What is a Research Permit?

A Research Permit authorises research on the land and waters we manage. An application must:

  • be consistent with Parks Victoria management objectives, and legislative requirements, and
  • address all safety, environment, and heritage risks

Why do I need a Research Permit?

To conduct any research in a park:

  • a permit legally exempts you from the park rules and specifies the research conditions and location, and
  • researchers must comply with all the conditions in a permit to ensure their access is maintained

Who applies for the Permit?

The ‘Initial Researcher’ applies for the permit. ‘Additional Researchers’ may be added and will be contacted to review and endorse the application, providing contact and professional affiliation details. Once a permit is issued, the Initial and Additional Researchers are all regarded as permit holders.

How long does it take?

Your request may require consultation between several groups, taking a minimum of 4 weeks after all the Additional Researchers have reviewed and accepted the terms of your permit.

How do I apply for a permit?

Begin by gathering your information.

StepActionWhy do I do this?
1 Identify:
  • locations
  • species, or
  • issues and interests
To assess your permit request:
  • assemble all the information, and
  • identify if you need extra permits.
See: What kind of Permit do I need? (Research Permits)
2 Complete your:
  • OH&S Risk Assessment & Mitigation Plan
  • Maps
  • Work Plans
This information is required for you to work legally in parks under a permit. Application assessment considers your approach to:
  • mitigating risks, and
  • causing minimal impact within the environment.
3 Complete the application
Log in or register for the first time
Your answers ensure that the impacts of your research are assessed correctly.
4Add any Additional Researchers:
  • names, and
  • email addresses
Additional Researchers receive an email invitation to:
  • review the permit and
  • accept the terms of the permit

What happens next?

Your invitation may be accepted or rejected by the Additional Researchers. If not responded to in 7 days the response is treated as a rejection. This part of the process may lengthen the processing time.

Enter your planned activities

When the Permit is granted, a permit holder must log in and enter the planned activities. Planned activities must be approved by the Area Chief Ranger before researchers may access parks and reserves to undertake research.

Role of the Area Chief Ranger

Area Chief Rangers will consider planned activities and:

  • provide information about accessible roads and tracks and if conditions are safe for vehicle access
  • establish emergency procedures and communications procedures in the event of an emergency
  • confirm for your specific fieldwork location and any access points to that location that there are no:
    • scheduled prescribed burns, animal control program and/or plant control programs
    • bush fires currently burning
  • allow for an on-site induction by Parks Victoria staff if required.