Biodiversity Legislation Review

The NSW Parliament has passed two new bills that will significantly change the urban and rural development assessment and approval process once they commence.

The two bills, the Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 and the Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016, were passed by Parliament on Thursday 17 November 2016. They will repeal and replace the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, the Native Vegetation Act 2003 and the Nature Conservation Trust Act 2001. Further details, including draft land-clearing Codes and Regulations, are likely to be exhibited in early 2017. For now, the Government has issued a set of factsheets.

In the lead-up to the bills being introduced to Parliament, we argued that these reforms represent a serious retrograde step in environmental protection in NSW. This page includes our submission on the reforms, as well as resources and links about the review and biodiversity laws in NSW. 

Even though the new laws have been passed, a huge amount of detail is still to be decided. Read more on our blog The new biodiversity, land clearing and vegetation laws – what next?

EDO NSW submission
Our submission consists of three reports: on the draft Biodiversity Conservation Bill, draft Local Land Services Amendment Bill, and a technical submission on the Biodiversity Assessment Method and Mapping Method

Read our submissions » 

More resources

We have undertaken a great deal of work to defend the environment and advance the laws that protect biodiversity, including discussion papers and law reform submissionslitigation and advice work, and legal guides and fact sheets.

  • Read our key policy and law reform submissions on:

  • Our Have Your Say tool, which is designed to help communities to effectively engage in environmental decision-making.

  • More background on the review, including a useful list of the many information resources the Government has put online. 

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