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Biodiversity offsets

The Queensland Biodiversity Offsets Policy (PDF, 690K)* has been updated to reflect legislative changes that have come into effect over the past two years. These amendments include the Greentape Reduction amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1994, subsequent amendments to the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 which commenced in March 2013 varying the application types under that Act, and recent Queensland Vegetation Management reforms in August and December 2013.

The Queensland Biodiversity Offsets Policy Version 1.1 is an interim document, and will be replaced by the new Queensland Environmental Offsets framework upon its commencement in mid-2014 and will have no effect on offset decisions once the framework commences.

The Environmental Offsets Bill (PDF)* was tabled in Parliament on 13 February 2014 and sets the foundation for the offsets framework. The Environmental Offsets Bill is currently being considered by Parliament’s Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee and is available for review. 

The policy is a specific-issue offsets policy under the Queensland Government Environmental Offsets Policy and is administered by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

The purpose of this policy is to increase the long-term protection and viability of the state's biodiversity, by limiting residual impacts from development on areas possessing State significant biodiversity values.

State significant biodiversity values are listed in Appendix 1 of the policy.

Under the Biodiversity Offset Policy, there will be certain development activities that might trigger the requirement for a biodiversity offset.

Further information

For enquiries relating to biodiversity offsets please email

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Last updated
7 March 2014