About the AG Society

The AG Society is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting adventure, science and the community.
By AG STAFF November 15, 2013 Reading Time: 4 Minutes Print this page

Founded in 1987 by Dick Smith, the Australian Geographic Society is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting scientific research, protecting and fostering a love for our environmental and natural heritage, encouraging the spirit of discovery and spreading the knowledge of Australia to Australians and the world.

The AG Society’s members are many thousands of Australians who subscribe to the Australian Geographic magazine.

The AG Society supports conservation and natural heritage projects, scientific endeavours, and Australian adventurers as they achieve the seemingly impossible. The AG Society is also is also involved in fundraising, events, annual awards nights and scientific expeditions to remote areas.

If you are a subscriber of the Australian Geographic magazine you automatically become a member of the Australian Geographic Society.

PATRON – Dick Smith AC

DIRECTORS of the Australian Geographic Society

David Haslingden (Chair)

David owns and operates the RACAT Group of television production companies in Australia and overseas, including Natural History New Zealand, Northern Pictures and ZooMoo. He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Fox Networks Group. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Fox International Channels and the National Geographic Channels business. He serves as Chairman of WildAid, Inc.

David Haslingden Chair

Jo Runciman

Jo is a former chair of the AG Society and current director and was the publisher of the Australian Geographic journal for 7 years before being appointed Managing Director of the business in 2018.

Jo Runciman quoll

Kerry Morrow

Kerry is a 20 year corporate and commercial lawyer and a founder of boutique corporate law firm Laity Morrow www.laitymorrow.com.au. Kerry has particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, innovation and IP and agribusiness. She has acted for listed and unlisted companies, institutions and not-for-profit organisations whose businesses traverse a broad range of industries. Kerry is a member of the Corporations Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia and is also a director of Tennis SA.

Kerry Morrow

CO-SECRETARIES to the Australian Geographic Society

Adrian Goss
Page Henty

Jess Teideman

ADVISORY COMMITTEE to the Australian Geographic Society
Chrissie Goldrick (Treasurer)

Chrissie has been with Australian Geographic for 20 years and has been Editor in Chief since 2012. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the AG Society and chairs the Awards Committee.

Chrissie Goldrick

Todd Tai
Tim Jarvis
Anna Rose
Tim Flannery
John Leece AM

Australian Geographic Holdings PTY LTD
CORRS (pro-bono legal support)
KPMG (pro-bono accounting support)

Australian Geographic magazine subscribers are important Society supporters. Without your support, the Society could not continue its vital work. You can subscribe online or call 1300 555 176.

The AG Society is involved in special fundraising efforts bimonthly for a specific project, mainly focusing around saving an endangered species. We always welcome donations to help support Society projects. Donate here.

Each year the AG Society endorses a number of tours run by tour companies across Australia and around the world. These expeditions have a little extra something and are usually hosted by an AG Society representative, like one of our Advisory Council members, or by an adventurer or AG Society awardee. A percentage of the profits of each of trip comes back to the AG Society. View some of our current trips here.

The annual awards night is the Society’s premier fundraising event each year and brings together the best and brightest in adventure, exploration and conservation – the men and women whose exploits have provided so many highlights in the pages of the Australian Geographic magazine. The AG Society is also involved in occasional lectures, documentary screenings and social gatherings which showcase the AG Society and the passionate people it supports. For more information on our awards night and past award winners visit our About the AG awards page.

For current AGS events, visit our events page.

All donations received go to the Australian Geographic Society Trust ABN: 65 811 760 355

Donations can be made online via an online donation portal. Donate now!

Donations can also be received via cheque. All cheques should be made out to the Australian Geographic Society (please indicate if you are donating to one of our bimonthly fundraiser on the back of the cheque.)

Mail all cheques to:
Australian Geographic Society
Lvl 7, 54 Park Street,
Sydney, NSW, 2000

For more information on the Australian Geographic Society or any of its activities email society@ausgeo.com.au or call +61 2 9136 7214.