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Australia's biological resources

Australia's biological resources are the genetic and biochemical resources found in its native species. Biological resources include genetic resources, organisms, parts of organisms, populations and any other biotic component of an ecosystem with actual or potential use or value for humanity.

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Accessing biological resources

Find out about access arrangements and contact details for each state and territory.

National Competent Authorites

State and territory contacts

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Invitation to join the consultation register

People with an interest in conservation and management of genetic resources are invited to join the consultation register for Access to Biological Resources Permits. Once on the register you will be invited to comment on any permit application which might be likely to result in a more than negligible environmental impact.

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The Nagoya Protocol

In November 2010 the Conference of Parties (CoP10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted the 'Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization'.

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