Professional Associations & Networking














Professional Associations

Australia Awards aims to enhance your learning experience by encouraging you to seek opportunities for networking with professional associations, governments, other agencies and businesses in Australia.


Networking can provide you with exposure to different skills, knowledge and ways of doing things in Australia that you can draw on when you return home. To assist you, we’ve compiled a list of some relevant Australian professional associations by sector of study. This list is not exhaustive therefore we encourage you to seek out other associations that may be better suited to your specific field of study.


Here are ten reasons to join an Australian Professional Association:

  1. Development of networks within government, industry and media.
  2. Opportunity to meet other students and participate in social events.
  3. Opportunity to attend industry events, forums and seminars.
  4. Professional development workshops and training sessions.
  5. Discounted access to national conferences.
  6. Build contacts with experienced industry professionals and mentors.
  7. Subsidised membership subscriptions.
  8. Access to relevant journals and other publications.
  9. Automatic subscription to association newsletter and other communications.
  10. Access to awards and prizes.


Professional Association Membership Fees:

Membership cost from as little as $10 per year for students depending on the professional association and the State where you reside. Some professional associations offer discounts for group membership of five or more students.


List of relevant professional associations by sector of study


1. Agriculture & Food Security
Australian Agricultural and Resources Economics Society
Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology


2. Education

Australian Professional Teachers’ Association
International Education Association of Australia


3. Health
Public Health Association Australia
Australian Health Care and Hospitals Association


4. Natural Resources Management/Mining
AusIMM The Minerals Institute

5. Natural Resources Management/Environment
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Environmental Health Australia
Australasian Systematic Botany Society Inc.
Ecological Society of Australia
National Trust
Society for Conservation Biology


6. Public Policy/Governance
Australian Institute of International Affairs
Financial Services Institute of Australasia
Australian Institute of Management
Institute of Public Administration Australia


7. Water & Sanitation
International Water Centre
Australian Water Association


8. Multidisciplinary

The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific

University Associations

In addition to a professional association, awardees can join a university club or society while on award. The list of all club and society landing pages for each Australian institution is available in the Resource Centre on the Reintegration Planning Portal. Once awardees are registered on the portal, they can download this document. Awardees can also sign up during Orientation Week, or during the Semester.