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Professional Associations in Australia
Source: http://www.graduateopportunities.com/header/professional_associations
Professional Associations
Professional associations are often involved in research, policy and strategic
development for the industry as a whole. They also regulate and guide the practice of
professionals and may require certain standards of training and ethics for membership.
Professional associations and industry bodies have a range of purposes and functions.
They further the interests of the particular professional group or industry by serving as a
centralised ‘voice’ or advocate that communicates with government, other sectors and
the public at large on behalf of members. They are often involved in research, policy and
strategic development for the industry as a whole. They also regulate and guide the
practice of professionals and may require certain standards of training and ethics for
membership.
Professional organisations and industry bodies can also be involved in advising
educational institutes on curriculum development, boosting the public profile of the
profession and providing industry-related information resources. Most professional
organisations also provide ongoing professional development and training activities for
members.
These activities will be either specifically related to the discipline concerned or may be
of a more generic nature.
Professional organisations and industry bodies may take a number of different forms.
Some may simply provide services to members for a fee. Others may oversee
professional certification that indicates a member’s qualifications in an area. In other
fields, membership of a particular professional body may be a legal requirement to be
able to practice the profession.
Browse the below listings of professional associations across a range of Australian and
New Zealand industries for more information. The associations in bold have profiles on
the GO website -- just click their title to view profile.
AUSTRALIA (AND AUST-NZ) PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
ACCOUNTING, BUSINESS & FINANCE
Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ)
www.afaanz.org
ActEd Australasia www.acted.com.au
Agricultural and Resource Economics Society www.aares.info
Association of Accounting Technicians Australia
AAT Australia is an association for all accounting support staff including bookkeepers;
payroll officers; assistant accountants; and accounts payable/ receivable officers. AAT
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Australia is supported by CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in
Australia and the National Institute of Accountants.
Visit www.aat.org.au or call 1800 000 961 to find out how we can assist your career.
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for
professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications
to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding
career in accountancy, finance and management.
Visit the ACCA GO profile / www.ausnz.accaglobal.com
Association of Taxation & Management Consultants www.atma.com.au
Australian Bankers’ Association Inc. www.bankers.asn.au
Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA) www.afma.com.au
Australian Institute of Credit Management www.aicm.com.au
Capital Markets CRC Limited (CMCRC) www.cmcrc.com
Chartered Financial Analyst Society (Sydney) www.cfas.org.au
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants www.cimaglobal.com
Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd www.csaust.com
CPA Australia
Today’s CPA Program provides more ways for people to become a CPA whatever their
educational background. So, whether you have studied Accounting, Finance, Economics,
Business Engineering or even IT, if you want a career based on professional accounting
skills, CPA Australia can help get you there.
Visit the CPA Australia GO profile www.cpaaustralia.com.au
Finance and Treasury Association www.fta.asn.au
Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) www.fpa.asn.au
Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia)
Finsia is Australasia’s only industry-wide association for financial services professionals,
with an enviable reputation for building rewarding careers. Visit the Finsia GO profile /
www.finsia.com
Institute of Actuaries of Australia (IAA) www.actuaries.asn.au
Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia is the professional accounting body
representing Chartered Accountants in Australia. As a founding member of the Global
Accounting Alliance (GAA), the Institute offers Chartered Accountants automatic
membership to the GAA, which represents over 775,000 professional accountants in 119
countries around the globe.
Visit the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia’s GO profile
www.charteredaccountants.com.au
Institute of Internal Auditors www.iia.org.au
Institute of Management Consultants www.imc.org.au
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National Institute of Accountants
The National Institute of Accountants (NIA) is a full member of the International
Federation of Accountants and the only professional accounting association to offer the
NIA Program, a qualification that leads to a Master of Commerce (Professional
Accounting).
Visit the NIA GO profile / www.nia.org.au
Securities Industry Research Centre of Asia-Pacific (SIRCA) www.sirca.org.au
Taxation Institute of Australia www.taxinstitute.com.au
The Economic Society of Australia www.ecosoc.org.au
What student members say...
“Networking is the most important part of being a member of professional association,
especially for students. Building that network of friends and professionals who can guide
you and help you through your career path is important. Through Finsia’s mentoring
program I was able to meet Steve, my professional mentor from Financial Index
Australia, who gave me invaluable advice on my career progression and the soft skills
required in the industry.” – Mike Li, Finsia student member (Bachelor of
Commerce/Bachelor of Economics, University of New South Wales).
