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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MacRobertson the man, and his Great Chocolate Empire…..

A walking tour with Isabel Simpson

Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

10.00 am – 12.00pm

Meeting place:  Fitzroy Town Hall steps 

Cost:  Members only $25pp

Think Cherry Ripe, Freddo Frog, Old Gold Chocolate, Columbines and more!  Fitzroy has the privilege of being the suburb where confectionary giant Macpherson Robertson (1859-1945) established his network of factories and offices.

He left an enormous legacy, not to mention the fascinating story of the man, both publicly and privately.  This easy walk gives you the opportunity to view (externally) a great many of his early factories, today beautifully restored as apartments.  This is a fascinating story to be told, not to mention enlightening, entertaining and seriously good fun!.  Think stables, Bulk Stores, Garages, Corporate Offices and laneways.  

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Melbourne City of Literature PD

Thursday 14th March, 2019

9.30 am START

Meeting place: Main Foyer of Wheeler Centre 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Host:  David Ryding – Director, City of Literature Office

In 2008, Melbourne joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network when at the time it was designated the first and only City of Literature in Australia, and the second in the world!  David Ryding, Director – City of Literature, will be hosting members of the PTGAA at the Wheeler Centre offering insights to Melbourne’s’ literary history and current standing on the world stage, followed by a tour of the State Library, the oldest public library in Australia!

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Chinese Museum Melbourne

 Tuesday 29th January, 2019

 11am – Hosted Tour

 12pm – Free time in Museum

 1pm – Lunch with members (to be arranged on day)

The Melbourne Chinese Museum will be hosting PTGAA Members for a truly special Famil PD session not to be missed!

Be amongst the 40 guests to be hosted by Silvia Ercole, Museum Education Manager on a personalised tour of the Museum, with a focus on Melbourne’s Chinese New Year traditions.

Meeting place:

The meeting place is Chinese Melbourne Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne.

Cost:   FREE for 2019 members– but be quick to register as only 40 places available.

RSVP by 15th January  HERE NOW!

Please don’t wait to register and book your spot as there are only 40 places available!  

With thanks to Annamaria Di Iuorio for arranging this PD!