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.