John Bennett

On behalf of Soil Science Australia, including the Certified Professional Soil Science accreditation program,
I would like to JohnBennettextend a warm welcome to new members joining us and those currently considering membership and what it means to be a part of a professional society.

Whether interested in soil, or employed as a professional soil scientist, we believe that if you are keen to assist the development of your personal and professional goals, joining Soil Science Australia is a good start.  The broad benefits of membership with Soil Science Australia include:

1. Enhancing your peer network

Soil Science Australia has an online profile through it's frequently updated website and association with other online resources, so a benefit of becoming a member is accessing member only events, discovering and connecting with your peers, accessing online resources and responding to society Twitter feeds administered by Soil Science Australia  This is a great way to grow your network and allows you to use your peers as sounding boards and often make some great friends with the same interests along the way. Creating professional relationships is an important synergy and those relationships may assist you in reaching your professional goals.

2. Broaden your knowledge

Soil Science Australia provides access to an enormous amount of resource information on soils such as: case studies, articles, white papers and books written by experts in a range of soil disciplines.  Access to the Soil Science Australia magazine and newsletters is provided as a part of your membership privileges as well as a discounted subscription rate to the Soil Research Journal. Soil Science Australia also provides a source for scholarship information, links to publications, and awards for persons achieving excellence in their field. No matter what your specialisation is, staying on top of all of these issues is important.

3. Discounted attendance at Soil Science Australia sponsored events

Soil Science Australia supports and sponsors events which presents members with a discounted opportunity to connect with peers nationally or join colleagues from kindred societies at international events to share ideas, learn about breaking news, learn "best practices" or new ideas, hear about key achievers in soil science and also meet and brainstorm with others who are also looking to share and learn new information.

4. Take charge of your career

Membership provides you with monthly first-hand knowledge and updates about seminars, training or certification classes that may be suitable for you. Also, listing your Soil Science Australia membership on your CV may also be impressive to current or future employers, as it shows that you are dedicated to staying connected in your profession.

5. Professional Recognition with CPSS

Suitably qualified and experienced members are encouraged to apply for and maintain Certified Professional Soil Scientist accreditation.  The CPSS program provides a structure for professional soil scientists from undergraduate to leading professional soil scientist incorporating ongoing professional development activities throughout your career.

So, whether you are looking to learn about job postings in your area of specialisation, networking in your professional community, gaining access to current events in your interest area, or just have some fun while meeting new people, joining Soil Science Australia is a step in the right direction!

Soil Science Australia is the peak body for soil scientists and always welcomes new members.  Whilst the majority of members are professionally trained scientists membership is open to all. The key criteria for membership is to simply have an interest in soils.

John Bennett

Federal President, Soil Science Australia



Every Soil Science Australia member receives:

  • Electronic access to Soil Crumbs - a monthly bulletin with news and activities 
  • Access to Tweets with current news
  • Electronic access to Profile the newsletter published three time a year
  • 20% discount on CSIRO Publications and the Soil Research journal
  • Access to the online membership directory and networking opportunities 
  • Opportunity to attend events and present research at a discounted Member registration rate
  • Memberhip of the International Union of Soil Science
  • A copy of the annual Soil Science in Australia calendar and the opportunity to submit photographs for the calendar


You may also take advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Certified Professional Soil Scientist accreditation - the benchmark of excellence for Soil Science in Australia
  • Certified Professional Soil Scientist Register of Expertise - to promote professional soil scientists to the public
  • Awards, Scholarships, fellowships and honorary memberships including early career opportunities, graduate and undergraduate opportunities

Soil Science Australia


Soil Science Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that serves as the peak body for soil scientists across Australia, and seeks to advance soil science in the professional, academic and technical fields.  It is a member of the International Union of Soil Sciences



Visit Awards Page or download application forms below

J.A. Prescott Medal of Soil Science

J.K. Taylor, OBE, Gold Medal in Soil Science

Australian Society of Soil Science Inc Publication Medal

C.G. Stephens PhD Award in Soil Science

L.J.H Teakle Award


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