Queensland Government Publications
Queensland Government Current Publications Search Engine
The Queensland Government has created a central point of access for gazettes, scientific and annual reports, current departmental strategies, etc. The Government also has an “open access” policy which means that in principle, all non-confidential material is available to the public free or for the cost only of reproduction. Government repositories should be the primary destination for scientists seeking data or previously published reports.
However, large volumes of material that are not currently in print cannot be found through this portal.
Queensland Government historical publications
Scientific information compiled under previous administrations may still be of value to contemporary scientists and policy officers, even if policy and political attention may now be focused elsewhere. The NRM Resource Planning Guidelines are presented as an example. The Society is negotiating with the Government over the prospect that its Science Library may offer an alternative point of access for information that is otherwise difficult to track down.
Natural Resource Management – Resource Planning Guidelines
The following Resource Planning Guidelines from the Department of Natural Resources c.1995-2006 are posted here as examples of science-related material that has been officially published but is no longer readily accessible. (Please note that these documents are posted here in their original form – legislation and policy has in many cases changed substantially since then).
WildNet is a corporate application for wildlife and reserve information managed by the Science Division, Department of Science Information Technology and Innovation that is also accessible to staff with the following Queensland Government agencies: Department of Environment and Heritage Protection; Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing – Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service; Department of Natural Resources and Mines and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
The types of information managed within the WildNet application include species nomenclature, status, species notes, species lists, survey data, wildlife records, images, documents and maps. Metadata from relevant articles from the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland are being incorporated within WildNet with links to the associated species and reserves.