The timeline provides a chronology of national events and other notable milestones since APEN commenced in 1993. Local activities were not included as there were too many to list.


  • 1st Australasia Pacific Extension Conference, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 12 to 14 October 1993 (International Conference)
  • APEN was born at a breakfast meeting at the 1st Australasia Pacific Extension Conference.
  • The first ExtensionNet newsletter sent out in December 1993.


  • APEN incorporated on 9 August 1994 in Victoria
  • Australian Institute of Agricultural Science appointed as the APEN secretariat.
  • First corporate sponsors Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Agriculture Victoria
  • Best practice in communication and extension in Agri-industry, Melbourne, Victoria, 22 to 23 November 1994 (Australian Institute of Agricultural Science/APEN Forum)
  • APEN gains a logo!


  • AgriLogic Consultants (later called Creative Management Services) takes over the Secretariat role.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation in Extension, Albury, New South Wales – Wodonga, Victoria, 30 November – 1 December 1995 (National Forum and AGM)


  • Journal and Reference Lists in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development released in November 1996 by APEN and The Rural Extension Centre (The University of Queensland – Gatton College)
  • Beyond Technology Transfer, Melbourne, Victoria, 5 to 6 December 1996 (National Forum and AGM)


  • APEN internet site launched through Charles Sturt University (http://life.csu.edu.au/apen/)
  • Managing Change – Building knowledge and skills, 2nd Australasia Pacific Extension Conference, Albury, New South Wales, 18 to 21 November 1997. (International Conference and AGM)


  • Partnerships in Extension – Extending the Boundaries, Roseworthy, South Australia, December 2 to 3 December 1998 (National Forum and AGM)


  • Evolving Systems - Challenged minds, Perth, Western Australia, 11 to 12 November 1999 (National Forum and AGM)
  • Inaugural APEN Award for Excellence in Extension awarded at National Forum in Perth


  • Creating a Climate for Change: Extension in Australasia, Melbourne, Victoria, 26 to 27 October 2000 (National Forum and AGM)
  • APEN list server and email groups commenced operations nationally in December 2000
  • APEN is awarded a grant of $18,500 by AusAID to help establish a similar professional association in the Philippines for extension practitioners.


  •  In March APEN representatives were privileged to be part of the start of a new extension network – Philippines Extension Network (PEN).
  • Contemporary extension as a powerful vehicle for regional change, 3rd Australasia Pacific Extension Conference, Toowoomba, Queensland, 3 to 5 September 2001 (International Conference and AGM)
  • Launch of a new APEN website (www.apen.org.au)


  • Workshop to explore the possibility of a national accreditation scheme, Canberra, ACT, March 2002
  • Managing in a time of climate and landscape change, Tatura, Victoria, 8 November 2002 (AAAC/APEN Workshop and APEN AGM)


  • Extending extension – beyond traditional boundaries, methods, ways of thinking, Hobart, Tasmania, 26 to 28 November 2003 (National Forum & AGM)
  • APEN’s 10th birthday
  • APEN Member’s Survey


  • National Extension Policy Forum, Sydney, New South Wales, 21 to 22 July 2004
  • First eBulletin sent out in September 2004
  • New constitution passed by Management Committee 18 November 2004
  • As part of the new constitution Chapters changed to Clusters and the National Executive now called the Management Committee
  • Learning and Human Capability, Hamilton New Zealand, 23 to 24 November 2004 (APEN/AgResearch Conference)


