What is the ALA?

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is a collaborative, digital, open infrastructure that pulls together Australian biodiversity data from multiple sources, making it accessible and reusable.

The ALA helps to create a more detailed picture of Australia’s biodiversity for scientists, policy makers, environmental planners and land managers, industry and the general public, and enables them to work more efficiently. 

It is an essential resource for:

  • biodiversity conservation and environmental monitoring
  • sustainable ecosystem development
  • new species discoveries
  • systematics (relationships between living things)
  • taxonomy (naming and classification)
  • digitisation of biological collections
  • natural resource management and environmental impact assessments
  • ecoscience education and citizen science activities.


To promote and enable evidence‑based decision making in all aspects of biodiversity and environmental research, policy and operational outcomes.


We are the leading platform for trusted, reliable and fit-for-purpose biodiversity information.


The ALA receives support from the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and is hosted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).


Learn about our advisory board, executive and contributors on the Governance page.