Science and Research

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Wandering Albatross in flight (Diomedea exulans). Photo: Michael Double.
Wandering Albatross in flight (Diomedea exulans)
Australian National Botanic Gardens.
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Birds flock to Coongie Lakes Ramsar site in flood. Photo: Chris Schweizer.
Birds flock to Coongie Lakes Ramsar site in flood
Egg collection
Bird and egg collection
Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Photo: Paul Candlin.
Toolona Creek, Lamington National Park
Project Eden predator-proof fence. Photo: Nick Rains.
Predator-proof fence, Shark Bay region

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

Research permits

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.


Please note close date of applications has been extended to COB Friday 2 May 2014.
New Program Rules and Online Application Form templates available. Applications close 28 April 2014.

The Cleaner Environment Plan

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.​

State of the Environment reporting

In Australia, State of the Environment (SoE) reporting occurs at both the national and state/territory level.