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Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 No 101
Current version for 26 May 2017 to date (accessed 23 June 2017 at 23:59)
Part 7AA
Part 7AA Biodiversity certification
Division 1 Preliminary
126G   Definitions
In this Part:
approved measures under a biodiversity certification means the approved measures as specified in an order that confers, extends or modifies the biodiversity certification.
biodiversity certification means biodiversity certification conferred on land under this Part.
biodiversity certification assessment—see section 126P.
biodiversity certification assessment methodology or methodology means the rules made under section 126S.
biodiversity certified land means land on which biodiversity certification has been conferred and in respect of which biodiversity certification is in force.
government authority means a Minister or a public authority, but does not include a State owned corporation.
party to a biodiversity certification means a person or body identified in an order under this Part as a party to the biodiversity certification.
planning authority means:
(a)  the Minister for Planning, or
(b)  a local council, or
(c)  a determining authority (within the meaning of Part 5 of the Planning Act), or
(d)  the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment, or
(e)  any other person or body declared by the regulations to be a planning authority.
Division 2 Biodiversity certification
126H   Biodiversity certification
The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, confer biodiversity certification on specified land.
126I   Effect of biodiversity certification
(1) Projects under Part 3A of the Planning Act The environmental assessment requirements for the approval of a project, or a concept plan for a project, under Part 3A of the Planning Act do not require an assessment of the impact of the project on biodiversity values if the project is carried out or proposed to be carried out on biodiversity certified land.
(1A) Infrastructure under Part 5.1 of the Planning Act The environmental assessment requirements for the approval of State significant infrastructure under Part 5.1 of the Planning Act do not require an assessment of the impact of the infrastructure on biodiversity values if the infrastructure is carried out or proposed to be carried out on biodiversity certified land.
(2) Development under Part 4 of the Planning Act Development on biodiversity certified land is taken, for the purposes of Part 4 of the Planning Act, to be development that is not likely to significantly affect any threatened species, population or ecological community under this Act, or its habitat.
(3)  A consent authority, when determining a development application in relation to development on biodiversity certified land under Part 4 of the Planning Act, is not required to take into consideration the likely impact of the development on biodiversity values (despite any provision of the Planning Act or any regulation or instrument made under that Act).
(4) Activities under Part 5 of the Planning Act An activity to which Part 5 of the Planning Act applies which is carried out or proposed to be carried out on biodiversity certified land is taken, for the purposes of Part 5 of the Planning Act, to be an activity that is not likely to significantly affect any threatened species, population or ecological community under this Act, or its habitat.
(5)  A determining authority under Part 5 of the Planning Act is not required under that Part to consider the effect on biodiversity values of an activity carried out on biodiversity certified land (despite section 111 of the Planning Act).
(6) Native Vegetation Act The Native Vegetation Act 2003 does not apply to biodiversity certified land.
Division 3 Application for biodiversity certification
126J   Who may apply for biodiversity certification
(1)  An application for biodiversity certification may be made to the Minister by any planning authority.
(2)  An application may also be made jointly by 2 or more planning authorities.
126K   Certification not to be conferred without biodiversity certification strategy
(1)  Biodiversity certification may be conferred on land only if the applicant has a biodiversity certification strategy.
(2)  A biodiversity certification strategy is a policy or strategy for the implementation of conservation measures to ensure that the overall effect of biodiversity certification is to improve or maintain biodiversity values.
(3)  The biodiversity certification strategy is to be used as the basis for the assessment of the application for biodiversity certification.
(4)  A biodiversity certification strategy is to identify the following:
(a)  the land proposed for biodiversity certification,
(b)  the land proposed for biodiversity conservation (being any land on or in respect of which conservation measures are to be implemented),
(c)  the proposed conservation measures,
(d)  any person or body proposed as a party to the biodiversity certification.
Note.
 Parties to a biodiversity certification are responsible for the implementation of the proposed conservation measures.
(5)  The land proposed for biodiversity conservation must comply with any requirements (whether geographic or scientific) provided for by the biodiversity certification assessment methodology.
(6)  The Minister may issue guidelines for the preparation of biodiversity certification strategies.
