Research partners program
The Research Partners Program (RPP) is a collaborative partnership involving Parks Victoria, universities and other research institutions.
Through the RPP, Parks Victoria and researchers undertake applied research to improve park management and ecological understanding.
The objectives of the RPP are to:
- Improve understanding of the natural values of the park system
- Build a strong body of knowledge to guide park management
- Encourage and support research into park management
- Encourage collaboration in scientific research and enable scientists and park managers to work together to enhance protection of parks.
Research is conducted with members of the Research Partners Panel which includes:
- Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Management (Department of Environment and Primary Industries)
- Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (Royal Botanic Gardens and the University of Melbourne)
- Charles Sturt University
- Deakin University
- La Trobe University
- Monash University
- Primary Industries Research Victoria (Department of Environment and Primary Industries)
- RMIT University
- The University of Ballarat
- The University of Melbourne
How the RPP works
RPP brings together the scientific skills of our research partners with the park management skills of Parks Victoria.
There is collaboration at all levels - from project inception through to completion. This ensures projects provide answers to important questions for Parks Victoria while meeting the needs and interests of the researcher undertaking the research.
The scale of research ranges from short to long-term projects, integrating multiple projects and involving researchers from several institutions.
While most research is completed in collaboration with RPP members, we also commission specific research and work with other institutions when the research topic is specifically aligned with Parks Victoria’s needs or where expertise is not available.
The RPP makes a big difference to park management through:
- Improving knowledge and guiding state-wide and local-scale management decisions
- Improving the effectiveness of management programs
- Developing strong relationships between Parks Victoria and researchers
- Attracting additional support from funding bodies or other agencies which allows large, more complex research projects than Parks Victoria or our partners could achieve alone
- Contributing to ecological research and education - almost 300 projects initiated since the RPP began in 2000, over 150 post-graduate student projects supported, scientific publications and conference papers peer reviewed.
07 Aug 2014
An endangered Spotted-tailed Quoll has been sighted in the Great Otway National Park for the first time in 24 years. Related to the Tasmanian Devil, and colloquially known as the ‘Tiger Quoll’, the animal was caught on a remote camera set up as part of an ongoing program by Parks…
30 Aug 2014 8:00am-9:00am
parkrun is free, weekly, 5km timed run that is open to everyone - walkers, runners, families and dogs are all welcome! Westerfolds parkrun occurs every Saturday morning. We're based near the main carpark off the Fitzsimons Lane entrance, and the course is run entirely on sealed paths within the park.
31 Aug 2014 9:30am-10:20am
A superb loop walk that winds through woodland, wet heathland & along boardwalks. Along the way you will encounter a variety of flora including hakeas, wattles, tea-trees, mistletoe, swamp bush pea and button grass. This guided walk is run by Friends of Bunyip State Park.
1 Sep 2014 8:30am - 4 Sep 2014 5:30pm
We will take you behind the scenes on this exclusive, small group adventure as you work alongside a Parks Victoria Ranger to 'track and protect' the elusive Brush-tailed Phascogales, which are on Victoria's threatened species list. You will sample some of the region's best wines, see ancient Aboriginal rock art…
2 Sep 2014 10:00am-11:00am
Enjoy the fresh air of this beautiful park and get an insight into the park’s fascinating history, flora and fauna. This free guided walk run by Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park will lead you across the famous Corrigan Suspension Bridge which stretches through the rainforest canopy, and on either…