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Matters of state environmental significance-mapping method

Matters of state environmental significance (MSES) are a component of the biodiversity state interest that is defined under the State Planning Policy (SPP) and defined under the Environmental Offsets Regulation 2014 (PDF) (Offset Regulation). MSES includes certain environmental values that are protected under Queensland legislation including the:

  • Nature Conservation Act 1992
  • Marine Parks Act 2004
  • Fisheries Act 1994
  • Environmental Protection Act 1994
  • Regional Interests Planning Act 2014
  • Vegetation Management Act 1999
  • Environmental Offsets Act 2014.

MSES mapping is a representation of the definition for MSES under the SPP and Offset Regulation. The mapping generates over 17 individual layers using information from data including, but not limited to:

  • regulated vegetation mapping
  • Queensland wetland mapping
  • protected areas
  • marine parks
  • fish habitat areas
  • legally secured offsets included in the ‘offsets register’.

MSES mapping methodology

The Method for mapping—matters of state environmental significance for use in land use planning and development assessment (PDF, 671K) document describes the process and data layers used by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) for mapping MSES.

MSES mapping update regime

Matters of state environmental significance (MSES) are a component of the biodiversity state interest that is defined under the State Planning Policy (SPP) and defined under the Environmental Offsets Regulation 2014 (PDF) (Offset Regulation). MSES includes certain environmental values that are protected under Queensland legislation including the:

  • Nature Conservation Act 1992
  • Marine Parks Act 2004
  • Fisheries Act 1994
  • Environmental Protection Act 1994
  • Regional Interests Planning Act 2014
  • Vegetation Management Act 1999
  • Environmental Offsets Act 2014.

MSES mapping is a representation of the definition for MSES under the SPP and Offset Regulation. The mapping generates over 17 individual layers using information from data including, but not limited to:

  • regulated vegetation mapping
  • Queensland wetland mapping
  • protected areas
  • marine parks
  • fish habitat areas
  • legally secured offsets included in the ‘offsets register’.

MSES mapping data information

Information on accessing and applying the MSES mapping and data.

Available mapping and data

The MSES mapping is displayed on the SPP interactive mapping system website. Alternatively, MSES mapping can also be viewed on the Queensland Government Globe

The GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping data for MSES can be accessed from the Queensland Spatial Catalogue (QSpatial). Search ‘MSES’ in the keyword search.

A report identifying MSES for a specific location can also be generated from the Environmental reports online page.

MSES is made up of individual layers

MSES is comprised of over 20 individual subset layers that are all available under the MSES series on QSpatial.

Last updated
3 July 2017