The Australian Microbiome Initiative activities

The Australian Microbiome Initiative is a continental-scale collaborative initiative to create a public resource containing microbial genomic datasets and associated site-specific comprehensive metadata from a range of Australian environments including soils, coastal, marine and freshwater locations, with the goal of engaging a broad base of end users to maximise translation of data to applied outcomes.

The Initiative undertakes coordinated activities, using standardised protocols, that support a range of research projects from consortium members.


The creation of this genomic resource involves significant investment from partner organisations and researchers. Though the data is publicly accessible, we have defined the requirements for access and use of the data, as well as appropriate acknowledgements in communications that arise from the initiative consortium’s work as well as for further studies which are supported by data from the initiative.

If you are interested in joining the consortium or have any queries on the initiative, please look at the Frequently Asked Questions section and/or get in touch through the initiative contacts.