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).

Data templates

All data going into BDBSA must conform to the DEWNR minimum dataset standards (204kb pdf) and be recorded in the DEWNR data returns template (790kb xls) (new version - last updated March 2014)DEWNR promotes the validation of data through field voucher specimens (84kb pdf) whenever possible.

For more detailed datasets or to obtain a hardcopy booklet of the datasheets template please email

Submitting data

Submit your completed data returns templates to or refer to the BDBSA contributing data fact sheet (142kb pdf)

If you are providing data that will be used for scientific permit reporting, please email to advise that the data has been submitted.

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 currently in use include:

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. 

Nomination process

Anyone is able to 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 SA Environmentally Sensitive Data Register (66kb xls).

The SA Environmentally Sensitive Data Register

The 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 have been listed on the Register as many are not considered at risk through access to accurate location information.