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.
Before applying for a Parks Victoria Research Permit on ParkConnect, you will need to ensure you have completed the correct permit(s) as outline below.
What Research Permits do I need?A Parks Victoria Research Permit is required for all research conducted on Parks Victoria managed estate. Firstly, you must complete an Application for a Scientific Permit to Conduct Research in Areas Managed Under The National Parks Act 1975 Form through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
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...||Contact...|
researching in a State Forest
|Forests Act 1958||DELWP|
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||DELWP|
|Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006||Aboriginal Victoria|
|Fisheries Act 1995||Victorian Fisheries Authority|
|Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988||DELWP|
researching any of the following:
|Heritage Act 1995||DELWP|
capturing, collecting or interfering with wildlife including:
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 Action Statements and Translocation Plans, consistent with Threatened Species concerns, in your application.
|Wildlife Act 1975
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.
Apply through ParkConnect at https://www.parkconnect.vic.gov.au/scientific-research-permit/