Native Vegetation Offsets
Trust for Nature’s offset program offers proponents and/or developers a means of meeting their planning permit requirements, and landowners funding to support the management of their land for environmental purposes.
What is a native vegetation offset?
Under State and Federal legislation, the unavoidable removal of native vegetation on one site may be balanced by the protection and enhancement of similar vegetation at another. A native vegetation offset is an agreement where a landowner undertakes to protect and improve the quality of native vegetation on their land to balance the approved removal of vegetation elsewhere.
Trust for Nature connects proponents who have an offset requirement with landowners who have suitable vegetation to improve to meet this requirement. We develop an offset agreement and a covenant for the landowner that creates a legal obligation to improve native vegetation over a 10 year period and protect it forever. Under the offset agreement, the proponent provides funds to the landowner to meet this legal obligation. Trust for Nature facilitates this payment as well as the documentation required to meet the planning approval.
Trust for Nature has worked for 40 years to identify and protect high quality native vegetation on private land. With experience meeting State and Federal requirements for native vegetation offsets and supporting landowners to protect the environmental values of their properties, we are able to support the offset process from initiation through to agreement. We then provide ongoing stewardship to assist in the implementation of native vegetation protection and improvement measures. To date, landowners have received funding to manage over 400 hectares of land through our Native Vegetation Offset Program.
For more information on the Offset Program and the process involved please refer to the proponent or landowner page of this website.
Register your interest
The native vegetation offset market is rapidly expanding and Trust for Nature seeking proponents and landowners to meet this demand. As such, both parties are encouraged to contact Trust for Nature as early as possible to be involved in this opportunity.
If you are a proponent please complete a registration of interest form with your native vegetation requirements.
If you are a landowner please complete a registration of interest form to outline the environmental values of your property.
On completion of the appropriate form email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:
Native Vegetation Offsets Team
Trust for Nature
5/379 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000