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Research Permits

Research means a systematic investigation into any aspect of Parks Victoria’s business.

What research is supported by Parks Victoria?

Parks Victoria supports universities, other research institutions and individuals to do research in parks, reserves, ports, waterways and on piers. We encourage research identified by us as important in published strategies and plans and support research projects if they add to scientific knowledge, and:

  • help conserve and protect natural and cultural features and processes of parks
  • directly benefit park planning and management, and/ or
  • cannot be undertaken outside a park.

What Research Permits do I need?

A Parks Victoria Research Permit is required for all research conducted on Parks Victoria managed estate. You must complete a DELWP Application for a Scientific Permit to Conduct Research in Areas Managed Under The National Parks Act 1975 Form.

Many research activities require additional permits that must be obtained from the responsible authority before applying for a Parks Victoria research permit.

What additional permits may I need?

Use this table to identify any additional permits you need before applying for a Parks Victoria Permit.

If you are…

Permit issued under…


  • growing, breeding or selling fish or bait   commercially
  • obtaining prohibited/out of season fish
  • carrying out an activity in a fishery
  • taking fish for any reason

Fisheries Act 1995

DEDJTR Fisheries Division

  • taking protected flora specimens, samples,   seed or propagation material
  • researching in protected communities, and/or
  • capturing, handling, releasing, marking or   displaying of any fish, or invertebrates listedunder the Act.

Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988


capturing, collecting or interfering with wildlife including:

  • fauna surveys or live capture and release
  • bird/bat banding (ABBBS), marking, radio   tracking
  • tissue samples or dead specimens

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


researching in a State Forest

Forests Act 1958


researching 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


  • removing an object for research
  • uncovering Aboriginal cultural heritage
  • researching an Aboriginal place or object
  • likely to harm Aboriginal cultural heritage
  • rehabilitating land at an Aboriginal place,   including burial grounds

Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006

Aboriginal Affairs Victoria


  • historic archaeological sites and artefacts
  • historic buildings, structures and precincts
  • gardens, trees and cemeteries
  • cultural landscapes
  • shipwrecks and relics
  • significant objects

Heritage Act 1995

Heritage Victoria

Completing your Parks Victoria application

When you have the correct permit(s) as listed in the table, apply for your Parks Victoria permit with your collected documentation and permit(s).

All research permits managed by Parks Victoria have standard conditions. If any of these conditions are problematic for your research then indicate how and why in the risk assessment questionnaire. Parks Victoria will review and negotiate your requirements with you.

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