SSA Australian Soil Judging Competition 2024

28th November – 1st December – Rotorua, New Zealand

SoilJudging Competition 2024 – Registration now open.

This year’s competition is held in collaboration with the New Zealand Society of Soil Science and Soil Science Australia just before the joint national conference held in Rotorua on the 2nd of December.

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The competition is a practical training and networking opportunity for aspiring soil professionals.

During the competition participants can:

  • Increase their knowledge of soils and soil profiles.
  • Connect with other early career soil scientists from across Australia.
  • Network with and learn from experienced soil scientists
  • Apply a land capability assessment to supplement their soil description and interpretation.

The event includes two training days and one competition day.

Soil Judging Competition Schedule

Welcome BBQ dinner
Friday 29th November
Practice day 2
Sunday 1st December
Thursday 28th November
Practice day 1
Saturday 30th November
Competition Day

About the SSA National Soil Judging Competition

Soil Science Australia organises an annual National Soil Judging Competition to bring together students, early career and experienced soil scientists for a prestigious professional development event.

The competition requires teams and individual team members to:

  • correctly identify soil features,
  • classify soil profiles, and
  • interpret soil capability.


During the competition students and early career scientists have the opportunity to:

  • Increase their knowledge of how and why soil profiles vary in the landscape.
  • Connect with other early career soil scientists from across Australia.
  • Network with and learn from experienced soil scientists about the science and practice of describing soil profiles.
  • Apply a land capability assessment to supplement their soil description and interpretation.


The event includes two practise days and one competition day, leading to the announcement of the winners. Prizes are awarded for team and individual performances.

 Register your interest to learn more.

Past Soil Judging Competitions

2023 Darwin, Northern Territory 
2021 Cairns, Queensland 
2020 Virtual Online 
2019 Adelaide, South Australia
2018 Canberra, Australia Capital Territory 
2017 Toowoomba, Queensland
2016 Queenstown, New Zealand
2015 Perth, Western Australia
2014 Jeju, Korea
2014 Melbourne, Victoria
2012 Hobart, Tasmania

Sponsorship Opportunities

It is with great pleasure that Soil Science Australia invites organisations to be part of the 2024 National Soil Judging Competition as a sponsor.

Our past competition’s success over the last decade has been assisted by substantial sponsorship from government departments, research organisations, professional societies and industry.

Contact us to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.