What do you want to do?

I am removing native vegetation and need to secure an offset

I want to establish a native vegetation credit site

I want to establish a first party offset site

What is an offset?

An offset compensates for biodiversity losses arising from native vegetation removal. Offset owners secure and manage offset sites to improve native vegetation condition. DELWP describes these improved outcomes for biodiversity as 'gain'.

An offset can be the ongoing protection and management of:

  • a patch of native vegetation
  • one or more scattered trees, or
  • an area of revegetation.

Offsets are either first or third party offsets. The following information sheet explains this in more detail:

A quick comparison of first party and third party offset sites (PDF 196 KB)

How is gain calculated?

Landowners can generate different types of gain, including:

* Prior management gain – this acknowledges past management undertaken by a landowner on a freehold site, before establishing the offset site. Prior management gain only applies to existing native vegetation.

* Security gain – this is generated when a landowner increases the protection of native vegetation on their land.

* Maintenance gain – this is achieved by giving up currently allowed land uses and controlling threats that affect native vegetation condition to avoid the expected decline in native vegetation condition predicted to occur over a 10 year period.

* Improvement gain – this is achieved from management commitments that are predicted to improve the current vegetation condition over a 10 year period.

Gain can only be generated by management actions and commitments that are in addition to existing obligations under legislation, existing agreements or contracts.


If you would like an accessible version of any published document, please contact nativevegetation.support@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 02/08/2018