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BGANZ is the chief body representing the interests of botanic gardens in Australia and New Zealand. It promotes the interests and activities of Australian and New Zealand botanic gardens and botanic gardens generally and enhances the state of botanic gardens for the benefit of the community.

Individual, Institutional or Associate membership of BGANZ will provide opportunities for information exchange, advocacy, development and grant opportunities and the benefits derived from national conferences and exhibitions.

All membership forms should be sent to:
GPO Box 1777
Canberra, ACT 2601

BGANZ Membership Application Form

BGANZ Individual M’ship form

BGANZ Institutional Membership form

Associate Membership form

Forms and

Membership Fees

Individual membership: $70 pa

Associate membership: $50 pa

Institutional membership

Where a public garden is operated by a local council, please note that the subscription rates are based on the actual annual budget for the public garden, not the total local council budget.

Org 1 – budget less than $250,000 pa: $200 pa
Org 2 – budget $250,000 – $500,000 pa: $475 pa
Org 3 – budget $500,000 – $1m pa: $950pa
Org 4 – budget $1 – $2.5m pa: $2,000 pa
Org 5 – budget more than $2.5m pa: $3,900 pa


To promote its Institutional members, the BGANZ website map will have links to all Institutional member websites (or show other contact details), as negotiated.

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Web Benefits

BGANZ Member only web benefits (available to all Institutional, Associate and Individual members) include:

  • All career vacancies
  • All archived newsletters
  • All professional resources
  • Network opportunities with all your fellow professionals
  • Ability to post in all BGANZ forums
  • Reduced Conference Registration fees
  • Reduced Professional Development Workshop fees
  • Access to all Professional Groups

Individual, Associate and Institution are the three categories of membership. Join today and gain access to all the web benefits.

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BGANZ Membership Benefits 2019-20

BGANZ aims to provide a variety of opportunities for professional networking, development and communication, both formal and informal.


3 issues per year

All members receive our magazine THE BOTANIC GARDENer, by email or electronically through our website, 3 times a year (March, July, and November). Generally there is a main theme for each issue and contributions are welcome. Please note not all articles have to relate to the theme. Deadlines are generally a month before publication.

Networking, training and development opportunities

The greatest membership benefit for BGANZ members is the potential for networking with other Botanic Gardens, with the opportunity to learn from the experience of others, and to have access to a wide variety of shared knowledge and resources. In 2017 BGANZ has a professional development program, mainly organised through regional group events. Members are encouraged to attend their nearest event.

Biennial Congresses

 BGANZ where possible provides attendance grants and reduced registration fees. The Congresses provide wonderful networking opportunities, technical and other information updates and the opportunity to hear about the latest big picture issues relevant to gardens. The next BGANZ congress will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, October, 2017. Start planning! It will be an exciting source of inspiration for all our members.

Regional Conferences

Regional Conferences provide a regional focused networking opportunity as well as the opportunity to hear about local and regional issues relevant to gardens. BGANZ Members pay a lower registration fee than non-members. All the Regional Conferences, are held in non congress years, 2018 will be the next, and details for BGANZ NZ, BGANZ Vic, BGANZQ and BGANZ NSW will be listed on the Website as information becomes available.

News updates and Vacancies

Informal news updates are circulated approximately monthly via email to all members, particularly if the next newsletter is still some time away. The news may include information on upcoming job vacancies within Australia and internationally, conferences, courses and other events, invitations to comment on draft documents and other relevant material.

There is also an opportunity for BGANZ to send other broadcast emails to Members, to ask a question, seek advice or seek a connection to some expertise.

BGANZ and AutoTender partner benefits for BGANZ members

BGANZ members now enjoy FREE access to AutoTender’s online brokerage, finance and salary packaging experts that are famous for providing unbeatable deals on new cars, utes, 4×4’s, vans and more. This service is normally $49 per submission but BGANZ members now get it for free. You could save thousands of dollars on a new car using this service.

Get some great advice about salary packging novated leases from expert vehicle brokers and save by being a BGANZ member. Visit the website for an obligation free search

Professional Networks

BGANZ has are several professional groups that have been set up for the benefit of BGANZ members:

Botanic Gardens Education Network Australia and New Zealand (BGEN)

BGEN is the professional development network for botanic gardens staff and volunteers working in the areas of education, interpretation, visitor and public programs, outreach and community engagement, and adult learning. The goal of BGEN is to provide a forum for people to share experiences and resources. Use the BGANZ facebook site or the BGEN site to network with your colleagues. Contact us to join the BGEN network.

Botanic Gardens Records Officers Network (BRON)

This network was promoted for the first time in the newsletter The Botanic Garden of July 2010. The network aims to increase communication and information and experience sharing between botanic gardens about plant records keeping, assist with the development of standards and best practice and support staff training where appropriate. Contact us to join the BRON network.

Communications Network

BGANZ is always on the lookout fore members who want to contribute to the website and social media platforms we operate including facebook, instagram and twitter. Contact Brad at or Samantha at to see how you can get involved promoting botanic gardens in your region. We’re interested in hearing from all types of industry professionals especially those with different points of view. Join the conversation!

Training and Development

A Professional Development group provides outstanding programs and opportunities for your development. Contact us for further information or visit our Professional Development page.

Awards and Secondments

BGANZ has introduced a number of Awards and Secondment places to support our members professional development. Click here for further information on Awards and Secondments offered by BGANZ.

Our Chief Executive Officer is Eamonn Flanagan.

Eamonn works part-time, 10 hours per week. The quickest way to contact Eamonn is via email and he will respond asap.

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