- Link to Official Advocate for Soil Health website -

On 23 October 2012, the Soils for Life Chairman and former Governor-General, Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd), was appointed by the then Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard MP, as Australia's first Advocate for Soil Health. Read more about the announcement here.

Soils for Life is very pleased with this appointment which, by driving soil research and development and raising public awareness from the top down, will complement the activities Soils for Life performs working with farmers and land managers from the ground up.

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, has since extended the appointment until December 2017, extending the role to over five years. The position is managed by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and further information regarding the position, including the Terms of Reference and contact details can be found on the Advocate for Soil Health website.

image of a Michael Jeffery at a World Soil Day event

Michael Jeffery promoting the benefits of healthy soils at a World Soil Day event.