Our work

Department of Planning and Environment science focusses on delivering the best available scientific evidence and tools to support decisions affecting the health of the NSW environment.

It is our role to make sure the right science gets to the right people at the right time.

Our science is developed in partnership with our divisions, the EPA, NPWS, other government colleagues, universities and the broader research community. These partnerships build on our knowledge base and help deliver the highest quality and most relevant research.

Support and services

Our work supports environment program and policy development and implementation across the State.

They include:

  • providing technical services and science-based tools
  • collecting and providing state-wide datasets and information products
  • providing expert advice, such as potential impacts and outcomes of actions and programs
  • research and modelling services

We make our data, information and knowledge available, including in publications and published and presented staff papers.

Collaborating with others helps us 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.  

Significant collaborations between the Department of Planning and Environment and research partners are based on Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs). We also have other types of agreements with a number of research institutions both within NSW and across Australia.

Read about our partnerships at Research partnerships and Research hubs and about opportunities to collaborate with us at Research Partnerships Strategy.


You may need a scientific licence 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

The EES Scientific Rigour Position Statement (PDF 208KB) ensures that all science undertaken or commissioned by us meets globally accepted standards of scientific rigour from start to finish.

A commitment to scientific rigour ensures that our science and research is reproducible, secure, discoverable and accessible. It supports our decision making with robust scientific evidence.

Our Adaptive Management Position Statement describes the process we follow to implement management while learning which management actions are most effective at achieving specific goals.

The Knowledge Strategy sets short, medium and long-term priorities for our science and research activities. 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 knowledge.strategy@environment.nsw.gov.au.

We run several scientific advisory committees to glean external expertise to advise on major programs and initiatives. These include: