'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! Early Bird registrations open Wednesday 23 May 2018. ANPC members and students will receive discounts on the conference registration fees!

To coincide with the release of the third edition of the ANPC’s Threatened Plant Translocation Guidelines, APCC12 will bring conservation researchers and practitioners together to discuss the recent advances and latest scientific findings in plant translocation across Australia for successful threatened plant translocations.. 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.

APCC12 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  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.

Download flyer here.

Click here to see the 12 flagship threatened plants from the ACT region which are being promoted as part of the conference.


  • 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

call for abstracts now open!

The APCC12 Organising Committee invites the submission of abstracts for Presentations or Posters on one or more of the above themes. Please note that the committee may reallocate abstracts between these themes. The contribution of presenters, like yourself, is crucial to the success of the Conference and we value your input greatly. Abstract submissions close Friday 27 July 2018.

Download the Abstract Submission Form here.

Abstracts should be written in Microsoft Word, Arial 10 font and be no more than 250 words in length. All abstracts will be published in the Conference Program which will be made available online and as a hardcopy at the Conference. Presentations will be allocated 15 minutes in the Conference Program. 

You can also nominate on the form if you are prepared to submit a full length paper (approx. 1200 words) for publication in Australasian Plant Conservation (APC) - you will be contacted by the Editor prior to the conference. The deadline for this is 15 February 2019. Email the APC Editor for any queries about submission of full length papers.

Abstract Key Dates:

Abstract Submissions Close Friday 27 July 2018  5pm AEST
Author notifications Friday 17 August 2018
Author registrations and Early bird deadline Friday 31 August 2018
Full length papers for publication in APC Friday 15 February 2019



SPONSORSHIP Opportunities are now available!

Download the APCC12 Sponsorship Prospectus hereYour business or organisation is invited to sponsor the 12th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference. The wide range of sponsorship options available are summarised below.  Be a part of this premier event and help contribute to the conservation of Australia's unique plants! The conference provides an excellent opportunity to promote the profile of your organisation or company, including your involvement in plant conservation, to representatives from government, academia, community groups and private businesses from across Australia. Sponsorship may be financial, in-kind or a discount on services. Donations of $2 or more to the ANPC are tax-deductible.  Please contact us to discuss any of these options further.

Sponsorship level  $ Sponsorship level
Gold 10,000  Welcome Reception Poster Session 1,000
Silver  5,000 Trade Stall 1,000
Bronze 2,500 Speaker 750
Plenary Speaker  2,000  Lunch or Morning/ Afternoon Tea 500
Conference Dinner  1,500  Advertising in Conference Proceedings 400
Field Trip  1,500  Prize donations 200
Workshop  1,500  Conference Bag Insert 100

                   Gold Sponsor

Proposed Program

Sunday 11 November
  • Early Registration
  • Welcome Reception at the new Synergy Building at CSIRO
  • Welcome Address
  • Launch of the 3rd edition of the ANPC's Guidelines for the Translocation of Threatened Plants in Australia
Monday 12 November
  • Conference Registration
  • Welcome to Country
  • Conference Day 1 @ CSIRO Discovery Centre
  • Poster Sessions @ CSIRO Discovery Centre
Tuesday 13 November
  • Conference Day 2 @ CSIRO Discovery Centre
  • ANPC 2018 AGM
  • Conference Dinner
Wednesday 14 November Plant Translocation Workshop @ CSIRO Discovery Centre
Thursday 15 November Conference Field Trips


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! The Translocation Workshop will cover all aspects of the Guidelines, including gathering essential biological information, when do you need a geneticist, site selection, translocation policies, seed collection, techniques for translocating whole plants due to development, monitoring and evaluation. Speakers, who have contributed to the new edition of the Guidelines, include: David Coates (WA), David Taylor (ACT), Heidi Zimmer (NSW), Jen Silcock (QLD), Leonie Monks (WA), Lucy Commander (WA), Noushka Reiter (Vic), Simon Nally (ACT) and Steve Mueck (Vic). Each attendee will be provided with a complimentary copy of the new edition of the Guidelines, with the option to purchase additional copies for colleagues. 

Translocation Workshop Sponsor

Field trips

Field Trip 1:  Threatened plant translocation projects - Full day 
Field trip with officers from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the Australian National Botanic Gardens visiting a number of threatened plant translocation project sites in the ACT region.

Field Trip 2: Barrer Hill Woodland Restoration Project - Half day field trip with Greening Australia looking at a variety of restoration and translocation techniques. 
A restoration project has been taking place at Barrer Hill in the Molonglo Valley since 2014. The 50 hectare area, on the northern bank of the Molonglo River, across from the new suburb of Coombs, has a long history of human impacts. It was formerly planted with non-native pines as well as used for livestock grazing. Barrer Hill still retains high conservation value with rocky grasslands home to threatened species like the pink-tailed worm-lizard. The area also forms parts of the soon-to-be declared Molonglo River Reserve which will be a key recreational area for the developing suburbs of Molonglo. The restoration work to date has included removing the pines and progressively replacing them with native shrubs and trees, including yellow box, red-stem wattle and clustered everlasting daisy. Grassland restoration has replaced patches of exotic grasses and weeds with a diverse mix of native grasses and wildflowers, including the endangered Button Wrinklewort. A key part of the project has involved returning habitat structures to the area such as rocks, salvaged logs, and dead trees which provide shelter for wildlife


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.

Peter Latch
Dept of Environment and Energy


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)



















Conferences and forums run by the ANPC office:

  • Administration fees of 10% applies if a participant cancels their registration by the closing date.
  • No refunds will be given after the closing date but replacements will be accepted.
  • If a field trip is cancelled due to insufficient numbers participants will be offered an alternative or given a full refund of the field trip.
  • For more information and/or to send your request in writing please visit http://www.anpc.asn.au/contact

Australian Network for Plant Conservation
GPO Box 1777
Canberra ACT 2601

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