126L   Conservation measures
(1)  Each of the following measures is a conservation measure for the purposes of this Part:
(a)  the adoption or continuation of development controls under the Planning Act that limit or prohibit development on land or the taking of any other measures under that Act that conserve or enhance the natural environment,
(b)  the entering into of a biodiversity certification agreement under this Part,
(c)  the entering into of a planning agreement under the Planning Act that makes provision for development contributions to be used or applied towards the conservation or enhancement of the natural environment,
(d)  the making of a State infrastructure contribution under the Planning Act for the conservation or enhancement of the natural environment,
(e)  the entering into of a conservation agreement under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 of the Commonwealth,
(f)  the reservation of land under Part 4 of the NPW Act,
(g)  the entering into of a conservation agreement under the NPW Act in relation to land,
(h)  the entering into of a trust agreement under the Nature Conservation Trust Act 2001,
(i)  the entering into of a biobanking agreement under Part 7A of this Act,
(j)  the acquisition or retirement of biodiversity credits under Part 7A of this Act,
(k)  the adoption of a plan of management for a reserve under Division 6 of Part 5 of the Crown Lands Act 1989,
(l)  the adoption of a plan of management for land under Division 2 of Part 2 of Chapter 6 of the Local Government Act 1993,
(m)  the dedication or setting apart of any land as a flora reserve under section 16 of the Forestry Act 2012,
(n)  consent to a property vegetation plan for land under the Native Vegetation Act 2003 (not being a plan that proposes broadscale clearing of native vegetation within the meaning of that Act),
(o)  any other measure that the Minister determines to be a conservation measure.
(2)  This section is subject to any requirements of the biodiversity certification assessment methodology.
126M   Biodiversity certification application
(1)  An application for biodiversity certification must be made to the Minister.
(2)  The application must be made in a form approved by the Minister.
(3)  The application must include particulars of the applicant’s biodiversity certification strategy.
(4)  The Minister may require an applicant to submit evidence that any person or body identified in the biodiversity certification strategy as a proposed party to the biodiversity certification consents to being made a party to the biodiversity certification.
(5)  The regulations may require other things to be submitted with the application.
(6)  A planning authority may enter into an agreement with a person who requests the authority to make an application for biodiversity certification for the payment of any costs and expenses incurred by the authority in undertaking studies and other matters required in relation to the application.
126N   Public notification requirements in relation to application
(1)  Land cannot be biodiversity certified unless the applicant has complied with the public notification requirements in relation to the application for biodiversity certification.
(2)  The public notification requirements in relation to an application for biodiversity certification are as follows:
(a)  an applicant must publish notice of the application for biodiversity certification in a newspaper circulating generally throughout the State and on the applicant’s website,
(b)  the notice must invite the public to make submissions relating to the application before a closing date for submissions specified in the notice (being a date that is not less than 30 days after the date the notice is first published in a newspaper under this section),
(c)  until the closing date for submissions, an applicant is to cause copies of the application to be exhibited at its principal office in New South Wales and on its website,
(d)  an applicant must provide a report to the Minister that indicates the applicant’s response to any submissions relating to the application that were received before the closing date.
(3)  A planning authority may vary its application for biodiversity certification (including its biodiversity certification strategy) as a consequence of any submission received following public notification of the application or for any other reason.
(4)  Further public notification of the application, as varied, is not required unless the Minister otherwise directs.
Division 4 Assessment of application for biodiversity certification
126O   Biodiversity certification to be conferred only if biodiversity values are improved or maintained
The Minister may confer biodiversity certification only if biodiversity certification improves or maintains biodiversity values.
126P   When does biodiversity certification improve or maintain biodiversity values
(1)  For the purposes of this Part, biodiversity certification improves or maintains biodiversity values only if the Minister determines, on the basis of a biodiversity certification assessment, that the overall effect of biodiversity certification is to improve or maintain biodiversity values.
(2)  A biodiversity certification assessment is an assessment of the effect of biodiversity certification on biodiversity values.
(3)  A biodiversity certification assessment is to be made in accordance with the biodiversity certification assessment methodology, and not otherwise.
(4)  This section applies to biodiversity certification as extended or modified under this Part in the same way as it applies to the conferral of biodiversity certification.
