National NRM Knowledge Conferences bring together regional NRM organisations from around Australia, along with NRM practitioners from Australian and State/Territory agencies and non-government organisations, to share knowledge and experiences in Natural Resource Management. The Conferences have been held every two years since 2006.

8th National Knowledge Conference

Resilience through Transformation- Margaret River 31 Oct-2 Nov 2022

Our 8th conference will be held in Margaret River, WA from 31st October to 2 November 2022 and will address the theme Resilience through Transformation. This builds upon our 2019 theme and is a much-anticipated opportunity to gather again with our peers, friends and as yet undiscovered inspirations.

We are delighted to co-host this year's conference with South West Catchments Council! The South West Catchments Council has been the peak Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisation for the South West since 2001. SWCC work in partnership with the community to ensure that our iconic landscapes, waterways, coastline and agricultural land are protected for current and future generations.

Key dates for the conference are:

  • Monday 31 October 2022 – Field Trips and Opening Event 6-8pm (venue tbc)
  • Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 November 2022 - Conference – Margaret River HEART
  • Thursday 3 and Friday 4 November 2022 - National Chairs Forum (venue tbc)

Get involved!

We’d love you to be involved no matter where you come from and how you contribute to natural resource management – in your local bush group, on your tractor, crunching data, managing Indigenous lands, running grants programs… It’s a diverse sector working across the country.

NRM Knowledge Conferences focus on sharing our collective experiences. We have identified several ways in which you can contribute directly to the conference:

Present to a concurrent session

We are planning 4 concurrent sessions. Each session will comprise 3 workshops addressing  the sub themes of:

    1. Transforming How We Work Together
    2. Transforming our Relationship with Country
    3. Transforming through Climate Change

Each presenter will provide a 10-minute overview of their topic and participate in follow-up panel discussion or small group discussions.

Other opportunities

  • Poster Display.  We are seeking posters that not only summarise your work but display your aspirations about the longer-term impact of what you do or great new ideas. Let us know if you would like to submit a poster display and a brief description of the topic you will cover.
  • Video Display.  Videos are a great way of sharing your experiences with others, particularly for those that are unable to attend the conference. We plan to run a series of videos (2 to 3 minutes each) over the morning and afternoon tea and lunch break sessions.
  • R&D and University Panel.  Universities and other Research and Development Organisations will have the opportunity to share with delegates the outcomes of their work and how this will impact on natural resource management. Short (5 minute) presentations will be made to the Conference followed by presenters leading table discussions where each will provide details of the work and delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the findings.
  • Workshops, side Meetings and Meeting Space.  Would you like to nominate your own topic for presentation and discussion? The Conference design allows for a Side Meeting session where larger groups can gather to discuss issues and for two (2) Meeting Space sessions where individuals can meet with others to discuss matters of mutual interest.

To submit an abstract, please visit our Conference Event Page 

We’re planning for a face-to-face conference, but will have a Plan B ready if required.

7th National Knowledge Conference

The 7th National NRM Knowledge conference was held at The Cube, Wodonga, Victoria from 17 to 20 November 2019, its theme was Creating Resilience through Natural Resource Management – how do we do it? Over 275 delegates attended the conference and the Organising Committee was pleased to receive extremely positive feedback about the conference.

One of our conference objectives to have a highly interactive conference with very different types of sessions that facilitated networking and sharing between delegates.

Our second objective was for the conference is to identify a shared future for Australian natural resource management – and actions we will collectively pursue to address the Conference theme – we named this our Call to Action.

Our provocateurs (keynote speakers) were selected based on them providing a range of thought-provoking ideas. They came from vastly different backgrounds, but all shared a passion for sustainable use of our natural resources.

Indiah Fletcher and Charlotte Caling (year 10 students from Bright Secondary College) challenged the conference to address climate change challenges. Sue Middleton (former Chair of the National Landcare Advisory Committee) responded recognising and supporting those challenges and suggesting ways delegates could address these issues.

The Hon Sussan Ley, Minister for the Environment, outlined the policies and programmes of the Australian Government. Professor Gretchen Daily from Stanford University joined us by video link and outlined the international context and the Natural Capital Project (, an international effort focused on achieving this integration through research, practical tools, and policy-oriented demonstrations in contrasting places around the world.

Dr Debra Parkinson outlined her research that illustrated the importance of recognising “gendered expectations” in preparing for and responding to natural disaster.  Gabriel Bani, of the Wagadagam people, Mabuiag Island, Torres Strait challenged delegates to recognise the importance to indigenous Australians of the link between language, family and caring for our land.

Sean O’Reilly, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) and CEO of Viridis Agriculture presented a snapshot of MIRA’s investment Australian agriculture and how his company is responding to a low carbon future and addressing the international Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Change Agent Panel

So how do we respond? The Conference assembled a panel of speakers to share their experiences and aspirations in generating change. Warwick Long (local ABC Radio rural reporter) was the convener and panel members included Lucinda Corrigan (Farmers for Climate Action), Mary-Anne Scully (Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship), Brad Moggridge (NESP) and Vicki-Jo Russell (Nature of SA and Amongst It).

More information about the Conference

The following reports from the Conference are available to you:

  • Conference Abstracts. This page provides a summary of all of the presentations (in person, videos, posters etc) made to the Conference. If you would like more information about these presentations please contact the presenter.
  • Conference Booklet. This is a PDF of the Conference Program and details (including the abstracts above) that conference delegates received.
  • Call to Action. The Organising Committee has requested that NRM Regions Australia progress the the conference's Call to Action statement. More information will follow on this but the attached document represents the report presented to the final session of the conference.
  • 7th National Knowledge Conference Report. This is the summary of the conference along with delegates feedback.



Click on the links below to view programs from previous years' conferences.

3rd National Knowledge Conference Program, 2010 - Darwin, NT

4th National Knowledge Conference Program, 2012 - Adelaide, SA

5th National Knowledge Conference Program, 2014 - Launceston, TAS

6th National Knowledge Conference Program, 2016 - Coff's Harbour, NSW