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Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 No 101
Repealed version for 18 August 2017 to 24 August 2017 (accessed 17 October 2017 at 13:12)
Part 7A Division 2
Division 2 Biobanking agreements
127D   Biobanking agreements
(1)  The Minister may enter into an agreement relating to land with the owner of the land for the purpose of establishing a biobank site (a biobanking agreement).
(2)  Any such agreement may designate any land to which the agreement relates to be a biobank site for the purposes of this Part.
(3)  The regulations may set out criteria for land to be designated as a biobank site by a biobanking agreement.
(4)  Without limiting subsection (3), the regulations may exclude any land, or land of a particular class, from being designated as a biobank site by a biobanking agreement.
(5)  Land may be designated as a single biobank site even if the land consists of separate parcels of land and whether or not the parcels are adjacent (but only if the land is owned by the same person or persons).
(6)  The regulations may prescribe a procedure for applying to the Minister to enter into a biobanking agreement, including by requiring a fee to be paid in respect of an application.
(7)  The Minister must consult with the Minister administering the Planning Act, the Minister administering Part 2 of the Mining Act 1992 and the Minister administering the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 before entering into any biobanking agreement.
(8)  The regulations may:
(a)  require the Minister, before entering into a biobanking agreement with a person, to consider whether the person (whether or not an individual) is a fit and proper person to enter into, and fulfil the obligations imposed by, the agreement, and
(b)  specify the matters that may be considered by the Minister in determining whether the person is such a fit and proper person.
127E   Content of biobanking agreements
(1)  A biobanking agreement may contain any of the following terms, binding on the owner from time to time of the land:
(a)  requiring or authorising the owner to carry out specified management actions on the land,
(b)  providing for the number and class of biodiversity credits that can be created in respect of any of those management actions in accordance with the biobanking assessment methodology,
(c)  providing for the timing of the creation of biodiversity credits and their release for sale,
(d)  requiring the owner of the land to carry out or continue to carry out any management action in perpetuity, unless otherwise specified (even if a biodiversity credit has already been created in respect of the action or has been transferred or retired),
(e)  restricting the use of the biobank site,
(f)  requiring the owner to permit access to the biobank site by specified persons or persons of a specified class and to allow those persons to take any specified action on the land,
(g)  providing for monitoring, reporting and audit requirements,
(h)  providing for the entitlement of the owner to payments from the Biobanking Trust Fund,
(i)  specifying the manner in which any money provided to the owner under the agreement is to be applied by the owner,
(j)  requiring the owner to repay money paid to the owner under the agreement if a specified breach of the agreement occurs,
(k)  specifying the remedial measures that must be taken in the event that any contingency that has a negative impact on the biodiversity values protected by the agreement or that prevents or disrupts the continuation of a management action in respect of which biodiversity credits are in force or have been retired,
(l)  providing for any other matter relating to a biobank site.
(2)  A biobanking agreement may contain any of the following terms, binding on the Minister:
(a)  requiring the Minister to direct that payments be made from the Biobanking Trust Fund to the owner of the land,
(b)  requiring the Minister to provide technical advice,
(c)  requiring the Minister to provide other assistance,
(d)  requiring the Minister to carry out specified activities or do specified things,
(e)  providing for any other matter relating to a biobank site.
(3)  If the biobanking assessment methodology is amended or replaced after a biobanking agreement is entered into, the biobanking agreement prevails to the extent of any inconsistency between the agreement and the provisions of the biobanking assessment methodology as amended or replaced.
127F   General provisions relating to biobanking agreements
(1)  The Minister must not enter into a biobanking agreement relating to land unless:
(a)  all the owners of the land are parties to the agreement or have consented in writing to the agreement, and
(b)  where the land (not being land referred to in subsection (5)) is subject to a residential tenancy agreement or other lease, the tenant or the lessee has consented in writing to the biobanking agreement, and
(c)  where the land is subject to a mortgage or charge, the mortgagee or chargee has consented in writing to the agreement, and
(d)  where the land is subject to a covenant, the Minister has consulted with the person entitled to the benefit of the covenant about the terms of the agreement, and
(e)  where the land is the subject of a mining lease or mineral claim under the Mining Act 1992 or a production lease under the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991, the holder of the lease or claim has consented in writing to the agreement, and
(f)  where the land is the subject of any mining authority or petroleum title not referred to in paragraph (e), the Minister has consulted with the holder of the mining authority or petroleum title about the terms of the agreement, and
(g)  where the land is owned by a Local Aboriginal Land Council, the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council has consented in writing to the agreement.
