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Collections Policies

The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium manages living, cultural and preserved collections and, through its science and research, it improves understanding and appreciation of the botanical world.

The institution’s science underpins evidence-based decisions that inform effective legislation, policies, education, management and land use practices.

In addition, it contributes to the knowledge economy, and supports the community’s resilience and sustainability.

The Collections Policies 2021, which comprise the Living, Herbarium and Cultural Collections are part of the strategy to conserve and enhance the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium’s role as an exemplary cultural and scientific institution.

In particular, the policy provides a framework for maintaining, building and displaying collections and enhancing the richness and uniqueness of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium as a public institution.

About the policies

Each Policy within this document addresses the following matters:

  • Function of the Collections Policy
  • Authority and Delegation of Responsibility
  • Collection Categories
  • Scope of Collection
  • Access to and use of Collection
    • Photography
  • Acquisitions/Accessioning
    • Laws and Permit Compliance
    • Loans and Material Transfer
    • De-accessioning
  • Collection Records
    • Inventories
    • Collection Lists
  • Collection Management/Conservation
    • Sustainability
  • Collection Insurance

These policies were endorsed by the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium on 9 April 2021 and are due for review five-yearly.

Read the Collection Policies here.

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