What we Do: Vision, Mission and Objectives
As the peak body for soil scientists and people interested in soils, Soil Science Australia educates, advocates and advises, at all levels, in the interest of Australian prosperity.
Our vision is that soils are valued and protected by all, so that current and future generations of Australians can thrive.
Our mission is to promote the importance of soil in the Australian environment, build a strong and collaborative soil science community, influence policy development, as well as advance the professional capability of our members. We will achieve this by:
Communicating and advocating for the importance of soil with key stakeholders
Developing and supporting professional standards of practise in soil science
Enhancing expertise and providing professional development services accessible to all
Supporting educational opportunities for young Australians through the development of soil science activities and teaching material for incorporation in the Australian curriculum
Recognising excellence in soil science within our membership base and in the wider community
Providing value to our members and ensuring our long term sustainability.
Statement of Purposes and Rules
Soil Science Australia is incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 of the Australian Capital Territory.
The current Statement of Purposes and Rules was revised and agreed at the 2018 Annual General Meeting.
Soil Science Australia’s governing body is the Federal Council, consisting of the Executive Committee, the President of each of the seven branches, and the Chair of the Certified Professional Soil Scientist Board.
|New South Wales||Dr Uta Stockman|
|Riverina||Mr Sam North|
|South Australia||Mr Ed Scott|
|Tasmania||Mrs Robyn Doyle|
|Victoria||Dr Sam Grover CPSS|
|Western Australia||Mr Henry Smolinski|
|Queensland||Mr Jim Payne|
|CPSS Board Chair||Dr JP Cumming CPSS|
|Soils in Schools||Dr Gillian Kopittke CPSS|
|CPSS Board Members|
|Chair||Dr John Paul Cumming CPSS, Ph.D., B.Agr.Sc.(Hons), GAICD|
|Deputy Chair||Ms Lynette Dohle, M.Agr.Sc.(Soil Cons.), B.Agr.Sc.(Hons)|
|Mr Simon Buchanan CPSS, M.Phil.(Disturbed Land Rehab.), B.LandRes.Sci.(Hons)|
|Dr Andrew Biggs CPSS, Ph.D., B.Sc.Agr.(Hons)|
|Dr Kirsten Barlow CPSS Ph.D., B.Agr.Sc.(Hons), Dip.Bus.(FLM)|
|Dr John Paul Cumming CPSS, Ph.D., B.Agr.Sc.(Hons), GAICD|
|CPSS Administrator||Dr Cameron Grant CPSS Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Agr.Sc.(Hons)|
Strategic Advisory Committee
|Associate Professor Luke Mosley CPSS|
|Associate Professor John McLean Bennett CPSS|
|Professor Lyn Abbott|
|Professor Alex McBratney CPSS|
|Professor Mike McLaughlin CPSS|
|Professor Neal Menzies CPSS|
Equity & Diversity
Soil Science Australia is a vibrant community that reflects the diversity of people, interests and backgrounds around the world. Members include all genders at all career stages, from undergraduate students to eminent retired academics, research scientists, government employees, industry practitioners and consultants.
Soil Science Australia recognises the importance of equity and diversity and aims to:
- Proactively engage in practices that encourage diversity and equity.
- Promote and connect soil scientists within Soil Science Australia who proactively want to encourage diversity and equity.
- Promote soil science as an interesting and diverse career to all, irrespective of age, background and gender.