Note.
 Subsection (1) (e) applies in respect of any mining lease under the Mining Act 1992 that is granted over the land. This may include a mining lease granted over the subsoil of the land or over parts of the subsoil of the land.
(2)  The Minister may enter into a biobanking agreement relating to land that is Crown lands or lands of the Crown:
(a)  with a public authority (not being a Public Service agency) that owns or has the control and management of the land, or
(b)  if the land is under the control and management of a Public Service agency, with the responsible Minister.
(3)  If a biobanking agreement is entered into under subsection (2) by a public authority that, or responsible Minister who, is not the owner of the land concerned:
(a)  the agreement is taken to have been entered into on behalf of the owner of the land, and
(b)  a reference in this Part to the owner of the land (however expressed) includes, while a public authority has the control and management of the land, a reference to the public authority that has that control and management and, if the public authority is a Public Service agency, the responsible Minister.
(4)  The Minister must not enter into a biobanking agreement relating to Crown-timber lands within the meaning of the Forestry Act 2012 except with the consent of the Minister administering that Act.
(5)  The Minister must not enter into a biobanking agreement for Crown land (within the meaning of the Crown Lands Act 1989), or Crown land dedicated for a public purpose under that Act, except with the consent of the Minister administering that Act.
(6)  In this section, a reference to a person entitled to the benefit of a covenant includes, in the case of a covenant imposed under section 88D or 88E of the Conveyancing Act 1919, a reference to a prescribed authority (within the meaning of those sections) or a person entitled to exercise, on behalf of the Crown, the functions of a prescribed authority under those sections.
127G   Duration of agreements
(1)  A biobanking agreement has effect from a day, or on the happening of an event, specified in the agreement.
(2)  A biobanking agreement has effect in perpetuity, unless:
(a)  it is terminated by consent of the Minister and all the owners (for the time being) of the biobank site concerned, or
(b)  it is terminated by the Minister (without the consent of the owners), and that termination is authorised by this Part.
(3)  The Minister must not consent to the termination of a biobanking agreement unless such measures as may be required by the Minister are taken by the owner of the biobank site to offset any negative impact of the termination on the biodiversity values protected by the agreement. This subsection does not apply if voluntary termination of the agreement is permitted under this section.
(4)  For the purposes of subsection (3), the required measures may include one or more of the following:
(a)  the cancellation of credits created in relation to the biobank site,
(b)  the retirement of credits created in relation to another biobank site,
(c)  entering into a biobanking agreement for the purpose of establishing another biobank site.
(5)  The Minister must consent to the termination of a biobanking agreement on the request of the owner of the biobank site if voluntary termination of the agreement is permitted under this section.
(6)  For the purposes of this section, voluntary termination of a biobanking agreement is permitted only if the owner of the biobank site requests the termination of the agreement within 3 months after it is entered into, or after the expiry of 5 years after the agreement has been entered into, and at the time of termination:
(a)  no biodiversity credits have been created in respect of the biobank site, or
(b)  in a case where biodiversity credits have been created, the owner of the biobank site is the holder of all credits that have been created since registration of the biobank site, none of the credits created have been retired and all the credits are cancelled by the Chief Executive with the consent of the owner.
(7)  The regulations may prescribe a procedure for applying for the consent of the Minister to the termination of an agreement, including by requiring a fee to be paid in respect of an application.
127H   Variation of agreements
(1)  A biobanking agreement may be varied:
(a)  by a subsequent agreement between the Minister and the owners (for the time being) of the biobank site concerned, or
(b)  by the Minister, without the consent of the owners, where that variation is authorised by this Part.
(2)  The Minister must not agree to any variation of a biobanking agreement with the owners of the biobank site unless:
(a1)  if the land is subject to a residential tenancy agreement or other lease, the tenant or the lessee has consented in writing to the variation, and
(a)  if the land is subject to a mortgage or charge, the mortgagee or chargee has consented in writing to the variation, and
(b)  if the land is subject to a covenant, the Minister has consulted with the person entitled to the benefit of the covenant about the variation, and
(c)  if the land is the subject of a mining lease or mineral claim under the Mining Act 1992 or a production lease under the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991, the holder of the lease or claim has consented in writing to the variation, and
(d)  if the land is the subject of any mining authority or petroleum title not referred to in paragraph (c), the Minister has consulted with the holder of the mining authority or petroleum title about the variation.
Note.
 Subsection (2) (c) applies in respect of any mining lease under the Mining Act 1992 that is granted over the land. This may include a mining lease granted over the subsoil of the land or over parts of the subsoil of the land.
(3)  The Minister must not agree to any variation of a biobanking agreement unless satisfied that the variation does not have a negative impact on the biodiversity values protected by the agreement or that other measures required by the Minister have been taken by the owner of the biobank site to offset any such negative impact.
(4)  For the purposes of subsection (3), the required measures may include one or more of the following:
(a)  the cancellation of credits created in relation to the biobank site,
(b)  the retirement of credits created in relation to another biobank site.
(5)  If a biobank site consists of more than one parcel of land, the Minister may consent to the variation of a biobanking agreement so as to terminate its application in respect of any single parcel of land, and the provisions of this section apply in respect of any such variation.
(6)  The regulations may prescribe a procedure for applying for the consent of the Minister to a variation of an agreement, including by requiring a fee to be paid in respect of an application.
(7)  In this section, a reference to a person entitled to the benefit of a covenant includes, in the case of a covenant imposed under section 88D or 88E of the Conveyancing Act 1919, a reference to a prescribed authority (within the meaning of those sections) or a person entitled to exercise, on behalf of the Crown, the functions of a prescribed authority under those sections.
127I   Registration of agreements
(1)  On being notified by the Minister that a biobanking agreement has been entered into, or that any such agreement has been varied or terminated, the Registrar-General must:
(a)  in the case of a biobanking agreement relating to land under the Real Property Act 1900—register the agreement, variation or termination by making an entry concerning the agreement, variation or termination in any folio of the Register kept under that Act that relates to that land, or
(b)  in the case of a biobanking agreement relating to land not under the Real Property Act 1900:
(i)  register the agreement, variation or termination in the General Register of Deeds kept under Division 1 of Part 23 of the Conveyancing Act 1919, and
(ii)  if appropriate, make an entry concerning the agreement, variation or termination in any official record relating to Crown land that relates to that land.
(2)  A biobanking agreement relating to land under the Real Property Act 1900 about which an entry is made in a folio and that is in force is an interest recorded in the folio for the purposes of section 42 of that Act.
127J   Agreements to run with land
(1)  A biobanking agreement that has been registered by the Registrar-General and that is in force is binding on, and enforceable by and against, the successors in title to the owner who entered into the agreement and those successors in title are taken to have notice of the agreement.
(2)  In this section:
successors in title includes a mortgagee, chargee, covenant chargee or other person, in possession of a biobank site pursuant to a mortgage, charge, positive covenant or other encumbrance entered into before or after the registration of the biobanking agreement.
127K   Management actions under biobanking agreement exempt from Planning Act
(1)  Management actions under a biobanking agreement for which biodiversity credits may be created under this Part are taken to be exempt development for the purposes of the Planning Act.
(2)  For the purposes of section 76 (3) of that Act, a reference to the environmental planning instrument in respect of such exempt development is taken to be a reference to the biobanking agreement.
(3)  The regulations may exclude any management actions from the operation of this section.
127L   Enforcement of agreements
(1)  Any person may bring proceedings in the Land and Environment Court for an order to remedy or restrain a breach of a biobanking agreement, whether or not any right of the person has been or may be infringed by or as a consequence of the breach.
(2)  If the Court is satisfied that a breach of the biobanking 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 breach.
(3)  Without limiting subsection (2), the Court may:
(a)  in the case of proceedings brought in the Court by the Minister, award damages against the owner of a biobank site for a breach of the biobanking agreement that arose from an intentional, reckless or negligent act or omission by or on behalf of the owner or a previous owner of the land (being an act or omission of which the owner had notice) including a failure by the owner or previous owner to prevent another person from causing a breach of the biobanking agreement, and
(b)  in any case, direct the owner of the biobank site to retire biodiversity credits of a specified number and class (if applicable) within a period specified in the order and, if the owner does not hold sufficient biodiversity credits to comply with the direction, to acquire the necessary biodiversity credits for the purpose of retiring them.
(4)  In assessing damages for breach of a biobanking agreement by an owner or previous owner, the Court may have regard to:
(a)  any detriment to the public interest arising from the breach, and
(b)  any financial or other benefit that the owner or previous owner gained or sought to gain by committing the breach, and
(c)  any other matter that it considers relevant.
(5)  Proceedings under this section may be brought by a person on his or her own behalf or on behalf of himself or herself and on behalf of other persons (with their consent), or a body corporate or unincorporated body (with the consent of its committee or other controlling or governing body), having like or common interests in those proceedings.
(6)  Any person on whose behalf proceedings are brought is entitled to contribute to or provide for the payment of the legal costs and expenses incurred by the person bringing the proceedings.
(7)  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 biobanking agreement except with the consent of the Minister.
127M   Powers of authorised officers
Without limiting section 156B of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, 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 or a contravention of a biobanking agreement.
127N   Minister may order owner to rectify breach of biobanking agreement
(1)  The Minister may, by order under this section, direct a person who is the owner of a biobank site to carry out at the person’s cost, within a period specified in the order, such work or other actions as the Minister considers necessary to rectify any breach of a biobanking agreement.
(2)  If the requirements of the order are not complied with within the period specified in it, 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 reasonable cost of complying with those requirements.
(3)  This section does not prevent the Minister from seeking an award of damages against the owner of a biobank site for a breach of a biobanking agreement.
127O   Transfer of land to Minister
(1)  Where a person has contravened, whether by act or omission, a biobanking agreement, the Minister may apply to the Land and Environment Court for an order that the land be conveyed or transferred to the Minister, or to another person or body nominated by the Minister.
(2)  Notice of the application is to be served on the owner of the land by the Minister, and otherwise the application is to be made, in accordance with any rules of the Court.
(2A)  Notice of the application must also be served on the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council if the owner of the land is a Local Aboriginal Land Council.
(3)  An order may be made under this section only where the Court is satisfied, on the balance of probabilities:
(a)  that there is a serious risk to the biodiversity values protected by the biobanking agreement because of the contravention by the person, or
(b)  that there is no reasonable likelihood of the person complying with the obligations imposed by the biobanking agreement, or
(c)  that the person has previously committed frequent contraventions of the biobanking agreement, or
(d)  that the person has persistently and unreasonably delayed complying with the obligations imposed by the biobanking agreement.
(4)  If the Court makes the order requested, the Court may impose such conditions on the conveyance or transfer of the land as the Court thinks fit.
(5)  Where land is conveyed or transferred to the Minister, or to a person or body nominated by the Minister, in accordance with an order made under this section, the consideration payable by the Minister, person or body, is to be determined in the same way as the compensation payable under the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 in respect of an acquisition of land, but is to be reduced by the amount that, in the opinion of the Court, is equivalent to any outstanding liability of the person to the Minister arising out of contravention of the biobanking agreement.
(6)  In calculating the consideration payable as referred to in subsection (5), the value of the land is to be determined having regard to the fact that it is subject to a biobanking agreement, and any increase in the value of the land attributable to anything done or omitted to be done in contravention of the biobanking agreement is to be disregarded.
127P   Application of Planning Act
(1)  For the purposes of section 28 of the Planning Act:
(a)  a biobanking agreement is taken to be a regulatory instrument, and
(b)  the Minister is responsible for the administration of such a regulatory instrument.
Note.
 Section 28 of the Planning Act allows an environmental planning instrument to suspend the operation of a regulatory instrument for the purpose of enabling development to be carried out. Such a suspension cannot be given effect to without the concurrence in writing of the Minister responsible for the administration of the regulatory instrument.
(2)  The Minister is not to concur, under section 28 of the Planning Act, to the suspension of a biobanking agreement unless satisfied that:
(a)  the suspension, or any development the suspension of the biobanking agreement would enable to be carried out, does not have a negative impact on the biodiversity values protected by the agreement, or
(b)  other measures are to be taken that will satisfactorily offset the negative impact of the suspension or development on the biodiversity values protected by the agreement (which may include the cancellation or retirement of biodiversity credits).
(3)  In relation to any particular biobanking agreement, a provision of an environmental planning instrument made under section 28 of the Planning Act and in force:
(a)  immediately before the commencement of this section, or
(b)  immediately before the biobanking agreement takes effect,
does not affect the operation of the biobanking agreement unless the provision is subsequently amended to expressly affect the operation of the biobanking agreement.
127Q   Proposals by public authorities affecting biobank sites
(1)  A public authority must not carry out development on a biobank site unless:
(a)  it has given written notice of the proposed development to the Minister and the owner of the biobank site, and
(b)  it has received written notice from the Minister consenting to the development.
(2)  The Minister may consent to the development only if:
(a)  the Minister is of the opinion that the proposed development will neither adversely affect any management actions that may be carried out on the land under the biobanking agreement nor adversely affect the biodiversity values protected by the agreement, or
(b)  the Minister is satisfied that any adverse effect of the development on biodiversity values (including any future improvement to biodiversity values that would otherwise be achieved by the management actions on the biobank site) will be offset by the retirement of biodiversity credits by the public authority, or
(c)  the development is required for an essential public purpose or for a purpose of special significance to the State.
(3)  The Minister may, as a condition of granting consent under this section, direct the public authority to retire biodiversity credits of a number and class (if any) specified by the Minister and, if the person does not hold a sufficient number of biodiversity credits to comply with the direction, direct the public authority to acquire the necessary biodiversity credits for the purpose of retiring them.
(4)  The Minister may approve an arrangement under which:
(a)  the retirement of some or all of the biodiversity credits is deferred pending the completion of restorative actions that will restore or improve the biodiversity values affected by the development, and
(b)  the biodiversity credits the retirement of which is deferred pending the completion of those actions are required to be transferred to the Minister.
(5)  Division 7 applies in respect of any such arrangement as if it were a deferred retirement arrangement approved by the Chief Executive under that Division.
(6)  The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, vary or terminate the biobanking agreement relating to a biobank site without the consent of the owner of the biobank site if consent to development is granted under this section and the variation or termination is necessary to enable the public authority to carry out the development.
(7)  The owner of a biobank site is not entitled to any compensation as a result of the variation or termination of an agreement under this section.
(8)  Subsection (7) does not affect any right to compensation the owner may have under the Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 or any other Act in respect of the development.
(9)  This section does not apply:
(a)  to any part of a biobank site that is a wilderness area within the meaning of the Wilderness Act 1987 or that is critical habitat, or
(b)  in respect of development proposed to be carried out by a public authority on a biobank site if the public authority is the owner of the biobank site and the proposed development is not inconsistent with the terms of the biobanking agreement.
(10)  The consent of the Minister under this section is not an approval for the purposes of Part 5 of the Planning Act.
127R   Resolution of certain disputes
(1)  If a dispute arises as to the failure of the Minister to consent to a development proposal of a public authority under section 127Q, or as to the conditions of any consent granted or proposed to be granted under that section by the Minister, a party to the dispute may submit that dispute to the Premier for settlement.
