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1 November 2019

ARGA has joined the Geological Society of Australia! By a majority vote at the 2018 ARGA Conference in Wallaroo, members voted to join with the GSA as a Specialist Group. The ARGA Committee has been working towards this since the vote, and in November 2019 ARGA was accepted by the GSA as its newest specialist group. ARGA has changed its name to the "Australian Regolith Geoscientists Alliance", but keeps the same acronym (ARGA) and the same website.

Specialist group membership for GSA members is set at $5.50 per annum initially, but ARGA members who do not wish to join the GSA can still come along to the ARGA field conferences as a "Friend of ARGA" and pay the usual conference fees. Non-GSA members are also welcome to register for any ARGA symposia at GSA conferences at a day rate as you would for attending any other GSA Specialist Group symposia.

The ARGA Comittee is very excited about the merger, and the benefits that joining the GSA will bring.

25 April 2018

Don't forget the Soil Science Australia national conference in November!

16 April 2018

New photos from the ARGA 2018 conference in Wallaroo, South Australia

23 November 2017

ARGA 2016 papers published in the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences

15 May 2017

ARGA 2018 conference update

10 May 2017

ARGA 2018 conference venue announced!

15 March 2017

Vale D. C. Bear McPhail

23 February 2017 - 5th ARGA conference dates agreed

The ARGA Committee have agreed the 5th ARGA Conference will be held over 8-11 April 2018, somewhere in South Australia. Stay posted!

10 February 2016 - 5th ARGA Conference announcement

Stay posted for announcements on the 5th ARGA Conference in South Australia!

13 June 2015 - 4th ARGA Conference announcement

ARGA Conference 2016

3 March 2014

Added new ARGA Committee members

Added link to ARGA 2014 Conference proceedings

24 July 2013 - 3rd ARGA Conference First Circular

ARGA Conference 2014


24 April 2013

Vale Keith Scott.

3 April 2013 - 3rd ARGA Conference

The third Australian Regolith Geoscientists Association Conference will be held in Perth/Bunbury from 6th-7th February 2014. This conference will be held immediately following the Australian Clay Minerals Society Conference in Perth (3rd-4th February). There will be a joint conference field trip on 5th February with a focus on bauxite and minerals sands. Please mark the dates in your diaries and check the website ( for regular updates. Feel free to forward this to any interested colleagues. If you would like to add addresses to the mailing list for updates, please email :

28 January 2012 - notice of ARGA General Meeting 2012

A General Meeting of the Australian Regolith Geoscientists Association will be held at 12:10 PM on the Thursday 9th of February during the combined Australian Regolith Geoscientists Association and Australian Clay Minerals Society Conference (Quality Hotel Mildura Grand 7th – 10th February 2012). The primary purpose of the meeting will be to elect new office bearers and committee members, and to decide on a time and place for the next ARGA conference. A nomination form can be obtained from the ARGA website, Completed forms may be returned via email to, posted to PO Box 3146, Rundle Mall, South Australia, 5000 (to arrive before the 6th February 2012) or handed to a current committee member at the Mildura conference. A copy of the rules of the association is available on the ARGA website,

17 October 2011

See the Conferences section for important updates on the 2012 ARGA Conference.

22 September 2011 - new ARGA website

ARGA has changed its ISP, and can now offer image-packed full colour webpages, in colour! ARGA abstracts can now be extended abstracts and can be published in full colour, so please register for the 2nd ARGA conference, and get writing!

7 September 2011 - 2nd ARGA Conference update!

See the Australian Clay Minerals Society website for important news on registration, student bursary and abstract submission dates for the 2nd ARGA and 22nd ACMS conference, Mildura 2012!

1 August 2011 - CRC LEME legacy maps on Geoscience Australia website

As part of ensuring the legacy of the Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration (CRC LEME), the CRC LEME legacy regolith-landform maps are now available on the Geoscience Australia website. The maps can be accessed simply by typing "CRC LEME" (without the "quotation marks" into the Product Search box within the Product Search link on the front page. Or, follow this link: CRC LEME Regolith-landform maps.

31 March 2011 - 2nd ARGA Conference update

The 2nd ARGA conference will be held 7-10 February 2012 in conjunction with the Australian Clay Minerals Society (ACMS). The conference venue will be a site in Mildura, Victoria, with day trips to regolith sites in New South Wales and Victoria, possibly including the Arumpo Bentonite Mine and a working heavy mineral sand mine.

Register your expression of interest to attend by contacting the ARGA Secretary Dr Robert Dart (University of Adelaide) Email:

3 December 2010

New ARGA Committee, AGM minutes posted. See "Committee"

16 November 2010

ARGA Annual General Meeting

The 2010 AGM of the Australian Regolith geoscientist Association will be held at 4.00 PM on the 25th November in the Mawson Lecture Theatre, Mawson Laboratories, University of Adelaide.

As per the rules of the association all office and committee positions will be open for nominations. The nomination form is attached should you wish to nominate. Completed forms may be handed to the secretary before the start of the meeting or posted to Robert Dart (address below) to arrive before the 25th November 2010. A copy of the rules of the association is available on the ARGA website,

21 August 2010 - ANZGG Conference, Oamaru New Zealand

See the ANZGG website.

29 November 2009 - regolith discussion forum

Trial of regolith discussion forum - "Ask Reg" - begins. Visit the forum using the menu link or click here.

12 November 2009 - Lecturer B/C UWS - closes 30 November 2009

The University of Western Sydney Parramatta Campus is advertising for a Lecturer Level B/C in Geochemistry/Biogeochemistry with consideration of a Regolith Geoscientist. Learn more at the UWS website:

10 October 2009 - First ARGA Annual General Meeting

The first Annual General Meeting of the Australian Regolith Geoscientists Association will be at:

1107-Nov-2019 12:12adger Laboratories
Building D3 (Gates 12 or 13, off Kintore Avenue or Gate 10 of Victoria Drive)
University of Adelaide

Download a site map here (555 Kb). Download notice here (220 Kb)

Members are urged to attend, non-members sign up for membership at the door. Don't forget to lodge a proxy form if you can't make it!

8 October 2009 - First ARGA Conference

The first Australian Regolith Geoscientists Association conference will be held in Arkaroola, SA, from Sunday 21 February to Saturday 27 February 2010.

Read the invitation and registration form for more details.

22 September 2009 - First ARGA committee formed

In somewhat of a democratic coup, the first ARGA committee elected itself unopposed.

6 November 2008 - Australian Regolith Geoscientists Association (ARGA) is formed

ARGA, the Australian Regolith Geoscientists Association Inc. (not to be confused with the Australian Rubus Growers Association) was incorporated in South Australia by Public Officer John Keeling on 6 November 2008.

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