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Collecting biological native resources—Biodiscovery

Biodiscovery involves the collection of small amounts of native biological resources (e.g. plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms that are native to Australia) and subsequent screening to identify bioactive compounds that may be used for commercial purposes (e.g. pharmaceuticals and insecticides). Biodiscovery activities are regulated under the Biodiscovery Act 2004.

Any biodiscovery entity wanting to collect and use native biological resources from State Lands or Queensland waters for biodiscovery purposes is required to obtain a collection authority (biodiscovery) from either the Department of Environment and Heritage (EHP) or the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (NPSR), as indicated below.

The holder of a collection authority (biodiscovery), and their agents, are able to collect the native biological resources specified on their collection authority. Collection is to be consistent with all conditions listed on the authority and the compliance code for collection of native biological resources for biodiscovery.

Applicant's kit

Other resources

The following EHP resources are available as indicated. For Department of NPSR resources contact 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or

Available from the library catalogue

The EHP documents referred to on this page are available from the department’s online library catalogue.

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Last updated
15 March 2017