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Find Your Professional Associations

If you are interested in furthering your career, joining a professional association is a good start. There are associations for nearly every profession or area of interest and many have national, state and regional chapters you can join. Students are often eligible for significant membership discounts. Some benefits of joining an association include:

  • Updated information on industry-relevant trends and developments
  • Access to a range of resources, including publications, newsletters, webinars, conferences and training opportunities
  • Enhancing your network

Below are some of the top professional associations, grouped into relevant study areas and degree(s).

Whether you are looking to learn about career opportunities in your field, network in your professional community, access current events in your industry sector, or just have some fun while meeting new people, joining a professional association is a step in the right direction!

Name of AssociationRelevant Degree/sOverview
Australasian Political Studies Association
  • B Arts
  • B Social Science
  • B Social Science, B Laws
The Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) is the professional association for those teaching and researching in Politics and International Relations in Australia and is dedicated to promoting and facilitating work in the discipline.
Australian Academy of Humanities
  • B Arts
We are the national body for the humanities in Australia. We provide independent expert advice on the humanities, inform policy development and encourage and support engagement across the sector. We promote excellence in the humanities through annual events and workshops, and invest in the future through grants and awards
The Australian Association of Social Workers
  • B Community Welfare
  • B Social Work
  • M Social Work (Professional Qualifying)
The Australian Association of Social Workers is the professional representative body of social workers in Australia, with more than 11,000 members. It was formed as a national association in 1946 and has since supported its members through the profession’s many developments and changes. Students enrolled in an AASW accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree or Master of Social Work (qualifying), as well as those already eligible and undertaking full time Masters or Doctoral social work studies, can become an AASW student member.
Australian Community Workers Association
  • B Community Welfare
  • B Social Work

The Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) is the national body for over 500,000 hardworking community work practitioners in Australia. ACWA's role is to support community workers in every sphere of their work. We exist to advance the profession of community work and to set, strengthen and promote the educational, professional and ethical standards essential for exemplary community work practice.

A community worker is a qualified professional who has the knowledge, skills and values to work in an agency or program intended to facilitate or ensure the social inclusion and economic participation of individuals, families, groups or communities. If you are studying a course related to community services you can join ACWA as a student member.

