Key Directions

Australian ecosystem science has a strong history, and exciting opportunities lie ahead. The need has never been greater for ecosystem science to deliver the evidence, knowledge and tools to respond to the current issues and future trials facing the protection and sustainable use of Australia's ecosystems.

Foundations for the future outlines six key directions for the future, that connect with the three key themes of the guiding vision:

  • excellent science,
  • public engagement, and
  • healthy ecosystems.

These directions form an integrated, complementary group and will be progressed in parallel over the coming years.

You can find a summary of these directions in the table below, and you can read more about them in Foundations for the future.


Key directions Priorities
DELIVERING MAXIMUM IMPACT FOR AUSTRALIA: ENHANCING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SCIENTISTS AND END USERS Improved communication and collaboration between ecosystem scientists, and the people who can use the knowledge and other outputs generated by ecosystem science.
SUPPORTING LONG-TERM RESEARCH Dedicated funding for long-term (a decade or longer) ecosystem research, complementing existing support for short-term research.
ENABLING ECOSYSTEM SURVEILLANCE Development of systematic, continental-scale monitoring of essential ecosystem variables that reflect the health of our ecosystems.
MAKING THE MOST OF DATA RESOURCES Sustained infrastructure and capacity for consistent collection, publication and archiving of ecosystem science data sets and meta-data in standard, easily accessible formats in publicly accessible websites.
INSPIRING A GENERATION: EMPOWERING THE PUBLIC WITH KNOWLEDGE AND OPPORTUNITIES A general public that is inspired, informed and empowered with knowledge and understanding of Australian ecosystems.
FACILITATING COORDINATION, COLLABORATION AND LEADERSHIP A more collaborative and coordinated ecosystem science community including the formation of an 'Ecosystem Science Council' to offer leadership to implement the Plan, working with all relevant discipline areas, organisations, societies and professions.