COVID-19 response and updates

(as at 21 April 2022)

The Department of Environment and Science is actively managing its response to COVID-19 in line with the Queensland Government’s response.

To safeguard the health and safety of the community and support affected industries, the following arrangements are in place.

  • The Department of Environment and Science has implemented risk management requirements to help manage the impact of COVID-19 and support the health and safety of our staff, clients and other stakeholders. All departmental staff are required to be fully vaccinated unless a valid exemption applies.
  • The operations of public facing DES offices may be affected. The best way to contact the department is by phone and email.
  • National park and state forest day use areas, walking tracks and camping are open with conditions in place to support Queensland Health COVID-19 directives.
  • Always check park alerts before leaving home for up-to-date information for a specific location and follow directions from Queensland Health regarding COVID-19. To book camping visit the Queensland National Parks Booking Service.
  • The Daisy Hill Koala Centre, the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre and David Fleay Wildlife park have COVID-19 safe practices in place - check the related park alerts for further updates.
  • Information is available about COVID-19 support for commercial tourism operators working on Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service managed areas.
  • COVID-19 information for environmental authority holders.
  • The Queensland Herbarium public reference centre is now open but proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to access the building. Plant specimens requiring identification can be sent by post to the Queensland Herbarium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong Qld 4066.

For the latest information about the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 response visit

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National Parks Works and Jobs Boost program

Queensland’s national parks have been given an $8.93 million funding boost as part of the Queensland Government’s economic recovery plan.