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The Australian Seed Bank Partnership supports the Australian Government’s priorities to protect and improve the environment for future generations. The Partnership’s collaboration with the Australian Government is a good example of the Government and the not-for-profit sector working together on biodiversity conservation. The Australian Government, through the Australian National Botanic Gardens, takes a leadership role in coordinating the activities and advising on national priorities for the Partnership, which is the conservation branch of the Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens Inc, a not-for-profit organisation.
The Graduate Programme of the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy has provided the Australian Seed Bank Partnership with significant support since it was established.
Since 2012 six graduates have each done a three-month rotation with the Australian Seed Bank Partnership. Working with the Partnership’s Secretariat at the Australian National Botanic Gardens provides valuable experience in a national plant conservation program and the plant sciences while also giving the graduates diverse learning, development and professional networking opportunities. Their contributions to the Partnership allow for the national program to be undertaken much more effectively, making the support of the Department of the Environment and Energy an important part of the functioning of the Partnership.
The Partnership attracts graduates who are passionate about the environment and are interested in bridging the gap between science, policy and practical and effective conservation and sustainable use.
Some of our graduates
The Partnership’s previous National Coordinator, Dr Lucy Sutherland explains
"The Australian Seed Bank Partnership receives significant benefit and support from the Graduates of the Department of Environment and Energy’s Graduate Program. At the same time, the Graduates spend their time here gaining experience in managing plant conservation programmes and learning about the workings of botanic gardens.
The members of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership and the Partnership’s Associates are very appreciative of the opportunity to work with the Graduates from the Department of Environment and Energy’s Graduate Program. This program provides an important opportunity for experienced scientists and plant conservation experts to foster the Graduates and build champions for the work of conservation seed banks and botanic gardens in integrated conservation management."