Mail address GPO Box 378, Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone +61 (6) 249-91 I 1 Fax +61 (6) 249-9999 Telex AA62109
Cable BUROMIN E-mail (Mr. Colin Simpson)
Sponsoring agency Department of Primary Industries and Energy
Nature National government
Mission Strategic geoscientific research, national geoscience database development
Financial support Government budget allocation (70%), external funds (30%)
Working languages English
Scope of interest Geological, geophysical and geochemical mapping; groundwater
assessment and modeling; mineral/petroleum potential; resource assessment
Research program
Locations (1) Arid and semiarid zones (some 70% of continent), (2) Great Artesian
Basin (underlies 20% of continent)
Subjects (1) Geological, geophysical and environmental mapping, (2) Groundwater
resources and major aspects of systems operations
Status (1) Ongoing in certain areas, (2) Ongoing
Findings (2) Oldest water dated at 12 million years
Internal Organization
Chief official Mr. Harvey Jacka, Executive Director
Divisions ( 1 ) Environmental Geoscience & Groundwater, (2) Minerals,
(3) Geophysical Observatories and Mapping, (4) Onshore Sedimentary &
Petroleum, (5) Information Systems, (6) Marine Geoscience & Petroleum
Division heads (1) Mr. Colin Simpson, (2) Dr. Lynton Jaques, (3) Dr. David
Denham, (4) Dr. Torn Loutit, (5) Mr. David Berman, (6) Dr. Chris Pigram
Professional staff 200
Total staff 530
Library 15,000 monographs, 3,500 serial titles (2,500 current), 14,250 map sheets,
1,240,000 airphotos, 350 atlases; archive of AGSOBMR publications
(approximately 38,500 volumes)
Computer catalog No, but holdings on-line via Australian Bibliographic Network
Local databases Central Register of Australian Stratigraphic Names
Formal networks Australian Bibliographic Network (ABN), ILANET, Internet
Exchange facilities Subject to negotiation; some programs in place
Serials AUSGEO News, Research Newsletter, Work Program, Year Book (free;
contact AGSO Sales Centre), AGSO Journal of Australian Geology, and
Other Bulletins, reports, records, geological and geophysical maps, miscellaneous
publications, databases, digital data, seismic lines, etc.
Publications list Available in both paper and electronic formats
Established in 1946 as the Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics;
renamed and reorganized in l992 as AGSO
Mail address c/o Department of Agriculture, University of Queensland, PO Box
4072, Queensland
Telephone +61 (7) 365-1670 Fax +61 (7) 365-2965
Sponsoring agency Queensland Department of Primary Industries (QDPI),
University of Queensland (UQ)
Nature Joint center between QDPI (state government agency) and UQ (academic)
Mission Research, extension, training
Financial support Aus$250,000 per annum core funding by sponsoring agencies;
otherwise self-funding through projects
Working languages English
Scope of interest sustainable management of arid lands especially on a regional
basis, risk analysis of management options, large-scale spatial modeling,
integration of environmental and developmental priorities
Research program
Locations CIRM is a facilitation center working as a synergistic link between two
major organizations, and CIRM core staff have a number of projects throughout
the arid lands of both Queensland and the Northern Territory as well as being
involved in continental scale modeling for drought risk; CIRM is also involved
in the psych-economic inputs necessary for the development of sustainable land
use in Australia s arid lands
Internal Organization
Chief official CIRM is administered under a management committee by two
coordinators, Dr. John J. Mott and Dr. David Gramshaw, who represent the two
sponsoring organizations
Divisions Arid Land Management, Integrated Catchment Management, Rural/Urban
Interactions, Risk Analysis and Spatial Modeling
Professional staff 6 core staff, project staff as needed
Total staff 8 core staff, project staff as needed
Office Offices and laboratories as needed by projects
Library Operational library only in CIRM; both parent organizations have large
libraries with free access and computerized catalogs
Subcenters Experimental sites throughout northern Australia
Exchange facilities Visiting scientists welcome, mechanisms for exchange being
Serials Newsletter being developed
Other Some texts in preparation
Established in May 1993; previous name Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and
Resource Management
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)
Mail address GPO Box 350 Adelaide SA 5001
Telephone +61 (8) 303-8600 Fax +61 (8) 303-8601
Nature National government
Mission Research
Financial support Government, private industry
Working languages English
Scope of interest Horticulture, particularly improvement of domestic woody
perennial horticultural crops
Research program
Locations Adelaide, South Australia; Merbein, Victoria; Darwin, Northern
Territory; Brisbane, Queensland; Sydney, New South Wales
Subjects Plant breeding technology, genetic aspects of plant nutrition, reproductive
biology, photosynthesis controls, genome interaction in higher plants,
postharvest technology
Status Ongoing

