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 favourable 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 ebulletin, 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.

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 on-line 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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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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9.30 am START

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

Host:  David Ryding – Director, City of Literature Office

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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!