126Q   Minor variations to methodology permitted
(1)  The Minister may, for the purpose of a biodiversity certification assessment, permit a variation to be made to the biodiversity certification assessment methodology if the Minister is of the opinion that:
(a)  the variation to the methodology is minor, and
(b)  the variation would result in a determination that the overall effect of biodiversity certification is to improve or maintain biodiversity values, and
(c)  strict adherence to the methodology is in the particular case unreasonable and unnecessary.
(2)  A variation to the biodiversity certification assessment methodology is not to be permitted if the Minister is of the opinion that the variation is inconsistent with the classification of a plant species as a threatened species or as a component of an endangered ecological community.
(3)  The Minister must cause his or her reasons for permitting a variation to be made to the biodiversity certification assessment methodology to be published on the website of the Office.
(4)  The regulations may make further provision for the circumstances in which the Minister may permit a variation to be made to the biodiversity certification assessment methodology under this section.
126R   Refusal to confer certification
(1)  The Minister must refuse to confer biodiversity certification if biodiversity certification does not improve or maintain biodiversity values.
(2)  In addition, the Minister may refuse to confer biodiversity certification:
(a)  if the application for certification does not comply with this Part or the regulations, or
(b)  if, in the opinion of the Minister, insufficient information is provided to enable biodiversity certification to be conferred, or
(c)  if, in the opinion of the Minister, the certification application does not sufficiently address the biodiversity certification assessment methodology, or
(d)  for any other reason the Minister considers sufficient.
Division 5 Biodiversity certification assessment methodology
126S   Biodiversity certification assessment methodology
(1)  The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, make rules with respect to the circumstances in which biodiversity certification is to be regarded as improving or maintaining biodiversity values.
(2)  In particular, the rules are to establish a methodology for assessing:
(a)  the loss of biodiversity values on land proposed for biodiversity certification, and
(b)  the impact, or likely impact, of proposed conservation measures on land proposed for biodiversity conservation (including conservation measures that are proposed to be implemented in the future).
(3)  The rules may make provision for any loss of biodiversity values that cannot be offset by conservation measures.
(4)  The rules must comply with any requirements of the regulations.
(5)  Subject to any requirements of the regulations, refraining from doing any thing (whether or not that thing was being done beforehand) may be treated by the rules as an action that improves biodiversity values, if refraining from doing that thing improves biodiversity values or the long term security of biodiversity values.
(6)  A methodology provided for by the rules may include provision for the use of specified computer programs or databases.
(7)  A decision of the Chief Executive made under the rules is final and not subject to appeal.
126T   Establishment of methodology
The biodiversity certification assessment methodology is not to be made unless:
(a)  notice of the proposed methodology has been given, in accordance with the public consultation requirements applicable to the methodology, and
(b)  the Chief Executive has provided a report to the Minister on the public consultation, and
(c)  the Minister has considered the report.
126U   Changes to methodology
(1)  The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, change the biodiversity certification assessment methodology by:
(a)  amending the methodology, or
(b)  repealing and replacing the methodology.
(2)  The biodiversity certification assessment methodology is not to be changed unless:
(a)  notice of the proposed change has been given, in accordance with the public consultation requirements applicable to the methodology, and
(b)  the Chief Executive has provided a report to the Minister on the public consultation, and
(c)  the Minister has considered the report.
126V   Public consultation requirements applicable to methodology
(1)  The public consultation requirements applicable to the methodology are as follows:
(a)  the Chief Executive is to cause notice of the proposed methodology or change to the methodology (as the case requires) to be published in a newspaper circulating generally throughout the State and on the website of the Office,
(b)  the notice must invite the public to make written submissions to the Chief Executive on the proposal before a closing date for submissions specified in the notice (being a date that is not less than 30 days after the date the notice is first published in a newspaper under this section),
(c)  until the closing date for submissions, the Chief Executive is to cause copies of the proposed methodology or change to the methodology, and any other explanatory material or information the Chief Executive considers appropriate, to be exhibited at the head office of the Office and on the website of the Office.
(2)  After the closing date for submissions, the Chief Executive is to provide a report to the Minister on the public consultation that:
(a)  summarises the main issues raised in any submissions received before the closing date for submissions, and
(b)  makes such recommendations as the Chief Executive considers appropriate in relation to those submissions.
