Currently, there are two ways to submit sightings to the ALA. 


1) Through iNaturalist Australia


ALA now manages the Australian node of iNaturalist – the world’s leading social network for biodiversity. We recommend ALA users upload individual observations to iNaturalist Australia.


iNaturalist Australia uses community expertise and image recognition to help users identify species. Therefore, you do not necessarily need to know the species name to submit an observation with iNaturalist Australia. 


The ALA harvests observations from iNaturalist Australia every week.


The steps you follow to submit a sighting with iNaturalist Australia are outlined in this article: How do I record an observation with iNaturalist?


2) You can contribute directly to the ALA 


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) submitted through the ALA’s Record a Sighting page are just one pathway for human observation data to be made available via the ALA. Human observation data also comes into the ALA from many other sources – you can search for contributing data sets using these links:


The ALA receives data feeds from many data resources regularly. If you use an observation recording tool or app from an ALA data provider, your observation data is visible in the ALA (the currency of data available depends on how the data is transferred to the ALA e.g. manual or automated).


For more information about the range of data in the ALA, read:


If you have a data set that you would like uploaded to the ALA, or a question about ALA data providers, contact support@ala.org.au.