Although the primary purpose of this website is to showcase the activities of Queensland’s non-government scientific societies, a page has been reserved for links to sites and resources of the Queensland and national governments.
The Queensland Government has an “open access” policy which means that in principle, all non-confidential material is available to the public free or for the cost only of reproduction. Finding material however is not always easy. The Government’s “Current Publications Search Engine” is a central point of access for gazettes, scientific and annual reports, current departmental strategies and other statutory and official reports.
Also see the Library catalogue of the Department of Science, Environment etc. Among many other resources, this catalogue indexes scientific papers published by officers of the public service in their professional capacities. Also, the Department of Environment and Science site accesses a wide range of resources, including:
- the Queensland Science Capability Directory which indexes the State’s research centres, institutes, facilities, research hospitals, precincts, laboratories and other research organisations.
The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist is an entity of the Department. It offers:
- Past editions of the Newsletter of the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist
- Educational resources.
WildNet and other wildlife sources
The WildNet Program within the Department of Environment and Science acquires and manages a range of information relating to Queensland’s wildlife. Information from the WildNet database approved for release is made available via the following internet applications:
- Species lists,
- Species profile search
- Environmental reports online
- Queensland Government Open Data Portal
- Queensland Spatial Catalogue
- Queensland Globe
Metadata from relevant articles from the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland have been incorporated within the WildNet database with links to the associated species and reserves. Information about other sources of Queensland wildlife information can be accessed via Useful wildlife resources.
Resource Planning Guidelines – Natural resource management
From c.1995-2006 the Department of Natural Resources published a series of Resource Planning Guidelines that are no longer readily accessible . Some of these documents have enduring value, though legislation and policy has in many cases changed substantially since then. These papers are copyright to the Queensland Government. The Australian Web Archive has captured the set of published guidelines as they stood at August 2004: Resource Planning Guidelines in Trove.
Some titles are re-presented here:
C5-Translating NRM Planning Between the Regional and Property Scales, 2004. Conceptualises the procedures for land-use planning.
E3 Strategic Data Capture Plan, a list of the data sets required to form prudent decisions about the use of land and natural resources, with explanations.
E51 Benefit/Cost of Land Resource Assessment: The Leichhardt Downs (Burdekin) Study, an economic analysis of the value of coordinated land resource assessment, demonstrating a benefit cost ratio of more than 50 to 1, primarily on account of avoided errors.
G100 Implementing Natural Resource Management Plans: Ensuring that something happens. 2004. Explains property rights, tools for achieving conservation and NRM, constituting a coordinating body. A good read for members and staff of NRM and landcare groups.
The Long Paddock is a Queensland Government portal that has provided climate and pasture information to the grazing community since 1995. The site provides access to rainfall and pasture outlooks and decision support tools to support land management decision making and planning for landholders, educators, consultants and extension officers.
Vegetation mapping – Revised SLATS methods produce different results
On 30 December 2021, the Minister for Resources, The Hon. Scott Stewart, released the latest SLATS report. This report marks the first release in a new era of SLATS reporting in Queensland, with the program having revised and enhanced its methods and technologies. The media statement can be read here: https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/94205
The fully-online reports, which include the 2018 woody extent baseline report and the first change report using the new monitoring methods, the 2018-19 report, can be found here:https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/management/mapping/statewide-monitoring/slats/slats-reports
More information about SLATS, its revised and enhanced methods, and where to access SLATS spatial data and data summaries, can be accessed by navigating to the relevant locations from the SLATS parent page: https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/management/mapping/statewide-monitoring/slats
The Queensland Herbarium’s Spatial BioCondition mapping framework which was also part of the program enhancements will aim to deliver mapping outcomes in 2022. More information can be found here: https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/plants-animals/biodiversity/biocondition
Vegetation mapping – State coverage complete (superseded by the above section)
On 30 May 2017 then Science Minister Leanne Enoch announced completion of the mapping of Queensland’s vegetation types – “Version 10.0 of the Regional Ecosystems mapping” – after a scientific initiative extending over 28 years. Natural resource mapping is an input to the planning of a wide range of public sector, business and civil society projects. The value of information of this kind ripples through the economy in many more ways than simply supporting conservation planning.
Congratulations are due to a number of public-spirited scientists from a range of disciplines for investing their time and skills in this project; and to successive Queensland Governments for allowing them the budgets and intellectual space to fulfil this mission. Royal Society of Queensland Member and Past President Paul Sattler OAM has written of the origin of the regional ecosystem program in his memoirs, published on the Society’s website. Paul as a prime mover of the project was invited to deliver an address at the launch following Ministers Leanne Enoch and Dr Steven Miles – published here.
The Minister also released Queensland’s Regional Ecosystems: Building and maintaining a biodiversity inventory, planning framework and information system for Queensland. https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/redd/resource/42657ca4-848f-4d0e-91ab-1b475faa1e7d which documents the history and development of the regional ecosystem biodiversity inventory, planning framework and information system for Queensland.
Also released was Version 3 of the Vegetation of Queensland https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/redd/resource/78209e74-c7f2-4589-90c1-c33188359086 and version 4 of the Methodology https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/redd/resource/6dee78ab-c12c-4692-9842-b7257c2511e4.
A full media explanation is on http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2017/5/30/qld-ecosystems-mapped-and-online-in-worldleading-science-achievement.
A “lost classic” is the CRC for Greenhouse Accounting archive at National Library of Australia.