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ASEG Overview

The ASEG is a non-profit company founded in 1970. Its aims are:
  • to promote the science of geophysics, and specifically exploration geophysics, throughout Australia
  • to foster fellowship and co-operation between geophysicists
  • to encourage closer understanding and co-operation with other earth scientists
  • to assist in design and teaching of courses in geophysics and to sponsor student sections where appropriate


General Information

The Federal Executive assists in the formation of local branches of the society throughout Australia and will publish any material considered desirable for the promotion of its objectives.


The ASEG's main activities are the publication of the technical journal Exploration Geophysics, the bi-monthly magazine Preview and occasional Special Publications. The ASEG organises a Geophysical Conference and Exhibition every 18 months. More information on the conference and other events can be found on Events section of this website. The ASEG also conducts continuing education courses and supports Research in exploration geophysics.


The ASEG's current membership is over 800. You can join the ASEG here.

Research Foundation

The ASEG has a Research Foundation which helps fund specific research projects at Australian tertiary institutions. Up to $5,000 can be made available to help pay research costs incurred by each project. More information about the Research Foundation including how to apply for a grant can be found here.

Technical Standards Committee

The ASEG's Technical Standards Committee is responsible for implementing industry wide standards to aid in data transfer and data quality. Members of the standards committee include most Chief Geophysicists of state geological surveys. Click here to see a summary of this committee's activities. More information on the technical standards committee work can be found here.

Associated Societies

A list of associated societies along with links to their websites can be found here. 

Code of Conduct

The ASEG Code of Conduct can be found here.

Code of Conduct:

  1. When undertaking ASEG-related activities Members and non-Members are expected to respect others, including the community, and protect their health, safety and mental wellbeing
  2. The ASEG and its Members will promote equality of opportunity, regardless of age, race, nationality, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, ethnicity, marital status, political affiliation or culture.
  3. The ASEG will not tolerate any form of harassment or bullying, which is defined as repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards its members, staff or any other person participating in ASEG-based activity. This includes (but is not limited to): abusive or offensive language or comments, aggressive and intimidating behaviour, belittling or humiliating comments, practical jokes or initiation rituals and unjustified criticism or complaint.
  4. When undertaking ASEG-related activities in the field, ASEG Members are expected to seek permission for access to sites from relevant landowners and / or caretakers, including Traditional Owners where appropriate and / or applicable.

Code of Ethics

Section 5 of the ASEG Constitution states that " Membership of Society in any class shall be always contingent upon conformance with the Society's Constitution including the By-Laws, Professional Codes of Conduct and Ethics”:

Code of Ethics:

  1. A member shall conduct all professional work in a spirit of fidelity towards clients and employers, fairness to employees, colleagues and contractors, and devotion to high ideals of personal integrity and professional responsibility.
  2. A member shall treat as confidential all knowledge of the business affairs, geophysical or geological information, or technical processes of employers when their interests require secrecy and not disclose such confidential information without the consent of the client or employer.
  3. A member shall inform a client or employer of any business connections, conflicts of interest, or affiliations, which might influence the member's judgement or impair the disinterested quality of the member's services.
  4. A member shall accept financial or other compensation for a particular service from one source only, except with the full knowledge and consent of all interested parties.
  5. A member shall refrain from associating with, or knowingly allow the use of the member’s name, by an enterprise of questionable character.
  6. A member shall advertise only in a manner consistent with the dignity of the profession, refrain from using any improper or questionable methods of soliciting professional work, and decline to accept compensation for work secured by such improper or questionable methods.
  7. A member shall refrain from using unfair means to win professional advancement, and avoid injuring unfairly or maliciously, directly or indirectly, another geophysicist's professional reputation, business or chances of employment.
  8. A member shall give appropriate credit to any associate, subordinate or other person, who has contributed to work for which the member is responsible or whose work is subject to review.
  9. In any public written or verbal comment, a member shall be careful to indicate whether the statements or assertions made therein represent facts, an opinion or a belief. In all such comments a member shall act only with propriety in criticising the ability, opinion or integrity of another geophysicist, person or organisation.
  10. A member will endeavour to work continuously towards the improvement of skills in geophysics and related disciplines, and share such knowledge with fellow geophysicists within the limitation of confidentiality. 
  11. A member will cooperate in building the geophysical profession by the exchange of knowledge, information and experience with fellow geophysicists and with students, and also by contributions to the goals of professional and learned societies, schools of applied science, and the technical press.
  12. A member should be interested in the welfare of the public, and be ready to apply specialist knowledge, skill and training for the use and benefit of the public.

Diversity Statement

The Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists celebrates Diversity in Geoscience. We are committed to diversity, inclusion and anti-discrimination through respect and appreciation of what makes our membership so varied in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, disability, education, national origin and other areas. We strive to be inclusive and diverse, with a real strength in bringing new ideas, new thinking and innovation into our member forums and ASEG conventions. The conferences the ASEG organises and runs strive to be free from prejudice of any kind and are places where great innovations and shared learnings are realised.


ABN: 71 000 876 040

ACN: 000 876 040