Council of Australian Biological Collections (CABC)

Key submissions


Submission to the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure 2011

CABC provided submissions to both the March 2011 discussion paper and the July 2011 draft strategic roadmap. In its submissions CABC stressed the importance of investing in soft infrastructure including taxonomic and curation expertise, the value in investing in electronic tools and databasing, the need for improved infrastructure for cataloguing and storing specimens including genetic material and the importance of biological collections not only for medical discoveries but also for understanding our natural resources.

Download and read the full submission to the March 2011 discussion paper:

Download and read the full submission to the the July 2011 draft strategic roadmap:


Submission to the Consultation paper on cost recovery under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act 1999)

CABC responded to the EPBC Act cost recovery consultation paper in September 2011. The submission stressed that the sharing of biological specimens between collections should be exempt from cost recovery given the public benefits derived from such activities. The sharing of biological specimens ensures Australia’s taxonomic and biological knowledge of its specimens is kept up-to-date and provides relevant information for the protection of Australia’s native flora and fauna and the identification of potential biosecurity threats.

Download and read the full submission to the EPBC Act consultation paper: