The ABRS has five priority themes for achieving our vision:
1. Leading and influencing as the national taxonomy broker
The ABRS facilitates opportunities for Australian taxonomic research. We do this by:
- funding high quality taxonomic research;
- creating linkages between researchers, institutions, government bodies and the private sector to stimulate and guide taxonomic research; and
- making taxonomic information available for use in research and decision-making.
2. Promoting the importance of taxonomy
The ABRS works to engage all Australians in recognising the value of taxonomy. The ABRS uses education, media and public relations to communicate the value of taxonomy to all Australians.
3. Increasing understanding of national biodiversity
The ABRS cooperates with researchers to coordinate information from across Australia and work towards completing the national biodiversity picture.
4. Providing taxonomic information
The ABRS provides authoritative taxonomic information through a range of media. These include databases (e.g. the Australian Faunal Directory) and publications, keys and web resources (e.g. Flora of Australia series, Flora of Australia Online, Fungi of Australia series, Algae of Australia series, and other standalone checklists and publications).
5. Building Australia’s taxonomic capacity
The ABRS promotes a robust national taxonomic research community through a focus on high quality research and support for early career researchers. We maintain and build relationships with clients and stakeholders to ensure future investment and funding for taxonomy.