What’s the timing on membership renewals?

Renewal notices are emailed to your preferred email address in May/June of each year, in time for membership renewals to be paid before the end of the current financial year in order to assure tax deductibility for eligible members.

What happens if I don’t pay within the specified period?

Membership renewals are due by June 30 annually. Members who fail to renew their membership by September 30 of the same year are considered to be unfinancial members. Failure to renew your membership by September 30 will result in your membership and associated benefits being terminated. For Members and Fellows, this will affect your eligibility to sign off as a Competent Person under the JORC code and NI43-101.

What if my address has changed and I haven’t received a renewal notice?

Renewal notices are sent out to your preferred email address in June of each year. To make sure that you receive these, ensure you keep your contact details updated via your Member Portal. Should your membership dues remain unpaid after three months (i.e. by 30 September) then you will be debarred as a member. For Members and Fellows, this will affect your eligibility to sign off as a Competent Person under the JORC code and NI43-101.

What happens if my membership has lapsed?

If your membership has lapsed you may, at the sole discretion of Council, be reinstated at the grade of membership you previously held by (i) paying pro-rata back dues, and (ii) providing a signed declaration that you have complied with the AIG Code of Ethics during your lapsed period. To find out what back dues you owe, contact the Membership Administrator at membership@aig.org.au. If you do not want to pay back dues, you will need to submit a new application which will be evaluated on its merits by Council. Your application will need to include the appropriate fee, provide a Proposer and Seconder who can vouch for your experience since your earlier application and include any supporting documentation, with the exception of copies of qualifications you previously submitted. Full information can be found here.

What if I want to re-apply at a higher grade of membership than I previously held?

You will need to submit a new membership application together with the appropriate supporting documentation.

What if I will be unable to pay my dues?

The AIG Council will consider applications to defer or suspend membership fees from members experiencing financial difficulties due to unemployment, underemployment (in the case of self employed members) or an extended period during which the member will not practice as a professional geoscientist.  Each application is considered individually in light of the various circumstances under which members may seek concessions. Retired members are entitled to concessional membership fees. Email requests for consideration to membership@aig.org.au.

What if I’ve gained additional qualifications or changed my name or address, etc?

If any of your details change at any time, log-on to the Member Portal to update your Profile.

If my membership has lapsed and I rejoin, is my RPGeo status automatically reinstated?

No. Registered Professional Geoscientist (RPGeo) status contains an explicit commitment to continued professional development (CPD). This commitment is auditable and a cross-section of RPGeo members’ CPD records is audited annually by the Registration Board.If your membership has lapsed but you have continued your professional development during the lapsed period you can apply to have your RPGeo status reinstated by submitting to the Registration Board (i) your CPD record for review and (ii) a signed declaration that you have complied with the AIG Code of Ethics during your lapsed period. Following a satisfactory review of the above by the Registration Board, your RPGeo status will be reinstated. If the Registration Board is of the opinion that the information you have provided is inadequate, you will be advised. If you cannot present a satisfactory CPD record to the Registration Board you will need to submit a new application for RPGeo. Your submission will need to include the application fee, all the necessary supporting documentation and will be evaluated entirely on its merits. An application form for RPGeo is available for download here.

If I’m an AIG member am I automatically a Competent Person under the JORC Code?

No. A Competent Person under JORC must be a member of a professional institution (e.g. AIG); however under the Code a Competent Person must also be able to demonstrate a minimum of five years experience relevant to (i) the style of mineralisation, (ii) the type of deposit under consideration and (iii) the stage of project development being undertaken. In other words, if a Competent Person is preparing a report on gold exploration results, the relevant experience must be in gold exploration.
For further information on the definition of a Competent Person, please refer to Clause 11 of the JORC Code. Any individual proposing to work as a Competent Person must assess their ability to meet the Clause 11 requirements for each project they undertake.

If you have any questions about your membership, please don’t hesitate to contact the Membership Administrator at membership@aig.org.au or your local AIG Committee.