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The Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and Local Land Services Amendment Act 2016 required OEH to transition to the new land management framework, which began on 25 August 2017. The Act takes advantage of the best available science and data to ensure a balanced approach to land management and biodiversity conservation in NSW.

The integrated package of reform features:
1. New arrangements that allow land owners to improve productivity while responding to environmental risks
2. New ways to assess and manage the biodiversity impacts of development
3. A new State Environmental Planning Policy for impacts on native vegetation in urban areas
4. Significant investment in conserving high value vegetation on private land
5. A risk-based system for regulating human and business interactions with native plants and animals
6. Streamlined approvals and dedicated resources to help reduce the regulatory burden
There is ongoing work being undertaken to provide additional tools and products to support the implementation, and ensure it delivers the best economic, social and environmental outcomes for NSW.


IMA was responsible for delivery of the program and fulfilled the roles of Program Manager, Program Coordinator, Program Financial Coordinator, Project Manager(s) and Business Analyst(s). These roles constituted 90% of the management team for the program.

  • IMA Program Manager validated the project outcomes with regards to prioritisation and feasibility to be delivered within the available budget.

  • The Business Analysts adopted AGILE requirements elicitation methodology, in line with the program delivery strategy, contributing to the SPRINT planning sessions with prioritised business requirements, assisting testing services, shadowing the SPRINT development and reviews at the end of the SPRINT (Showcase and Retro's).

  • The Project Managers implemented the SCRUM development methodology and program change management methodology to deliver the scientific tools, as key output of the BC/LLS Act 2016. Due to the nature of the business, scope creep and change of requirements was a challenge for the program. This required expertise in stakeholder management to carefully navigate the prioritisation and negotiation discussions with the business.

  • End to End governance of Risks, issues, assumptions and dependencies across the workstreams including program level reporting, contributing to steering committee reporting.

  • Implemented a resourcing strategy in an environment highly dependent on agencies and contractors for development and spatial services

Further documentation on the approach adopted can be provided on request.


  • Incorporation of the Biodiversity Assessment Methodology to OEH business processes and underlying systems.

  • Scientific tools to calculate BAM credits and value of same.

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