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Biodiscovery Act 2004 -1 July 2014

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An entity may apply to the Environmental Protection Agency for an authority to take and keep native biological material for biodiscovery. The application in most instances is to contain a biodiversity plan approved by the DSDI.

  • Sections 10, 11, 12, 36, 37
Reason for law

To ensure the State obtains a fair and equitable share in the benefits of biodiscovery. (Section 3)

Relevant links

Collecting biological native resources – Biodiscovery [Department of Environment and Heritage Protection]

Queensland Herbarium

National Research Collections of Australia [CSIRO]

International Council for Science

Media article

Bigfoot, the Kraken and night parrots: searching for the mythical or mysterious


A biodiscovery entity may be required to keep records for 30 years – see s43. This is a long time to keep records.

The register of collection authorities referred to in sections 27 and 28 of the Act can only be accessed by the public at the department’s head office. Ideally this register should be available on the internet.

There is no information on how to access the register of benefit sharing agreements referred to in section 42 of the Act.



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