Nature is complicated and we will never know it all

But we know that to best look after something, we need to first understand what it is and how it works. That’s why our conservation approach is based on best-practice science.

Research is an important part of environmental management. It provides objective, reliable information to underpin and support sound decision making. Our staff undertake research programs in partnership with many different organisations, enabling us to deal with uncertainty or knowledge gaps; understand how ecosystems, communities and species function; and understand and refine management programs


We undertake research projects under these priority themes:

  • Improving management effectiveness
  • Decision-support - priority setting and resource allocation
  • Ecosystems and species
  • Ecosystem restoration and conservation
  • Managing invasive species
  • Over-abundant native animals
  • Fire ecology
  • Urban biodiversity
  • Environmental impacts of visitors
  • Inventory
  • Climate change

Zebra fish at Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park

Marine programs

The marine research program provides information on natural values and threatening processes within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).


Research Activity Access Agreements

Parks Victoria supports universities, other research institutions and individuals to do research in parks, reserves, ports, waterways and on piers.

Two teenage children studying plants and making notes

Citizen Science

Anyone can get involved in understanding and supporting our environment through citizen science programs.


Research Partners Program

The Research Partners Program (RPP) is a collaborative partnership involving Parks Victoria, universities and other research institutions to improve park management and ecological understanding by undertaking applied research.

A Blue Tongue Lizard in the Murray Sunset National Park.

Signs of Healthy Parks

Signs of Healthy Parks (SHP) provides a framework for systematic and integrated ecological monitoring of the health of the state’s ecosystems.

Two mushrooms grow in the undergrowth in the Great Otway National Park.

State of the Parks

Parks Victoria evaluates the effectiveness of our park management activities in parks across the state through our State of the Parks (SoP) program.

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