Call for RegistrationsThe 19th Annual WA Wetlands Conference 2023

“Celebrating World Wetlands Day”

Join us at our newly renovated and extended facility for
The 19th Annual Western Australian Wetlands Conference
that will be held from Wednesday, 1st February to Friday, 3rd February 2023

at The Wetlands Centre Cockburn, 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake, Western Australia 6163

Registration Portal

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Call for Registrations

The Wetlands Centre Cockburn invites you to attend its 19th Annual Western Australian Wetlands Conference. We are pleased to welcome you to the state-of-the-art Cockburn Wetlands Precinct and to our brand new renovated and extended facility, The Wetlands Centre, for a three-day conference on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd of February 2023. This conference commemorates World Wetlands Day: The anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar on 2nd February 1971. Our conference typically draws over 200 attendees from WA and surrounding states and territories from all streams of wetlands linked work and interests. We will have keynote addresses, expert presentations, sharing of case studies and research, plenary discussions, informal tours and plenty of networking opportunities. General Registrations are now open.

Objectives of our conference

“To increase knowledge, awareness, understanding and commitment to the conservation, interpretation and management of Wetlands.”
“And, to provide an annual networking forum for organisations and individuals involved in the above”.


Conference Themes

The overarching conference theme follows the Ramsar theme for 2023 of ‘Wetland Restoration’. The three day conference is divided into 6 half-days, which are set to feature the following themes – Leadership, Reconciliation & Truth-Telling, Sustainability, Partnerships, Humanities and Workshops.



To increase the knowledge, awareness, understanding, participation, engagement, and commitment to the conservation of wetlands.



To initiate, support, and sustain a proactive partnership with traditional custodians for the conservation of wetlands.



To develop and deliver standards, processes, projects, and/or programs that are environmentally, socially and economically justified.



To initiate and sustain the widest possible proactive participation, support and engagement for the conservation of wetlands.



To showcase and explore the role of humanities in fostering the spiritual, scientific, aesthetic, historic and social value of wetlands and their conservation.



To demonstrate skills, tools, resources, research or applications that contribute to growing, managing or sustaining wetland ecosystems.

Conference Structure

We believe that each and everyone has a stake in the conservation of our wetlands and the issues that surround them. So, this year, we have structured our conference to allow for broader participation from all walks of our community. The conference program is divided into 4 half-day phases, each of which is based on the following themes.

Registration Fees

All participants are required to officially register to attend the conference (including presenters). The fees are payable online on our Registration Portal by PayPal or Credit/Debit Card. If you wish to make a payment by an alternate method, or for bulk bookings of greater than 10 delegates, kindly contact us to arrange your registration. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, fees are kept to a minimum to enable all sectors of the community to attend this conference.

Concessional Registration is applicable to students, unwaged, pensioners and concession card holders.

*All fees inclusive of GST

Type First 2 days Any 1 day 
General registration: $ 300 $ 165
Concessional registration: $ 170 $ 90
Members registration: $ 230 $ 120
Members concessional registration: $ 130 $ 70
Presenter registration: $ 50 $ 50


For Day 3
Workshop Day Registration Fee: $ 90
Workshop Day Fee for Early Bird Registrants: $ 60
Workshop Day Fee for Concessional Registrants: $ 45

Registration Portal

Click the link to register your participation.

General Registrations Close

We encourage you to register well before the closing date to avoid disappointment.

27th January 2023

The Venue

Located 15 km south of Perth, The Wetlands Centre Cockburn is located on the bushland west of the resplendent Bibra Lake. It is easily accessible by freeway, about a 30-minute drive from Perth CBD. If you plan on driving down, please note that there is limited on-site parking is available. Where possible we encourage the more sustainable option of carpooling (please opt-in when you register if you are interested). If you plan on taking public transport, the nearest train station is Murdoch. However, there are fewer bus options, with the closest bus stops about 1km away from the centre by walk.

Link to view directions on Google Maps:

The Program

The program will be made available this website in early December 2022. At the start of each of the four themed sessions, our distinguished keynote speakers will set the stage with their inspiring stories, fresh perspectives and pioneering concepts. They will be followed by exemplary guest speakers who, with their presentations, will keep up the energy and vibrancy of the sessions, flowing into plenary discussions that will bring every session to a close with a fusion of ideas and a merger of minds. There will be plenty of networking opportunities during well-timed breaks, with refreshments being served.

The Audience

The conference is intended to bring together a community of volunteers, landowners, students, local and state government officers, industry and private sector environmental officers, educators, academics, community leaders, aboriginal representatives and cultural stakeholders involved with wetland-related work and endeavours. Our past conferences have fostered meaningful interactions, discourse and exchange between the audience. We hope that our new two-day format allows for rich, deep, and diverse conversations and engagement among all attendees.

Photographs and Recordings

Important: Please note that we retain your implicit permission to capture/record and use your photographs and video recordings during the conference. We will do our best to accommodate image takedown requests post publication, but it will be at the organiser’s discretion.

Conference Proceedings

Papers, presentations, workshop session recordings and takeaways will be collected and be available on our website . You are welcome to review the 2022 Conference Proceedings as an example at


We would like to thank and acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors, who make this event possible. If your organisation would like to consider sponsoring this event, please visit our to know more.

For further details
please contact the conference organisers