Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessments (IBSA)

The Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessments (IBSA) program provides industry, regulators and the community with an index of land-based biodiversity surveys conducted in Western Australia. IBSA helps to create better environmental outcomes by maximising the availability of biodiversity data.

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About IBSA

The objectives of IBSA are to capture and consolidate data contained in biodiversity survey reports that support assessments and compliance under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (the EP Act) and to provide a platform to make the information publicly available.

The consolidation of biodiversity data in IBSA will deliver:

  • more efficient assessments for proponents
  • a broader decision-making base for regulators
  • an expanded knowledge base of WA’s flora and fauna
  • improved availability of environmental information for the community.

Further details are provided in our brochure.

What is the scope of IBSA?

Data associated with land-based biodiversity survey reports submitted to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, the Environmental Protection Authority and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety under the EP Act are required to be submitted to IBSA.

This includes surveys conducted for assessment and post-assessment processes for significant and strategic proposals, schemes and scheme amendments, native vegetation clearing permits and works approvals and licences.

Data submitted to IBSA includes flora and vegetation, terrestrial fauna, subterranean fauna and terrestrial aquatic biodiversity surveys. Surveys in marine environments are not included in IBSA; such data should instead be submitted to the Index of Marine Surveys for Assessments.

Submitting information to IBSA

Proponents are required to prepare IBSA data packages to accompany biodiversity survey reports during assessment and compliance processes.

An IBSA data package must be submitted via IBSA Submissions and consists of:

  • the survey report
  • a metadata and licencing statement (completed online)
  • spatially referenced data derived from the survey.

Once a complete IBSA data package has been uploaded, a submission number will be provided. If the IBSA data package is incomplete (i.e. it does not include the information required by the system) the proponent/applicant will not be able to submit it. IBSA data packages with incomplete fields will need to be resubmitted once they have been revised.

The IBSA team will review the submitted IBSA data package in accordance with the IBSA instructions and templates. The submitter will be supplied with an IBSA number if the IBSA data package meets the requirements, otherwise they will be notified of the changes required.

Further details for IBSA Submissions are provided in our fact sheet.

Further information

The IBSA website and data packages are to be used in accordance with the IBSA disclaimer and the metadata and licensing statements/summaries associated with the individual data packages.

For a broad overview of IBSA, refer to the IBSA Familiarisation Session video. For additional information on the IBSA requirements and using the IBSA website, refer to IBSA’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

For instructions and templates to be used when preparing a new IBSA data package, refer to the Environmental Protection Authority’s website. For an overview of how to submit an IBSA data package online, refer to the IBSA Submissions Demonstration video.

IBSA-related queries that can’t be answered using the above resources may be sent to ibsa@dwer.wa.gov.au. Queries related to supplying IBSA data packages for specific proposals and applications should be directed to the relevant assessing organisation.