126W   Minor changes to methodology not requiring public consultation
(1)  The Minister may make an order that amends the biodiversity certification assessment methodology without complying with the public consultation requirements applicable to the methodology if:
(a)  the Minister is of the opinion that the amendment is of a minor nature, and
(b)  the Minister certifies in writing that the amendment is of a minor nature.
(2)  Without limiting the circumstances in which an amendment can be regarded as being of a minor nature, amendments of a minor nature include amendments that:
(a)  correct any minor error or omission in the biodiversity certification assessment methodology, such as a spelling or grammatical error, a redundant or obsolete reference, obviously missing words, or wrong cross-references, or
(b)  make any other change necessary to address matters that are of a consequential, transitional, machinery or other minor nature.
126X   Publication of methodology
(1)  The Chief Executive is to ensure that a copy of the biodiversity certification assessment methodology is available for public inspection:
(a)  at the head office of the Office, and
(b)  on the website of the Office.
(2)  Copies of the biodiversity certification assessment methodology, or of any part of the methodology, are to be made available to the public on request, on payment of a fee (if any) fixed by the Minister.
Division 6 Conferral, extension and review of biodiversity certification
126Y   Approved measures under biodiversity certification
(1)  The Minister may, in an order conferring biodiversity certification, specify any approved measures under the biodiversity certification.
(2)  The following matters may be specified as approved measures under a biodiversity certification:
(a)  the proposed conservation measures on which the relevant biodiversity certification assessment was based,
(b)  any requirements, as determined by the Minister, as to the timing of the implementation of the proposed conservation measures,
(c)  any requirements, as determined by the Minister, as to monitoring, reporting or auditing of the implementation of proposed conservation measures,
(d)  any other matters provided for by the regulations.
(3)  This section applies to an order extending or modifying biodiversity certification in the same way as it applies to an order conferring biodiversity certification.
126Z   Parties to biodiversity certification
(1)  The Minister may, in an order conferring biodiversity certification, identify the party or parties to the biodiversity certification.
(2)  The following persons or body may be identified as parties to a biodiversity certification:
(a)  the planning authority, or planning authorities, that applied for the biodiversity certification,
(b)  any person or body proposed by the applicant as a party to the biodiversity certification who consents to being made a party to the biodiversity certification.
(3)  After biodiversity certification is conferred, the Minister may, by further order published in the Gazette, identify a person or body as a party to the biodiversity certification (in addition to, or in substitution for, any person or body previously identified as a party), but only if the person or body to be identified as a party consents to being made a party to the biodiversity certification.
(4)  The regulations may make further provision for the circumstances in which a person or body may be identified as a party to a biodiversity certification in addition to, or in substitution for, another person or body.
(5)  Subject to the regulations, this section applies to an order extending or modifying biodiversity certification in the same way as it applies to an order conferring biodiversity certification.
(6)  Consent to being made a party to a biodiversity certification cannot be withdrawn by a person or body after the person or body has been made a party to the biodiversity certification.
126ZA   Duration of biodiversity certification
(1)  Biodiversity certification remains in force indefinitely or for such period as the Minister determines and specifies in the order conferring certification.
(2)  This section does not prevent the extension of biodiversity certification or the further biodiversity certification of land.
126ZB   Extension of biodiversity certification
(1)  The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, extend the period for which any biodiversity certification remains in force.
(2)  Biodiversity certification may be extended at any time before it expires.
(3)  Biodiversity certification may be extended only if biodiversity certification, as extended, improves or maintains biodiversity values.
Note.
 See Division 4 for the circumstances in which biodiversity certification improves or maintains biodiversity values.
(4)  A biodiversity certification assessment in relation to the proposed extension is to take account of any proposed modifications to the description of the land proposed for biodiversity certification and the approved measures under the biodiversity certification (whether the modifications are proposed as a result of changes to the relevant biodiversity certification strategy or otherwise).
(5)  A biodiversity certification assessment in relation to the proposed extension may take account of the impact of conservation measures that have already been implemented in connection with the biodiversity certification.
