Citizen Science

Citizen science provides great volunteering opportunities for our community to make meaningful contributions to better our understanding of the environment around us. The information and data collected by the community is often utilised by scientists, conservation groups and government to inform the development of policies and strategies to manage and protect the environment.

There are various types of projects you can join which can range from short term or seasonal observations or sampling through to ongoing monitoring and data collection. With many not requiring any previous experience, there are activities to suit all age-groups and abilities.

Click below to learn how you can become a citizen scientist:

Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is a national collaborative project hosted by the CSIRO and supported by the Australian Government to create a biodiversity open access data portal.

It provides the largest database on biodiversity in Australia, using records collected from researchers, conservation groups, government agencies and communities.

Users can search for plant and animal species found in their local area, or from anywhere across Australia with help from the interactive map.

To contribute, you can record a sighting using one of the many apps that the ALA collects biodiversity data from such as iNaturalist or BioCollect.

Learn more by clicking here.