Information sharing

To contribute data to the Biological Databases of South Australia (BDBSA) please refer to the following requirements:

Project number

All data entered into the BDBSA must be assigned to a project number. If your data does not belong with an existing BDBSA project you can register a new project through the online project registration form or email

Find out more about registering your data (84kb pdf).

Field data capture

Field data is collected in many formats on a variety of datasheets and devices. DEWNR has some standard options available that confirm to the minimum dataset standards (204kb pdf) and are suitable for some users/projects. A simple Opportune booklet (209kb pdf) is also available. Hard copies can be requested through

DEWNR promotes the validation of field data though field voucher specimens (80kb pdf) where appropriate.

Submitting data

The options for loading data into the BDBSA are outlined in the BDBSA contributing data fact sheet (118kb pdf).

Simple datasets cam be prepared in the BDBSA data returns template (790kb xls) (last updated March 2014) and emailed to There is a more detailed template available from DEWNR for more complex datasets.

If you are submitting data that is also required for scientific permit reporting, please provide a copy of the data to

More information:

Official Taxonomy

The following resources provide currently accepted flora and fauna taxonomy for BDBSA:


During project design it may be worth considering the suitability of existing methodologies. Some methodologies currently in use are described in the following documents:

For more information or support in contributing to the BDBSA please contact us at

Environmentally sensitive data

DEWNR operates under an open access policy and endeavours to deliver biological data in its most precise and complete form whenever possible. When the benefits of delivering precise data are outweighed by the risks, DEWNR environmentally sensitive data management procedures are applied. 

The SA Environmentally Sensitive Data Register

The SA Environmentally Sensitive Data Register currently contains a number of species which have their coordinates (latitude and longitude) denatured to one decimal (~10km) for public distribution. These records also have associated location descriptions withheld. Anyone wanting access to more precise information must apply at

Note: Only a proportion of South Australian threatened species – those considered at risk through access to accurate location information – have been listed on the Register.

Nomination process

Anyone may nominate data they believe to be sensitive via the Environmentally sensitive data nomination form (115kb doc). Nominations will be reviewed and if necessary the relevant data will be assigned to a restriction category in the Register (66kb xls).