(6)  The regulations may make further provision for or with respect to the extension of biodiversity certification.
126ZC   Review of biodiversity certification
(1)  The Minister is to undertake periodic reviews of any biodiversity certification.
(2)  A review is not required if less than 15 years has elapsed since the biodiversity certification was conferred or the most recent review was completed.
Division 7 Enforcement of approved measures
126ZD   Compliance with approved measures
(1)  The Minister may, by order in writing, require a party to a biodiversity certification to rectify any failure to comply with the approved measures under the biodiversity certification:
(a)  by implementing any of the approved measures within a time specified in the order, or
(b)  by implementing any equivalent conservation measures within a time specified in the order.
(2)  If a party to biodiversity certification fails to comply with the order within the specified time, or any further time allowed by the Minister, the Minister may, by order in writing, require the party to pay to the Minister a specified penalty.
(3)  The penalty is to be the amount the Minister considers reasonable to cover the costs of implementing the relevant approved measures or equivalent conservation measures.
(4)  A penalty imposed under this section may be recovered by the Minister as a debt due to the Crown in any court of competent jurisdiction.
(5)  This section does not limit the power of the Minister to suspend, revoke or modify biodiversity certification for a failure to comply with the approved measures under a biodiversity certification.
126ZE   Equivalent conservation measures
(1)  A reference in this Part to equivalent conservation measures, in relation to the approved measures under a biodiversity certification, is a reference to conservation measures that are determined by the Minister to achieve the same biodiversity standard as the approved measures.
(2)  The biodiversity standard of the approved measures under a biodiversity certification is the standard by which biodiversity values are improved or maintained by the biodiversity certification, as quantified by the biodiversity certification assessment on which the conferral of biodiversity certification was based.
126ZF   Appeals
(1)  A party to a biodiversity certification who is dissatisfied with a decision of the Minister to require the party to rectify a failure to comply with the approved measures may appeal to the Land and Environment Court against the decision.
(2)  A party to a biodiversity certification who is dissatisfied with a decision of the Minister to require the party to pay a penalty under this Division may appeal to the Land and Environment Court against the decision.
(3)  An appeal may be made by a party to a biodiversity certification no later than 3 months after being notified by the Minister of the decision.
(4)  This section does not confer a right of appeal on a party to a biodiversity certification if the party is a government authority.
126ZG   Disputes between Minister and other government authorities
(1)  A dispute between a government authority which is a party to a biodiversity certification and the Minister as to any of the following matters may be referred to the Premier for settlement:
(a)  a failure by the party to comply with any of the approved measures under the biodiversity certification or to implement equivalent conservation measures,
(b)  a decision of the Minister to require the party to pay a penalty under this Division.
(2)  The intra-government dispute resolution arrangements apply in respect of the dispute.
Note.
 See Division 10 for intra-government dispute resolution arrangements.
Division 8 Biodiversity certification agreements
126ZH   Biodiversity certification agreements
(1)  The Minister may enter into an agreement with a person in connection with biodiversity certification (including a proposal to confer, modify or extend biodiversity certification).
(2)  The agreement may make provision for any or all of the following:
(a)  requiring the person to make monetary contributions to the Minister for the purpose of improving biodiversity values,
(b)  requiring the person to dedicate land for conservation purposes,
(c)  requiring the person to carry out specified actions, or to refrain from carrying out specified actions, on land owned by the person for the purpose of improving biodiversity values,
(d)  providing for any other conservation measures that the person agrees to implement,
(e)  requiring the person to provide security for the performance of any of the person’s obligations in connection with biodiversity certification,
(f)  providing for the timing of the implementation of any of the person’s obligations in connection with biodiversity certification,
(g)  providing for monitoring, reporting and audit requirements,
(h)  providing for any other matter relating to biodiversity certification.
(3)  For the purposes of this Part, the agreement is a biodiversity certification agreement.
(4)  The Minister must not enter into a biodiversity certification agreement relating to Crown land (within the meaning of the Crown Lands Act 1989) except with the consent of the Minister administering that Act.
126ZI   Duration of agreements
(1)  A biodiversity certification agreement has effect from a day, or on the happening of an event, specified in the agreement.
(2)  A biodiversity certification agreement has effect indefinitely, or for the period specified in the agreement.