Queensland College of Teachers
  • B Arts/B Education (all strands)
Teacher registration acknowledges teaching as an important profession. As in other professions that require registration, such as medicine, law and nursing, registration highlights the unique professional qualifications, knowledge and skills required to practice. The registration system ensures that only appropriately qualified and suitable people are employed as teachers in Queensland. This contributes to protecting educational standards and student safety, and upholds the reputation of the profession. For teachers, registration means: being eligible to teach in a Queensland school and being accepted by colleagues and the public as a member of the teaching profession
Professional Teachers’ Council NSW
  • B Arts/B Education (all strands)
PTC NSW is the peak umbrella body that provides support and member services to its member associations. It unifies teaching associations and brings together professional interests and education activities throughout NSW. Professional teachers’ associations provide a wealth of specific current information across all KLA’s. Regular curriculum updates are provided via these networks ensuring teachers know of current directions and changes to curriculum or policy across all schools and sectors. Specific annual accredited professional development experiences are developed by associations, ensuring contemporary support for all members.
Australian Association of Special Education (AASE)
  • B Arts/B Education (all strands)
AASE aims to: Advocate on behalf of people with special education needs to ensure provision of and access to quality education services and provide a range of quality services to members and the wider community.
Beginning and Establishing Teachers Association
  • B Arts/B Education (all strands)
Founded in 2000, BETA is a volunteer operated association with the committee consisting of Principals, Deputy Principals, Heads of Department and classroom teachers. BETA strives to assist in maximising the effective induction of beginning and establishing teachers as professional educators in schools.
Australian Music Association
  • B Contemporary Music
The Australian Music Association (AMA) represents and furthers the interests of the Music Products industry which is a network of wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers and associated services for musical instruments, print music, consumer pro audio & lighting and music technology. The AMA also works with a network of government and non-government organisations to advocate for music education and promote music making.It organises trade shows, conventions and forums, publishes Australian Musician magazine online, develops industry statistics and provides commercial member benefits. The key benefit to association is belonging. The music products industry is a community — big or small we are into it for the music! We are building our own online community to represent all Australian Musicians.
Australian Writer’s Guild
  • AD Creative Writing
  • B Laws and Creative Writing
  • GD Creative Writing
The Australian Writers’ Guild continues to fight against unfair treatment of writers both for the writers’ sake and in support of a healthy industry. We are negotiating new industrial terms and conditions and have developed a new range of model contracts and minimum recommended terms and conditions. Our service for members ups the ante on contract negotiations and adherence. Solidarity is fundamental to winning these battles. Support the guild that works hard for you and your fellow writers, and call on our services to fight for what you are worth.
Australian Society of Authors
  • AD Creative Writing
  • B Laws and Creative Writing
  • GD Creative Writing
The ASA was established in 1963 as the peak national association representing the interests of Australia’s authors and illustrators. We provide them with advocacy, support and advice.
Design Insitute of Australia
  • B Art and Design
Design Insitute of Australia (DIA) members have exclusive access to a range of services, products and discounts chosen to advance their careers and business success. The DIA welcomes both professional designers and non-designers as members. Membership of the DIA is an investment in your design career. Our professional members are students and graduates of design and experienced design professionals.
National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
  • B Art and Design
NAVA’s Membership program makes important commitments to the artists who founded and who sustain our organisation. We offer programs that will: amplify your voice, develop your practice, strengthen your sector.
Name of AssociationRelevant DegreeOverview
Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • B Accounting
  • GC Accounting
  • GD Accounting
  • M Professional Accounting
Access exclusive offers from globally recognised brands in lifestyle, personal banking. As a CA, exclusive benefits will be available to you, and you can discover products and services to meet your needs at work and at home.
Institute of Public Accountants
  • B Accounting
  • GC Accounting
  • GD Accounting
  • M Professional Accounting
The IPA has a passion for small business. More than 75 per cent of our members are either servicing small business or are small businesses in their own right. We constantly challenge ourselves to ensure we are delivering the best service possible to our members while maintaining our small business focus. As such, we have articulated our reason for being as: To improve the quality of life of small businesses.
CPA Australia
  • B Accounting
  • GC Accounting
  • GD Accounting
  • M Professional Accounting
Join the CPA Australia Network to be the first to hear about graduate and internship opportunities, career advice from CPA Career Mentor, career events and on campus activities.
Chartered Associates of Business Administrators
  • B Business
  • B Business Administration
  • M Business Administration
  • AD Business
  • D Business Administration
The Chartered Association of Business Administrators is a not-for-profit professional body for business administrators. The Association has a growing global presence with members employed in all sectors of the economy and make a significant contribution to the efficiency of any business
Advance Global Australian Professionals
  • B Business
  • B Business Administration
  • M Business Administration
  • AD Business
