Australian Geoscience Council Inc.

The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) is the Peak Council of geoscientists in Australia. It represents eight major Australian geoscientific societies with a total membership of over 8000 individuals comprising industry, government and academic professionals in the fields of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, mineral and petroleum exploration, environmental geoscience, hydrogeology and geological hazards.

Our objective is to...

Provide expert apolitical advice to governments on matters involving the geosciences and their application;

Promote the development of scientifically sound policies for effective geoscience education and research; and

Provide the Australian public with a greater appreciation of the economic, environmental and cultural values of the geosciences

Geotourism Australia Launch

The president of the AGC, Sandra Occhpinti, announces the re-branding of the National Geotourism Strategy to Geotourism Australia

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Geofest 2024

The 2nd circular for Geofest '24 is now available. GEOFEST 2024 SYDNEY WORKSHOP

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New National Geoscience Champions

The AGC is delighted to announce that two New National Geoscience Champions have been appointed. Peter Moore and Simon Lang have been inducted into the Champions arena.  

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Signing of MoC between AGC and IGN

Through its National Geotourism Strategy the AGC has joined with the Indonesian Geoparks Network in signing a Memorandum of Co-Operation between the the two groups to build a co-operative relationship to foster Geotourism

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2021 AGTEP Survey now available for download

The 2021 edition of the Australian Geoscience Council's quinquennial survey of Australia's Tertiary Earth Science Education capacity is now available.

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Geotourism Information Bulletin

The National Geotourism Strategy Working group have released an update on the background to the development of geotourism, GeoRegions, geotrails and geoparks

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Geoscientists for the Future

We need to attract and train more geoscientists to support the future of our nation’s economy, environmental management, and international leadership in the Geosciences.

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Three Major Geoscience Issues of Relevance to Australia

  • Critical metals for a low-carbon high-tech economy
  • Delivering the next generation of Geoscientists
  • The Geosciences are vital for regional development

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MEDIA RELEASE: New Government Visitor Economy Strategy Embraces Geotourism and GeoRegions

The President of the Australian Geoscience Council (AGC), Professor David Cohen, has welcomed the release of the Australian Government’s THRIVE 2030 Visitor Economy Strategy. This strategy will assist the tourism industry and governments in planning for sustainable long-term growth of the visitor economy over the next decade.

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The Australian Geoscience Information Association (AGIA) has established the Lee Parkin Grant which supports research that explores the potential for the further development of geoscience information & data management in Australia.  The Grant offers up to $2500 for the successful candidates.  

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AGC Social Media Champion

Are you wild about Social Media and Geoscience? The AGC is looking for a Social Media Champion to spread our message

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Roy Woodall Medal presented to Kathy Ehrig

The inaugural winner of the Roy Woodall Medal, Kathy Ehrig, was presented with her medal by Barbara Woodall in Adelaide.

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AGC Launch National Geotourism Strategy

The AGC is pleased to announce the launch of the National Geotourism Strategy. The Strategy will promote and support further development of major geotourism projects in Australia and deliver benefits to regional tourism. AGC President, Professor David Cohen said, "While we have some of the most beautiful cities in the world, there are abundant natural wonders in the geology of our ancient continent that lie just beyond the end of the pavement. Some of these are in existing World Heritage Listed areas and in other GeoRegions." Our tourism sector can provide great access to that geoheritage and extend existing nature-based tourism to provide new options for visitors that draw on our unique geology, landscape, flora and fauna, cultural heritage (including those of Indigenous Australians), and mining history. Press release:AGC_Geotourism_media release_7 April 2021 Explanatory Notes:AGC_Geotourism_media release explanatory notes_7 April 2021

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Inaugural winner of the Roy Woodall Medal

The AGC has great pleasure in announcing that the inaugural winner of the Roy Woodall medal is Dr Kathy Ehrig. Dr Ehrig has spent a large part of her career documenting the giant Olympic Dam Cu-Au-U ore deposit, arguably Australia's most significant accumulation of metal. Her work has provided the conceptual framework that has supported BHP's recent Oak Dam West discovery. Dr Ehrig is a particularly fitting inaugural winner of this award because she was personally recruited by Roy Woodall to WMC Resources from University of California - Berkley and was subsequently a long-term mentee of Roy's. It is anticipated a formal presentation of this medal will be made at an appropriate forum in the near-future when the current COVID-related restrictions are eased.

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Earth Science Week 11th – 17th October 2020

Earth Science Week will be celebrated from 11th to the 17th October this year. This year's theme is 'Earth Materials in our Lives' What do you plan to do to celebrate varied and vital role the materials we gather from the Earth play in our lives?

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Australian Geoscience Council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship

The Australian Geoscience Council, representing over 8000 geoscientists in Australasia, is excited to announce the opening of the AGC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship. The scholarship, providing $5000 per annum, will be available to first nations  Australians, who have completed at least the first year of their undergraduate geoscience degree at a University in Australia.

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34th IGC Travel Grants Announced

The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) and the Australian Academy of Science (Academy) take great pleasure in announcing the recipients of the 34th International Geological Congress Travel Grant Scheme. This year the travel grant has been awarded to three early career geoscientists who intend to use the grants to attend International Geoscience conferences and conduct field and laboratory work to advance their research Objectives. Read more here

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Geoscientists Day Sunday 5th April 2020

Celebrate Geoscience and Geoscientists this Sunday 5th April 2020. Geoscientists Day, originated in Russia as Geologists Day. It was a day of celebration of geology and marked the end of winter and the commencement of field work. Celebrate by using #GeoscientistsDay on your social media platforms. Post a photo or description of an inspiring geological location or your real-life geological workplace. If your are into geoscience research tell the world about it with a single photo - don't forget to use the hashtag #Geoscientistsday . Have a look at the AGC National Geoscience Champion page on our website to read about some inspiring geoscientists.

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MEDIA RELEASE – Geoscientist and Teacher, Ms Suzy Urbaniak was WA’s nominee in the “Australian of the Year – Local Heroes” award category for Australia Day Honours.

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34th IGC Travel Grant Scheme – 2019 Call for Applications Now Closed

Applications have closed for our 34th International Geological Congress Travel Grant Scheme for Early-Career Australian and New Zealand Geoscientists. This scheme provides funds to support travel by Australian and New Zealand geoscientists in the early stages of their careers. The application deadline was 16 December 2019. News regarding successful applications will be provided soon. Details on how to apply in the next round of applications and previous grants awarded can be found here. AN INITIATIVE OF THE AUSTRALIAN GEOSCIENCE COUNCIL AND THE AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE

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MEDIA RELEASE: Bipartisan support from the Coalition and Labor will help our resource sector dig deeper for Australia’s secure future


The Australian Geoscience Council (AGC) has strongly welcomed commitments from both the Coalition Government and Australian Labor Party to boost support for the exploration of ‘next generation’ hidden mineral deposits in Australia.

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Australian Tertiary Geoscience Education Profile 2017 Released


AGC is pleased to publicly release the Australian Geoscience Tertiary Education Profile 2017. The report summarises data collected in a 15 year longitudinal study of Geoscience departments across Australia, including teaching loads, higher degree completions, staff numbers and other data.

Further information, including links to previous reports, can be found here.

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Two new AGC National Geoscience Champions


On 17 October 2018, during the Australian Geoscience Council Convention in Adelaide, we announced two new National Geoscience Champions. Dr Marita Bradshaw and Emeritus Professor David Groves have joined Roy Woodall AO, our inaugural National Geoscience Champion, as leading Australian Geoscientists recognised for their major contributions to our science, craft and art, as evidenced by their technical, leadership, mentoring and collegial endeavours.

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