About AVPC

The Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference (AVPC) has a long and prestigious history as one of the regions keystone biosecurity related conferences bringing together practitioners, researchers, wildlife managers and policy advisors to network, share their stories and discuss the future of vertebrate pest management in Australia and beyond.

It attracts visitors from Australia, New Zealand and across the globe.

In 2017, the conference had 293 people attend the three day event to watch and learn from more than 130 presentations, including 6 key note presentations, 18 speed talks, and 1 panel discussion broadcast nationally to wrap it all up. Over 90% of delegates who filled out the evaluation survey post conference rated it as either very good or excellent.

In 2021, the conference is being hosted by the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions in partnership with Agriculture Victoria, and coordinated by Conference Logistics.

Our conference theme is "Feral Futures 2051"

In 2021, we want the conference to be bigger and better than ever before and we have chosen “Feral Futures 2051” as the theme for the 18th AVPC. 2051 will mark the second half of the 21st century and research, innovation and new ideas will be imperative to ensure our future is as feral-free as we can make it.

In 30 years’ time, we will no doubt have new technologies and products which haven’t even been thought up. If we think about 30 years ago, we didn’t have apps or mobile devices available at our finger tips for information and monitoring and these are now a part of our everyday lives.

It is exciting to think what 2051 holds and we want this conference to promote the knowledge, technologies and strategies that are propelling us towards 2051, but also the over the horizon thinking, strategies and developments that may shape vertebrate pest management in 2051 and beyond.

Our conference MC is Naomi Edwards

We are very excited to announce that Naomi Edwards will be our conference MC.

Naomi Edwards is known to challenge people and organisations to rethink how we approach environmental dilemmas. In 2015, she co-founded Intrepid Landcare to reimagine how we engage people and communities, and what participation looks like with a focus on youth engagement. Her more recent work has involved (almost) completing a PhD in critical scholarship that challenges the idea of consensus, instead enable spaces to confront an uncomfortable narrative about the future of Australia’s coast.

Her first encounter with pest management was in ‘Outback Queensland’ on a high school biology camp where she witnessed a European Rabbit shot dead during a spotlighting survey. This experience challenged her city centric view about animal ethics and the overwhelming challenge we face with protecting Australia’s unique fauna and flora.

“I am excited to MC the 18th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference to stimulate a serious but fun conversation about how we can be bold to protect and restore our productive and special ecosystems. The future-focused theme about a pest free future is what we need to be inspired and driven”, said Naomi Edwards.

100+ Speakers

300+ Tickets

4 day event

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Keynote & Invited Speakers

Professor Hugh Bradlow


Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering

Dr Helen Scott-Orr

Inspector General of Biosecurity (2016-2019)

Andreas Glanznig

Andreas Glanznig

Chief Executive Officer

Centre for Invasive Species Solutions

Professor Ted Alter

Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics

Pennsylvania State University

Keynote: Political economics, community-led action, and invasive animal control

Prue Adams

Senior Reporter

ABC Landline

Conference dinner special guest and speaker

Dr Andy Sheppard

Research Director, Managing Invasive Species & Diseases

CSIRO, Health and Biosecurity

Keynote title: Impact and management of vertebrate pests under climate change

Adam Toomes

PhD Candidate, Invasion Science & Wildlife Ecology

University of Adelaide

Keynote: Globalisation of the live pet trade and the implications for long-term biosecurity in Australia

Conference Program

The program is currently being reworked due to the requirement to postpone the conference by 12 months. All speakers will be contacted about their future involvement.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to the venue?

Located in the cœur of the city, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins is 40-minute drive from Tullamarine Airport.

Rental vehicles, taxis and shuttles are all available from the airport to the hotel.

Where can I stay?

You can stay at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, for maximum convenience, but there are also many hotels, of various prices, located near by.

Do I have to attend the full conference?

No, we will have a day rate available if delegates desire.

Will the coronavirus epidemic impact the conference?

Yes, we have had to postpone the conference by 12 months with new dates confirmed for May 24-27, 2021.


For more information please visit www.health.gov.au

Conference location and venue

The 18th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference is being held in the beautiful Australian city of Melbourne.

A packed agenda of food, wine, sports and arts is your introduction to the best of Melbourne – from its creative, exciting city centre, to its buzzing neighbourhood hubs. It’s the gateway so amazing countryside both inland and towards the coast.

Need some inspiration about what to see and do while in Melbourne – click here

The conference venue is the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins is one of Melbourne’s most flexible and comprehensive hotel conference venues that can accommodate delegates in a range of configurations.

The venue offers a range of accommodation options on site, or there are a number of alternative accommodation options nearby as well. The venue is located in the coeur of the city and is a 40-minute drive from Tullamarine Airport.

(03) 9653 0000

25 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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