ADVERTISING, COMMUNICATIONS, MARKETING & MEDIA
Advertising Federation of Australia www.afa.org.au
Australasian Promotional Marketing Association www.apma.com
Australian & New Zealand Marketing Academy (ANZMAC) www.anzmac.org
Australian Association of National Advertisers www.aana.com.au
Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA) www.adma.com.au
Australian Graphic Design Association www.agda.com.au
Australian Interactive Multimedia Industry Association www.aimia.com.au
Australian Market & Social Research Society (AMSRS) www.amsrs.com.au
Australian Marketing Institute www.ami.org.au
Australian Publishers Association www.publishers.asn.au
Australian Screen Editors Guild www.screeneditors.com
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia www.cbaa.org.au
Design Institute of Australia www.dia.org.au
Marketing Association of Australia and New Zealand www.marketing.org.au
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance www.alliance.org.au
Public Relations Institute of Australia www.pria.com.au
Sponsorship Australasia www.asma.com.au
AGRICULTURE
Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology www.aiast.com.au
NSW Farmers Association www.nswfarmers.org.au
ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION
Architects Accreditation Council of Australia www.aaca.org.au
Architects Registration Board of Victoria www.arbv.vic.gov.au
Australian Constructors Association www.constructors.com.au
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Australian Institute of Architects www.architecture.com.au
Australian Institute of Building Surveyors www.aibs.com.au
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects www.aila.org.au
Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers www.aildm.com.au
Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) www.aiqs.com.au
Building Commission www.buildingcommission.com.au
Building Designers Association of Australia www.bdaa.com.au
Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) www.cpsisc.com.au
Housing Industry Association www.hia.com.au
Master Builders Association Australia www.masterbuilders.com.au
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors www.rics.org
The Australian Institute of Building www.aib.org.au
ARTS, HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES
Australia ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)
www.icomos.org/australia
Australian Academy of the Humanities www.humanities.org.au
Australian Historical Association www.theaha.org.au
Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators www.ausit.org
Council for the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences www.chass.org.au
The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) www.tasa.org.au
EDUCATION & TRAINING
ACT Career Education Association www.actcareers.org.au
Adult Learning Australia www.ala.asn.au
Australian College of Educators www.austcolled.com.au
Australian Education Union www.aeufederal.org.au
Australian Institute of Training and Development www.aitd.com.au
Australian Science Teachers Association www.asta.edu.au
Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria www.mltav.asn.au
NSW Teachers Federation www.nswtf.org.au
ENGINEERING
Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA) www.acea.com.au
Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA)
www.apesma.asn.au
Australian Institute of Energy www.aie.org.au
Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association www.alaea.asn.au
Engineers Australia
As this country’s largest and most diverse engineering association, Engineers Australia
enhances both the influence and professional standing of engineers within the
community. It also helps its 85,000+ members achieve their personal and professional
goals by providing benefits, facilities and services designed to meet their needs through
every stage of their career. Most importantly, as a member of Engineers Australia you
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have the opportunity to obtain Chartered Status. Visit the Engineers Australia GO profile
www.engineersaustralia.org.au
Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia www.ipwea.org.au
Institution of Chemical Engineers www.icheme.org
Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers www.ieee.org
National Engineering Registration Board www.nerb.org.au
Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia www.sae-a.com.au
Technology Industry Association www.tia.asn.au/home
The Institution of Engineering and Technology www.theiet.org
What graduate members say...
“Engineers Australia offers a community to network and meet likeminded people at
social events; progress careers through technical seminars; and keep up to date with
technological advances and interesting projects around the world through newsletters
and informative presentations.”
– Nicholas Foot, Engineers Australia member and Golder Associates Graduate
Environmental Engineer.