Join our community and add your voice to the leading network of global Australians and alumni worldwide. Joining is free, be inspired by Aussie innovators, attend global events, connect with and give back to Australia
Australian Marketing Institute
  • B Business
  • B Business Administration
  • M Business Administration
  • AD Business
As the leading professional marketing association in Australia, the Australian Marketing Institute offers a platform to advance your thinking, develop your skills, fuel your development and fulfil your potential — so that you are equipped to take on the challenges of a changing marketplace
Australian HR Institute
  • B Business
  • B Business Administration
  • M Business Administration
  • AD Business
Become an AHRI member to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in HR, access essential resources and information and advance your career with the establishment of professional networks.
Public Relations Institute of Australia
  • B Business
  • B Business Administration
  • M Business Administration
  • AD Business
We offer a range of membership types for students, HR professionals, and those with an interest in HR.
Professional Managers Australia
  • B Business
  • B Business Administration
  • M Business Administration
  • AD Business
We represent managers and other professionals right across Australia. Professional Managers Australia believes you should get the respect, recognition and reward you deserve. We are part of the Professionals Australia network with more than 25,000 members across Australia. Member benefits including work insurance and career advancement
Economic Society of Australia
  • B Business
  • B Business Administration
  • AD Business
  • M Business Administration
  • M Project Management
The Economic Society of Australia is primarily concerned with promoting discussion and debate of economic issues within Australia. It does this by: publishing journals, promoting economic debate, holding conferences and seminars.
Queensland Tourism Industry Council
  • B Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management
We can never take for granted that tourism will receive the recognition it requires from governments and other stakeholders to ensure continued growth, performance and profitability in the industry. To engage the tourism industry in all decision processes that shape our future, businesses need an effective and united voice.
Exhibition and Event Association Australasia
  • B Business in Convention and Event Management
The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is the peak industry association for those in the business of trade and consumer expos and events. We are the business event industry’s most active and influential not-for-profit, member-based organisation – funded by annual membership fees and attendance at our events – and the only association that is dedicated to supporting and representing the specific interests of organisers, association organisers, venues and suppliers within the exhibition and event sector.
Professional Conference Organisers Association Australia
  • B Business in Convention and Event Management
The PCO Association is the leading body representing the interests of Professional Conference Organisers and Event Managers in Australia and New Zealand. The Association aims to increase the standard of professionalism of its members and promote a better understanding of the roles, functions and contributions of Professional Conference Organisers and Event Managers in the conference and event sector.
The Tourism, Hospitality and Catering Institute
  • B Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • B Business in Hotel Management
  • M International Tourism and Hotel Management
The Tourism, Hospitality & Catering Institute of Australia is a professional organisation drawing its membership from all facets of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry. Membership covers the personnel involved in the management of the industry, tradespeople involved in the preparation and service of food and beverage and the professionals involved in the support of the industry by the provision of products, equipment, training, supplies and services.
International Association for Deputy Managers and Front Office Managers of Luxury Hotels (AICR)
  • B Business in Hotel Management
  • M International Tourism and Hotel Management
For over 50 years the AICR has developed into a dynamic international organisation represented in 16 countries, 17 sections and continues to grow.
Name of AssociationRelevant DegreeOverview
Information Technology Professionals Association
  • B Information Technology
  • AD Information Technology
  • M Information Technology
  • M Information Technology Management
  • GC Information Technology
  • GD Information Technology
We aim to deliver the best service offering to our members to assist them in building and growing their IT career. At ITPA, we believe in continual professional development, and offer a range of training opportunities and mentoring programs. Through our events, conferences and online forums, members can connect and engage with other industry professionals, while enriching their technical knowledge and management skills
Association for Computing Machinery
  • B Information Technology
  • AD Information Technology
  • M Information Technology
  • M Information Technology Management
  • GC Information Technology
  • GD Information Technology
ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field’s premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.
Digital Technology Collective
  • B Digital Business
A network of Australia’s digital experts: agencies, organisations and individuals that provide services and solutions in the digital and technology space. We attract those who are passionate about the digital and technology industry’s potential to create innovations that can help to solve many of the challenges facing Australian consumers and businesses. Together, we work to accelerate Australia’s economic progress by creating a greenhouse environment that will nurture innovation in digital and technology.
Australia and New Zealand Communications Association Inc.
  • B Digital Media and Communications
The Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) brings together researchers, students, and teachers from an expanding array of communication disciplines. The Association encourages and promotes scholarship in the broad field of communication teaching and research and supports vital forums for communicating research.

