Applying for a permit

Parks Victoria supports universities, other research institutions and individuals who wish to carry out research in parks.
To ensure research on land managed by Parks Victoria is consistent with park management objectives and legislative requirements, most research requires a permit or permits under various Acts administered by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Research projects will be supported where they:

  • help to conserve and protect the natural and cultural features and natural processes of parks
  • add to scientific knowledge
  • directly benefit park planning and management
  • cannot be undertaken outside a park

The granting of a scientific research permit is based on the premise that the work will potentially contribute to scientific knowledge and is broadly supported by the community. Researchers should note that the issue of this permit is a privilege not generally available and therefore the probity reflected in the permit indicates the responsibility researchers have to properly undertake authorised research. Close attention must be paid to all conditions on the permit and the failure to do so may result in the revocation of access to parks, reserves and ports for the purpose of conducting scientific research.The interactive permit application process is designed to capture all required information and documentation upfront, helping you to minimize the risk of delays in processing your application.

To apply for a scientific research permit you must complete these steps.


Register as a ParkConnect user on the portal.
Note that you must confirm your email address during this process or you will not be able to proceed.