Register now for consultation on the WA Biodiscovery Bill

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The Bill is being developed to ensure everyone will benefit from the use of WA's native plants and animals in biodiscovery.
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Register today and participate in the next round of consultation for the WA Biodiscovery Bill.

Western Australia has some of the world's most diverse plant and animal life providing opportunities for researchers and businesses to develop new products like medicines, cosmetics and therapeutic goods.

A WA Biodiscovery Bill (the Bill) is being developed to ensure everyone will benefit from the use of WA's native plants and animals in biodiscovery.  

The Bill will:

  • Set out a framework for accessing WA's native plants and animals for biodiscovery purposes

  • Provide certification for researchers to demonstrate their work is consistent with the principles of the Nagoya Protocol, an international agreement. 

  • Ensure that everyone in WA shares in the commercial and other benefits of biodiscovery.   

Why you should register?

We encourage you to register your interest to share your views and to:

  • Increase your understanding of the proposed legislation.

  • Learn how the Bill may impact you.

  • Hear how potential benefits would apply to you.

  • Have your say about the development of a Traditional Knowledge Code of Practice that will guide how to identify Traditional Knowledge Custodians for consent and benefit sharing. 

This is an opportunity to work together with Aboriginal people, researchers, businesses and the community to learn how the Bill will work, test options and suggest improvements.

Who should register?

We will be seeking feedback from anyone with an interest in the development of the Bill, in particular:

  • Aboriginal groups, including Traditional Owners, Traditional Knowledge Holders and Custodians, Prescribed Bodies Corporate, Native Title representative bodies and research organisations.

  • Scientists, researchers and businesses working with WA native biological resources; and

  • Research institutes, museums and universities. 

If you are interested in participating in the next round of consultation in 2024, please register now.