Parks Victoria supports universities, other research institutions and individuals who wish to carry out research in parks.
To ensure research on land managed by Parks Victoria is consistent with park management objectives and legislative requirements, most research requires a permit or permits under various Acts administered by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI).
Research projects will be supported where they:
- help to conserve and protect the natural and cultural features and natural processes of parks
- add to scientific knowledge
- directly benefit park planning and management
- cannot be undertaken outside a park.
Researchers are encouraged to focus on research tasks that have been identified as important for the proper management of a particular park including those research priorities listed in park management plans.
Application forms for research permits can be downloaded from DEPI website.
A list of research activities and the permits required for that research is given in the tables below.
Research Permits required under different acts
|National Parks Act 1975||
Any survey or research work on land managed under the National Parks Act 1975 including:
National Parks Act permit
|Wildlife Act 1975||
Any capture, collection or interference with wildlife, as defined by the Wildlife Act 1975 including:
Wildlife Act research permit
|Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988||
Any taking of protected flora, direct (picking) or indirect (trampling) including collection of herbarium specimens; collection of vegetation samples; collection of seed or propagation material and research in protected communities.
Capture, handling, release, marking or display of any FFG listed fish
Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act permit plus:
|Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988||
Collection of any Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act listed invertebrates
|Wildlife Act research permit plus approval of the land manager.
|Reference Areas Act 1978||
Any research activity in Reference Areas.
Note: Reference Areas are areas of high conservation value and have restricted access. Research approval is only given for projects that will have minimal impact on biodiversity values. Allow extra time for the application to be approved by the Reference Areas Committee.
|Reference Areas Act permit plus other permits if relevant.
|Act||Activity||Permit or approval required||Contact details|
|Fisheries Act 1998||Capture of fish, placing nets or structures in waterways||Fisheries permit or license||
Phone: 9412 5775
|Wildlife Act 1975||Bird or bat banding||Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme authority||
Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme
Phone: 02 6274 2407
|Wildlife Act 1975||Invasive procedures with wildlife||Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee approval||The research institution managing the research, e.g. a university|
|Archaeological and Aboriginal Relics Preservation Act 1972||Archaeological surveys and research, aboriginal sites and pre European contact projects||
Notify Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.
Liaise with Aboriginal Community representatives.
Aboriginal Affairs Victoria
Phone 136 186
|Heritage Act 1995||Archaeological surveys and research, historical, post European contact projects||
Permit to conduct an archaeological survey.
Consent to disturb a known archaeological site.
Level 22 Nauru House
Phone: 9655 6519
|Park Victoria Act 1998||Heritage research and archaeological surveys, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, on land managed by Parks Victoria||Approval from Parks Victoria||
Phone: 13 19 63
|Park Victoria Act 1998||Sociological research, visitor surveys, market research, visitor services in parks||Approval from Parks Victoria||
Phone: 13 19 63
|Forests Act 1958||Any research in State Forests||Approval from the Forests Management Branch of DEPI||
Forest Manager at the local DEPI Office
Forests Management Branch
Phone: 136 186
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