Net Gain Assessments

In Victoria, any action that will result in the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation is required to address the three-step approach of Net Gain:

1.   Avoid removal of native vegetation,

2.   Minimise native vegetation removal, and

3.   Offset permitted native vegetation removal.

A Net Gain Assessment details how a proposed action has avoided, minimised and offset native vegetation clearance, resulting in a net gain of the extent and quality of native vegetation across Victoria.

A Net Gain Assessment addresses Victoria’s key policy on native vegetation ‘Victoria’s Native Vegetation Management – A Framework for Action’ (the Framework) developed by the State Government and implemented in 2002.

Net Gain Assessments should be undertaken by suitably qualified and experienced ecologists with a current ‘Habitat Hectare Competency Accreditation’ from DSE.

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