The Victorian Native Vegetation Management Framework was set up to ensure a reversal, across the state’s landscape of the long term decline in the extent and quality of native vegetation, leading to a net gain for the environment.
To achieve this, the Framework sets out a three tiered approach:
To avoid adverse impact, particularly through native vegetation removal
If impact cannot be avoided, then it should be minimised through appropriate planning and design
If that is not possible, appropriate offset options must be identified.
Land used to offset the decline in native vegetation through development must boast ‘like for like’ features to achieve an overall increase in the quality and quantity of native vegetation. The offset needs to be secure and ongoing and 10 Year Management Plans are put in place for each individual offset property to ensure this happens.
The Net Gain Target for those requiring an offset is calculated using a guide developed by DSE which quantifies the Habitat Hectare and conservation value of the native vegetation being lost and determines and quantifies the required Gains relative to the conservation value of the impacted vegetation.
Land Owners who offer land as offsets are compensated for limitations on the use of their land and they receive a separate payment to improve and maintain native vegetation to meet the requirements of 10 Year Management Plans.