 

Name of AssociationRelevant Degree/sOverview
Queensland College of Teachers
  • B Arts/B Education (all strands)
Teacher registration acknowledges teaching as an important profession. As in other professions that require registration, such as medicine, law and nursing, registration highlights the unique professional qualifications, knowledge and skills required to practice. The registration system ensures that only appropriately qualified and suitable people are employed as teachers in Queensland. This contributes to protecting educational standards and student safety, and upholds the reputation of the profession. For teachers, registration means: being eligible to teach in a Queensland school and being accepted by colleagues and the public as a member of the teaching profession
Professional Teachers’ Council NSW
  • B Arts/B Education (all strands)
PTC NSW is the peak umbrella body that provides support and member services to its member associations. It unifies teaching associations and brings together professional interests and education activities throughout NSW. Professional teachers’ associations provide a wealth of specific current information across all KLA’s. Regular curriculum updates are provided via these networks ensuring teachers know of current directions and changes to curriculum or policy across all schools and sectors. Specific annual accredited professional development experiences are developed by associations, ensuring contemporary support for all members.
Australian Association of Special Education (AASE)
  • B Arts/B Education (all strands)
AASE aims to: Advocate on behalf of people with special education needs to ensure provision of and access to quality education services and provide a range of quality services to members and the wider community.
Beginning and Establishing Teachers Association
  • B Arts/B Education (all strands)
Founded in 2000, BETA is a volunteer operated association with the committee consisting of Principals, Deputy Principals, Heads of Department and classroom teachers. BETA strives to assist in maximising the effective induction of beginning and establishing teachers as professional educators in schools.

 

Name of AssociationRelevant Degree/sOverview
Engineers Australia
  • B Engineering Honours in Civil Engineering
As an engineering student in a tertiary institution you have more than assignments to consider. You’re probably thinking about how to start your career after graduation. You might be searching for ways to differentiate yourself from your peers. You may wonder if there are hands-on ways to learn more about your chosen occupation.
Engineers Australia
  • B Engineering Honours in Mechanical Engineering
As an engineering student in a tertiary institution you have more than assignments to consider. You’re probably thinking about how to start your career after graduation. You might be searching for ways to differentiate yourself from your peers. You may wonder if there are hands-on ways to learn more about your chosen occupation.
Engineers Australia (Coastal and Ocean Engineering)
  • B Engineering Honours in Coastal Systems Management
As an engineering student in a tertiary institution you have more than assignments to consider. You’re probably thinking about how to start your career after graduation. You might be searching for ways to differentiate yourself from your peers. You may wonder if there are hands-on ways to learn more about your chosen occupation.
Professional Scientists Australia
  • B Science
  • AD Science
Professional Scientists Australia represent several thousand Professional Scientists from a broad range of specialisations including health science, automotive design, biomedical science, ecology, veterinary science, neuroscience, mental health, genetics and genomics, astronomy, biochemistry, mineral processing, environmental science, defence research, synchrotron science, environmental science, immunology, surveying and water science
Engineers Without Borders Australia
  • B Engineering (all strands)
Engineers Without Borders Australia is a community organisation that creates social value through engineering. Through partnerships and collaboration we’ve focused on developing skills, knowledge and appropriate engineering solutions since 2003. The objective of EWB Australia is not only to contribute to new and ongoing development projects, but also to expand the dimensions of experience for engineers and engineering students. Engineers have a central role in building a sustainable future; in fact, they have an obligation to provide leadership in this direction
Australian Geomechanic Society 
  • B Engineering (all strands)
Geomechanics is the application of engineering and geological principles to the behaviour of the ground and ground water and the use of these principles in civil, mining, offshore and environmental engineering in the widest sense. The Australian Geomechanics Society was founded in 1970. The AGS produces Australian Geomechanics the newsletter and journal of the Society and specialty conferences, symposia, seminars and workshops, including the four yearly ANZ Geomechanics conference.
The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia
  • B Engineering (all strands)
The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) is the peak association for the professionals who deliver public works and engineering services to communities in Australia and New Zealand. IPWEA provides services to its members and advocacy on their behalf.
Australian Institute of Project Management
  • B Engineering (all strands)
The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) is the premier, longest-serving body for project management in Australia. With over 10,000 members, we are recognised by Australian business, industry and government as the key promoter, developer and leader in project management professionalism. This association would be suitable for engineering students who might be interested in Energy Sector (thermal power plants, oil and gas, hydroelectric,etc).
Australian Institute of Energy
  • B Engineering (all strands)
With seven branches and over 1,000 members, the Australian Institute of Energy brings together individuals and companies with interests and involvement in the energy sector. What we do? Advance the sharing of ideas and knowledge by providing an impartial environment for dynamic debate. Connect people and ideas by providing networking opportunities to meet colleagues from all industry sectors and establish links with industry specialists. Celebrate the efforts of professional people and companies by recognising excellence through award programs and a range of scholarships. Learn from our members and partners, through exposure to cutting edge ideas and practices to provide thought leadership events. Support and mentor young people with the Young Energy Professionals groups. Proactively encourage diversity with the Women in Energy initiative.
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc
  • B Environmental Science
The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand is a professional association supporting environmental practitioners and promoting independent and interdisciplinary discussion on environmental issues. Our members receive a range of benefits and inclusions with their membership. These inclusions are summarised in the table below
The Institute of Foresters of Australia
  • B Forest Science and Management
  • GD Forest Science and Management
The Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) is a professional body with over 1200 members engaged in all branches of forest management and conservation in Australia. The Institute is strongly committed to the principles of sustainable forest management and the processes and practices which translate these principles into outcomes. The membership represents all segments of the forestry profession, including public and private practitioners engaged in many aspects of forestry, nature conservation, resource and land management, research, administration and education.
Australian Marine Sciences Australia (ASMA)
  • B Marine Science and Management
  • M Marine Science and Management
To achieve our mission of ‘Advancing Marine Science in Australia’, AMSA has two objectives: promote, develop and assist in the study of all branches of marine science in Australia; provide for the exchange of information and ideas between those concerned with marine science by means of publications, meetings, symposia and such other m

