Membership Benefits

The PTGAA warmly welcomes new members.

We provide ongoing networking and job opportunities for tour guides and those people who work in allied industries thanks to our member links and contacts within the tourism industry.

The PTGAA offers members the following benefits:
  • Intermediate membership for new or inexperienced guides which includes mentoring for one year.
  • Experienced guides gain their GoA accreditation as part of their Professional Tour Guide membership. Guiding Organisations Australia Inc accreditation is the highest level accreditation for tour guides in Australia.
  • Austrade’s ADS accreditation can be applied for by Chinese-speaking guides who are Professional Members of the PTGAA and work with inbound Chinese tour groups
  • A personal PTGAA photo ID card to wear when working which identifies you as a tour guide – increasingly important in today’s security-conscious world
  • A personal magnetic name badge
  • Access to the most favorable discounted public liability and professional indemnity insurance
  • Your own profile on the PTGAA website’s “Find a Guide” section for professional exposure and job opportunities.
  • Additional job opportunities through the members’ only Jobs Board and the members’ only Facebook page
  • Career Resources in the members’ only section of the PTGAA website
  • Technical resources in the members’ only section of the PTGAA website
  • Toursapalooza, our member e-bulletin, which features professional development, opportunities, and industry news
  • Access to benefits through the PTGAA’s membership of other organisations (eg VTIC, Destination Melbourne, RHSV etc)
  • Annual professional development program (seminars and workshops)
  • Ongoing attraction/venue familiarisation opportunities
  • Professional networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to participate in tourism industry events
  • PTGAA ID will allow you to access many tourist venues free-of-charge for self-directed famils 
  • Voting rights – become involved in your industry association.

More Member Benefits – Industry 

To check which level of membership is right for you, have a look at the Categories of Membership

To become a Professional, Corporate or Intermediate member of the PTGAA please follow these 7 steps:

1. Submit the online membership form

2. Provide proof that you can be employed in Australia. This could be one of:                

  • An Australian or New Zealand passport or
  • A certificate of Australian citizenship or
  • An Australian or New Zealand Birth Certificate or
  • A certificate of Australian permanent residency or
  • An Australian visa which outlines any working conditions and a copy of your date stamp of entry into Australia in your passport.

3. Be assessed by one of our team of Australia-wide assessors who have a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Assessment currently costs $75. Have a look at the kit which explains the assessment process. Download the very comprehensive kit which explains all you need to know. 

4. To read and agree to abide by the Australian Tour Guides Code of Conduct

5. To have a current Certificate II in First Aid & CPR;

6. To have current professional indemnity and public liability (for minimum $10mill) insurance as a tour guide (The PTGAA can offer the best deal on insurance. The annual premium for 2019 will be $370 or just $310 if approved for GoA accreditation);

7. To pay annual membership renewal fees which for 2019 will be:

  • Professional membership (GOA accredited)     $180
  • Intermediate membership     $210 (incl. assessment fee)   
  • Distance membership     $105
  • Corporate/Industry membership     $500
To become a Student Member of the PTGAA please follow these 3 steps:
  1. Provide proof that you are currently enrolled in a tour guiding course at a registered training organisation in Australia. 
  2. Fill out the on-line membership form and submit it.
  3. Pay annual membership fees which are currently:
  • Student Membership                  $40

The PTGAA’s membership year runs from January to December and membership for new applications is calculated on a pro-rata basis in their first year. After that membership renewals are invoiced at the end of each year for the following year’s membership.

Are you ready to start? Simply complete and submit this PTGAA online application form.        

 

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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