About Us


The Royal Societies of Australia (RSA) was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 3rd August 2007, its aim being to assist each of the Royal Societies in Australia through organised communication, collaboration and advocacy.

The RSA offers a national approach to intellectual discourse in Australia through the promotion of the efforts of Australia's Royal Societies. It provides a valuable framework for co-ordinating educational and research-related activities and the discussion of vital policy issues and initiatives affecting the community at large. It provides a consultative voice on national cross-discipline policy/debate and strengthens public recognition of the importance of education, outreach and communication activities across a range of disciplines, with a focus on science, medicine, economics, philosophy and the arts.  

The first formal convention of the RSA was held in Canberra on 2nd February 2008 with delegates representing the Royal Societies of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia attending. The President of the Royal Society of New Zealand attended as an observer. Subsequent conventions have been held in Perth, Hobart and Brisbane.

Australia’s Royal Societies (dating back to 1821 in the case of New South Wales) have been at the forefront of the development of intellectual and scientific thought and practice in Australia and have spawned many of its major research institutions and professional bodies. They each have an immense reservoir of collective wisdom, influence and authority, and several offer unique and valuable reference collections amassed over decades. They continue to publish authoritative peer-reviewed journals and other major publications and offer regular opportunities to hear about the most recent research work from the most qualified experts in the country.

The RSA represents the hundreds of members of Australia's Royal Societies with one voice, not only in this country, but throughout the world. 


His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Rtd.), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia



President Mr John Hardie FRSN FHEA FGS MACE (RSNSW)
Honorary Secretary Emeritus Professor Stephen Hill AM FRSN (RSNSW)
Honorary Treasurer Dr. Lynne Milne (interim)
Councillor Ms Judith Wheeldon AM FRSN (RSNSW)
Coordinator Clare McLellan


Mr Roger Morgan



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