Sensitive species are central to significant research, industry activities and key Commonwealth, state and territory jurisdictional policies, programs and regulation. Sensitive species data can include threatened species locations, biosecurity threats to the nation’s agriculture or privacy-related details about people who made observations.
This data often resides in jurisdictional data repositories without nationally consistent licensing and access. The 2019-20 bushfires showed lack of accessibility of national scale data is a significant barrier to research and decision-making critical to conservation of the nation’s biodiversity and supporting resource industries. Data aggregators such as the Atlas of Living Australia provide access, but it is “fuzzed” to protect species, individuals and because of different access and licensing arrangements.
This project will streamline processes and systems to enable the sharing of sensitive species data for users with appropriate authority. A national aggregated sensitive species data source will enable approved researchers and other users to be able to undertake species distribution models, locate possible populations for research, aid the listing of species to improve conservation and a multitude of other research and policy outcomes.
Who is this project for?
- Peak bodies
- Research organisations
- Infrastructure providers
- Commercial eInfrastructure providers
- Government (state, territory and commonwealth)
- Data analysts
- Resource sector industries
- Environmental consultants
What does this project enable?
This project mobilises data on Australia’s most sensitive species to deliver national datasets and models to support timely, best-practise decision-making and high quality research outcomes. Threatened and sensitive species information and data is central to significant research and policy effort. They are the focus of research effort in areas of biodiversity, ecological systems, anthropogenic and climate change and are central to key Commonwealth and state jurisdictional policies, programs and regulation, including under the Environment Protection and Biosecurity Conservation Act (1999). Sensitive species form a central component of biosecurity legislation (Biosecurity Act 2015) aimed at managing risk to human health, trade, agriculture and the environment from the introduction of exotic species, viruses and pathogens.