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Professional Associations in Australia
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
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
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.
Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ)
ActEd Australasia
Agricultural and Resource Economics Society
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 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 /
Association of Taxation & Management Consultants
Australian Bankers’ Association Inc.
Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA)
Australian Institute of Credit Management
Capital Markets CRC Limited (CMCRC)
Chartered Financial Analyst Society (Sydney)
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd
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
Finance and Treasury Association
Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA)
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 /
Institute of Actuaries of Australia (IAA)
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
Institute of Internal Auditors
Institute of Management Consultants
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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
Visit the NIA GO profile /
Securities Industry Research Centre of Asia-Pacific (SIRCA)
Taxation Institute of Australia
The Economic Society of Australia
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 Federation of Australia
Australasian Promotional Marketing Association
Australian & New Zealand Marketing Academy (ANZMAC)
Australian Association of National Advertisers
Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA)
Australian Graphic Design Association
Australian Interactive Multimedia Industry Association
Australian Market & Social Research Society (AMSRS)
Australian Marketing Institute
Australian Publishers Association
Australian Screen Editors Guild
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
Design Institute of Australia
Marketing Association of Australia and New Zealand
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance
Public Relations Institute of Australia
Sponsorship Australasia
Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology
NSW Farmers Association
Architects Accreditation Council of Australia
Architects Registration Board of Victoria
Australian Constructors Association
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Australian Institute of Architects
Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers
Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)
Building Commission
Building Designers Association of Australia
Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC)
Housing Industry Association
Master Builders Association Australia
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
The Australian Institute of Building
Australia ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)
Australian Academy of the Humanities
Australian Historical Association
Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators
Council for the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
ACT Career Education Association
Adult Learning Australia
Australian College of Educators
Australian Education Union
Australian Institute of Training and Development
Australian Science Teachers Association
Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria
NSW Teachers Federation
Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA)
Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA)
Australian Institute of Energy
Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association
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
Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia
Institution of Chemical Engineers
Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
National Engineering Registration Board
Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia
Technology Industry Association
The Institution of Engineering and Technology
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.
Australian Society for Limnology
Australian Systemic Botany Society
Conservation Volunteers Australia
Ecological Society of Australia (ESA)
Environment Business Australia
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Environment Victoria
Environmental Protection Authority Victoria
Melbourne School of Land and Environment
National Trust of Australia
Society for Conservation Biology
Institute of Public Administration Australia
Municipal Association of Victoria
Aged and Community Services Australia
Australasia & New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine
Australasian Podiatry Council
Australian Association of Gerontology
Australian Association of Occupational Therapists
Australian Bioethics Association
Australian Dental Association (NSW Branch)
Australian Dental Council
Australian Healthcare And Hospitals Association
Australian Institute of Environmental Health
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Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists
Australian Institute of Radiography
Australian Medical Association
Australian Medical Students’ Association
Australian Natural Therapists Association
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council
Australian Nursing Federation
Australian Osteopathy Association
Australian Physiotherapy Association
Australian Physiotherapy Council
Australian Society of Microbiology
Australian Sonographers Association
Australian Traditional Medicine Society Ltd
The College of Nursing
Dental Hygenists’ Association of Australia Inc.
Dieticians Association of Australia
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
Medical Technology Association of Australia
National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association
Nutrition Australia
Orthoptic Association of Australia Inc (OAA)
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
Pharmacy Guild of Australia
Public Health Association of Australia
Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australia
Royal College of Nursing
Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
Speech Pathology Australia
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
View the AHRI GO profile
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Australian Institute of Training and Development
Career Development Association of Australia
Career Industry Council of Australia
Recruitment & Consulting Services Association
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Australian Industry Group
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Australasian Association for Information Systems
Australian Computer Society
Australian Computer Society-Telecommunications Society of Australia
Australian Information Industry Association
Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association
Computing Research and Education
International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP)
Internet Industry Association
Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM)
Association of Commonwealth Archivists & Record Managers (ACARM)
Australia and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI)
Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
Australian Society of Archivists
International Council on Archives (ICA)
International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)
Records Management Association of Australia (RMAA)
Victorian Association for Library Automation (VALA)
Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance
Insurance Council of Australia
Australian Institute of International Affairs
Australian Law Student’s Association (ALSA)
Australian and New Zealand Criminology Society
The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia
International Law Association (Australian Branch)
Law Council of Australia
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Law Institute of Victoria
Law Society of NSW
Law Society of South Australia
Law Society of Tasmania
Law Society of Western Australia
National Environmental Law Association
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
Australian Society of Authors
Australian Writers’ Guild
Australasian Railway Association
Australian Logistics Council
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
Logistics Association of Australia
Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia
Australian Institute of Management
Australian Institute of Project Management
Institute of Management Consultants
Manufacturing Skills Australia
Australian Mathematical Society
Statistical Society of Australia
Australian Music Association
Musicians’ Union of Australia
Australian Property Institute
Real Estate Institute of Australia
Real Estate Institute of Queensland
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Real Estate Institute of Victoria
Australian College of Clinical Psychologists
Australian Psychological Society
NSW Psychologists Registration Board
Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria
Planning Institute Australia
Urban Development Institute of Australia
Australian Retailers Association
Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Australian Academy of Science
Australian Institute of Biology
Australian Institute of Geoscientists
Australian Institute of Medical Scientists
Australian Institute of Physics
Australian Science Communicators
Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Science
Australia’s Biotechnology Industry Organisation (AusBiotech)
Ecological Society of Australia (ESA)
Mapping Sciences Institute Australia (MSIA)
National Institute of Forensic Science
Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Association of Childrens Welfare Agencies/Centre for Community Welfare Training
Australian Association of Social Workers
Australian Institute of Welfare & Community Workers
Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation
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:
* Formerly The Australian Association for Exercise & Sports Science (AAESS)
Association of Consulting Surveyors Victoria
Spatial Industries Business Association
Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute
Surveying Task Force
Surveyors Board SA
Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria
The Institution of Surveyors Victoria
Australian Federation of Travel Agents
Australian Tourism Export Council
Tourism Alliance Victoria Ltd
The Australian Veterinarian Association

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