Internal organization
Chief official Dr. Elizabeth Williams, Chief of Division
Divisions 2 research programs: ( l ) Crop Improvement, (2) Crop Management
Division heads Program Managers: ( 1 ) Dr. Nigel Scott, (2) Dr. Rob Walker
Professional staff 35
Total staff 100
Office Laboratories and glasshouses in Adelaide and Merbein; wine grape
laboratory with small-scale vinification equipment in Merbein; shared laboratory
facilities in Darwin and Brisbane
Library 2,800 books, 10,000 periodicals, 255 journal subscriptions; emphasis on
plant sciences, particularly horticulture, with some items on irrigation and
agricultural engineering
Serials Biennial report or equivalent
Other Booklets on fruit varieties and cultivation
Publications list Available
Established in 1919 as Viticultural Research Station, Merbein; taken over by Council
for Scientific and Industrial Research in 1927 and renamed Commonwealth
Research Station, Merbein; renamed Horticultural Research Section and
Headquarters Laboratory in 1962 and established in Adelaide; in 1967 became
CSIRO Division of Horticultural Research; renamed Division of Horticulture in
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Mail address PMB 2, Glen Osmond, SA 5064
Telephone +61 (8) 303-8400 Fax +6I (8) 303-8550 Telex 82406AA
Nature National government
Mission Research: to support the profitable and sustainable management of
Australia's soil and land by studying the distribution, properties and behavior of
Australian soils and encouraging application of this knowledge
Financial support Treasury, private consulting contracts
Working languages English
Scope of interest Soil resources assessment and land evaluation, soil organisms and
role in plant growth, soil fertility, environmental protection and land
rehabilitation, erosion control
Research program
Locations Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Townsville
Subjects See Scope of interest
Status Ongoing
Findings Published in Annual Reports of CSIRO Division of Soils