  • Leading the future, Melbourne, Victoria, 15 to 16 June 2005 (National Forum) – This was the culmination of a series of regional workshops: Launceston – Tas, Toowoomba – Qld, Naracoorte – SA, Albury - NSW/Wodonga – Vic, Busselton – WA, Melbourne – Vic, Hobart – Tas (APEN/Rural Development Services)
  • Members Survey
  • Industry Development and Practice Change Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand, 4 October 2005
  • APEN helped establish the State Extension Leaders Network (SELN)
  • Submission to the Australian House of Representatives Agriculture Committee into rural skills training
  • AGM, 15 November 2005 (Teleconference)
  • Building capacity for sustainability resource management …moving a wheelbarrow full of frogs, Natural Resource Management Extension Symposium, Toowoomba, Queensland, 28 to 29 September 2005 (CIRM/ISRD – CQU/APEN/SIP-SE04 Project) 
  • Cooperative Venture for Capacity Building (CVCB) – Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation/APEN Roadshow, 9 to 23 November, 2005 (Toowoomba – Qld, Mareeba – Qld, Darwin – NT, Adelaide – SA, Melbourne – Vic, Hobart – Tas)


  • Practice change for sustainable communities: Exploring footprints, pathways and possibilities, 4th Australasia Pacific Extension Conference, Beechworth, Victoria, 6 to 8 March 2006 (International Conference)


  • Capture, Consolidate & Communicate, Canberra, ACT, 13 to 14 November 2007 (National Forum and AGM) Prospective authors highlight their chapters for a text book on extension to the 120 delegates. The book was published in February 2011 and called Shaping Change: Natural Resource Management, Agriculture and the Role of Extension.
  • Strategic alliance established with Greening Australia, November 2007


  • AGM, 27 November 2008 (Teleconference)


  • Fostering Rural Innovation and Change, APEN Roadshow (6 states, 11 destinations and 254 participants in 24 days), 18 February to 13 March 2009 (Toowoomba – Qld, Brisbane – Qld, Mareeba – Qld, Perth – WA, Darwin – NT, Adelaide – SA, Hobart – Tas, Melbourne – Vic, Wodonga – Vic, Canberra – ACT, Sydney – NSW)
  • Shaping Change in Communities – Dimensions of Excellence, 5th Australasia Pacific Extension Conference, Busselton, Western Australia, 9 to 12 November 2009 (International Conference and AGM)
  • Young Professional Award renamed the Amabel Fulton Award for Excellence in Extension by a Young Professional in memory of the late Amabel Fulton who was a major contributor to APEN and the development of extension in Australia 


  • Farming Ahead, Sydney, New South Wales, September 2010 (Kondinin/APEN National Conference)
  • Reaching busy small landholders - a growing rural asset, 24 March 2010 (Webinar)
  • Working with grower groups, 4 August 2010 (Webinar)
  • Future of extension in Australia under a National Extension Framework, 25 November 2010 (Presentation and AGM - via hybrid webinar and teleconference)


  • Shaping Change: Natural Resource Management, Agriculture and the Role of Extension was launched at the Dairy Leaders Luncheon in Melbourne 1st February. (Publication)
  • Rural community leaders - working with them, being one, 14 June 2010 (Webinar) 
  • APEN commences on Facebook, August 2011
  • APEN President’s Blog commences, August 2011 (www.apenpresident.blogspot.com)
  • APEN commences on Twitter, September 2011
  • APEN receives funding for the project “Fast Tracking the Next Generation of Regional Change Professionals” from Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to support eleven young extension professionals to the National Forum and in APEN’s mentoring program.
  • Hitting a Moving Target - Sustaining landscapes, livelihoods and lifestyles in a changing world, Armidale, New South Wales, 28-30 November 2011 (National Forum and AGM) 


  • APEN’s Member Survey
  • APEN affiliates with the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) and Asia-Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services (APIRAS), March 2012
  • Predicting and improving adoption of agricultural innovations, 16 May 2012 (Webinar) (Start of APEN supported Enabling Change and Innovation webinar series run by John James, DAFF Qld and Citrix)
  • The science of innovation: evidence based methods to drive creative thinking, 4 July 2012 (Webinar)
  • APEN participates in Horticultural Industry Development Officer’s Forum, Horticulture Australia, 8-9 August 2012
  • Designing effective surveys in three easy steps, 14 August 2012 (Webinar)
  • Using online tools (and trolls) to engage the public, 18 September 2012 (Webinar)
  • APEN provides submission for the Australian Government’s National Food Plan, October 2012
  • Who gives a twit about Twitter, 30 October 2012 (Webinar)
  • Where ‘Best Practice’ meets the ‘Unknown Unknowns’ - Changing Behaviour When You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know, Heather Watson - Executive Director of Farm Management Canada, Thursday, 6 December 2012 (Presentation and AGM - via webinar and teleconference)


