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.


Improved process

To improve the user experience and make it easier to undertake research in Victoria’s parks and waterways, Parks Victoria is changing our research permit process. 

Parks Victoria will now issue research permits for activities in all parks and waterways it manages, rather than DELWP. The new research permit will be called an “Access Agreement for Research Activities” and will be managed through Park Connect. Researchers can apply for an Access Agreement at

Activities requiring approval under the Wildlife Act or Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act will require a separate permit from DELWP.  To apply for these permits, please go to

To minimise disruptions for researchers, all existing permits will remain valid. Pending permit applications or requests for amendments will continue to be processed and applicants will be contacted if additional information is required. 

We will update this webpage and ParkConnect as more information about the new process becomes available.



What additional permits may I need?

Use this table to identify any additional permits you need to undertake research in Victoria's natural environment.

 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
  • removing an object for research
  • uncovering Aboriginal cultural heritage
  • researching an Aboriginal place or object
  • likely to harm Aboriginal cultural heritage
  • rehabilitating land at an Aboriginal place, including burial grounds


Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 First Peoples - State Relations (formerly Aboriginal Victoria)
  • growing, breeding or selling fish or bait commercially
  • obtaining prohibited/ out of season fish
  • carrying out an activity in a fishery
  • taking fish for any reason


Fisheries Act 1995 Victorian Fisheries Authority
  • taking protected flora specimens, samples, seed or propagation material
  • researching in protected communities, and/or
  • capturing, handling, releasing, marking or displaying of any fish, or invertebrates listed under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988


Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988  DELWP

 researching any of the following:

  • historic archaeological sites and artefacts
  • historic buildings, structures and precincts
  • gardens, trees and cemeteries
  • cultural landscapes
  • shipwrecks and relics
  • significant objects


Heritage Act 1995 DELWP

capturing, collecting or interfering with wildlife including:

  • fauna surveys or live capture and release
  • bird/bat banding (ABBBS), marking, radio tracking
  • tissue samples or dead specimens

    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

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