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. 


To deliver trusted biodiversity data services for Australia supporting world-class research and decision-making.


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).

ALA Strategy 2020-2025

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Download Atlas of Living Australia Strategy 2020-2025


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

Our users

The ALA is an essential resource for:

  • Researchers in the fields of ecology, new species discoveries, systematics (relationships between living things), taxonomy (naming and classification), and digitisation of biological collections
  • Researchers and practitioners in biodiversity conservation and environmental monitoring, sustainable ecosystem development
  • Government agencies and land managers responsible for natural resource management and environmental impact assessments
  • Community and education groups involved in ecoscience education and citizen science activities.