AQUEST Aquatic Environmental Stress Research Group

AQUEST Aquatic Environmental Stress Research Group

AQUEST The Aquatic Environmental Stress Research Group at RMIT (formerly the research team at CAPIM - Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification & Management) is Victoria's premier aquatic research group, which aims to identify and address the ecological impacts of pollution in aquatic environments.

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Our research informs water management policies and practices to achieve improved waterway health, greater biodiversity, and environmental and industrial sustainability.

Services AQUEST offer:

  1. Environmental Assessment, including ecological impact
  2. Identification of priority water pollution issues
  3. Sourcing of priority pollutants 
  4. Development of cost-effective monitoring systems
  5. Development of management strategy and programs to improve aquatic environmental outcomes. 

AQUEST has a proven track record of working with government agencies to improve policy. In recent years, our research has contributed to improvements in the EPA State Environment Protection Policy, the Yarra River Action Plan, the Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan, and the Victorian Water Sensitive Urban Design guidelines.

We encourage the private sector and government agency customers to enquire.

Contact for further information.

New AQUEST A3P YouTube channel!

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Meet our research team as they star in videos about topics close to our heart, share Webinars we've delivered, and some "how-to" videos for pollution sampling.

Into the future, we'll add video research updates. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Featured projects


AQUEST - The Aquatic Environmental Stress research group is involved in many significant projects.
  • Enhancing our Dandenong Creek (Melbourne Water) 
  • Starvation Weir Desilting (Melbourne Water)
  • Environmental Flows LTIM Phase 2 Goulburn (Commonwealth Environmental Water Office) 
  • Environmental Offsets Campaspe River (Coliban Water)
  • Edithvale Seaford RAMSAR Wetlands (Melbourne Water)
  • Macroinvertebrate monitoring (Ecology Australia)
  • Sediment Quality Monitoring Program (Melbourne Water) 

A3P Aquatic Pollution Prevention Partnership

A collaborative research partnership delivering practical management solutions to reduce pollution in our waterways.

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Our people

Find out more about our researchers and the work that they are doing.

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Our publications

Find out more about the journal articles, technical reports, and books we've produced about our research. For a copy, please email:

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AQUEST Aquatic Environmental Stress Research Group

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer