About Us

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is Australia’s tropical marine research agency.

We play a pivotal role in providing large-scale, long-term and world-class research that helps governments, industry and the wider community to make informed decisions about the management of Australia’s marine estate.

AIMS is a Commonwealth statutory authority established by the Australian Institute of Marine Science Act 1972.

Our commitment

To undertake research that addresses real needs and provides impartial, authoritative advice, and that supports both the protection and sustainable use of our marine heritage, now and into the future.

How are we doing this?

We are achieving this through innovative scientific and technological research, and with the help of our people, industry and research partnerships, infrastructure, and comprehensive data sets.

This work includes:

  • conducting strategic and applied research into marine life, from microbes to whole-of-ecosystems, and the processes that sustain them
  • monitoring the condition and trends in the health of the marine environment
  • building models and decision-support tools to assist interpretation of the data collected
  • developing a broad spectrum of enabling technologies, from molecular sciences to ocean technologies.

Our history: from exploration to action

Established in 1972, AIMS was an explorer in its early years, defining the Great Barrier Reef and its biodiversity, and introducing Australians to remarkable marine ecosystems across northern Australia.

In the past 20 years our focus has turned to monitoring and understanding the changes we see in these ecosystems, from Western Australia’s Scott Reef to Darwin’s coastal waters and the Great Barrier Reef.

The next decade will be one of action, helping to sustain and repair these ecosystems in the face of a changing climate. We are creating the tools to enable the best possible planning and decision-making for conservation and sustainable development of the energy, mineral, tourism and food resources in and under our tropical oceans.