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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Message to Members

Hello everybody,

Our committee has been very active and, like everybody else, have been trying to keep across all the information and “best guess” what tourism will look like in both the short and long term.

We are also acutely aware of the reality that none of us now has any work.

Hopefully, some would have been able to access Jobskeeper or at least Jobseeker?

An important part of what we are doing is communication

We have already contacted Federal, State Tourism Ministers and other tourism bodies outlining the current situation with our members.

We have also now contacted over 100 operators recognising their situations and that our industry will have to gradually rebuild and that we look forward to proactively rebuilding our tourism industry with them.

Some of you would have heard our new “media star” Michelle Brown on Melbourne’s most popular morning radio talkback shows on ABC and 3AW recently? Michelle certainly was able to promote the role of guides and our Association.

We have formed a sub-committee to specially look at a communication strategy going forward

Thanks to James McFarlane, Katy Pavlova Tien Nguyen for accepting this challenge.

In a short- time they have produced a really comprehensive and exciting plan.

The targets are you, the existing members, non- member guides, Tour operators and Industry, Government and Tourism Boards and, importantly, travellers.

* We will take immediate steps to update /align our webpage to our new plan.

* You will soon see case studies some of your colleagues “promoted” on IGTV and Facebook through a You Tube channel. We are looking for more volunteers to be involved -let us know if you are interested office@ptgaa.org.au.

* We will have regular/scheduled communication with Government and Tourism Boards.

We will load this plan to the member section of our website. Comments are welcome

Membership Fees

In recognition of the support of current members and the challenging times we are now in , we have decided to extend all current memberships to June 2021.

We also plan to offer non- members guides and operators access to limited member category for a short time that will enable us to engage and communicate PTGAA information. This could convert to full membership/ support for PTGAA and more opportunities for our members.

Other Links

Thank you to members who have provided information and useful links for us.

Linda Monmouth has provided a link to very inexpensive courses ($8) at University of Queensland Business School  here

Birgittta March -a link to birds of Australia here. A great resource with links to all regions of Australia.

Susan Rees – an important link to a 30 minute COVID 19 infection control training – recommended for us all to do here

Leanne Saward who has prepared a comprehensive statistical snapshot of Traveller FAQs.  It will be a very valuable resource for us all.  It has been added in the Member Resources section or click here.

Tourism Australia Webinars

Register here

PTGAA COVID Guidelines

See PTGAA Guidelines Here