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The Australasian Bat Society proudly supports projects by members  that promote the conservation and knowledge of bats in Australasia through the ABS Grants programme.


Grant details will be announced to ABS members in autumn and spring each year.





ABS Grants

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2011 Projects

  • Julie Broken-Brow: The abundance, species diversity and habitat usage of microbats in coastal mangroves of South-East Queensland.

  • Cory Toth: The breeding ecology of the Lesser Short-tailed Bat (Mystacina tuberculata).

  • Jenny Maclean: Tolga Bat Hospital: Assistance with Spectacled Flying Fox rescue and care during 2011-12 tick season.


2012 Projects

  • Stephen Griffiths: Efficacy of artificial bat-boxes as a tool in the conservation  of tree-roosting insectivorous bats.

  • Ian Gill, Keiran Stone, Gavin Collis, Sarah Evans, Tim Shaw: John Paul High School - Mauria Forest bat survey, New Zealand.


2013 Projects

  •  Lisa Cawthen: King Island Bat Survey.


2014 Projects

  • Jane Hall: Developing non-invasive methods for the detection of toxic heavy metals (e.g. Cadmium) in the Christmas Island Flying-fox (Pteropus melanotus natalis), using the Grey-headed flying-fox (P. poliocephalus) as an analogue.

  • Cathy Hartley: Improving mortality rates in Juvenile Grey-headed Flying-foxes  during Heat Stress Events.


2015 Projects

  • Tyrone Lavery and Michael Pennay: Bat calls of the Solomon Islands: a reference call library and identification key to the bats of the Solomon Archipelago.

  • Toni Mitchell: Enhancing caring standards for bats and raising awareness for deadly hazards in our    


  • Julie Broken-Brow: The roosting preferences of Saccolaimus mixtus and Critically Endangered

      Saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus in Cape York.


2016 Projects

  • Kayla Asplet: Investigating the sensitivity of Myotis macropus (Large-footed Myotis) to heavy-metal pollution in urban waterways, Sydney, New South Wales.

  • Erin Westerhuis: The importance of riparian woodland for insectivorous bats and their prey in central Australia.


2017 Projects

  • Bradley Clarke-Wood:  Insectivorous bats and spatial subsidies across a land-use gradient in north-eastern Victoria’ as a part of ‘Longitudinal trends in land-use, spatial subsidies and food-webs of north-eastern Victorian perennial streams.

  • Anita Freudmann: Foraging ecology and behaviour of Eastern Tube-nosed Bats (Nyctimene robinsoni).

  • Danielle Eastick: Sex and the city: Investigating the reproductive ecology of a successful urban species, the Gould’s wattled bat (Chalinolobus gouldii), in greater Melbourne.




Past projects



Any member of the Australasian Bat Society Inc. can apply for an ABS grant.


Activities funded: 

The ABS Grants programme is open to applications for any proposal that:


• Improves or promotes the conservation of bats and their habitat in Australasia,

• Raises positive public awareness of bats in Australasia,

• Undertakes scientific research that contributes to bat conservation in Australasia,

• Supports the role that wildlife carer and rehabilitation organisations play in bat conservation in Australasia.

Projects may include (but need not be limited to):

• Scientific research, student projects, on ground bat conservation work, education programs or materials, equipment or materials purchased to support bat conservation programs or projects.


The ABS is interested in supporting a very broad range of projects. However, funding is unlikely to be available for the following purposes:


• conference travel, attendance at meetings, or other short-term activities mainly involving travel, where these are

  the principal elements of the grant proposal,

• activities which are properly the responsibility of other funding bodies or other government agencies,

• recurrent funding of existing projects,

• payment of salaries, wages etc.



ABS Grants are only available for projects undertaken in the Australasian region. That is the islands east of ‘Wallace’s Line’ including; Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and the islands of the south-west Pacific.

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Two types of grants

1) Regular ABS grants 

Three grants of $1,500 awarded once a year (Sept-Nov)


2) Paddy Pallin Foundation-sponsored ABS grants 

Two grants of $3,000 awarded once a year (March-May) kindly sponsored by the Paddy-Pallin Foundation

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