Lord Howe Island is a researcher's paradise and the Lord Howe Island Board encourages research on the Island.

All research on Lord Howe Island requires the approval of the Lord Howe Island Board. In order to gain approval to conduct research on the Island researchers must submit a Research Application Form.

Please refer to the Research Policy for further information.

Research applications are assessed against relevant environmental policies, plans and legislation including the Lord Howe Island Biodiversity Management Plan.

All native mammals, birds and reptiles and many species of native plants are protected on Lord Howe Island under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.  A Scientific License is required from the Wildlife Licensing Department of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage if you intend conducting research into protected fauna and flora on Lord Howe Island.

The Lord Howe Island Board has a purpose built Research Facility with a laboratory and accommodation facilities that lodge up to six people. The Research Facility can be booked for approved research activities. Approval for use of the facility can be obtained via the Research Application Form. Refer to the current Fees and Charges Schedule for laboratory and accommodation fees.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Please note approval to stay at the Lord Howe Island Board the Research Facility, it is a requirement to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or to have a valid exemption as per the NSW Government definition to be granted.