Biodiversity Legislation Review

On 10 May 2017 the NSW Government released a range of draft regulations and instruments in support of two laws passed in 2016 – laws that will significantly change the way biodiversity impacts, ‘offsetting’ and land-clearing are assessed in rural and urban areas.

The public exhibition of the draft regulations and instruments has now concluded. The new biodiversity and land clearing regime due to commence on 25 August 2017, despite there being certain components that have not been finalised.

We will continue to provide feedback on the aspects of the new regime that are still being developed, and we’ll continue to work with communities concerned about the new laws. For updates on our ongoing biodiversity and native vegetation law reform and outreach work, sign up to our weekly e-bulletin.

See below for resources about the new laws.

Draft regulations and instruments, June 2017

Our submission: EDO NSW made submissions on each of the 13 consultation documents. You can download all submissions combined, including an executive summary, or read each component separately.

Seminar video: The next stage of biodiversity reforms: what you need to know, presentation slides and video (below) from a community seminar held in Sydney, 1 June 2017.


Biodiversity and land clearing laws passed in November 2016