ENVIRONMENT
Australian Society for Limnology www.asl.org.au
Australian Systemic Botany Society www.anbg.gov.au/asbs
Conservation Volunteers Australia www.conservationvolunteers.com.au
Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) www.ecolsoc.org.au
Environment Business Australia www.environmentbusiness.com.au
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand www.eianz.org
Environment Victoria www.envict.org.au
Environmental Protection Authority Victoria www.epa.vic.gov.au
Melbourne School of Land and Environment www.landfood.unimelb.edu.au
National Trust of Australia www.nationaltrust.org.au
Society for Conservation Biology www.conbio.org
GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC SECTOR
Institute of Public Administration Australia www.ipaa.org.au
Municipal Association of Victoria www.mav.asn.au
HEALTH, BIOTECHNOLOGY & PHARMACEUTICALS
Aged and Community Services Australia www.agedcare.org.au
Australasia & New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine www.anzsnm.org.au
Australasian Podiatry Council www.apodc.com.au
Australian Association of Gerontology www.aag.asn.au
Australian Association of Occupational Therapists www.ausot.com.au
Australian Bioethics Association www.australasian-bioethics.org.au
Australian Dental Association (NSW Branch) www.adansw.com.au
Australian Dental Council www.dentalcouncil.net.au
Australian Healthcare And Hospitals Association www.aushealthcare.com.au
Australian Institute of Environmental Health www.aieh.org.au
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Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists www.aioh.org.au
Australian Institute of Radiography www.air.asn.au
Australian Medical Association www.ama.com.au
Australian Medical Students’ Association www.amsa.org.au
Australian Natural Therapists Association www.anta.com.au
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council www.anmc.org.au
Australian Nursing Federation www.anf.org.au
Australian Osteopathy Association www.osteopathic.com.au
Australian Physiotherapy Association www.physiotherapy.asn.au
Australian Physiotherapy Council www.physiocouncil.com.au
Australian Society of Microbiology www.theasm.com.au
Australian Sonographers Association www.a-s-a.com.au
Australian Traditional Medicine Society Ltd www.atms.com.au
The College of Nursing www.nursing.edu.au
Dental Hygenists’ Association of Australia Inc. www.dhaa.asn.au
Dieticians Association of Australia www.daa.asn.au
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) www.essa.org.au
Medical Technology Association of Australia www.miaa.org.au
National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association www.napsa.org.au
Nutrition Australia www.nutritionaustralia.org
Orthoptic Association of Australia Inc (OAA) www.orthoptics.org.au
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia www.psa.org.au
Pharmacy Guild of Australia www.guild.org.au
Public Health Association of Australia www.phaa.net.au
Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australia www.rcaa.org.au
Royal College of Nursing www.rcna.org.au
Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia www.shpa.org.au
Speech Pathology Australia www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au
HUMAN RESOURCES
Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
AHRI and your career
Your career partner, The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) is the national
association representing HR professionals. AHRI has over 15,000 members ranging from
HR students at the start of their careers and young HR professionals, right through to HR
Directors in top-tier Australian organisations. Membership of the Institute delivers a
range of benefits like access to AHRI’s HR publications and research findings; access to
networks of HR professionals through events, forums, conferences and an online
discussion forum; discounts to paid events; books; and much more. Members of AHRI
are showing they are committed to both their own continuing professional development
– even after university – as well as aligning themselves to the values of the Institute and
the successful growth and continuation of the profession.
Find out more about AHRI at www.ahri.com.au
View the AHRI GO profile
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Australian Institute of Training and Development www.aitd.com.au
Career Development Association of Australia www.cdaa.org.au
Career Industry Council of Australia www.cica.org.au
Recruitment & Consulting Services Association www.rcsa.com.au
INDUSTRY
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry www.acci.asn.au
Australian Industry Group www.aigroup.asn.au
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) www.acm.org
Australasian Association for Information Systems www.aaisnet.org
Australian Computer Society www.acs.org.au
Australian Computer Society-Telecommunications Society of Australia
www.acs.org.au/acstsa
Australian Information Industry Association www.aiia.com.au
Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association www.amta.org.au
Computing Research and Education www.core.edu.au
International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) www.ifip.or.at
Internet Industry Association www.iia.net.au
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) www.aiim.org
Association of Commonwealth Archivists & Record Managers (ACARM) www.acarm.org
Australia and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) www.anzsi.org
Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) www.alia.org.au
Australian Society of Archivists www.archivists.org.au
International Council on Archives (ICA) www.ica.org
International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) www.ifla.org
Records Management Association of Australia (RMAA) www.rmaa.com.au
Victorian Association for Library Automation (VALA) www.vala.org.au
