The Department has broad roles and responsibilities across a complex and challenging range of environmental issues. The decisions we make as environmental stewards are based on rigorous and robust scientific evidence.
Research partnerships promote collective problem-solving and help us consider a wider range of perspectives and knowledge.
Benefits of collaboration
The Science, Economics and Insights Division conducts ongoing scientific monitoring, modelling, analysis and research to meet the core research needs of the Department. It is important that we extend and strengthen the evidence base we use to help achieve our environmental goals.
Collaboration with partners is one way that we expand our knowledge base.
We collaborate with other areas of government, research institutions and the private sector on areas of mutual priority. These partnerships may be with one or multiple organisations and enable us to:
- deliver high-quality scientific research
- pool our strengths and expertise to tackle complex problems
- maximise value for the NSW Government and community through efficient use of resources.
By collaborating with us on research questions, partners make important contributions to the work we do as environmental practitioners for the NSW community. Benefits for partners include:
- research contribution to inform our on-ground management decisions
- mutual outcomes that benefit government, industry and the community
- opportunities for staff and student placements
- joint communication activities
- knowledge exchange, such as workshops and seminars.
We work with partners in many ways, including through research consortia, hubs and nodes, targeted research programs, and tripartite collaborations.
We also collaborate with individual partner institutions through Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), which facilitate a more engaged and integrated approach to partnerships with us.
We currently have MoUs with:
- the University of New England (see the 2019–20 Impact and Engagement Statement)
- the University of New South Wales (see the 2017–18 Impact and Engagement Statement)
- the University of Sydney
- Macquarie University.
Each MoU is moderated by a steering committee, which tracks and assesses performance against agreed objectives in order to continually improve and maximise outcomes.
Opportunities for collaboration
We welcome 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.