Internal organization
Chief official Dr. Roger Swift, Chief
Divisions (l) Soils and Land Resources, (2) Environmental Quality, (3) Rural
Division heads ( I ) Dr. Colin Charters, (2) Dr. Tony Milnes, (3) Dr. Doug Reuter
Professional staff Approximately 80
Total staff Approximately I 80
Office Laboratory for Rural Research, Perth; Davies Laboratory, Queensland; soils
laboratories, Adelaide and Canberra; and experimental areas usually leased from
private landowners or other government departments
Library Library of l5,000 books and 650journal titles, specializing in soil science;
also strong in land use, conservation and environmental issues
Computer catalog Yes, using GEAC
Remote access Available
Computer searches Available
Formal networks CSIRO Library Network, ABN (Australian Bibliographic
Network), AARNet, Internet
Subcenters Canberra laboratory: Black Mountain, GPO Box 639, Canberra, ACT
2601, (Telephone +6I (06) 246-5942, Fa.x +61 (06) 246-5965, Telex 61452);
Perth laboratory: Laboratory for Rural Research, Underwood Avenue, Floreat
Pk., Private Bag PO, Wembley, WA 6014, (Telephone +6I (09) 387-0200, Fax
+61 (09) 387-899l); Davies Laboratory: Private Mail Bag, Post Office,
Aitkenvale, Queensland 48l4, (Telephone +61 (077) 719-511 , Telex 47181 )
Local networks Yes
Exchange facilities several scholarships, awards and opportunities for exchanges
exist; contact Personnel Manager, CSIRO Division of Soils
Serials Annual reports
Publications list Available; contact Soils Division Library, Adelaide
Established in 1945
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Mail address PO Box 84, Lyneham ACT 2602
Telephone +61 (6) 242-1600 Fax +61 (6) 241-3343
Nature National government
Mission Research
Financial support 75% direct government support, 25% commercial and indirect
government support
Working languages English
Scope of interest Rehabilitation assessment, grazing management, degradation,
conservation, livestock, wildlife, fire, weeds
Research program
Locations Various
Subjects Range management for integrating production and conservation, strategies
to rehabilitate degraded landscapes, grazing management and production
efficiency of arid rangelands, management of arid Australian ecosystems for
tourism, land degradation and its management in arid and semiarid Australia
Status Ongoing
Internal organization
Chief official Dr. Brian Walker, Chief
Professional staff 90
Total staff 260
Library Research collection of 17,000 monographs and 700 periodicals, with
strengths in conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, rangelands
management, natural resource management, vertebrate pest control, mammalogy
and ornithology
Computer catalog yes; part of a CSIRO-wide library network using GEAC 9000
Remote access Available
Formal networks AARNET, Internet
Subcenters Regional laboratories in Perth, Alice Springs, Darwin, and Atherton
Exchange facilities Ad hoc
Mainly scientific journal publications and reports
Publications list Available
Established in 1949; renamed in l987
Mail address Headquarters: c/o Dr. E. J. Heidecker, 39 Norman Street, Fig Tree
Pocket, Queensland 4069
Telephone +61 (7) 378-3215 Fax +61 (7) 365-1277 (University of Queensland,
which will forward as appropriate)
Sponsoring agency None, but collaborates with Queensland Department of
Environment and Heritage in historical research
Nature Private, but with research associations with the Department of Earth
Sciences of the University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland 4072, Australia
Mission Extension of organic landscaping research in a historical Australian garden
Financial support Private, plus sale of organic foods
Working languages English
Scope of interest Hydrogeology, control of dryland leaching, water retention, use of
dryland tree legumes (particularly Tamarindus), dryland apiculture with
Trigona, historical and visionary aspects of "station" gardens in the Outback of
tropical dry Queensland
Research program
Locations Dalrymple Gardens, in Dalrymple National Park on the Burdekin River in
seasonally arid tropical northern Queensland, 50 km north of Charters Towers
Subjects Tree legumes (Tamarindus), controlling leaching, water retention, heat,
nutrition; historical and visionary aspects of dryland station gardens; apiculture,
management of melliferous flora, along with drainage management
Status Ongoing
Findings An organic system based on tree legumes favors retention of water and
nutrients; dryland management depends on apiculture and ground birds to
control insects; volcanism (Recent) has influenced groundwater, drainage and
mineral health (silica) in a profound way
Internal Organization
Chief official Dr. Eric Heidecker
The site of the first inland settlement in northern Australia in l862, surveyed as an
administration center in 1864; abandoned, then Gainsford Station with the
Gardens was established as a Kew-style gardens in 1924; abandoned again in
1946, then redeveloped as a dryland research garden in 1969
New South Wales Department of Conservation and Land Management (CaLM)
Mail address PO Box 77, Condobolin NSW 2877
Telephone +61 (68) 952-033 Fax +61 (68) 953-406
Nature New South Wales (NSW) state government
Mission Research, extension
Financial support NSW government
Working Languages English
Scope of interest Rangeland management, rangeland monitoring, soil erosion
control, land rehabilitation, erosion process research, grazing management,
natural resource management
Research program
Locations Western Division of New South Wales
Subjects Wind erosion, restoration ecology, native species ecology, soil crusts,
salinity management, economics of rangelands
Status Ongoing
Findings Principles established for wind erosion management, scald reclamation -
waterponding, drought management, economics, nondomestic animal
management, woody weed ecology and control
Internal organization
Chief official Peter Davey, Regional Director, Western Region; Warrick Watkins,
Director General of CaLM, Sydney
Divisions ( 1 ) Soil Conservation Service, (2) Crown Land Services
Division heads Regional Managers: (1) D.R. Green, (2) D.A. Campbell
Office Laboratory at Condobolin
Library Regional reference library
Computer catalog Yes using Pro-Cite
Subcenters Regional office - Dubbo; Subregional office - Condobolin: District
offices - Condobolin, Nyngan, Bourke, Walgett, Hay Buronga, Gobar and
Broken Hill ; Head office: CaLM, PO Box 39, Sydney NSW 2001,
(Telephone +61 (02) 228-6111, Fax +61 (02) 228-6140)
Local networks Yes
Exchange facilities by negotiation on case-by-case basis
Serials Soil Notes, Range Notes, Technical Review Series, Western Division
Newsletter (on request, no subscription available)
Other Land system maps and reports, Management Burn Manual, Property
Planning Handbook, and others
Publications list Available
Since 1991, incorporates NSW Soil Conservation Service (established 1939) and
Western Lands Commission (established 1901)
Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries
Mail address PO Box 8760; Alice Springs, NT 0871
Telephone +61 (89) 518-1 I1 Fax +61 (89) 518-112 Telex 81222AA
Nature Regional government
Mission Research, extension
Working languages English
Scope of interest Animal health, horticulture, range management, animal husbandry,
weed control, industry assistance, quarantine
Research program
Locations Central Australia
Subjects Animal production, with emphasis on breeder fertility, animal selection and
artificial breeding programs; disease investigation; horticulture, including native
cut flowers; range management studies, including effects of grazing pressure,
significance of rabbits, use of fire as control of excessive populations of trees
and shrubs, control and monitoring of weed species
Status Ongoing
Findings Methods of disease eradication in cattle
Internal organization
Chief official Secretary, Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries; Director,
Alice Springs
Total staff 45
Office Offices, laboratories, field facilities
Library 850 journal titles (300 current), 5,000 monographs, photographs, slides,
reports, videos
Computer catalog Yes, using Datatrek
Computer searches Available
Local databases departmental publications indexed for Australian Bibliography of
Subcultures Ti Tree Research Farm, Horticulture Research Station
Exchange facilities Limited
Serials Alice Springs Rural Review (write to be included on free mailing list)
Other Technical bulletins, Ag notes, Tech notes
Publications list Available
Established in 1947 as Northern Territory Animal Industry and Agriculture Branch
Northern Territory Government, Power and Water Authority
Mail address PO Box 1096, Darwin, NT 0801
Telephone +61 (89) 827-234 Fax +61 (89) 4I0-703
Nature Regional government
Mission Resource management, research, extension
Financial support Government appropriation, cost recovery
Working languages English
Scope of interest Resource assessment, sustainable water resources management
Research program
Locations Arid land-related research is conducted in the arid southern half of
Australia’s Northern Territory, by the regional office in Alice Springs
Subjects Mainly resource sustainability projects for community water supplies; also
regional resource investigation and monitoring
Status Varies; ongoing program
Findings Large groundwater storages, long residence times; infrequent recharge,
occurring after extreme rainfall; high natural nitrate concentrations in
Internal organization
Chief official Mr. N. A. Watson, Director of Water Resources Division; Mr. Peter
McDonald, Water Resources Manager South (Regional office, Alice Springs)
Divisions Resource Management, DrillingBore Testing, Laboratory, Administration
Professional staff 6 at regional offïce
Total staff 25 at regional office
Office 900 m2
Library Small technical library, plus collection of internal reports going back to
Computer catalog VAX/VMS (text editor only); database not yet developed
Computer searches Available on request
Subcenters Regional office: PO Box 1521, Alice Springs, NT 0871
Local networks Yes
Exchange facilities No formal facilities/programs
Serials Waterwise (monthly newsletter)
Other Maps, technical reports, other publications
Publications list Available on request
Established in 1955
Queensland Department of Lands, Land Protection Branch
Mail address PO Box I 87, Charters Towers, Queensland 4820
Telephone +6l (77) 873-300 Fax +61 (77) 873-969
Nature Regional government
Mission Research, extension
Financial support Regional government, external funding from private and
government services
Working languages English
Scope of interest Agronomy, entomology, zoology, ecology, extension, exotic
tropical weeds and feral animals with emphasis on IPM
Research program
Locations North Queensland coastal lands and rangelands
Subjects Main weed species: Cryptostegia grandiflora, Acacia nitotica, Mimosa
invisa, Lantana camara, Parthercium hysterophorus, Prosopis spp., Ziziphus
mauritania, Thunbergia grandiflora
Status Ongoing
Findings Management strategies for Cryptostegia granadiflora; chemical control for
Thunbergia grandiflora
Internal organization
Chief official Dr. Ross Hynze, Director, Research
Divisions (1) Entomology, (2) Agronomy, (3) Ecology, (4) Zoology, (5) Extension
Division heads (l) Marie Vitelli, (2) Joe Vitelli, (3) Mirranie Barker, (4) Jim
Mitchell, (5) Keith Noble
Professional staff 5
Total staff 19
Office Laboratories and glasshouses for chemical, biological and ecological weed
control research
Library Small focused library
Exchange facilities Visitors welcome, but no special funding available
Serials Annual reports, free extension leaf7ets
Publications list Available
Established in 1985
Queensland Government
Mail address GPO Box 46, Brisbane 4001, Queensland
Telephone +6l (7) 239-31 l 1, 239-3320 Fax +6l (7) 239-6221 Telex 41620

