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Environmental offset framework

The Queensland environmental offsets framework includes:

The Queensland Environmental Offsets Policy Version 1.9 came into effect on 22 August 2020 to reflect consequential amendments to the Environmental Offsets Regulation 2014 as a result of the Nature Conservation (Plants) Regulation 2020 and Nature Conservation (Animals) Regulation 2020. This replaces the Queensland Environmental Offsets Policy Version 1.8.

Previous versions of the policy are available below:

A range of measures are in place to protect koala populations in South East Queensland. One of the major safeguards is requiring community infrastructure projects to offset any loss of koala habitat—required under the State Government Supported Infrastructure Koala Conservation Policy (SI Policy) (PDF, 220KB). The SI Policy is applied to the planning and delivery of all Queensland Government supported infrastructure activities within the South East Queensland Koala Protection Area (SEQKPA) that is not otherwise regulated or exempt development.

Prior to the introduction of this offset framework, which came into effect on 1 July 2014, the previous offset framework consisted of five offset policies. Copies of the five superseded offset policies can be obtained by visiting the online library catalogue and searching for the following titles:

  • Queensland Government Environmental Offset Policy
  • Policy for Vegetation Management Offsets
  • Queensland Biodiversity Offset Policy
  • Marine Fish Habitat Offset Policy
  • Offsets for Net Gain of Koala Habitat in Southeast Queensland Policy.