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APPLYING FOR MEMBERSHIP

AIG Membership is available to professional geoscientists, engaged in all sectors of industry, government, education and research. Members of the public, without formal geoscience qualifications, and non-profit organisations interested in Australian geoscience may apply for Associate membership.

What grade of membership should I apply for?

  • Student membership is available if you are studying full or part time towards your first degree in geoscience.
  • Graduate membership is available if you have completed at least a Bachelor’s level or equivalent qualification degree in geoscience and have less than five years professional experience.
    • You will need to upload a copy of your degree/academic transcript and your CV.
  • To be endorsed as a Member you require at least a Bachelor’s level degree or equivalent qualification and at least five years professional experience in your field(s) of practice. AIG Members, with the appropriate relevant experience required of the “Competent Person”, are entitled to sign resource statements and reports issued for public information under the JORC and NI43-101 codes.
    • You will need to upload a copy of your degree/academic transcript and your CV.
    • If you are upgrading your membership from Graduate membership, only a copy of your CV is required.
  • Fellow membership is available to senior geoscientists with at least 15 years professional experience in your field(s) of practice and, in the opinion of the Council, have achieved prominence in this field.
    • You will need to upload a copy of your degree/academic transcript, your CV and a supporting statement pointing out why you are a worthy applicant for Fellowship.
    • If you are upgrading your membership from full membership, only a copy of your CV and your supporting statement is required.
  • Associate membership is offered to persons who have not completed a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and to non-commercial organisations (e.g. a school) that display appropriate interest in geoscience and the objectives of the Institute.
    • You will need to upload a statement supporting your interest in geoscience to accompany this application.
  • Retired membership is offered to Members and Fellows with at least ten years continuous membership who have retired from active employment.

All Graduates, Members and Fellows must abide by the Institute’s Code of Ethics and make a declaration that they have not been subject to disciplinary action by a professional association.

How to join

We have implemented an online system for registration which enable applicants for membership to lodge the required information and supporting documentation on-line.

Things to note when applying for membership online

  • Applications must be accompanied by the required supporting documentation for your application for membership to be considered; incomplete documentation will delay the application process.
  • When you apply online, login details will be emailed to you. Please make a note of these, especially the application number, to avoid duplication of applications.

Applications that include qualifications obtained from overseas universities will be assessed using Australian government provided information to ensure that your overseas degree is comparable with an appropriate qualification from an Australian university.

Admission to membership of the AIG at the level of Graduate, Member, Fellow is subject to compliance with the criteria detailed on the application form. All members agree to be bound by AIG’s Code of Ethics. You are advised to read the Code of Ethics carefully before submitting your application.

Applications for admission as a Registered Professional Geoscientist are only accepted from existing AIG Members or Fellows. To be recognised as a Registered Professional Geoscientist, you must be accepted as a Member or Fellow first. Details on the RPGeo program and an application kit can be found here.

Additional Documentation and Assistance for Completing Your Application

Application guidelines
Guidelines for applying as a Fellow
Code of Ethics

Please read these guidelines carefully as they should answer any questions you might have, but if you have further queries you can email us at membership@aig.org.au.

Timetable for Applications

Membership applications are acknowledged as received and are processed ready for endorsement at the next Council meeting. Council meetings are held every two months on the second Wednesday of every ‘odd’ month (e.g. March 13th). Application deadlines close two weeks before this date (e.g. February 27th). Applications received after this date will be processed in the following membership cycle.

‘Fast track’ applications outside of these dates may be considered in extenuating circumstances. Please contact the membership office at membership@aig.org.au if you require your membership application to be considered for fast track approval.