The Australian Rangeland Society
22nd Biennial Conference

18-22 September 2023  |  Broome Civic Centre, Western Australia

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The Australian Rangelands

Australia’s rangelands cover 80% of the country and in 2016 were home to 394,000 people. More commonly known as the ‘outback’, rangelands support about 6,000 pastoral businesses and 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 and oil and gas is $96 billion(value added), tourism is $2.7 billion, and pastoralism and agriculture combined are worth $5.5 billion. There is limited national data for other products such as bush foods and rangeland timbers although the value of kangaroo production approaches $200 million.

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The 2023 Conference theme is:


The 22nd Australian Rangeland Society Biennial Conference will be exploring the conference theme: Action Stations and we want to make progress on the following topics:

  • Coming to grips with carbon, green energy and natural capital
  • Science, satellites and success
  • Resilience in a land of drought and flooding rains
  • Traditional Owner aspirations and knowledge
  • Where/what is the cutting edge technology
  • Passing the baton to the next generation

About the Australian Rangeland Society

The Australian Rangeland Society is an independent and non-aligned association connecting people who care about improving sustainable management of natural resources, life and business in the rangelands.

Given the diverse activities and needs of the people in the rangelands, the Society exists to provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas and information amongst people who live remotely or are concerned about rangeland issues in their work.

The Society was founded in 1975 and:

  • has a website
  • publishes The Rangeland Journal, with six issues a year
  • publishes the Range Management Newsletter, with three issues a and is active on social media
  • holds a biennial conference (Broome in 2023 will be the 22nd such conference)
  • advocates for sound science, practice and policy in the rangelands.

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Why Broome?

Known as “the gateway to the Kimberley”, Broome’s white sand, blue water, pindan soils and coastal wetlands will provide an excellent backdrop for the 2023 Conference.

Broome has world class tourist attractions such as the 80 Mile Beach, Cape Leveque, Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and many more.

Broome is close to the very productive Roebuck Plains and the Fitzroy River and its vast catchment.

The Conference will be held at the Broome Civic Centre in the heart of the city.