The VWSG works closely with the Australasian Wader Studies Group, which is a special interest group of BirdLife Australia.

Deakin University is a key research partner of the VWSG. Through collaboration with Dr Marcel Klaassen the highly successful geolocator program has been operated.

The Friends of Shorebirds SE (FOSSE) is a special interest group involved in the study and conservation of shorebirds and terns in the south east of South Australia.