 

Name of AssociationRelevant Degree/sOverview
Allied Health Professions Australia
  • All allied health degrees
  • D Health
  • M Healthcare Leadership
  • GC Healthcare Leadership
  • GC Diabetes Education and Management
Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) is a collegiate body consisting of 20 national allied health associations members and a further six organisational friends with whom we are closely aligned. AHPA collectively represents some 100,000 allied health professionals who work across the primary, acute and tertiary sectors in Australia.
Australian Institute of Medical Science (AIMS)
  • B Biomedical Science
The Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) is the peak professional body representing medical scientists working throughout Australia in all disciplines of medical laboratory science. We also provide overseas member, stakeholder and partner services including a university accreditation program. The focus of AIMS is to equip members and the profession with the tools, information and networks to ensure the provision of quality and world class medical science services in Australia and overseas.
Osteopathy Australia
  • B Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies)
  • M Osteopathic Medicine
Osteopathy Australia is the peak body representing the interests of osteopaths, osteopathy as a profession and the consumer's right to access osteopathic services. We represent around 90% of Australia's osteopaths. Students may gain free student membership.
ADEA
  • GC Diabetes Education and Management
The Australian Diabetes Education Association (ADEA)is Australia’s only Credentialled Diabetes Educator® (CDE) certified national organisation for diabetes education and care. Our members are healthcare professionals who are committed to providing evidence-based best practice diabetes education to better the lives of those directly or indirectly affected by diabetes.
Australian College of Midwives
  • B Midwifery
The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) is a national not-for-profit membership organisation and the peak professional body for midwives in Australia.
The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
  • M Mental Health
  • GD Mental Health
  • GC Mental Health
  • M Mental Health Nursing
The peak body for Mental Health Nursing in Australia and the credentialing body for mental health nurses.
Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN)
  • M Mental Health
  • GD Mental Health
  • GC Mental Health
  • M Mental Health Nursing
The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) provides practitioners the opportunity to participate in our two interdisciplinary programs: MHPN practitioner networks and the National online professional development program.
Professional Association of Nurses in Developmental Disability Australia Inc. (PANDDA) Exercise and Sports Sciences Australia
  • GC Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,
  • GD Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The Professional Association of Nurses in Developmental Disability Australia Inc. (PANDDA) represents the professional interests of nurses who support people who have an intellectual developmental disability

Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA)

  • B Sport and Exercise Science
ASCA is the peak national body for strength and conditioning professionals in Australia and aims to ensure and enhance quality-assurance.
Fitness Australia
  • B Sport and Exercise Science
A not-for-profit industry association, that exists to professionalise the fitness industry through engaging in partnerships, advocacy, delivering education, quality and accreditation.
Australian Podiatry Association Australia
  • B Podiatry
The Australian Podiatry Association (APA) is a member-based, national organisation which represents more than 2,500 podiatrists. It provides information for other health professionals, professional support to members and education for the public about foot care.
Australian Psychological Association Australia
  • B Psychological Science
  • B Psychological Science with Honours
APS is the leading association for psychologists in Australia, representing more than 24,000 members. Our members enjoy access to a range of benefits for both professional and personal use. These benefits include reduced professional indemnity insurance premiums, consultation and representation, professional support and resources, access to our Member Identity Program plus member discounts on a range of well known products and services.
Name of AssociationRelevant Degree/sOverview
Indigenous Professional Services B Indigenous Knowledge IPS provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and value-for money professional services. We don’t just deliver the best consulting services, we also create meaningful pathways for Indigenous professionals.

 

Name of AssociationRelevant Degree/sOverview
Australian Lawyers Association
  • B Laws
  • B Legal and Justice Studies
  • B Laws, B Legal and Justice Studies
We’re an active community of nearly 1,500 solicitors, barristers and other legal professionals all dedicated to protecting and promoting justice, freedom and the rights of the individual. Our ability to provide high quality Continuing Legal Education (CLE) events and advocate on behalf of legal professionals and the people they represent depends on the support we receive from our members.
The Law Council of Australia
  • B Laws
  • B Legal and Justice Studies
  • B Laws, B Legal and Justice Studies
The Law Council represents the Australian legal profession on national and international issues, on federal law and the operation of federal courts and tribunals. It works for the improvement of the law and of the administration of justice. The Law Council is a federal organisation representing 65,000 Australian lawyers through their bar associations and law societies and Law Firms Australia (the Constituent Bodies).
The Law Council of Australia (Business Law section)
  • M Business Law
The Law Council represents the Australian legal profession on national and international issues, on federal law and the operation of federal courts and tribunals. It works for the improvement of the law and of the administration of justice. The Law Council is a federal organisation representing 65,000 Australian lawyers through their bar associations and law societies and Law Firms Australia (the Constituent Bodies).
Australian Paralegal Foundation
  • AD Law (Paralegal Studies)
The Australian Paralegal Foundation, set up for the benefit of its members to help provide legal information for those interested.
QLD Law Society
  • B Laws, B Legal and Justice Studies

QLS full and associate members have access to a wide range of exclusive services, resources and networks to help build their career, and develop their practice. We support members through an extensive professional development program, advocacy and representation, updates on issues affecting the profession and the Trust Account Consultancy Service.

The Law Society of NSW Young Lawyers
  • B Laws, B Legal and Justice Studies
NSW Young Lawyers is the largest body of young and newly practising lawyers, and law students, in Australia, with 15 Committees each dedicated to a particular area of law. Active, innovative and dynamic, we support practitioners in the early stages of their career development, giving them the opportunity to extend their network, expand their knowledge, advance their career and contribute to the profession and community.