Landscape view of Cape Le Grande southern W.A.

Cape Le Grande southern W.A. / photo by L. Gibson


View the WABSI Research Plan

End user focused research

Our collaboration of researchers is driven by the needs of end users and our desire to support excellence in science as a way to inform decision making.

As a joint venture organisation, we seek two key outcomes:

  • Biodiversity conservation: more effective and efficient strategies for setting priorities and conserving Western Australia’s biodiversity.
  • Facilitation of sustainable development: more effective, efficient and timely processes for environmental assessment, regulation and management.

Supporting excellence in biodiversity science

  • We seek research activities that advance the relevant science and can help position Western Australian academic institutions at the forefront of biodiversity research.
  • We help identify key biodiversity research priorities in W.A. to build a program of comprehensive research that addresses these priorities.

A collaborative research framework

WABSI research framework

Each element above ensures that biodiversity research is clearly directed at meeting the needs of end-users such as industry, conservation managers, land managers, researchers and regulatory authorities.


  • Cross cutting themes mean we ensure that end-users are actively engaged through all phases from conception to completion, particularly those that may be impacted by a research project or program.
  • Research Nodes are led by leading W.A. researchers who oversee the development of a robust research program that builds capability, tools and methodologies in key aspects of biodiversity science.
  • A focus on priority landscapes ensures that activity is targeted at geographic regions within W.A. to achieve integration between end-users and each of the interrelated research nodes.

See Information Management, Biodiversity Survey, Processes and Threat Mitigation, Restoration and Ex-situ.