INSURANCE
Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance www.theinstitute.com.au
Insurance Council of Australia www.insurancecouncil.com.au
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Australian Institute of International Affairs www.aiia.asn.au
LAW
Australian Law Student’s Association (ALSA) www.alsa.net.au
Australian and New Zealand Criminology Society www.anzsoc.org
The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia www.ipta.com.au
International Law Association (Australian Branch) www.ila.org.au
Law Council of Australia www.lawcouncil.asn.au
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Law Institute of Victoria www.liv.asn.au
Law Society of NSW www.lawsociety.com.au
Law Society of South Australia www.lawsocietysa.asn.au
Law Society of Tasmania www.taslawsociety.asn.au
Law Society of Western Australia www.lawsocietywa.asn.au
National Environmental Law Association www.nela.org.au
Queensland Law Society
The power and prestige of a professional association is derived from its members. QLS is
the peak professional body for the state's legal practitioners, with more than 8,500
members and a growing associate (law student) membership. QLS members comprise
legal and non-legal professionals from the private sector, government, tertiary
institutions, industry and local community.Visit the QLS GO Profile www.qls.com.au
LITERATURE & WRITING
Australian Society of Authors www.asauthors.org
Australian Writers’ Guild www.awg.com.au
LOGISTICS, SUPPLY CHAIN & TRANSPORT
Australasian Railway Association www.ara.net.au
Australian Logistics Council www.austlogistics.com.au
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport www.cilta.com.au
Logistics Association of Australia www.laa.asn.au
Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia www.sclaa.com.au
MANAGEMENT
Australian Institute of Management www.aim.com.au
Australian Institute of Project Management www.aipm.com.au
Institute of Management Consultants www.imc.org.au
MANUFACTURING
Manufacturing Skills Australia www.mskills.com.au
MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS
Australian Mathematical Society www.austms.org.au
Statistical Society of Australia www.statsoc.org.au
MUSIC
Australian Music Association www.australianmusic.asn.au
Musicians’ Union of Australia www.musicians.asn.au
PROPERTY & REAL ESTATE
Australian Property Institute www.propertyinstitute.com.au
Real Estate Institute of Australia www.reiaustralia.com.au
Real Estate Institute of Queensland www.reiq.com.au
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Real Estate Institute of Victoria www.reiv.com.au
PSYCHOLOGY
Australian College of Clinical Psychologists www.accp.org.au
Australian Psychological Society www.psychology.org.au
NSW Psychologists Registration Board www.psychreg.health.nsw.gov.au
Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria www.psychreg.vic.gov.au
REGIONAL/URBAN PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Planning Institute Australia www.planning.org.au
Urban Development Institute of Australia www.udia.com.au
RETAIL
Australian Retailers Association www.retail.org.au
SCIENCE
Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy www.ausimm.com.au
Australian Academy of Science www.science.org.au
Australian Institute of Biology www.aibiol.org.au
Australian Institute of Geoscientists www.aig.org.au
Australian Institute of Medical Scientists www.aims.org.au
Australian Institute of Physics www.aip.org.au
Australian Science Communicators www.asc.asn.au
Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Science www.asbmb.org.au
Australia’s Biotechnology Industry Organisation (AusBiotech) www.ausbiotech.org
Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) www.ecolsoc.org.au
Mapping Sciences Institute Australia (MSIA) www.mappingsciences.org.au
National Institute of Forensic Science www.nifs.com.au
Royal Australian Chemical Institute www.raci.org.au
SOCIAL WORK, COMMUNITY WORK & COUNSELLING
Association of Childrens Welfare Agencies/Centre for Community Welfare Training
www.acwa.asn.au
Australian Association of Social Workers www.aasw.asn.au
Australian Institute of Welfare & Community Workers www.aiwcw.org.au
Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia www.pacfa.org.au
SPORTS SCIENCE & RECREATION
Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation www.achper.org.au
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
What is your network of industry contacts like? Exercise and Sports Science Australia*
(ESSA) is the professional organisation committed to establishing, promoting and
defending the career paths of tertiary-trained exercise and sports science practitioners.
Discounted student membership for only $33 with FULL member benefits includes:
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insurance; industry representation; discounts; employment; online journals; and
conferences. Why wait?
Application forms are online: www.essa.org.au
* Formerly The Australian Association for Exercise & Sports Science (AAESS)
SURVEYING & SPATIAL SCIENCES
Association of Consulting Surveyors Victoria www.acsv.com.au
Spatial Industries Business Association www.spatialbusiness.org
Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute www.destinationspatial.org
www.spatialsciences.org.au
Surveying Task Force www.alifewithoutlimits.com.au
Surveyors Board SA www.surveyorsboardsa.org.au
Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria www.surveyorsboard.vic.gov.au
The Institution of Surveyors Victoria www.surveying.org.au
TOURISM & TRAVEL
Australian Federation of Travel Agents www.afta.com.au
Australian Tourism Export Council www.atec.net.au
Tourism Alliance Victoria Ltd www.vtoa.asn.au
VETERINARY SCIENCE
The Australian Veterinarian Association www.ava.com.au
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