Biosis FAQs

The Biosis Business

Where are you and where do you operate?
Biosis has eight offices and works within every state and territory in Australia.
Who do I talk to?
Contact the Biosis office that is closest to you, or call our head office.

Biosis has eight offices across Australia with the flexibility to work anywhere from densely populated urban areas to remote and outback locations.

Am I dealing with a reputable company?
Established in 1983 Biosis is the leading ecology and heritage consultancy in Australia.

With over 8,000 projects completed, we have the experience and expertise to back our reputation.

See our case studies for more information on our projects or talk to us about Biosis and your project.

Are you experienced in the application of all the relevant legislation?
Yes. With Biosis, you have access to Australia’s leading consultants in ecology and cultural heritage. That means dependable advice, experience that shows and innovative solutions that get good outcomes for all stakeholders.

Talk to our team of experts to learn all that you need to know about relevant legislation.

Is Biosis registered with a peak body?
Yes, our staff are members of leading Australian professional associations including the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Incorporated (AACAI), Ecological Society of Australia (ESA), Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) and Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA).

View the complete list of professional associations to which Biosis staff are members.

How does Biosis schedule work on my project?
Biosis manages work in progress and in the pipeline at weekly, national timetabling meetings. This means we can:

  • manage staff and team project resources;
  • manage competing priorities;
  • manage our workforce by location and across the country;
  • plan lead times for pipeline projects and proposals;
  • take on new and time critical work;
  • allocate and delegate work; and
  • manage caseloads to support the wellbeing of our consultants.
Who actually does the work?
Biosis is committed to professional development for our people. That means our project teams include senior leadership staff and the best and brightest specialists.

At Biosis, you deal with the expert consultants who undertake the work.

That means you always know where you stand, with a dedicated ecology or heritage professional team working on your project.

How is your approach different from other consultants in the field?
Biosis is staffed by specialists. We recruit and appoint Australia’s best in aboriginal heritage, aquatic ecology, botany, historical heritage, GIS, marine ecology and zoology.

We develop, test and extend our methodologies and approaches and with a quality assurance and improvement process, we ensure consistent high performance over time.

Objective, assured and committed to professional practise, Biosis is the leader in ecology and heritage consulting.

Ecology Services

What is a flora and fauna assessment?
A flora (plants) and fauna (animals) assessment involves a survey of the native vegetation and areas of fauna habitat on a site. These areas are mapped to assist with project design, and an assessment of the relevant state and federal legislative implications is provided. Biosis uses this baseline information to advise clients on the need for any further work, such as targeted survey for any significant species which could occur on the site, or implications of other policy (e.g. Net Gain in Victoria).
What techniques are used in an aquatic assessment?
Biosis uses a range of sampling techniques in the water body or waterway that contains the aquatic plants and animals of interest.

These include fyke netting, seine netting, gill netting or bait trapping and active sampling techniques such as dip netting, backpack electrofishing, boat electrofishing or bank electrofishing.

Biosis also measures and monitors water quality and macroinvertebrate samples are used to provide a longer term indicator of the condition of the water.

Heritage Services

What is heritage?
Our heritage is made up of material remains and intangible traces; things and memories that paint the portrait of our past.

Archaeological sites, writings and recordings, the built environment, stories, symbols, artefacts and events are also part of our heritage.

In Australia, our heritage is complex and rich thanks to our multi-cultural history and ancient Aboriginal presence.

What is a heritage place?
A heritage place is identified on the basis of material facts, historic written or recorded information and oral history.

In most cases, a heritage place is registered with a regulatory body and is protected by legislation for its historic, archaeological, and ethnographic significance.

How do we protect heritage?
Heritage places are protected by local, state and territory, and Commonwealth legislation.

In most cases, heritage places are registered with an official regulatory agency and are legally protected from harm or destruction.

Why do we protect heritage?
Heritage is an important link to our past and is central to the preservation and growth of our cultural identity.

Heritage is protected so that our collective memory is maintained and so that our shared values are upheld.

What is a heritage overlay?
A heritage overlay protects an extended area, such as a street or large property, of historical significance.

Heritage overlays are most often managed by local governments and provide protection over districts or zones to ensure that additions, changes and new buildings do not compromise the historical value of the existing built environment.

How might the heritage overlay affect my project or development?
Heritage overlays are specific to each state and territory and differ according to heritage type and level of government.

Heritage overlays set limitations on the nature of developments. An overlay may restrict the transformation or removal of a building and if significant archaeological remains are present, detailed investigations are required.

In most cases, heritage overlays can be accommodated with the guidance of a heritage consultant.

What is Indigenous heritage?
Indigenous heritage is the history, story, artefacts and archaeology of Indigenous Aboriginal Australians. Indigenous heritage applies to the period before colonial settlement of Australia as well as more recent Aboriginal heritage.