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.
27 Jun 2014
Parks Victoria and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority are working together to protect saltmarsh habitats in and around Port Phillip as part of a $1.29m Australian Government program over five years to undertake revegetation and pest plant and animal control in areas that are critical for endangered species such as…
1 Aug 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm
Low key, fun, club level MTB racing
5 Aug 2014 11:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 5 August 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the first shot fired in the British Empire in World War I. This shot was fired from Coastal Artillery Gun Emplacement 6 at Fort Nepean on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared…
6 Aug 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…
6 Aug 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…
We’d like to say a special thanks this World Ranger Day to all of our fantastic...We’d like to say a special thanks this World Ranger Day to all of our fantastic rangers who help to care for Victoria's parks. They do an amazing job that includes a huge variety of work. Whether it's helping to fight fires, cleaning up after floods, building new tracks and trails, monitoring native animals and plants, controlling pest species or helping visitors to enjoy their stay, the list is endless! Thank you!View post | Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16.53
Timeline PhotosHRH Prince William the Duke of Cambridge gives his important World Ranger Day message and strong support to the world's rangers, who are the front-line of conservation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpt6vN0vwV0View post | Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16.35
Timeline PhotosToday is World Rangers Day - a perfect day to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all these extraordinary people taking care of and protecting our natural environment. At @[161854162881:274:Greenfleet] we work with Rangers for many of our native reforestation projects, like the forest we planted in Kinglake National Park, Vic. "Ion and Tony, Rangers in charge of Kinglake National Park pictured below, are two of the most passionate people I've ever met. Their work goes beyond protecting the Park and they play a key role in bringing the community together in this beautiful part of Victoria. It's always great to catch up with them and I can't wait to work with them for our upcoming planting days in the Park!", said Aline, our Marketing Coordinator.View post | Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13.10
Today is World Ranger Day and we honour those park rangers who have lost their l...Today is World Ranger Day and we honour those park rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and celebrate and acknowledge the brave, tireless, and critical role of the planets park rangers in protecting our world’s natural and cultural treasures. World Ranger Day 2014 - July 31st - The Thin Green Line Foundationthingreenline.org.auA message from Sean Willmore (Founder of The Thin Green Line Foundation & President of the International Ranger Federation) The 31st of July each year is the one day, more than most, that we ask the world community to pause, reflect and honour those park rangers who have lost their lives in the line…View post | Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10.57
Recent storm damage at Brimbank Park had the team busy cleaning up and removing...Recent storm damage at Brimbank Park had the team busy cleaning up and removing debris. Some of the work involved chain-sawing, and the team were about to tackle one tree when Ranger Kirraly spotted this pair of Tawny Frogmouths. Not wanting to disturb these important and beautiful new residents, the team have rescheduled the works until these locals decide to pack up and make another tree their home.View post | Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13.39