The Victorian Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA Vic) is an umbrella group for all statisticians practising in Victoria and Tasmania, and for all non-statisticians with an interest in the field of statistics. 

Major branch activities include:

§  Monthly meetings
§  Sponsorship of statistical events
§  Workshops
§  Support for the Victorian Young Statisticians

The monthly meetings are held from March to November each year, usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. A local, interstate or international speaker addresses the meeting on a topic of general interest to statisticians. The Annual General Meeting is held in March. The premier meeting is the Belz Lecture in October or November each year. The Vic Branch announces its branch meetings on Meetup.

SSA Vic mailing list

We have a mailing list for members of SSA Vic. Members can post messages which will be received by all on the list. If you wish to advertise seminars, workshops, job vacancies or have other announcements relevant to the society’s interests, you are welcome to post to the list.  Simply send your message to:  

If you are not a member and wish to add your name to the list, contact Geoff Adams,

Sponsorship of Statistical Events and Support for Victorian Young Statisticians

The Branch Council supports worthy statistical events, particularly those with high impact, and provides financial and professional support for the Victorian Young Statisticians Group. In recent years the Branch Council has provided some financial assistance for:

  • August 2018: Joint International Society for Clinical Biostatistics and Australian Statistical Conference, Melbourne.
  • August 2018: Payment for refreshments at Early Career Event at Joint International Society for Clinical Biostatistics and Australian Statistical Conference, Melbourne.


The Branch Council organises workshops on topics of interest to local statisticians. Details of current workshops can be found under Events.

Recent workshops were:

  • November 2018. R Skills Workshops – R Markdown & Building R packages
  • July 2016. Intermediate Bayesian Statistics
  • March 2016. Introduction to Bayesian Modelling and Analysis

The Belz Lecture

The Belz Lecture commenced in 1969 when Clem Pratt was the Victorian Branch President of the Statistical Society of Australia. It has become the premier event of the Victorian Branch calendar and is followed by the annual Belz dinner. For more information and a list of previous Belz Lecturers, see the main Belz Lecture page.

Branch Documents

Constitution (1976, Amended 1994, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2012)
The Branch Constitution can be found here.
A copy of Branch Regulations can be found here.

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