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 by completing the online project registration form or emailing

Find out more about registering your data.

Field data capture

Field data is collected in many formats on a variety of datasheets and devices. The department has some standard options available that conform to the minimum dataset standards and are suitable for some users/projects. The BDBSAcollect App provides a simple option for capturing species and location details from a phone or mobile device, along with images if available. A simple Opportune booklet is also available. Access to BDBSAcollect App or hard copy booklets can be requested through

The department promotes the validation of field data though field voucher specimens where appropriate.

Submitting data

The options for loading data into the BDBSA are outlined in the BDBSA contributing data fact sheet.

Simple datasets can be prepared in the BDBSA data returns template* (last minor updates October 2023) and emailed to There is a more detailed template available from the department for more complex datasets.

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If you are submitting data that is also required for scientific permit reporting, please indicate the Permit Number, and copy/cc in on the email.


Images relating to the Biological Database of SA are stored by the department. Images of South Australian subjects taken by members of the public may be suitable for the Biological Data Image collection if scientific criteria are met. The Biological image donations factsheet advises under what circumstances the department would be the most suitable organisation to accept collections of images and outlines other institutions’ responsibilities

More information:

BDBSA Taxonomic Lookup

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

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Environmentally sensitive data

The department 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, departmental environmentally sensitive data management procedures are applied.

Dataset sensitivity

When a whole dataset is considered sensitive it will be flagged at the project level and only distributed under license or with appropriate approval. See BDBSA project metadata for a list of the distribution category for each project.

Species sensitivity

If the sensitivities are based on concerns over the release of precise coordinates the species of concern will be assessed for inclusion on the sensitive data register.

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.

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Nomination process

Anyone may nominate data they believe to be sensitive via the Environmentally Sensitive Data Nomination Form. Nominations will be reviewed and if necessary the relevant data will be assigned to a restriction category in the Register.