The collection of habitat compensation fees will fund the delivery of the Melbourne Strategic Assessment program’s commitments to the Commonwealth Government, and also meet Victorian requirements. The fees are used to protect and manage land with important biodiversity values, which mitigates the impacts of urban development in the growth corridors.

The cost of the fees to landowners depends on the time-stamped records of native vegetation, threatened species habitat and scattered trees mapped onto their land parcels.

Landowners can apply to DELWP to meet their habitat compensation obligations in stages where land will be subdivided. In some circumstances, habitat compensation obligations can be met by providing in-kind contributions, such as the transfer of conservation area land.

Current fee prices

DELWP determined the prices for the habitat compensation fees based on the cost of conservation works required for native vegetation and threatened species under the MSA Program.

An independent advisor ensured that the cost recovery model used calculated the fees in the most efficient and cost-effective way. The model was developed in accordance with the principles outlined in the Victorian Government's Cost Recovery Guidelines.

A comprehensive list of cost-recoverable activities that need to be funded was reviewed and used to calculate the pricing.

The current fee prices (excluding GST) are listed below:

Fee type
UnitPrice 
Native VegetationPer hectare of native vegetation considered lost or removed$95,075
Scattered treePer tree considered lost or removed$13,218
Growling Grass FrogPer hectare of category 2 habitat considered lost or removed$7,529
Golden Sun MothPer hectare of habitat considered lost or removed$7,914
Spiny Rice-flowerPer hectare of habitat considered lost or removed$7,937
Matted Flax-lilyPer hectare of habitat considered lost or removed$11,196
Southern Brown BandicootPer hectare of habitat considered lost or removed$4,015

Habitat compensation obligation estimates

Landowners in the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (BCS) area can estimate their habitat compensation obligations for  DELWP’s Native Vegetation Information Management (NVIM) tool.

The Native Vegetation Information Management system (NVIM) provides an interactive, browser-based way to view the mapped areas and estimate habitat compensation obligations for various land parcels. The data itself is also available for download (refer Environment mitigation dataset below).

The different fee types are dependent on the time-stamped mapping data of areas of habitat and native vegetation.

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Meeting habitat compensation obligations

Habitat compensation obligations (HCOs) are determined by the Environment mitigation dataset.  The different fee types are dependent on the time-stamped mapping data of areas of habitat and native vegetation.  

Please register for an NVIM account, if you haven't previously. Note, only the applicant who has registered the NVIM account will be able to access their related registration(s) and associated documents. We recommend that you use a shared email and password if you require other people to directly access this information.

Then, please submit a registration for your land parcel development or infrastructure project.    

For infrastructure projects, please refer to the MSA Infrastructure Project Fact Sheet

For land parcel development projects (in full), please refer to the MSA Land Parcel Development Fact Sheet.

For land parcel development projects (in stages), please refer to the MSA Staged Land Parcel Development Fact Sheet.

If you require assistance, please refer to the NVIM Fact sheet or contact us via email at msa.habitatcompensation@delwp.vic.gov.au

Biodiversity offset requirements outside the BCS area

The habitat compensation fees only apply to precincts within the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 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: 01/10/2018