Permits at Booderee
Research in Booderee National Park is subject to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act), Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 (Cth) (EPBC Regulations), and the Booderee National Park Management Plan 2015.
Purpose of the online application form
The online application form can be used to apply to:
- conduct scientific research in a Commonwealth reserve
- take native biological material/specimens from a Commonwealth reserve
Depending on the location, nature and the type of research you may need additional permits. More information on permit requirements is located at www.environment.gov.au/resource/researchers-3.
Do not use this form for research in
- state/territory reserves or waters. Contact the relevant state or territory government agency regarding their application requirements.
Apply well in advance
You will need to submit your application at least eight weeks before your research is proposed to start. If you have an existing research permit and need more than the permitted time to complete the research, you will need to reapply for another permit well before your permit expires.
Conditions and reporting requirements
Please ensure you and any research participants understand and will be able to meet your obligations under the permit. These are set out in the conditions, and in Part 3 (Agreement) and Part 5 (Statutory Declaration) of the online application. We will contact you if further permit conditions need to be added following assessment of your application. Failure to abide by these conditions may lead to your permit being suspended or cancelled, or your approval being revoked, and may affect future applications.
To conduct research in a Commonwealth reserve, you will also need to meet certain reporting requirements. Details of these requirements are outlined in Part 3 (Agreement) and Part 5 (Statutory Declaration) of the online application.
Consultation with traditional owners
Traditional owners are consulted about all proposed research activities including the activities’ potential benefits to, and impacts on, park management and traditional owners.
The assessment process for permit applications takes into account the following factors:
- the reserve’s research and monitoring priorities – these priorities are in section 5.12 (page 81) of the Booderee National Park Draft Management Plan
- the usefulness of the research to reserve management
- whether traditional owner concerns are satisfactorily addressed
- whether the activity threatens the conservation status of a species or ecological community
- whether the activity can reasonably be done outside of the reserve
- the level of impact on the reserve’s natural and cultural sites and values
- the scientific merit of the activity
- the level of logistical, community and funding support required from the reserve management
- ecological sustainability (where applicable) Removal of native animals or plants from the wild must be ecologically sustainable (not threaten the species viability in the wild, or threaten rare, restricted or localised populations). Research involving the removal of native species will involve closer scrutiny than where collection of specimens is not required.
- institutional ethics approval (where applicable)
Animal Ethics Committee approval is required for any research involving death or any form of handling of vertebrate animals. Human and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee clearance is required for any research which may impact upon people. University based researchers will normally seek clearance through their University’s ethical approval procedures. Independent researchers must arrange to obtain comparable ethics approval.
Successful applicants are issued with either a permit or an approval, depending on the management plan for the reserve. Unless noted otherwise, the information on permits in this application is the same for approvals.
Work health and safety
The Director of National Parks is committed to and has an obligation under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to provide and maintain a safe and healthy workplace for all of its employees and visitors. It is a permit condition that you take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of your team when conducting research, and ensure that your activities do not adversely affect the health and safety of others. In the application you must specify measures you will take to minimise risks to safety, for example having protective equipment or an emergency plan. You must also attach a copy of your institutions’ safety procedures/risk assessment plan (if applicable).
If you would like further information, you can find out more by:
- visiting the Parks Australia website at http://www.environment.gov.au/resource/researchers-3
- emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- calling the Booderee National Park on (02) 4442 1063