The Marine Biodiversity Hub is a collaborative partnership supported through funding from the Australian Government and is administered by the Department of the Environment (formerly Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities).
National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - six years from July 2015
The National Environment Science Program (NESP) is a $142M initiative of the federal government to provide applied environmental science in key areas. The Program will assist decision-makers to understand, manage and conserve Australia’s environment by funding world-class biodiversity and climate science. (Note: There was a change of spelling from Programme to Program in 2017)
National Environmental Research Program (NERP) - July 2011 to December 2014
The NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub projects aim to provide scientific information and advice that will support the Department of the Environment in its decision making in the marine environment, specifically in implementing and monitoring marine bioregional plans, developing the National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas (NRSMPA), and supporting the information needs of the department in providing key baseline information. This will be accomplished through four tightly integrated national themes, which will allow the Marine Biodiversity Hub to provide consistent scientific data, information and advice to the Commonwealth, States and Northern Territory. New survey activity will be focused off Northern Australia (North to Coral Sea), in recognition of its global marine biodiversity significance, the rapidly increasing pressures facing this region and the paucity of current information.
The NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub provides scientific information and advice to support decision making in the marine environment, specifically in implementing and monitoring marine bioregional plans, developing the National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas, and supporting the information needs of the Department of the Environment in providing key baseline information.
The Marine Biodiversity Hub is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Environmental Research Program (NERP), administered by the Department of the Environment.
The 5 themes of the Marine Hub under the NERP program include:
1. National monitoring, evaluation and reporting
2. Supporting management of marine biodiversity
3. National ecosystems knowledge
4. Regional biodiversity discovery to support marine bioregional plans
5. Science and policy initiatives - Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area Monitoring Framework
- Project Organisation Structure - print friendly version
- NERP program overview
- Annual Work Plan 2014
- Multi-Year Research Plan 2011 - 2014
Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) - 2007 to 2010
The Marine Biodiversity Research Hub was initially funded through the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) Program, administered by the Australian Government's Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. The key aim of CERF was to provide sound advice to inform environmental public policy objectives and to better the management of Australia's unique environment. The hub projects analysed the patterns and dynamics of marine biodiversity to determine the appropriate units and models for effectively predicting Australia's marine biodiversity. It also developed and delivered the tools needed to manage Australia's marine biodiversity.
The University of Tasmania was the Hub co-ordinator and signed the Funding Agreement with the Commonwealth in 2007. The hub continued under the CERF program until December 2010 and received funding of $6 million under the CERF program. The Partners contributed $12 million of their own funds to the initiative.
CERF collaborators included the University of Tasmania, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and Museum Victoria.
Reports and outputs from the CERF program are still available by searching this website.
Read the CERF Marine Hub project overview.