11 - 15 November 2018, Canberra

'Moving house - a new age for plant translocation and restoration'.

The Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CANBR) at CSIRO, and the Australian Network for Plant Conservation are pleased to present the 12th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference (APCC12). 

Join us for a week of exciting presentations, local field trips and a 1-day threatened plant translocation workshop!

APCC12 will bring conservation researchers and practitioners together to discuss the recent advances in species translocation across Australia. Species translocations have been an important conservation approach for more than two decades across Australia to save threatened species from extinction. With no foreseeable reduction in threats from climate change, urban and agricultural expansion and intensification, and invasive pests and diseases, translocations will be increasingly important into the future.

To coincide with the release of the third edition of the ANPC’s Threatened Plant Translocation Guidelines, we will bring together a diverse range of the leading botanists, ecologists, land managers, and on-ground plant conservation workers from around Australia, from universities, government, consultancies, NRM groups and NGOs to discuss some of the latest scientific findings and practical outcomes for successful threatened plant translocations. The conference is a key event for plant conservation specialists and students to exchange ideas and make new contacts.

The biennial Australasian Plant Conservation Conference has become the premier event in Australia to discuss plant conservation issues with a variety of groups from practitioners to researchers. The last conference was successfully hosted in Melbourne, November 2016.

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  • Moving house - lessons from the past – who’s done what where and what do we now know?
    Exploring plant introductions across Australia over the past 30 years. 
    “There is nothing new in the world except the history you don’t know.” Harry S. Trueman
  • Moving house  – what’s new?
    This session will include new approaches, ideas or tools to assist you when making decisions about moving plants.
    “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” Henry Ford
  • Policy and politics of moving plants.
    Here we will explore the policy and politics of moving plants – hear from experts about their expectations for policy that guides when, how and where we move plants.
    "Avoid any specific discussion of public policy at public meetings." Quintus Tullius Cicero
  • Crossing over – what can we learn from moving organisms other than plants?
    This session will include presentations about what lessons have been learnt by moving other types of organisms to expand our understanding of the role and importance of plants.
    “Any investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin
  • Effective partnerships – who, why and how? What works and what doesn’t?
    Showcasing partnership projects including citizen science where multiple stakeholders have engaged in translocation and restoration projects. A session not just on what’s worked! Here we’ll share what didn’t work and how we can use these findings to improve partnerships in the future
    “Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.” Dale Turner
  • Do you need a safe deposit box? The importance of ex-situ conservation in translocation.
    Here we will explore the role of ex situ conservation in plant translocation and restoration including examples of successful plant reintroductions from ex situ collections.
    “Banking's a sexy industry! Creative - it's dynamic, it's global, it's fast-moving, you bring a lot of talented people together!” James P. Gorman



translocation workshop

To coincide with the launch of the Third Edition of the Guidelines for the Translocation of Threatened Species in Australia, a 1-day Translocation Workshop will be held as part of APCC12.  Come along to hear about best-practice translocation from some of the authors of the Guidelines, and network with others working in the field!

Translocation Workshop Sponsor

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTunities are now available!

APCC12 Sponsorship Prospectus coming soon!


2 May 2018
Call for Abstracts opens

21 May 2018
Early Bird registrations open

ANPC members and students will receive discounts on the conference registration fees!

Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Sally Box
Threatened Species Commissioner

Sarah Legge
Threatened Species Recovery Hub

Peter Vesk
University of Melbourne

Damian Wrigley
Australian Seed Bank Partnership

Belinda Pellow
President, Ecological Consultants Association of NSW Inc.


APCC12 will be held at the CSIRO Discovery Centre, Canberra at the Black Mountain Science and Innovation Park which provides free parking and is centrally located to the Canberra city centre, ANU, the Australian National Botanic Gardens and backs on the beautiful bushland and walking trails

of Black Mountain. See CSIRO Discovery Centre location and map for how to get to the conference.


Conference Organising Committee

  • Dr Linda Broadhurst - Chair (CANBR, CSIRO)
  • Josh McGregor (CANBR, CSIRO)
  • Francisco Encinas-Viso (CANBR, CSIRO)
  • Jo Lynch (ANPC Business Manager)
  • Dr Lucy Commander (ANPC Project Manager, Translocation)
  • Martin Driver (ANPC Project Manager)
  • Chantelle Doyle (ANPC Committee member; Ecological Consultants Association)
  • Dr David Coates (ANPC Committee member)
  • Nicki Taws (Greening Australia)
  • Dr Jasmyn Lynch (University of Canberra)
  • Damian Wrigley (Australian Seed Bank Partnership)