126ZJ   Registered agreements run with land
(1)  A biodiversity certification agreement that is registered by the Registrar-General under this section is binding on, and is enforceable against, the owner of the land from time to time as if each owner for the time being had entered into the agreement.
(2)  A biodiversity certification agreement can be registered by the Registrar-General under this section if the following persons agree to its registration:
(a)  if the agreement relates to land under the Real Property Act 1900—each person who has an estate or interest in the land registered under that Act,
(b)  if the agreement relates to land not under the Real Property Act 1900—each person who is seised or possessed of an estate or interest in the land.
(3)  On lodgment by a person of an application for registration in a form approved by the Registrar-General, the Registrar-General is to register a biodiversity certification agreement:
(a)  by making an entry in the relevant folio of the Register kept under the Real Property Act 1900 if the agreement relates to land under that Act, or
(b)  by registering the agreement in the General Register of Deeds if the agreement relates to land not under the Real Property Act 1900.
(4)  This section applies to any amendment or revocation of a biodiversity certification agreement in the same way as it applies to the agreement.
(5)  In this Part, a reference to a party to a biodiversity certification agreement includes any owner of land against whom the agreement is enforceable because of this section.
126ZK   Enforcement of agreements
(1)  The Minister, or a person acting with the written consent of the Minister, may bring proceedings in the Land and Environment Court for an order to remedy or restrain a contravention of a biodiversity certification agreement.
(2)  If the Court is satisfied that a contravention of the biodiversity certification agreement has been committed or will, unless restrained by order of the Court, be committed, it may make such order as it thinks fit to remedy or restrain the contravention.
(3)  In proceedings to remedy or restrain a contravention of a biodiversity certification agreement, a consent to institute the proceedings, purporting to have been signed by the Minister, is evidence of that consent without proof of the signature of the Minister.
126ZL   Minister may order party to rectify contravention of agreement
(1)  The Minister may, by order, require a party to a biodiversity certification agreement to carry out specified work or other actions on land owned by the person to rectify a contravention of the agreement.
(2)  The order is to specify the date by which the work or other actions must be carried out.
(3)  If the requirements of the order are not complied with by that date, the Minister:
(a)  may enter the land and cause the work or actions specified in the order to be carried out, and
(b)  may, by proceedings brought in any court of competent jurisdiction, recover as a debt from the person to whom the order was given the amount certified by the Minister as the reasonable cost of complying with those requirements.
(4)  This section does not prevent the Minister from seeking an award of damages against a party to a biodiversity certification agreement for a contravention of the biodiversity certification agreement.
126ZM   Court cannot extinguish obligations
Section 89 of the Conveyancing Act 1919 does not authorise any court to modify or wholly or partially extinguish any restriction or obligation created by a biodiversity certification agreement except with the consent of the Minister.
126ZN   Regulations—biodiversity certification agreements
The regulations may make provision for or with respect to biodiversity certification agreements, including the following:
(a)  the form of biodiversity certification agreements,
(b)  the subject-matter of biodiversity certification agreements,
(c)  the making, amendment and revocation of biodiversity certification agreements, including the giving of public notice and inspection by the public,
(d)  the public inspection of biodiversity certification agreements after they have been made.
Division 9 Suspension, revocation and modification of certification
126ZO   Suspension and revocation of certification
(1)  The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, suspend or revoke any biodiversity certification.
(2)  Biodiversity certification may be suspended or revoked:
(a)  if the approved measures under the biodiversity certification have not been complied with to the satisfaction of the Minister, or
(b)  if the Minister is of the opinion that a party to the biodiversity certification has failed to comply with an order made by the Minister in respect of the party under this Part, or
(c)  if the Minister is of the opinion that any agreement entered into in connection with the biodiversity certification has been contravened, or
(d)  if the Minister is no longer of the opinion that biodiversity certification improves or maintains biodiversity values, or
(e)  in any other circumstances prescribed by the regulations.
(3)  The regulations may make further provision for or with respect to the suspension or revocation of biodiversity certification.
126ZP   Modification of certification
(1)  The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, modify any biodiversity certification by:
(a)  modifying the description of land that is biodiversity certified (to extend or limit biodiversity certification), or
(b)  modifying the approved measures under the biodiversity certification.
