Legislation and governance

The legislative framework for the operations of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) is set by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017 and the Biodiversity Conservation (Savings and Transitional) Regulation 2017. Part 10 of the Act constitutes the BCT.

The purpose of the Act is to maintain a healthy, productive and resilient environment for the greatest wellbeing of the community in NSW, now and into the future, consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development.

The BCT has zero tolerance to integrity being breached. Staff are expected to behave ethically and act in the public interest at all times as outlined in the Code of Ethics and Conduct (the Code). Staff are any persons working for the BCT in any capacity such as employees, persons contracted as employees, and volunteers. The BCT Board members and members of Board sub-committees also apply the Code’s standard of conduct.

The BCT has established a comprehensive governance framework. This includes:

The BCT is committed to ensuring that information is accessible to the government and the community of NSW. The BCT Continuous Disclosure Policy Statement outlines the information that we proactively disclose such as material on our program offerings and outcomes as well as our corporate and governance functions. Our Agency Information Guide describes our organisation, the types of information we hold, and how we manage our information. If you are seeking access to information that is not available on our website – refer to how to access information.