Science and Research
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Science and research plays an important part in the protection of biodiversity. The department takes advice from scientists and administers a range of programs and facilities involved in scientific research into the conservation and sustainable use of Australia's biodiversity.
Australia's biodiversity science and research
Organisations and programs
- Access to biological resources
- Australian Biological Resources Study
- Australian National Botanic Gardens
- Biodiversity hotspots
- Bird and bat banding
- National Environmental Research Program
- National Plan for Environmental Information
- State of the Environment reporting
- Supervising Scientist Division
- Threatened Species Scientific Committee
Permits are required under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for:
- research activities in Commonwealth Parks and reserves
- research activities that affect threatened species or communities in Commonwealth areas
- whales, dolphins and porpoises in Commonwealth waters and outside Australian waters
- the import and export of plants, animals and other organisms
- research activities involving protected species in the Territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Coral Sea Islands
Export or import of specimens for research purposes
The non-commercial export or import of a specimen may be approved for scientific research if the project will result in a better understanding or increased knowledge: of the taxon; of the conservation of biodiversity; or of the maintenance and/or improvement of human health.
The Australian Government's Plan for a Cleaner Environment - Clean Air, Clean Land, Clean Water and National Heritage - will help realise the vision of a great society by protecting and improving our environment for future generations.