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.

We integrate scientific research, evidence and expertise with economic and analytical insights to inform environmental policy and programs across the broader Environment and Heritage Group (EHG), Department of Planning and Environment and the NSW Government environment portfolio.

Our work is published in scientific journals, books, conference proceedings, reports, datasets, fact sheets and brochures. Staff give presentations across science, economic and social research.

Our expertise enables us to:

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

Our expertise enables us to:

  • provide relevant and robust evidence and advice to inform environmental programs and policy
  • provide technical services and science-based tools for decision making
  • collect and provide local and state-wide datasets and information products
  • advise on issues such as risk, impacts and outcomes of actions and programs
  • provide research and modelling services to the NSW community and government.

Scientific rigour and process

The 2021 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.

We are committed to scientific rigour and our process ensures that our science and research is:

  • transparent
  • well designed
  • unbiased
  • accessible
  • support our decision making with robust 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.

We lead and participate in scientific advisory committees to build and share our collective knowledge and inform our policy and programs

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.

Find out more about our partnerships at Research partnerships.

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.