Environmental Offsets Policy 2014 (Qld))

o Marine offsets (Fisheries Act 1994 (Qld))

o Coastal offsets (Coastal Management Act 1995 (Qld))

We provide a comprehensive single entry point for a client to access services to assist in finding an effective, cost effective and streamlined solution to the client’s offset requirements.

Please see attached fact sheet below for more information regarding Vegetation Offsets.

Vegetation Offsets Factsheet 2.0