About Us

Welcome to home page for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence of Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) based at the University of Wollongong. CABAH will officially commence in mid-2017.

The Centre will launch an innovative, interdisciplinary program of research to track the natural and human history of Australia, and examine the processes responsible for these changes to inform our understanding of how Australia can adapt to future environmental changes. It will link researchers from science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) disciplines – including Earth and climate sciences, ecology and genetics – with scholars from humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) disciplines such as archaeology and Indigenous and museum studies.

We will train future generations of researchers to deal with future global challenges and inform policy in an interdisciplinary context, and bring the extraordinary environmental and human history of Australia to the public through a comprehensive program of education, outreach and science communication events for schools, museums, science festivals and a range of digital media.


The aims of the Centre are to:

  1. Transform our understanding of Australia’s ancient Indigenous heritage and environmental past;
  2. Revolutionise the nation’s capabilities to investigate the processes that shaped this continent and the story of its inhabitants by creating a new and genuinely transdisciplinary research environment;
  3. Help future-proof Australia’s unique biodiversity and cultural heritage using our improved understanding of that legacy; and
  4. Tackle the research and innovation challenges facing Australia by equipping a new generation of researchers with the range of skills needed to traverse the interface between STEM and HASS disciplines.

The Centre was announced on 8 September 2016 and will open in mid-2017, funded by a $33.75 million grant from the ARC, $1 million from the NSW Government, and $11 million from participating universities, museums, and organisations. These will support around 40 new research positions and more than 50 new research students over the 7-year life of the Centre.