You can contribute to the ALA by recording individual sightings of plants, animals or fungi. 


You will need the date, location, and the name of the species to upload your sighting. The more information you can provide, the more useful the record of your sighting will be.


To record a sighting, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Atlas of Living Australia homepage, and click on the orange Log in tab in the top right corner of the homepage.
  2. Select the Contribute to the ALA tile, then select Record a sighting in the ALA

  3. This will take you to the Record a sighting page. 

  4. You can also navigate to the Record a Sighting page from an individual species page (e.g. Eastern rosella), the link is below the map.

  5. On the Record a sighting page, enter the details of your sighting:

  • species name (if you don't know the species name, go to our Species identification page)
  • location
  • date
  • time
  • upload an image, if you have one, 
  • there is space for additional notes if required. 
  • once you have finished entering the details, click on Submit.


For more information, read the User Guide: How to log a sighting.


Individual sightings (occurrence records) are just one type of data in the ALA's repository of biodiversity data. If you have a data set that you would like uploaded to the ALA, contact support@ala.org.au.