Requirement for a native vegetation offset
If a permit to remove native vegetation is
granted, an offset which makes an equivalent contribution to Victoria's
biodiversity will be required. Offset requirements are determined in accordance
with Permitted clearing of native
vegetation – Biodiversity assessment guidelines.
The offset requirement will outline:
- the type of offset which is required
- the amount of offset which is required
- any specific attributes the offset is required to have.
The offset requirement will depend on the
nature of the loss that results from the permitted clearing.
be an offset
An offset can be one, or a combination of
- improvement in the condition of existing vegetation with ongoing management and protection using an appropriate security arrangement
- revegetation of a site with ongoing management and protection using an appropriate security arrangement. Note there are restrictions on when revegetation can be considered an offset.
vegetation gain scoring manual sets out the rules
regarding site eligibility, offset security and how gain from an offset is
calculated. In most cases, a habitat hectare assessment is required to
vegetation gain scoring manual
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vegetation gain scoring manual
Permit holders can deliver offsets on their
own land (also known as a first party offset) or purchase a native vegetation
credit from a third party.
Third party offsets
Third party offsets provide an opportunity for parties seeking a
permit to clear native vegetation, to meet their offset obligation through the
purchase of native vegetation credits (credits) from a third party. These
credits are created on sites of native vegetation that have been secured and
are managed in perpetuity to achieve a gain in the extent (through
revegetation) and/or condition (through improved management). The Native
Vegetation Credit Register regulates the establishment, sale and ownership of
Permit holders who are seeking a third party offset can contact an
accredited broker to assist them. A number of brokers are accredited by DELWP
to provide these services. These organisations and individuals can assist in
explaining the process of purchased credits and will provide the appropriate
documents to the Native Vegetation Credit Register.
Landowners who wish to establish native vegetation offset sites on
their property for trade in the third party market, can contact either an
accredited site assessor, or Trust
for Nature to assess their site
and prepare a management agreement.
Native Vegetation Credit Register accredited brokers and site
credit register service providers [PDF File - 88.0 KB]
credit register service providers (Accessible) [MS Word Document - 24.8 KB]
Options for purchasing third party offsets are outlined in the fact
sheet:Meeting permit conditions – Third party offsets [PDF File - 83.7 KB]
Meeting permit conditions - Third party offsets [PDF File - 83.7 KB]
Meeting permit conditions - Third party offsets (Accessible) [MS Word Document - 75.4 KB]
The Native Vegetation Credit Register keeps a record of credits that
are currently available for third party trading, as well as the contact details
of offset brokers who can assist in the purchase of credits. The attached
spreadsheet contains the following information: