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Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 No 63
Current version for 15 May 2020 to date (accessed 26 May 2020 at 23:31)
6.10 Scheme for accreditation of persons who apply method
(1) The Environment Agency Head is to prepare a draft scheme, in accordance with this section, for the accreditation by the Agency Head of persons for the purposes of the application of the biodiversity assessment method.(2) The Minister may, by order published on the NSW legislation website, adopt the scheme with or without any modifications the Minister considers appropriate.(3) The Minister may, from time to time by similar order, amend or replace the scheme.Note.Part 9 requires public consultation in relation to the preparation of the scheme.(4) A scheme for the accreditation of persons under this section may (without limitation) include the following—(a) the qualifications or experience required for persons to be accredited to apply the biodiversity assessment method,(b) the accreditation of Public Service employees or other persons,(c) the procedure for applying for accreditation,(d) the grant of accreditation and the conditions on which it is granted,(e) the period for which accreditation remains in force,(f) the renewal, variation, suspension or cancellation of accreditation,(g) the payment of fees for applications for the grant or renewal of accreditation (including periodic fees while an accreditation remains in force),(h) the provision of information by accredited persons to the Environment Agency Head and other persons in relation to biodiversity assessment reports prepared by the accredited persons,(i) the integrity of biodiversity assessment reports prepared by accredited persons (including the audit of those reports and the establishment of protocols on the engagement of accredited persons to ensure the independent exercise of their functions),(j) the information that an accredited person is required to obtain from a person requesting a biodiversity assessment report.(5) The Minister may, from time to time, arrange for a review of the scheme.(6) The regulations may make provision for or with respect to the contents of a scheme, giving effect to the scheme and reviewing the scheme.