The Melbourne Strategic Assessment (Environmental Mitigation Levy) Act 2020 imposes a levy to fund measures to mitigate impacts on biodiversity caused by the development of land in Melbourne's growth corridors. The liability to pay an MSA levy is triggered when a levy event occurs within the levy area. The only levy events are the:

  • issue of a Statement of Compliance for a plan of subdivision (i.e. subdivision of land),
  • application for a building permit,
  • approval of a work plan or variation of a work plan under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990,
  • construction of utility infrastructure on Crown land,
  • construction of a road on Crown land.

Further detail on the MSA Act are found here

Levy prices (as of 1 July 2020) 

The levy prices from 1 July 2020 are listed below:

Levy type

Rate per hectare from
1 July 2020

Native Vegetation patch

$113,441

Scattered tree (per tree)

$15,768

Golden Sun Moth

$10,005

Growling Grass Frog

$7,846

Matted Flax-lily

$11,351

Southern Brown Bandicoot

$4,138

Spiny Rice-flower

$8,522

Biodiversity offset requirements outside the levy area

MSA levies only apply to land within the MSA Act levy area

In precincts regulated under the MSA Program, but not included within the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy area, landowners can meet their obligations either through biodiversity offset fees or in accordance with the relevant Native Vegetation Precinct Plan.

If you are undertaking actions associated with urban development in one of the following precincts, please contact msa.habitatcompensation@delwp.vic.gov.au for more information:

  • Cardinia Road Employment Area
  • Clyde North (excluding the Western part now known as Pound Road)
  • Craigieburn (R2)
  • Cranbourne East
  • Cranbourne North (Stage 2)
  • Greenvale North (R1)
  • Greenvale West (R3)
  • Melton North
  • Officer
  • Taylors Hill West
  • Toolern
  • Truganina South

More information

For more information about habitat compensation obligations, please email msa.habitatcompensation@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 14/10/20