How to become a PTGAA member

To become a full member of the PTGAA you need to be able to work in Australia. This means that you will need one of:

  • an Australian or NZ passport
  • or a Permanent Resident or Citizenship certificate
  • or a current visa which allows you to work in Australia

If you have the ability to work in Australia you should then complete the PTGAA on-line application form (or print out the form and send it to us) and provide us with a copy of the relevant documentation listed above.

Once your application is received, you will be assigned an assessor who arranges a mutually suitable time for your assessment. Please carefully read this kit which provides you with all the information you need about this assessment process.

After your assessment, the assessor will make a recommendation to the PTGAA committee and, if successful, we contact you again for the final steps of the membership process. You will be advised what type of membership you have been assigned – see the different types of membership here.

At this stage you will need to:

  • either provide documentation that you have sufficient public liability and professional indemnity insurance or you will need to purchase the necessary insurance through the PTGAA.
  • provide the PTGAA with proof that you have current First Aid training
  • pay your pro-rata membership fee (our membership year runs Jan to Dec)

Once all 3 steps above has been completed, you will be welcomed into the PTGAA and provided with your PTGAA ID badge and access to the Members’ Only section of our website. You can then build your profile for the Find-A-Guide section and access all the other membership benefits.

Once your PTGAA membership is complete, if you are a Chinese speaker, you can then apply for ADS accreditation through Austrade.

When you apply for membership of the PTGAA, if you are assessed as being sufficiently experienced and knowledgeable, you will also be accredited through Guides of Australia (GoA) which is the highest level of accreditation for tour guides in Australia.

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PTGAA Learning Day

Creating Stories

Tuesday 14th November  9:30am – 3:30pm

Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett St.

This learning day will go to the very core of what it is to be a tour guide and will be invaluable to both experienced, new tour and prospective guides.

We have special guest presenters Shawn Callahan, Arnold Zable and Christine Worthington

Shawn is the founder of anecdote.com which is about crafting engaging and compelling narrative.

http://www.anecdote.com/

Arnold is a well- known lecturer, storyteller and author.

http://www.arnoldzable.com.au/about-the-author/

Christine in the collections manager at the Royal Historical Society

http://www.historyvictoria.org.au/collections

This will be a full-day workshop and the costs, including lunch and morning tea, are:

PTGAA members $50 Non-members $60

To guarantee your place please make your payment either directly into the PTGAA bank account (BSB 033 086 A/c 152 048) or by credit card (email your card number, expiry date, CVV). Please, if transferring into the bank account, clearly identify your deposit with your surname and LD (for Learning Day).

RSVP here

Annual General Meeting Wednesday 20 September

All PTGAA members & their guests are welcome to attend the AGM on Wednesday 20th September at 5:45 for 6pm.

Victorian Society of Artists, 430 Albert St, East Melbourne.

The AGM is always an important date in our annual calendar. It is when the committee reports to you, the members on what has been achieved by your association in the last 12 months.

AGM GUEST SPEAKER

Our guest speaker this year is Sheree Marris who will screen her documentary, Melbourne Down Under.

This stunning natural history documentary will take viewers on an incredible journey of discovery, revealing the city’s best kept secret, Port Phillip Bay, a vibrant and dynamic marine environment.

RSVP for AGM