SASB Letters and Submissions



Support for Australian Virtual Taxonomy Laboratory

SASB to Director, Atlas of Living Australia (25 June 2012) PDF (39 kb)
SASB supports ALA's application for funding to continue and expand development of software for collaboration in systematics.


Australian Research Council journal rankings


SASB to CEO, Australian Research Council (16 February 2010) PDF (72 kb)
SASB disappointed with 'C' (lowest) ranking of systematics journals, particularly for Zootaxa.

CEO, Australian Research Council to SASB (16 March 2010) PDF (79 kb)
ARC explains ranking process, defends rankings, invites future SASB participation.

SASB to CEO, Australian Research Council (19 March 2010) PDF (62 kb)
SASB expresses distrust of process that is biased against systematics publication.

General Manager, Australian Research Council to SASB (6 April 2010) PDF (75 kb)
ARC again explains ranking process, invites future SASB participation.

SASB to General Manager, Australian Research Council (12 April 2010) PDF (33 kb)
SASB again asks ARC how it intends to correct rankings and recognise special nature of systematics research and publication.

General Manager, Australian Research Council to SASB (22 April 2010) PDF (32 kb)
ARC says it is satisfied with ranking process.

SASB to General Manager, Australian Research Council (22 April 2010) PDF (44 kb)
SASB again expresses disappointment with ARC attitude towards its mistakes in the ranking process.


Funding for the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)


SASB to Federal Minister for the Environment (18 December 1996) PDF (72 kb)
SASB concerned about cuts to funding for ABRS in 1996-1997 Federal budget, urges Minister to return ABRS funding to pre-1996 level and increase ABRS funding in future.

Federal Minister for the Environment to SASB (25 February 1997) PDF (50 kb)
ABRS funding cuts are part of general budget reductions. Minister has recommendations from ABRS Advisory Commitee and will 'will take account of those recommendations when considering future Budget allocations'.

SASB and two other organisations to Federal Minister for the Environment (14 October 1997) PDF (81 kb)
All three organisations concerned about continued low level of funding for ABRS in 1997-1998 Federal budget, again urge Minister to return ABRS funding to pre-1996 level and increase ABRS funding in future.

Federal Minister for the Environment to SASB (12 November 1997) PDF (53 kb)
Minister will increase budgeted ABRS funding by special supplement in 1997-1998.

Federal Minister for the Environment to SASB (14 May 1998) PDF (55 kb)
Following meeting on 13 May 1998 with SASB President and others, Minister announces increased core funding for ABRS in 1998-1999, with likelihood of supplement as in 1997-1998.

SASB and four other organisations to Federal Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (19 March 2007) PDF (52 kb)
SASB and others propose new ABRS postdoctoral fellowship scheme and enhanced ABRS PhD scholarship and research grants schemes.

SASB and five other organisations to Federal Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (20 March 2008) PDF (235 kb)
SASB and others again propose new ABRS postdoctoral fellowship scheme and enhanced ABRS PhD scholarship and research grants schemes.


Review of the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)

SASB to R.H. Walker and Prof. G.D. Farquhar (30 November 1997) PDF (102 kb)
SASB notes importance of ABRS for Australian taxonomic effort, makes several recommendations to improve ABRS organisation and operations.

ABRS to SASB (13 September 2000) PDF (115 kb)
ABRS Acting Director advises on recent changes in ABRS organisation and operations.



Australian Research Council (ARC) funding changes

SASB to Federal Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs (4 December 1998) PDF (85 kb)
SASB concerned with new ARC funding model which gives block grants to institutions.

Federal Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs to SASB (not dated) PDF (49 kb)
Minister replies that further public consultation will occur before any changes are implemented.



Federation of Systematics Societies

Society of Systematic Biologists to SASB (20 October 1998) PDF (81 kb)
SSB proposes international federation of systematics societies.

SASB to SSB (19 March 1999) PDF (43 kb)
'The Council of the Society of Systematic Biologists has contacted the SASB members, and we have received an overwhelming positive response to joining the Federation. So you may consider us joined.'



Discussion Paper on Biodiversity Research: Australia's Priorities

SASB to Environment Australia (30 August 2000) PDF (79 kb)
SASB responds to discussion paper with recommendations.



Discussion Paper on The Chance to Change

SASB to Australian Science Capability Review (27 September 2000) PDF (76 kb)
SASB responds to discussion paper with recommendations.

Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Resources (not dated) PDF (52 kb)
Minister thanks SASB for comments.