(2)  On the submission of a dispute to the Premier, the Premier may:
(a)  appoint a Commissioner of Inquiry 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 Minister or public authority is to comply with an order given under this section and is, despite the provisions of any Act, taken to be empowered to comply with any such order.
127S   Prospecting and mining on biobank sites
(1)  The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, vary or terminate a biobanking agreement without the consent of the owner of the biobank site if a mining authority or petroleum title is granted in respect of the biobank site and the Minister is of the opinion that the activity authorised by the mining authority or petroleum title:
(a)  will adversely affect any management actions that may be carried out on the land under the biobanking agreement, or
(b)  will adversely affect the biodiversity values protected by the biobanking agreement.
(2)  If the Minister varies or terminates the biobanking agreement under this section, the Minister may, by order in writing to the holder of the mining authority or petroleum title, direct the holder to retire biodiversity credits of a number and class (if any) specified by the Minister within a time specified in the order.
(3)  A direction may be given to a person under subsection (2) only if biodiversity credits have already been created in respect of management actions that were carried out or proposed to be carried out on the biobank site and have been transferred to any person.
(4)  The maximum number of biodiversity credits that the holder of the mining authority or petroleum title may be required to retire under the direction is the number of biodiversity credits that have been created in respect of the biobank site.
(5)  A person must not, without reasonable excuse, fail to comply with a direction under subsection (2).
Maximum penalty: 10,000 penalty units.
(6)  It is not an excuse for a failure to comply with a direction under this section that the person who is the subject of the direction does not, at the time the direction is given, hold a sufficient number of biodiversity credits to comply with the direction.
Note.
 If the person who is the subject of the direction does not hold a sufficient number of credits to comply with the direction, the person may obtain the required number by purchasing them.
(7)  A court that convicts a person of an offence under subsection (5) may, in addition to or in substitution for any pecuniary penalty for the offence, by order direct the person to retire, in accordance with this Part, biodiversity credits of a specified number and class (if applicable) within a time specified in the order and, if the person does not hold sufficient biodiversity credits to comply with the direction, to acquire the necessary biodiversity credits for the purpose of retiring them.
(8)  The owner of a biobank site is not entitled to any compensation as a result of the variation or termination of an agreement under this section.
(9)  Subsection (8) does not affect any right to compensation the owner may have under the Mining Act 1992, the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 or any other legislation in respect of the grant of the mining authority or petroleum title.
(10)  In this section:
conviction includes the making of an order under section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999.
127T   General provisions relating to variation or termination of agreements without consent of owner
(1)  This section applies if the Minister proposes to vary or terminate a biobanking agreement without the consent of the owner of the biobank site by order under section 127Q or 127S.
(2)  The Minister is not to make such an order unless:
(a)  written notice of the Minister’s intention to vary or terminate the agreement has been given to the owner of the biobank site stating that the owner may make submissions to the Minister within the period specified in the notice (being a period of not less than 28 days), and
(b)  the Minister has considered any submissions made by the owner of the biobank site, being submissions made within that specified period.
(3)  If the order is made, a copy of the order is to be laid before each House of Parliament within 30 sitting days of that House, or such other period as may be prescribed by the regulations, after publication of the order.
(4)  If the order varies the agreement, the owner of the biobank site may, by written notice given to the Minister, terminate the agreement, but only if:
(a)  no biodiversity credits have been created in respect of the biobank site, or
(b)  in a case where biodiversity credits have been created, the owner of the biobank site is the holder of all credits that have been created since registration of the biobank site (that is, none of the credits created have been retired) and all the credits are cancelled by the Chief Executive with the consent of the owner.
127U   Activities authorised by mining authorities and petroleum titles not affected by biobanking agreement
Nothing in this Division:
(a)  prevents the grant of a mining authority or petroleum title in respect of a biobank site in accordance with the Mining Act 1992 or the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991, or
(b)  prevents the carrying out, on or in respect of a biobank site, of any activity authorised by a mining authority or petroleum title in accordance with the Mining Act 1992 or the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991.