Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessments (IBSA)

The Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessments (IBSA) is the department’s online portal to information about land-based biodiversity surveys in Western Australia. IBSA was developed as the result of collaboration between the State Government and the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute, and involves the department, the Environmental Protection Authority and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety as participating agencies.

To go directly to the IBSA portal, click here.

About IBSA

The objective of IBSA is to capture and consolidate data contained in biodiversity survey reports to support assessments and compliance under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (the 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 IBSA brochure.

What is the scope of IBSA?

Everybody who conducts land-based biodiversity surveys to support environmental assessments and compliance under Parts IV and V of the Act is required to submit data as part of these processes.

This includes biodiversity surveys supporting:

  • applications to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation for native vegetation clearing permits, works approvals and licences
  • referrals to the Environmental Protection Authority of proposals and schemes
  • applications to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety for native vegetation clearing permits.

Data should be submitted for flora and vegetation, terrestrial fauna, subterranean fauna and terrestrial aquatic biodiversity surveys. Data are not required for surveys in marine environments.

Once data has been used for assessment purposes, the department will make basic information for each dataset available online via IBSA. Data owners will have control over how accessible the complete datasets are.

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 is to be submitted electronically and consists of:

•    the survey report 
•    a metadata and licencing statement 
•    spatially referenced data derived from the survey.

The relevant agency will then submit each data package to IBSA during the assessment or compliance process on the proponent’s behalf.

To assist proponents in preparing IBSA data packages, instructions and templates are available on the Environmental Protection Authority’s website.

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

Further information

Refer to the IBSA Frequently Asked Questions and familiarisation session pages for further information about IBSA requirements and using the IBSA portal.

Queries regarding IBSA and the portal can be directed to the IBSA team at Queries related to supplying IBSA data packages for specific proposals and applications should be directed to the relevant officer at the assessing agency.