Research partnerships

Many OEH research projects benefit from collaboration with external research partners such as universities and research institutions in industry and government.

Major OEH programs and existing resources can meet many of the priority knowledge needs identified in the OEH Knowledge Strategy and provide robust scientific evidence to base our decisions on. However, we can add substantial value to what we do by working with external research partners.

Benefits of collaboration

Collaborating with others helps OEH to source and deliver the most relevant, timely and high-quality science, ensuring efficient use of resources and maximum value for government and the community.

We collaborate with other areas of government, research institutions and the private sector to help us close gaps in research capability, and reduce fragmentation and unnecessary duplication of research.

Collaborative partnerships enable OEH and our research partners to access and exchange specialist skills and resources across common areas of interest. This mutually beneficial relationship helps advance research capability across NSW Government by providing opportunities for staff and student placements, joint communication activities and other types of knowledge exchange.

Current partnerships and projects

Significant collaborations between OEH and research partners are based on Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs). We also have other types of agreements with various research institutions both within NSW and across Australia.

OEH has MoUs with:

  • Macquarie University
  • Sydney Institute of Marine Science
  • University of New England
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • The University of Sydney.

Each of the MoUs has a Steering Committee that monitors the effectiveness of the relationship as outlined in the agreed objectives of each MoU.

Through these partnerships, OEH is addressing priority knowledge needs across its 7 knowledge themes:

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
  • Coastal, Estuarine and Marine Environments
  • Landscape Management;
  • Pollution
  • Resource efficiency
  • Water and Wetlands.

Opportunities for collaboration

OEH welcomes the opportunity to develop new partnerships that can help us meet priority knowledge needs and ensure a healthy future for NSW and its environment. Contact us to learn more.