In 1997, the Australian Centre for Precision Agriculture began conducting a one-day Symposium on Precision Agriculture Research and Application in Australasia. The Symposium is always a relaxed and enjoyable means of discussing the progress and direction of Precision Agriculture in Australasia.

It is aimed at providing an insight into, and inspiration from, the work being undertaken to develop and apply PA in a wide range of agricultural industries. Research and government institutions along with farmers, commercial suppliers, advisors and anyone with an interest in the future of agriculture are welcome to participate.

This makes it a truly industry-wide forum for PA in Australasia.

As the interest in PA continues to rise nationally (and within the Australasian region) we are keen to capture the enthusiasm being generated in many new and established organisations, associations and groups.

This event is now conducted as a collaboration between the Precision Agriculture Laboratory, that operates within the Sydney Institute of Agriculture, and SPAA Precision Agriculture Australia.


The 23rd edition of this wonderful event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel and meeting numbers. Much of the benefit of the PA Symposium over the years has been the movement of the event to different areas of the country/region and the interaction, networking and trade displays. An online event of any length cannot capture these benefits.

A series of short PA Symposium webinars is proposed that will be held while restrictions remain in force.

2020 PA Symposium Webinar #1

Date held: 30th September, 2020


Our keynote speaker was Jess (James) Lowenberg-DeBoer from Harper Adams University, UK and President of the International Society of Precision Agriculture, speaking on: The future of PA with specific points on:

  • Technology opening doors – AI, robotics, better sensors,
  • Economic pressures on PA technology development, entrepreneurship and farmer adoption, and
  • The role of the ISPA

Also on the program were snapshots of PA research and application from:

  • Alison McCarthy – Senior Research Fellow (Irrigation and Cropping Systems) from the Centre for Agricultural Engineering, University of Southern Queensland presenting work on:Future farming: Machine vision for in-season nitrogen assessment in grain crops.
  • Paul Greenwood- Senior Principal Research Scientist (Extensive Livestock Systems) from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Armidale NSW presenting work on: eGrazor.
  • Mathew Webb- Senior Spatial Analyst with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) Tasmania presenting work on: A real-time mapping application to monitor air temperatures at very high spatiotemporal resolutions.




The 22nd Symposium on PA in Australasia was held at the Tramsheds in Launceston on the 9th and 10th September 2019.

This is one of the longest running PA gatherings in the world, and last year’s event again featured a program of exciting and enlightening presentations on PA applied across a range of agricultural industries.

A networking dinner was held on the evening of the 9th, and was  a great way for attendees to make new, and strengthened current, PA links and collaborations.

Topics covered included:

  • PA innovation in broadacre grain and cotton cropping
  • PA innovation in vegetable and sugarcane cropping
  • Prevision viticulture
  • Soil sensing
  • Remote sensing, UAVs and applications
  • Precision Livestock Management
  • Mobile Software Applications
  • Farm-wide communications and satellite technologies
  • Autonomous machines, implements and applications
  • Data-driven decisions and data management
  • Economics of PA
  • New areas of PA research and application
  • The Future
Supported by a unique gathering of equipment, software and expertise in the Trade Display.


Visit the archive page for copies of the Proceedings from previous years.