Nature Regional government
Mission Research, extension, regulation, forestry production water conservation
Financial support Consolidated revenue, Wool Research and Development
Corporation, Meat Research Corporation, Land and Water Research and
Development Corporation
Working languages English
Scope of interest Pasture agronomy, woody weed control, animal husbandry, animal
nutrition, sustainable land management

Research program
Subjects Pasture agronomy, woody weeds, animal husbandry, animal nutrition,
sustainable land management, land reclamation
Findings Contact officer-in-charge at relevant center

Internal organization
Chief official Mr. T. Fenwick, Director-General
Divisions Agricultural Production, Agribusiness, Land Use and Fisheries, Forest
Service, Water Resources, Corporate Services
Professional staff 3,500
Total staff 4,500- 45% in research and resource activities, 10% in full-time
extension, 20% in administration, 25% in regulatory and service work

Office Office and laboratory space at each location
Library Small libraries at each Location; large central library in Brisbane
Computer catalog Yes, using Oracle
Remote access Available
Computer searches Available
Formal networks AARNET
Subcenters Regional office at Longreach; experimental areas at Charleville, Toorak
and Longreach; other sites on graziers' properties
Exchange facilities Office and laboratory facilities available for limited number of
visiting scientists, single quarters at Toorak

Serials Annual reports, regional and industry newsletters, marketing newsletters,
business group and program reports
Other Technical monographs, wide range of publications
Publications list Available; contact Manager, Information Services

Toorak Sheep Field Research Station founded in 1951; Charleville Pastoral
Laboratory founded in l968; Arid Zone Research Institute (Longreach) opened
in 1988
ZONE University of New South Wales (UNSW)
Mail address Via Broken Hill, New South Wales 2880
Telephone +61 (80) 912-511 Fax +61 (80) 9I2-510

Nature Academic
Mission Research
Financial support Farming, UNSW grant
Working languages English
Scope of interest Livestock, wildlife, remote sensing, water resources, erosion

Research program
Locations Fowlers Gap
Subjects Sheep, kangaroos

Internal organization
Chief official Officer-in-Charge
Total staff 3 full-time, 1 permanent part-time, 3 casual

Library 1,000 items

Serials Annual reports, research series

Established in 1966 as Station of University of New South Wales; previously under
control of Soil Conservation Service of New South Wales
University of Western Australia
Mail address Hackett Drive, Crawley, Perth Western Australia 6009
Telephone +61 (9) 380-3769 Fax +61 (9) 380-1029
E-mail (Professor S.D. Bradshaw)

Nature Academic
Mission Research
Financial support Federal funding
Working languages English
Scope of interest Adaptation of native fauna

Research program
Locations Pilbara region of NW state, Barrow Island, Rottnest Island, Garden Island
Subjects Vertebrate ecophysiology
Status Ongoing

Internal organization
Chief official Professor S.D. Bradshaw
Professional staff 9
Total staff 27

Office New building (three stories)
Library Access to University Library
Computer catalog Yes
Remote access Available
Computer searches Available
Formal networks AARNET, Internet
Subcenters Harry Waring Marsupial Reserve, Rottnest Island Research Station,
Garden Island Research Station, Pemberton Research Station
Exchange facilities Available

Publications list Available

University founded in 1913; Zoology Department established in 1923
University of Western Australia
Nedlands, Western Australia 6009
Telephone +61 (9) 380-2565 Fax +61 (9) 380-1002

