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Ecological Research & Management

Risk-based Assessment Pathways

When applying for a planning permit for native vegetation removal, the first step is to identify the risk to biodiversity associated with the proposed removal. This will determine which risk-based pathway for assessing the planning permit application applies to your project.  This will be based on the vegetation extent risk (area of vegetation removed or number of scattered trees removed) and the location risk, as determined by DELWP’s Native Vegetation Information System (NVIM). If your project footprint supports a number of areas of differing risk level, the highest risk level present will determine the assessment pathway that applies.

As NVIM mapping uses modelled data, a site assessment may be warranted to determine the extent of native vegetation and confirm if the modelled condition score reflects actual site conditions.

The risk-based pathway to be used for each site is determined by the following aspects of the proposed native vegetation removal:

Extent (remnant patches)

Location A

Location B

Location C

< 0.5 hectares

Low

Low

High

≥ 0.5 hectares and < 1 hectare

Low

Moderate

High

≥ 1 hectare

Moderate

High

High

Extent (scattered trees)

Location A

Location B

Location C

< 15 scattered trees

Low

Moderate

High

≥ 15 scattered trees

Moderate

High

High

The risk-based pathway requirements are outlined below.

Low Risk

Moderate Risk

High Risk

Site assessment not required

Biodiversity assessment report generated by NVIM

 

Site-based habitat hectare assessment and associated reporting required

Strategic biodiversity score obtained from NVIM

Habitat importance score (if applicable) for Victorian rare or threatened species obtained from DELWP habitat importance maps

General offset required based on general biodiversity equivalence units

Specific offset may be required based on specific biodiversity equivalence units

Permit for native vegetation removal cannot be refused on biodiversity grounds (unless it is not in accordance with a property vegetation plan)

Application must address steps taken to minimise impacts based on the contribution the native vegetation makes to biodiversity in Victoria

All applications for native vegetation removal must provide a common set of reporting requirements with information about the vegetation to be removed including: location and address, description, maps and dated photographs.