(2)  Biodiversity certification may be modified:
(a)  on application by a party to the biodiversity certification or a party to a biodiversity certification agreement entered into in connection with the biodiversity certification, or
(b)  on the Minister’s own initiative.
(3)  Biodiversity certification may be modified only if biodiversity certification, as modified, improves or maintains biodiversity values.
Note.
 See Division 4 for the circumstances in which biodiversity certification improves or maintains biodiversity values.
(4)  A biodiversity certification assessment in relation to the proposed modification is to take account of any proposed modifications to the description of the land that is biodiversity certified and the approved measures under the biodiversity certification (whether the modifications are proposed as a result of changes to the relevant biodiversity certification strategy or otherwise).
(5)  A biodiversity certification assessment is not required in respect of a proposed modification that substitutes equivalent conservation measures for any of the approved measures under a biodiversity certification.
Note.
 Equivalent conservation measures are conservation measures that achieve the same biodiversity standard as the approved measures under a biodiversity certification.
(6)  The regulations may make further provision for or with respect to the modification of biodiversity certification.
126ZQ   Application for modification of biodiversity certification
(1)  An application for modification of biodiversity certification must be made in a form approved by the Minister.
(2)  The application must include the particulars of the proposed modification to biodiversity certification (including particulars of any changes to the biodiversity certification strategy).
(3)  The regulations may require other things to be submitted with the application.
126ZR   Grounds for unilateral modification of certification
Biodiversity certification may be modified on the Minister’s own initiative:
(a)  if the approved measures under the biodiversity certification have not been complied with to the satisfaction of the Minister, or
(b)  if the Minister is of the opinion that a party to the biodiversity certification has failed to comply with an order made by the Minister in respect of the party under this Part, or
(c)  if the Minister is of the opinion that any agreement entered into in connection with the biodiversity certification has been contravened, or
(d)  if the Minister is of the opinion that biodiversity certification no longer improves or maintains biodiversity values, or
(e)  in any other circumstances prescribed by the regulations.
126ZS   Appeals
(1)  A party to a biodiversity certification, or a party to a biodiversity certification agreement entered into in connection with a biodiversity certification, who is dissatisfied with a decision of the Minister to suspend, revoke or modify the biodiversity certification may appeal to the Land and Environment Court against the decision.
(2)  An appeal may be made no later than 3 months after the order suspending, revoking or modifying biodiversity certification is published in the Gazette.
(3)  This section does not confer a right of appeal on a party to a biodiversity certification, or a party to a biodiversity certification agreement, if the party is a government authority.
126ZT   Disputes between the Minister and other government authorities
(1)  A dispute between a government authority which is a party to a biodiversity certification, or a party to a biodiversity certification agreement entered into in connection with a biodiversity certification, and the Minister about any of the following matters may be referred to the Premier for settlement:
(a)  a decision of the Minister to suspend or revoke the biodiversity certification,
(b)  a decision of the Minister to modify the biodiversity certification (otherwise than on the application of the government authority).
(2)  The intra-government dispute resolution arrangements apply in respect of the dispute.
Note.
 See Division 10 for intra-government dispute resolution arrangements.
Division 10 General
126ZU   Notification of certification and changes to certification
(1)  Notice of the conferral, extension, suspension, revocation or modification of biodiversity certification is to be given, within 21 days:
(a)  on the website of the Office, and
(b)  to the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment, and
(c)  to each local council that is the council of an area in which the biodiversity certified land is located.
(2)  The Minister must make reasonable endeavours to give notice of the conferral, extension, suspension, revocation or modification of biodiversity certification, within 21 days:
(a)  to each party to the biodiversity certification, and
(b)  to each party to a biodiversity certification agreement entered into in connection with the biodiversity certification.
(3)  The Minister is to keep a register containing copies of any order made under this Part conferring, extending, suspending, revoking or modifying biodiversity certification.
(4)  The register is to be open for public inspection, without charge, during ordinary business hours, and copies of or extracts from the register are to be made available to the public on request, on payment of the fee fixed by the Minister.
