NOTICE: The renewed ESQ Collecting Permit has arrived. The Application form is being updated to comply with new ESQ and QPWS requirements and will be available on this site 21st June 2018.

The information below is not relevant until permits become available.

To be eligible to apply for a permit, you first have to be accepted into society membership. While membership is open to anyone with an interest in entomology, we discourage people from applying solely for the purposes of obtaining a collecting permit. Students and others who have an affiliation with an institution and a current project supported by that institution should apply for their own permits through QPWS. Please allow 6 weeks for permits to be processed.

Permit holders are required to submit an annual report with lists of all the species you collect with related data to be sent to National Park databases.

Please read all of the information below to be aware of the responsibilities of having a permit.

Overview of collecting in protected areaslight trap

Queensland's native plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, some fish and invertebrates, and all wildlife and natural resources found within protected areas are protected by the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) and its Regulations to ensure the conservation of nature. A licence, permit or authority is needed to take, keep, use or interfere with many native plants and animals for educational or scientific purposes. Anyone wanting to take protected wildlife or to undertake scientific research or educational activities on protected areas and forestry areas should become familiar with the laws outlined in the relevant Acts and Regulations.

What do our permits cover

The society currently holds two Scientific Purposes Permits authorising the collection of insects and arachnids not listed in Schedules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, of the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 2006. They cover various National Parks, State Forests, Conservation Parks and Forest Reserves with a full list of parks. There is the option in certain circumstances to add parks to our current permit if the desired park is not listed (requires at least eight weeks notice). These permits are intended for legitimate scientific research only and are primarily for the opportunistic collecting of voucher specimens to enable the correct identification and confirmation of species present in protected areas.

Who is eligible to apply

All members of the society who are residents of Australia are eligible to apply for the ESQ permits. The society however would prefer that members who have a strong affiliation with an institution and a current project supported by that institution apply for their own permits through QPWS so as to decrease the amount of administration that the society has to provide. PhD students and members who have a history of commercial activities will be asked to show cause why they should be provided with a society permit instead of applying for their own permit. Members who are currently holders of a commercial licence are excluded from gaining a permit. Members who are unfinancial and/or fail to provide an annual return when asked will be asked to show cause why they shouldn't be deleted from our permit list.

If you are in the above categories and wish for advice on obtaining a permit of your own please contact Dr. Christine Lambkin or see the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Scientific Purposes Permit

Your responsibilities under the permit

You are required to understand and abide by all conditions pertaining to each individual permit (there are differences between the permits). We are also in the process of developing a Code of Conduct for all collectors which the society will expect its members to abide by when collecting under our permit. These are unique permits and we expect all members to keep this in mind when collecting as a loss of these permits would be detrimental to all concerned.

Reports are due once a year via a return form (usually around mid-December each year). In the case where a member has not used the permit through the year a nil return is acceptable.

Forms and the guidelines can be found below, on the following resources or through Chris Lambkin.

Permit Application


References and Links

Special Conditions

List of Parks

Return Form and Return Guidelines.

Special Conditions

Conditions to be aware of:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process and how long will it take?

Fill in the application form, sign it and send it to the ESQ permit officer (Dr. Christine Lambkin). It will then be assessed and your membership status checked. If approved you will be sent the permits. If there is any doubt as to your application’s suitability your application will be taken to the ESQ council to be discussed and if necessary you will be asked to give additional information.

Please allow 6 weeks for the process, in most cases permits are granted in a shorter timeframe but as the permit officer is voluntary there may be time periods when there are delays. “Express” permits may be granted in exceptional circumstances but please be aware that these may not be able to be granted in the couple of days that some members are requesting. No permit will be granted in less than a fortnight as of the 1 February 2009.

Is there a charge for the permit?

No, the permit is a benefit of membership of the Entomological Society of Queensland

I have previously had the permit – do I have to reapply?

Yes, as of January, all our previous permits have expired and need to be renewed. All members, irrespective of whether they have previously held permits or not, must apply for the renewed permits.

Can the permit be transferred?

No, permits are not transferable. Members are more than welcome to advise other members of the permits and encourage them to apply.

Which parks are covered by the permits?

Refer to List of parks covered by the society for 2016.

How do I get access to a park not on the list?

In order for the permits to be amended you must contact the ESQ permit officer and give the official name for the park in question. The QPWS permit officer will be contacted with a list of amendments and once the amended permit is received it will be sent out to members. This could take up to 12 weeks and, to decrease the amount of administration for both ESQ and QPWS, we will only be applying 1-2 times a year.


References and Links

Scientific purposes permit

See the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Scientific Purposes Permit

Export permits

If biological material (ie insects or arachnids) is to be exported from Australia, a permit to export or import wildlife or wildlife products is to be obtained under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 from the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Water Resources. The following link gives you information about these permits. There is a charge for this permit.

Protected Species Legislation

Refer to the Legislation and the List of protected species

Mapping - Latitudes/ longitudes and Grid references

If members wish for assistance with datum/grid reference calculations then a good publication is the Map Reading Guide published by Geoscience Australia who also produces topographic maps. The associated roamer is also a good tool and makes reading grid references much easier.

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