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Key facts about The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI)

  • An independent institute
  • A joint venture partnership with leading research organisations, with multi-disciplinary research expertise
  • A science research broker that helps identify end user needs and biodiversity knowledge gaps
  • Brings industry, government, researchers and community together
  • Helps address WA’s strategic biodiversity priorities through collaborative research
  • Established October 2015 after extensive stakeholder consultation. Executive Team commenced mid-late 2016
  • Funded by the Western Australian Government’s Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
  • Supported by industry, peak bodies, non-profits and community


To bring together diverse knowledge to protect and conserve Western Australia’s unique biodiversity.


To facilitate collaboration for identifying and addressing strategic biodiversity knowledge priorities for a sustainable future.

Our impact

  • Create opportunities for meaningful change in biodiversity conservation.
  • Enable sustainable development for Western Australia.

Joint venture partnership

We are a collaboration of leading research organisations and are a strong collective voice for managing biodiversity outcomes in Western Australia.

As an independent entity, we engage with end users to address knowledge gaps, needs and priorities.

Our aim is to help shape strategic priorities in biodiversity knowledge, to deliver excellence in biodiversity research and ensure that biodiversity information is accessible to stakeholders.

All stakeholders agree that whilst there is significant effort in accumulating biodiversity knowledge across Western Australia, it is  fragmented. It could be improved to provide integration of knowledge to inform policy and land use decisions.


Prof Mick Poole, Colin Barnett, Prof Alan Robson at the WABSI launch in October 2015

In early 2013, a Steering Group was established to progress the development of The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute. A balance of research agencies, government advisory agencies and industry were represented.

A wide consultation process identified the clear need for an institute that could be independent and address knowledge needs for end users. This led to the establishment of the Institute.

WABSI was officially launched in October 2015, with an executive team appointed in May 2016.

WABSI’s foundation members

  • The University of Western Australia
  • Curtin University
  • Murdoch University
  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
  • The Chamber of Minerals and Energy
  • Environmental Protection Authority
  • Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
  • Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
  • Western Australian Museum
  • BHP

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