The Trust is always looking for opportunities to partner with organisations and groups working in the Great Victoria Desert and who wish to enhance the biodiversity outcomes for the region.

Our Partnerships

IDA Prescribed Burning ~ Photo credit IDA

Indigenous Desert Alliance

The GVD Indigenous Fire Project, in partnership with the Indigenous Desert Alliance (IDA), aims to reinstate a right-way fire regime for the GVD that is reflective of traditional Indigenous practice through the application of Indigenous-led, collaborative, ecologically appropriate fire management.

Increasingly large bushfires, fuelled by climate change, are contributing to significant biodiversity loss in the GVD. Indigenous ranger teams are working together to implement right-way fire, that is a culturally informed fire management practice that mitigates the impact of these destructive bushfires, improves the condition of GVD habitats and trajectory of threatened or significant species such as the Sandhill Dunnart, Malleefowl and Marsupial Mole.

The IDA does this by providing capacity building, operational, and research support to six Traditional Owner groups in the GVDBT operational area, including Yilka, Spinifex, Pilki, Ngaanyatjarra, Upurli Upurli Nguratja and Nangaanya-ku.

The IDA is an Indigenous-led, member-based organisation that plays a vital role in keeping the desert connected and strengthening desert ranger programs. The IDA works with its members and partners to ensure that Indigenous rangers are enabled to collaboratively manage the Australian desert and empowered to realise their aspirations for community, culture, and Country.

Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation

The GVD supports some of Australia’s most pristine landscapes, however the region’s flora and fauna are poorly documented, and little understood by contemporary science. The Spinifex People are the Traditional Owners of over 8 million hectares of the most remote part of the GVD in far east Western Australia – Spinifex Country. The Spinifex People have lived in the GVD for over 600 generations and have an intimate knowledge of the desert’s biodiversity.

Senior Spinifex Traditional Owners who live in Tjuntjuntjara retain their knowledge about the species in the desert and are actively involved in field trips to areas where threatened and extinct species were known to exist.

In 2022 the Trust was approached to support a 5-year biodiversity survey strategy that combines traditional knowledge of the faunal assemblage of the Great Victoria Desert (GVD) with modern biodiversity survey techniques including helicopter surveys to access remote sites.

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National Mallefowl Recovery Group

In 2019 the Great Victoria Desert Biodiversity Trust (henceforth the Trust) organised a LiDAR survey to locate Malleefowl mounds within a vast sample of the GVD, focussing on areas that were accessible and of suitable habitat type.

LiDAR is a technique that has recently been used throughout Australia for mapping Malleefowl mounds over large areas using airborne laser scanners, these new techniques are enabling rapid survey for Malleefowl mounds over large and remote areas where previously such surveys had been too difficult to contemplate.

The current project involved ground truthing the results of a LiDAR survey, run by the data science company Anditi Pty Ltd, undertaken in the GVD. Our objectives were to visit as many of the potential Malleefowl mounds detected by Anditi as possible within the allocated time, determine whether they were indeed Malleefowl mounds, and prepare for annual monitoring

Malleefowl on a mound

Nut ~ Eucalyptus youngiana

Department of Biodiversity Conservation & Attractions

The purpose of the project is to provide an update to the fire history documented in the 2020 report. Landsat satellite imagery is being used in the project to map fire scars. Fire scar maps derived from the Landsat data allow a number of statistics to be calculated including:

  • Average burnt patch size for each year of the study period;
  • Identify areas of ‘long unburnt’ vegetation. For the purpose of the study, ‘long unburnt’ will be classified as unburnt for the duration of the study; and
  • Determine the average interval of return between fires.

The data is displayed on our Interactive Map page where the files can either be downloaded or displayed on the map.

Partner With Us

The Trust is a not-for-profit organisation and offers a mechanism for meeting potential offset requirements. The structure avoids duplication and knowledge loss. There is an independent Chair overseeing the Trust’s Management Panel. Financials are managed by the Public Trustee of WA.

  • The Trust is interested in expanding its membership to others working in the desert and who are interested in enhancing biodiversity outcomes in the region. Direct benefits include:
  • Organisational recognition for contribution to biodiversity in the desert / outback region.
  • Potential to meet biodiversity offset requirements, either under State or Commonwealth legislation in an established structure.
  • Exposure and marketing benefits on the Trust’s website.
  • Participation in the Trust’s Management Panel.
  • Inclusion in the biodiversity management of the Great Victoria Desert with contributions to improving gaps in scientific knowledge and the potential conservation of threatened species.

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