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Permits for release of specimens from the Botanic Gardens

Procedure | Costs | Application form

The Australian National Botanic Gardens supplies plant material to institutions where and when the purpose is consistent with, and not a hindrance to, the aims and work of the Australian National Botanic Gardens or the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research.

Supply is on the basis of a signed agreement in which the purpose of the material is described and the recipient agrees to use the material for that purpose exclusively and not pass the material on to a third party without prior agreement.

Where material is requested for use outside Australia, it is supplied in compliance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). This means that the Australian National Botanic Gardens can only supply CITES listed material to institutions that are similarly registered under the facilitated scientific exchange system.

The Australian National Botanic Garden also follows the principles of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. The latter affirms national sovereignty over genetic resources and establishes a framework for the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the development of the world's genetic resources. It also provides that access to genetic resources be subject to prior informed consent on mutually agreed terms. The Gardens has therefore adopted the Common Policy Guidelines: Guidelines to assist in the preparation of Institutional Policies based on the Principles on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing for Participating Institutions for Participating Institutions (CPG). A comprehensive explanation of this is available on the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew website.


The applicant must forward a completed application form and a signed Agreement for the Supply of Biological Materials from the Australian National Botanic Gardens to:

The Director
Australian National Botanic Gardens
GPO Box 1777
Canberra ACT 2601

Upon receipt of these documents the Australian National Botanic Gardens will assess the availability of the material and provide an estimate of costs (if any) to the applicant. When the applicant has indicated acceptance of the anticipated costs the request will be processed.


Charges for the plant material may need to be negotiated depending on the use to which it will be put. Material supplied for the following uses will normally be free of charge:

  • Ceremonial, promotion and display purposes where there is a clear benefit to Australia or the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
  • For the ‘Growing Friends’ (part of the ‘Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens’).
  • For non-commercial off-site revegetation or conservation trials where the Australian National Botanic Gardens is a participating organisation
  • For use by organisations that have formal reciprocal arrangements with the Australian National Botanic Gardens

Material supplied for the following purposes will incur a cost recovery charge:

  • Research of a non-commercial nature that improves public knowledge of the Australian flora
  • Educational purposes where there is no resale of material and the educational institution does not charge tuition fees.

Any commercial use of the material, including essentially derived material, will require an additional legal agreement and negotiation of fees or royalties.

Phytosanitary expenses and other fees are the responsibility of the applicant.

Approval for export may also require a separate permit under the terms of the Wildlife Protection (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1982.

Application form and Agreement

This form should be used if you want plant material from ANBG. (If you want to conduct research within the grounds of ANBG you will require a Research Permit.)

You will also be required to sign an 'Agreement for the Supply of Biological Materials'.

Before completing these forms, please check the spelling of plant names.
Online sources of plant name information are:

Australian Plant Name Index [ APNI ] (technical - lists all known names for the Australian flora)
Australian Plant Census[ APC ] (agreed current name, by consensus of all Australian herbaria)

Download Application Form requesting release of plant material

PDF version to complete by hand
MS Word version to complete on computer

Download Agreement outlining conditions for the supply of biological material from the ANBG

PDF version to be downloaded and signed

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