Restricted access species data is central to research on biodiversity, ecological systems, and anthropogenic climate change. It’s also crucial to industry activities and key Commonwealth, state and territory policies, programs, and regulation. Examples of what this data can point to include:
- the locations of threatened species
- biosecurity threats to Australian agriculture
- private details about the people who made the observations.
But this data often resides in jurisdictional data repositories without nationally consistent licensing and access. While data aggregators like the Atlas of Living Australia provide access to the data, spatial and temporal aspects are obscured due to different access and licensing arrangements.
As events like the 2019–20 bushfires have shown, cross-jurisdictional access to the data in its full resolution is critical to understanding the impact and planning mitigation and recovery efforts. Without this access, it’s difficult to carry out research and decision-making integral to conserving Australia’s biodiversity and supporting resource industries.
By streamlining processes and systems, this project will enable the sharing of restricted access species data for users with appropriate authority. A national aggregated restricted access species data source will allow approved researchers and other users to run species distribution models, locate possible populations, help with the listing of species, and deliver various other research and policy outcomes.
The project will create:
This project is due to be completed by the end of February 2023, and final reports will be published.
Who Will Benefit
This project will benefit:
- peak bodies
- research organisations
- infrastructure providers
- commercial infrastructure providers
- governments (state, territory and Commonwealth)
- data analysts
- resource sector industries
- environmental consultants.
- NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
- NT Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate of the ACT
- WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
- SA Department of Environment and Water
- Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
- Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
- QLD Department of Environment and Science
- Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
- Atlas of Living Australia, CSIRO
- EcoCommons Australia
- Pawsey Supercomputing Centre
- The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute
- Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections
This project mobilises data on Australia’s most threatened species to deliver national datasets and models to support timely, best-practise decision making and high quality research outcomes.
The project will facilitate:
For more information, please visit the Atlas of Living Australia.
Restricted access species data is key to a number of Commonwealth, state, and territory legislations. Read more about 2 of them:
- the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
- the Biosecurity Act 2015, which aims to manage risks to human health, trade, agriculture, and the environment arising from the introduction of exotic species, viruses, and pathogens.
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