Failure to comply with these conditions may lead to the suspension of access to permit holders. The standard conditions are:

Condition Meaning
Seven days’ notice for access authorisation

Authorisation for research access must be requested by the permit holder at least seven days in advance from the Area Chief Ranger (ACR) who must approve each time you access the area covered by your permit.

When you submit a field work activity request in ParkConnect, the ACR considers public and researcher safety, and any support required from Parks Victoria before authorising your request.

Event sampling and flexible sampling (eg. based on weather conditions) is permitted. A span of time when researchers anticipate researching must be in the planned activity request. Area Chief Rangers must be notified each time you undertake research.

No research activities during fire and emergency events

Research activities are not permitted:

  • during Fire and Emergency events
  • within places assessed to have a high level of bushfire risk and closed for public safety on days of Code Red Fire Danger Rating.

For your own safety, on days of Code Red Fire Danger do not enter parks or reserves and if you are already there you should leave the night before or early in the morning.

Emergency markers are there to help pinpoint your exact location. In an emergency call 000 and quote the emergency marker code. For more information visit and call the VicEmergency Hotline – 1800 226 226.

For more information on Total Fire Bans or Fire Danger Ratings visit or call the VicEmergency Hotline – 1800 226 226.

Occupational Health and Safety

Under Section 26 the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, Parks Victoria has a duty of care to researchers. All research activities must:

  • be consistent with the employer's or affiliated organisation's Occupational Health and Safety requirements, and
  • have risk assessment and mitigation documentation.

Current, approved risk assessment and mitigation documentation must:

  • be provided to Parks Victoria by the permit holder and
  • always be carried and provided to Parks Victoria staff on request.
Sharing your findings

You are expected to provide a short research summary of results outlining your key findings on the template provided and upload it to the ParkConnect website within 30 days of the expiration of your research permit.

The publication of any results regarding this research permit must identify that they were obtained under the terms and conditions of this permit and copies of any publications must also be uploaded to the ParkConnect website. For more information, please contact Parks Victoria.

Research Permit display Researchers must be able to access and display their permit to Parks Victoria staff when requested.
Renewal requests Requests for renewal of a research permit will be considered based on compliance with permit conditions and once reporting requirements are met.