  • Business Development Officer appointed February 2013 to grow the capacity of APEN, increase/improve service delivery to members and increase revenue to APEN through memberships, events income, grants, sponsorships and payment for services
  • APEN’s 20th birthday
  • New APEN website goes live, February 2013APEN and Ag Institute Australia (AIA) workshop on “Right-minded research and extension” and Public Agricultural R&D and productivity: Recent U.S. and global trends and emerging implications”, Melbourne, Victoria, 14 February 2013.
  • The seven secrets of good monitoring and evaluation, 26 April 2013 (Webinar)
  • Cluster Coordinators, 6 June 2013 (Webinar)
  • Designing projects for practice change and measuring impact, 21 August 2013 (Webinar)
  • Transformative Change: Chosen or Unchosen – Pathways to innovation, resilience and prosperity, ICNZ13, Christchurch New Zealand, 26-28 August 2013 (International Conference and AGM)
  • Using an innovation systems approach to achieve remarkable change, 19 September 2013 (Webinar)
  • APEN Social media strategy released, October 2013
  • Using LinkedIn to your advantage, 23 October 2013 (Webinar)
  • AACREA – a highly effective Argentine approach to enabling change, 28 November 2013 (Webinar)


  • Special Management Committee meeting to review APEN strategy, Melbourne 20-21 February 2014
  • Navigating the app development minefield, 19 March 2014 (Webinar)
  • Extension Farming Systems Journal transferred from the AFBM Network at Charles Sturt University to APEN, March 2014
  • Submission to the Australian Government for the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, April 2014
  • Designing Effective Events - Using Adult Learning Principles, APEN Roadshow, 2 May 2014, Darwin, Northern Territory (Workshop)
  • Designing Effective Events - Using Adult Learning Principles, APEN Roadshow, 5 May 2014, Ingham, Queensland (Workshop)
  • Effective Promotion Using What's Already in Your Kitchen Cupboard, APEN Roadshow, 14 May 2014, Paramatta, New South Wales (Workshop)
  • Designing Effective Events - Using Adult Learning Principles, APEN Roadshow, 16 May 2014, Melbourne, Victoria (Workshop)
  • Using Google’s free products to enable change, 4 June 2014 (Webinar)
  • Designing Effective Events - Using Adult Learning Principles, APEN Roadshow, 30 June 2014, Adelaide, South Australia (Workshop)
  • Designing Effective Events - Using Adult Learning Principles, APEN Roadshow, 2 July 2014, Launceston, Tasmania (Workshop)
  • Designing Effective Events - Using Adult Learning Principles, APEN Roadshow, 4 July 2014, Hamilton New Zealand (Workshop)
  • Designing Effective Events - Using Adult Learning Principles, APEN Roadshow, 25 July 2014, Merredin, Western Australia (Workshop)
  • Designing Effective Events - Using Adult Learning Principles, APEN Roadshow, 28 July 2014, Perth, Western Australia (Workshop)
  • Designing Effective Events - Using Adult Learning Principles, APEN Roadshow, 30 July 2014, Bunbury, Western Australia (Workshop)
  • Managing an effective change project, 6 August 2014 (Webinar)
  • Punching above their weight - The New Zealand Kiwifruit extension story, Shane Max, Orchard Productivity Manager- Global Supply, Zespri International Ltd
    Friday, 29 August, 2014, followed by the 20th AGM (Presentation and AGM - via webinar and teleconference)