SCHEDULE F PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
The Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research seeks to contribute to
Australia's needs for conservation and management of native species and
ecosystems and enhance Australia's international standing in plant
biodiversity assessment and conservation.
The Centre will apply strategic research in plant biology to determine the
dimensions and importance of plant biodiversity for ecosystem integrity,
and to provide a knowledge base for effective natural resource management
and utilisation of native plant genetic resources.
Co-operative and Collaborative Arrangements
Outcome: Mutually productive collaborative programs and projects between
the Parties and with national and international institutions and
- Establishment of co-operative arrangements between the Parties in
collection management, information technology, education and research on
- Establishment of collaborative research programs and projects within and
between the Parties and external agencies.
- The development and continuation of enhanced interactions with other
research groups in Australia and overseas in the form of collaborative
- Regular liaison and interaction with other herbaria - national and
international - including active participation and leadership in activities
of the Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria (CHAH).
- Participation in development of botanical database and data transfer
standards, including involvement with such organisations as the
International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI) and the
International Working Group on Taxonomic Databases for Plant Sciences
- Constructive interaction with research funding bodies resulting in increased
Ensuring High Quality Scientific and Technological Research
Outcome: Productive botanical research of a high standard.
Outcome: Effective communication and acceptance of the Centre's research
- Establish and implement systems to monitor and evaluate research program
progress and performance.
- Publication of scientific papers in refereed journals, books or book
- Publication and publicity in non-technical media.
- Conference presentations, lectures and seminars by Centre personnel.
- Invitations to Centre personnel to participate in national and
international scientific meetings.
- Impact of seminar series, national conferences, and workshops organised
by the Centre on general scientific theory and practices, taxonomic
principles and methodology and biodiversity knowledge.
Outcome: Integration of herbarium and associated collections from ANBG and
Outcome: Management and curation of the combined collection to a high
- Successful amalgamation of nearly 1 million specimens and associated
material into one integrated collection (on two sites) after building
- Maintain a comprehensive set of reliably identified voucher specimens of
plants growing in the ANBG and provide services to verify the identity of
the living collections.
Outcome: An efficient specimen acquisition, exchange and loans program.
- Curation of the collection with high standards to maximise accessibility,
with taxonomic and nomenclatural accuracy.
- Identification of priority groups for database entry, especially in
relation to target biodiversity research projects, and the establishment of
a program to database these groups.
- Significantly increasing the proportion of the collection data available
in computerised format.
Outcome: Efficient, timely and reliable plant identification services.
- Continued maintenance of specimen loan and exchange systems at high
international standards so that transactions are completed without undue
- Development of identification services through expansion of Public
Enquiry Services and Public Reference Herbaria for further interaction with
Application of Research and Collection Information
Outcome: Research and information outputs from the Centre that reflect the
needs of the Parties, the scientific community and the public.
- Active involvement of external users in setting priorities and directions
and in collaborative research.
- Beneficial appreciation of findings relating to assessment and management
of biodiversity resulting from activities of the Centre, e.g., seeking
feedback on effective usage of research results such as interactive
identification systems, horticultural protocols, fire monitoring systems,
identification of disease resistant genes.
- Effective interaction with stakeholders, clients and user groups through
identification of client needs, increased communication between researchers
and land managers, production of information sheets, kits and manuals for
- Widened scope in numbers and types of application of computerised
specimen data by external users.
Management and Budget
Outcome: Sound management planning for the Centre and its programs.
Outcome: Sound financial planning for the Centre and its programs.
- Development, updating and circulation of a Research and Development plan
and an annual review through which progress towards objectives can be
- Forward planning of programs and projects to be prescribed in terms of
background, aims, strategies and milestones.
- A high level of achievement of program and of individual work objectives
shown by the projects completed or milestones reached within the planned
time and to the planned budget.
- Accurate and efficient recording and reporting of financial transactions.
- Success in attracting additional research funding from other sources,
including peer reviewed grants from rural R&D corporations, ABRS and similar
government agencies, and private sector sources.