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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.