Nature Academic
Mission Teaching, research
Financial support Australian government, external research agencies
Working languages English
Scope of interest Agricultural economics; natural resource economics; management
of bioeconomic systems; applied statistics and econometrics; grain marketing;
plant breeding, especially legumes; weed and pasture plant biology, especially
legumes; ecology of natural resource management; genetic resources; population
genetics of pasture and weed ecosystems; reproduction biology of Australian
plants; soil physics, especially physico-chemical soil processes; soil chemistry;
pedology, especially properties and development of West Australian soils;
mineralogy; soil microbiology, especially ecology of symbiotic soil micro-
organisms; plant nutrition; plant pathology, especially Rhizoctonia; nutrition,
Physiology and reproduction of sheep (also other animals including pigs, goats,
emus, deer, marron); improvement, management and physiology of new
Horticultural crops; physiology of fruit, vegetable and vine crops

Research program
Locations University of Western Australia
Subjects Major topics include: Bio-economic modeling for pest and wildlife
management, studies of soil water availability using computer-assisted
tomography, mobility of pesticides in soil and groundwater contamination, soil
microbiology for revegetation, managing soil fertility for sustainable production,
development of management strategies for sheep production in south Western
Australia, dynamic modeling of dryland salinity abatement, and work on
possible dryland crops and forage plants at the Centre for Legumes in
Mediterranean Agriculture

Internal organization
Chief offïcial Professor Bob Lindner, Executive Dean
Divisions Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Plant Sciences, Animal Science,
Agricultural & Resource Economics, Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean
Agriculture, Centre for Premium Quality Wool
Division heads Dr. L. Abbott (E-mail:,
Dr. I. Williams (E-mail:,
Professor P. Cocks (E-mail:,
A/Professor R. Fraser (E-mail:
Professional staff 28 teaching and research academic staff, 12 research-only
academic staff
Total staff 106

Office Offices, well-equipped laboratories for a wide range of activities,
glasshouses, field station, animal house, farm facilities
Library Well-equipped library funded by the University, with extensive monograph
collection and subscriptions to leading journals in key disciplines
Computer catalog Yes, using INNOPAC
Remote access Available
Computer searches Available
Formal networks AARNet Internet
Subcenters Field station 15 km from center of Perth, Allendale Farm 60 km east of
Exchange facilities Visiting scientists (e.g., study team opportunities) and
collaborative research actively encouraged; the University financially supports a
distinguished visitors program

Books published include: Symptoms of Nutrient Deficiencies: Subterranean Clover
and Wheat ( 1983), Reproduction in Sheep ( 1984), Symptoms of Nutrient
Deficiencies: Lupins (1986), Symptoms of Nutrient Disorders: Faba Beans and
Field Peas (1991)

Faculty of Agriculture established in 1936
Western Australian Department of Agriculture
Mail address Baron-Hay Court,. South Perth 6151, Western Australia
Telephone +6I (9) 368-3333 Fax +61 (9) 474-3759 Telex 93304AA

Nature Regional government
Mission Extension, market development, research
Financial support Government, industry
Working languages English
Scope of interest Livestock management; rangeland management, ecology and
monitoring; remote sensing

Research program
Locations Various, throughout Western Australia
Subjects (1) Arid shrubland management, (2) fire ecology in tropical grasslands,
(3) use of remote sensing for monitoring rangeland condition change
Status (1) Complete, (2-3) ongoing

Internal organization
Chief official Dr. M. D. Carroll
Divisions Corporate Services, Animal Industries, Plant Industries, Policy Analysis
and Industry Development, Regional Operations
Professional staff 18
Total staff 38

Office Shared with other sections of the Department
Library Central shared facility
Subcenters Kununurra Regional Office (Frank Wise Research Station, Kununurra,
WA 7643; Mr. J. Morrissey, Regional Manager); Carnarvon Regional Office
(Department of Agriculture, Carnarvon, WA 670l; Mr. T. Hill, Regional
Manager )
Exchange facilities Limited; occasional sabbaticals

Serials Journal of the Western Australian Department of Agriculture
Other Technical bulletins, rangeland resource surveys
Publications list Available

Established in 1894