Australian Rangeland Society

Biennial Conference

Biennial Conferences

The Australian Rangeland Society organises national conferences for the sharing of the science and practice of land management and associated issues affecting Australian rangelands on a biennial basis. The first conference was held in Broken Hill in July, 1977, setting a precedent for delivering these events at regional centres linked to rangeland areas. Stepping away from this tradition, the twentieth conference will be delivered in Canberra in September 2019.

Previous conference proceedings are being progressively loaded onto this website under the Resources tab. Alternatively, conference papers can be accessed through the Global Rangelands portal via this link.

Details of the next conference are as follows:

Resilient future rangelands: integrating environment and livelihoods

Canberra, 2-5 September 2019

Kambri Convention Centre | Australian National University | CANBERRA | ACT | AUSTRALIA

Established 42 years ago, the Australian Rangeland Society returns to Canberra for its 20th biennial conference in September 2019.

ARS is an independent and non-aligned association connecting people who care about improving sustainable management of natural resource, life and business in the rangelands.

Australia’s rangelands cover more than 70% of the country. More commonly known as the ‘outback’, rangelands are home to many of Australia’s Indigenous people. They are culturally important to all Australians and a key component of Australia’s identity.

The rangelands make a significant contribution to Australia’s economy. Annual gross revenue from mining is more than $50 billion, tourism is greater than $2 billion, and pastoralism and agriculture combined are worth $5 billion. There are limited national data for other products such as bush foods and rangeland timbers although the value of kangaroo production approaches $200 million.

For further information, see the conference website via this link.