Over the last 15 years Abzeco has successfully completed 700+ Biodiversity Assessments across all regions of Victoria, interstate and internationally. The scope, type and complexity of Biodiversity Assessments range from Basic to Detailed pathways and encompass a wide range of applications from a development applications for single dwellings to large (500+ lot) residential and industrial estates. But it’s not always about development impacts, many of our flora & fauna survey projects are for strategic, long-term biodiversity monitoring and management of biodiversity values and threatened species habitat.
Abzeco staff have current certificates of competency under the DELWP Vegetation Quality Assessment (Habitat Hectare) accreditation system. We are experience in the intricacies of the Victorian Planning Provisions, in particular Clause 52.17, and application of the Victorian Guidelines for the removal, destruction and lopping of native vegetation. We are also familiar with the requirements of previous regulatory systems such as ‘the Framework’ (DNRE 2002) and the ‘Biodiversity Assessment Guidelines’ (DEPI 2013).
Our team are proficient at interrogating key biodiversity databases such the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas (VBA), the Native Vegetation Management (NVIM) Tool, NatureKit, Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), the EPBC Act Protected Matters Search Tool (PMST), EnSym, Planning Maps Online and we have a data share agreement with the State of Victoria to ensure that all information underpinning our work is up to date, relevant and sufficient for assessment against the relevant legislation by the responsible authority.
Abzeco staff have a holistic understanding of the Victorian Planning Scheme and regularly liaise with Biodiversity, Planning and Referrals Officers across DELWP and municipal authorities to ensure all applications are assessed under the correct and most efficient pathway. We are familiar with the EPBC Act, regularly undertake Federal Referrals for our clients and liaise with DoEE.