The State Herbarium operates both nationally through its core and foundational membership of the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH) and internationally with its long tradition of contribution to the global research and documentation in plant systematics, evolution and biogeography of plants, algae and fungi.

The State Herbarium is one of eight Australian government herbaria that forms part of the global network of herbaria with the common aim of advancing knowledge of regional and global biodiversity.

The State Herbarium was one of the partners in Australia’s Virtual Herbarium project to capture data associated with the millions of herbarium records held in Australia’s principal herbaria. Over 700,000 records from the State Herbarium’s collections are now databased and accessible online.

In collaboration with other herbaria, museums, universities and research institutions, the State Herbarium participates in national and international initiatives such as the Consortium for Barcoding of Life, Census of Coral Reefs Life, the Environment Institute, the Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity and the Research Institute for Climate Change and Sustainability.

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