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Katjarra western deserts. Image: K Quinlan

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

  • A joint venture partnership with leading Western Australian science research organisations, with multi-disciplinary research expertise.
  • An independent, collaboration mechanism to facilitate end user driven, relevant biodiversity science research.
  • Funded by the Western Australian Government’s Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

Our vision

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

Our purpose

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.

Our history

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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