Permit to Undertake Scientific Research (Scientific Permit) - South Australia


Persons intending to use reserves or take protected flora and fauna from the wild for research purposes must obtain a Permit to Undertake Scientific Research (Scientific Permit).

A Scientific Permit provides authority to collect protected species or access reserves for scientific purposes under the National Parks & Wildlife Act 1972, the Wilderness Protection Act 1992, the National Parks & Wildlife (National Parks) Regulations 2001 and Wilderness Protection Regulations 2006.

Scientific Permits are required to ensure that the taking of protected flora and fauna, and the use of reserves for research purposes does not impact on broader animal and plant populations or the environmental integrity of habitats and landscapes.

The DEWNR Science Resource Centre manages the issue of Scientific Permits and the functions of the Wildlife Ethics Committee. The Wildlife Ethics Committee serves the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, the South Australian Museum, ZoosSA and external applicants.

Note also that other approvals may be required in addition to a Scientific Research Permit. Contact the Research Permits Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


Renewable every 12 months on provision of a progress report and dataset (legislative requirement).



Act(s) name

Animal Welfare Act 1985 South Australia

Crown Land Management Act 2009 South Australia

Marine Parks Act 2007 South Australia

National Parks & Wildlife Act 1972 South Australia

Native Vegetation Act 1991 South Australia

Wilderness Protection Act 1992 South Australia

Regulation(s) name

National Parks & Wildlife (National Parks) Regulations 2019 South Australia

Wilderness Protection Regulations 2006 South Australia

Administering agency

Science, Monitoring and Knowledge

Contact details

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Research Permits Officer

Operating address: Science Resource Centre, Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Hackney Road
Adelaide SA 5000
Mailing address: GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: 0881244856
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