(5)  The regulations may make further provision for or with respect to the notification of the conferral, extension, suspension, revocation or modification of biodiversity certification.
126ZV   Suspension, revocation or expiry of biodiversity certification does not affect obligations under certification
(1)  The suspension, revocation or expiry of biodiversity certification does not, unless the Minister otherwise directs:
(a)  affect the obligations of a party to the biodiversity certification under this Part, or
(b)  affect any obligation a person has under a biodiversity certification agreement entered into in connection with the biodiversity certification.
(2)  The obligations of a party to the biodiversity certification under this Part include:
(a)  the obligation to comply with the approved measures under the biodiversity certification, and
(b)  the obligation to comply with any order made by the Minister in respect of the party under this Part (whether the order is made before or after the suspension, revocation or expiry).
126ZW   Effect of changes to biodiversity certification on development and other activities
(1)  The suspension, revocation, modification or expiry of biodiversity certification does not affect any of the following:
(a)  any approval of a project under Part 3A of the Planning Act granted before the suspension, revocation, modification or expiry,
(a1)  any approval of State significant infrastructure under Part 5.1 of the Planning Act granted before the suspension, revocation, modification or expiry,
(b)  any development consent under Part 4 of the Planning Act granted before the suspension, revocation, modification or expiry,
(c)  any approval of a Part 5 Planning Act activity granted before the suspension, revocation, modification or expiry,
(d)  any Part 5 Planning Act activity carried out by a determining authority that the determining authority started to carry out before the suspension, revocation, modification or expiry.
(2)  The Minister may, in an order that suspends, revokes or modifies biodiversity certification, specify the application of the suspension, revocation or modification to anything pending under the Planning Act at the time of the suspension, revocation or modification.
(3)  The regulations may make provision for the application of this Part to anything pending under the Planning Act at the time of the expiry of any biodiversity certification.
(4)  In this section:
determining authority has the same meaning as it has in Part 5 of the Planning Act.
Part 5 Planning Act activity means an activity to which Part 5 of the Planning Act applies.
126ZX   Intra-government dispute resolution arrangements
(1)  For the purposes of this Part, the intra-government dispute resolution arrangements are the arrangements provided for by this section.
(2)  The Premier may, for the purpose of resolving a dispute referred to the Premier under this Part:
(a)  appoint a person or panel to hold an inquiry and make a report to the Premier, or
(b)  hold an inquiry into the dispute.
(3)  After the completion of the inquiry, and after considering any report, the Premier may make such order with respect to the dispute, having regard to the public interest and to the circumstances of the case, as the Premier thinks fit.
(4)  An order made by the Premier may direct the payment of any costs or expenses of or incidental to the holding of the inquiry.
(5)  A government authority (including the Minister) is to comply with an order given under this section and is, despite the provisions of any Act, taken to have power to comply with any such order.
(6)  If a matter that is referred to the Premier under this Part is also the subject of proceedings before the Land and Environment Court:
(a)  the Premier may suspend or terminate action under this section pending a decision of the Land and Environment Court, and
(b)  a decision of the Land and Environment Court prevails.
126ZY   Powers of authorised officers
Without limiting section 156B of the NPW Act, the functions conferred on an authorised officer by that section may also be exercised for the purpose of determining whether there has been compliance with the approved measures under a biodiversity certification or with a biodiversity certification agreement.
126ZZ   Effect of failure to comply with procedural requirements
A conferral or extension of biodiversity certification, or the modification of biodiversity certification, is not open to challenge because of a failure to comply with the procedural requirements of this Part after the order conferring, extending or modifying the biodiversity certification has been published in the Gazette.
126ZZA   Part 5 of Planning Act does not apply to biodiversity certification process
Biodiversity certification is not an approval for the purposes of Part 5 of the Planning Act.
126ZZB   Extent of biodiversity certification
Biodiversity certification does not apply in respect of, and does not affect any requirements applicable to, threatened species, populations and ecological communities under Part 7A of the Fisheries Management Act 1994.
126ZZC   Regulations
(1)  The regulations may make further provision for or with respect to biodiversity certification.
(2)  In particular, the regulations may make provision for or with respect to the charging (including the waiver or reduction) of fees in connection with the operation of this Part.