Knowledge centre

Research and publications

Our research

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) undertakes a range of scientific activities such as:

  • providing technical services to support implementation of programs
  • collecting and providing fundamental statewide datasets and information products to support delivery of policy and programs across NSW
  • providing expert advice, such as on potential impacts and outcomes of actions
  • research and modelling to advise on development and/or implementation of policies and programs
  • developing science-based tools and approaches to support operational delivery of programs.

The organisation makes our data, information and knowledge available, such as in OEH publications and staff papers published and presented.

Scientific rigour

The OEH Scientific Rigour Position Statement (PDF 174KB) ensures that all science undertaken or commissioned by OEH meets globally accepted standards of scientific rigour from start to finish. This will ensure OEH has robust scientific evidence on which to base decisions. It also prevents wasting resources on scientific work which does not meet standards of scientific rigour, and so will not deliver defensible and/or meaningful results.

The NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer is leading work across the NSW Government on scientific rigour. OEH's approach to scientific rigour will be informed by this work.

Knowledge Strategy

The Knowledge Strategy sets short-, medium- and long-term priorities for science and research activities by OEH. These priority activities address environmental issues that matter most to the Government and people of NSW. The strategy outlines how we work with partners to achieve shared goals, and how we make our knowledge available. For more information, contact

Scientific advisory committees

OEH is committed to using rigorous science to underpin its activities. The organisation runs several scientific advisory committees to glean external expertise to advise on major programs and initiatives. These include:

Licensing and approval

A scientific licence may be required to undertake your work if you plan to harm native plants or animals, or damage their habitat.

People intending to use wildlife and other animals for scientific purposes (including research, teaching and environmental studies) are likely to need approval from an Animal Ethics Committee under the Animal Research Act 1985 and the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes. More information is available on the Animal Ethics InfoLink website.

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Page last updated: 09 February 2016