Now is the time

Now is the time to tell a culturally inclusive, globally significant human and environmental history of Australia. We like to call it, Australia’s Epic Story.

The ARC Centre of Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) will undertake research that will safeguard our national heritage, transform research culture, connect with communities and inform policy.

Australia has been shaped as a nation by its natural, historic and Indigenous heritage. To adapt successfully to future changes, we must dramatically improve our understanding of Australia’s past.

Director Richard (Bert) Roberts

About us

Our vision to reveal a culturally inclusive, globally significant history of Australia’s people and their environment is both ambitious and exciting.

We have more than 130 researchers coming together from universities and partner organisations across Australia and overseas.

Funding and Partners

Opened at Parliament House, Canberra, on 22 June 2017, the centre is funded by a $33.75 million grant from the Australian Research Council, $1 million from the NSW Government, and $11 million from 20 participating universities, museums, and organisations.

The funding will support around 40 new research positions and more than 50 new research students over the 7-year life of the Centre.

CABAH is at the forefront of discovery and education

We will inspire Australian children to engage in science and connecting with the broader Australian and global community through a comprehensive outreach program.

We will help build Australia’s research capacity by equipping future generations of researchers with 
a range of interdisciplinary skills, and implement initiatives to nurture the careers of Indigenous and female researchers.


Combining the diverse results from other themes, using statistical and computational methods to quantify uncertainty and model complex interactions.



Reconstructing climate to better understand the drivers and impacts of past and future change.


Australia is a land of ragged mountains and sweeping plains, shaped by droughts and flooding rains. How did these landscapes come to be and how have they changed?


Human history is written in the land. Delve into the lives of the first Australians, by looking back 60,000+ years, and ponder how our past informs our future.


Time is fundamental to understanding the story of Australia’s natural and Indigenous history and heritage.


How has Australia’s wildlife responded to climate, landscape change and human impact over thousands of years?

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