What research is supported by Parks Victoria?
Parks Victoria supports universities, other research institutions and individuals who wish to carry out research in parks, reserves, waterways, ports and piers.
Defining research as carrying out a systematic investigation into any aspect of Parks Victoria’s business, we encourage research identified as important by us in published strategies and plans and support research projects if they add to scientific knowledge and:
- Help to conserve and protect natural and cultural features and processes of parks.
- Directly benefit park planning and management.
- Cannot be undertaken outside a park.
What kind of research permit do I need?
A Parks Victoria research permit is required for all research conducted on Parks Victoria managed estate.
Many research activities require additional permits that must be obtained before applying for a Parks Victoria research permit. A list of activities that require additional permits is outlined in the table below.
Applications for these activity-specific permits should be submitted directly to the relevant government department, agency or authority.
|Fisheries Act 1995||Victorian Fisheries Authority|
|Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988||Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning|
| Capturing, collecting or interfering with wildlife, including: |
Note: Invasive procedures with wildlife require Animal Ethics Approval from the institution managing the research. Bird or bat banding requires approval from the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme.
Important: Include in your application action statements and translocation plans, consistent with threatened species concerns.
|Wildlife Act 1975||Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning|
|Research in a state forest||Forests Act 1958||Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning|
| Research in reference areas|
Note: These are areas of high conservation value with restricted access. Only projects of minimal impact on biodiversity are considered. Allow extra time for the Reference Areas Advisory Council approval.
|Reference Areas Act 1978||Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning|
|Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006||Aboriginal Affairs Victoria|
| Researching: ||Heritage Act 1995||Heritage Victoria|
Applying for a Parks Victoria research permit
To apply for a Parks Victoria research permit go to www.parkconnect.vic.gov.au/scientific-research-permit
Please ensure all activity-specific permits have been obtained before submitting your application. You will need to provide a copy of the relevant permit and any supporting documentation as part of the application process.