Now is the time to tell a culturally inclusive, globally significant environmental history of Australia

We like to call it Australia’s Epic Story.

Australia has been shaped as a nation by its natural, historic and Indigenous heritage.

To adapt successfully to future changes, we must dramatically improve our understanding of Australia’s past.


The ARC Centre of Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) will undertake research that will safeguard our national heritage, transform research culture, connect with communities and inform policy.

By tracking the natural and human history of Australia, Papua New Guinea and eastern Indonesia, we will be able to fill vast gulfs of knowledge to help us protect our national assets.

Opened at Parliament House, Canberra, on 22 June 2017, the centre is funded by a $33.75 million grant from the Australian Research Council, $1 million from the NSW Government, and $11 million from participating universities, museums, and organisations.

The funding will support around 40 new research positions and more than 50 new research students over the 7-year life of the Centre.

CABAH will be at the forefront of discovery and education, inspiring Australian children to engage in science and connecting with the broader Australian and global community through a comprehensive outreach program.

We will help build Australia’s research capacity by equipping future generations of researchers with a range of interdisciplinary skills, and implement initiatives to nurture the careers of Indigenous and female researchers.

We’re building a impressive online resource to tell Australia’s Epic Story. Want to be kept up to date with our blockbuster discoveries?