Call for RegistrationsThe 20th Annual WA Wetlands Conference 2024

“Celebrating World Wetlands Day”

Join us at our state-of-the-art Centre amidst the Beeliar Wetlands for
The 20th Annual Western Australian Wetlands Conference
that will be held from Thursday, 1st February to Friday, 2nd February 2024

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 20th Annual Western Australian Wetlands Conference. We are pleased to welcome you to the picturesque Cockburn Wetlands Precinct, nestled amidst the Beeliar Wetlands, and to our vibrant and dynamic facility, The Wetlands Centre, for a two-day Conference on the 1st and 2nd February 2024. 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 Structure

Aligned with the 2024 Ramsar theme 'Wetlands and Human Wellbeing', our conference unfolds in four half-day sessions – The Floodplains, The Mangroves, The Billabongs, and The Marshes. These sessions showcase the expertise of leading wetland scientists, managers, academics, and artists, offering a blend of cutting-edge research, innovative management practices, and insightful case studies that highlight the essential role of wetlands in our wellbeing and cultural landscape.



Embodying the vastness and fertility of floodplains, this session delves into the diverse dynamics of wetland ecosystems. It encompasses a range of topics, paralleling the rich diversity and extensive reach of floodplain environments.



Reflecting the unique convergence of land and sea in mangroves, this panel session merges science with humanities in wetlands. It explores the interplay of ecological knowledge and cultural insights, akin to the intertwined roots of mangroves at the water's edge.



Inspired by the secluded and vibrant life of billabongs, this session delves into specialised areas of wetland research. It mirrors the focused and introspective nature of billabongs, highlighting unique and in-depth studies.



Drawing inspiration from the adaptable and broad-reaching marshes, this workshop session covers impactful strategies in wetland management. It reflects the dynamic nature of marshes, emphasising adaptable and wide-ranging approaches to sustaining wetland ecosystems.

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

TypeBoth daysAny 1 day 
General registration:$ 380$ 200
Concessional registration:$ 180$ 95
Members registration:$ 300$ 165
Presenter registration:$ 50$ 50

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.

31st January 2024

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