Categories & Fees

Associate Membership –  no membership fees  until 31 December 2020

Associate Membership is now available online for all tour guides and industry participants who employ guides. Join today by completing this form via the link below:

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Associate Membership with TGA will offer guides the opportunity to stay connected through social media with Australia’s peak representative body, attend professional development and networking events, access industry advice and apply for jobs posted with TGA by tour operators. For tour operators and other tourism industry businesses, Associate Membership will provide free job listings to our members.

Please note associate members have limited membership privileges, not including voting rights or 2020 TGA membership ID cards.

Professional Member, with National Accreditation $200 pa

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New 1st year Members – On application, a once-off Assessment fee $75 

Experienced tour guides and tour managers should apply for this category.

The minimum experience required is:

  • 100 days of experience as a tour guide throughout your career or
  • 60 days in the past year

Or

  • a completed certificate course from a Recognised Training Organisation in guiding, tourism or other equivalent course
  • PLUS 3 months of tour guiding experience

Or

  • 30 days of guiding work after completing your Cert III or Cert IV

Intermediate Member – 1st year only – then upgrade to Professional  $155pa

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New Members – On application, a once off Assessment fee – $75 if you haven’t completed your Certificate qualification in the past 12 months.

This membership is a stepping stone between Student and Full Professional membership. This is for tour guides who have successfully completed a certificate course from a recognised tourism training program and are just starting out with limited experience.

Intermediate tour guides are provided with a mentor for one year where possible, and are then expected to be able to upgrade to Professional membership, having gained the required practical experience.

Corporate & Industry Member $500pa

If you are a tour guide and /or a tour operator who engages other guides then you should consider Corporate & Industry Membership. This membership also suits those who work in an allied industry (eg. tourism-training, government bodies, tourism peak bodies and industry associations). Industry & Corporate members, do not have to meet the requirements of our assessment process for Tour Guides. The advantages of this membership is that any guides engaged by you can access all TGA events and PDs at Members rates plus Corporate members are offered unlimited free advertising for tour guides.

Site Guides $140pa

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New 1st year Members – On application, a once off Assessment fee $75

Site guides are usually employed by a venue or Council (eg. City of Melbourne).  Group discounts are available for bulk memberships. membership provides inexpensive support and engagement opportunities for students enrolled in a tourism related course at a registered training organisation.

Student Tour Guide $40pa

Student membership provides inexpensive support and engagement opportunities for students enrolled in a tourism related course at a registered training organisation. All student members have access to the learning opportunities offered by the TGA including professional development sessions, familiarisation tours (famils) and social & networking functions at members’ rates. Upon completion of their course Student guides can apply to be upgraded to Intermediate or Full membership so that they can seek work as a tour guide.

Assessment

Potential Professional and Intermediate members are encouraged to gain membership by completing the TGA assessment process.

Download the kit for the assessment process for both TGA membership National Accreditation

Before applying for a guide category please read and ensure you are prepared to abide by the: The Australian Tour Guides Code of Conduct

To join the TGA, simply complete and submit this TGA online application form.

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Guided tour of the Fire Services Museum

EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS IN VICTORIA 

Located in the former HQ of the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade, the award winning Fire Services Museum Victoria, was opened in 1979.

The Museum includes a collection of over 10,000 fire related items collected both nationally and internationally and includes Country Fire Authority, Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Fire Rescue Victoria fire appliances, personnel histories, memorabilia and associated items.

Afterwards, join us for a networking lunch at Sir Osborn Cafe on the ground floor of Orica House, 1 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne.

 

2021 TGA Industry Day

Tour Guides Australia is excited to invite you to an Industry Day TBA 

POSTPONED – to be Rescheduled

This is a day when we come together right across Australia to celebrate our profession and be inspired about the future of our profession.

We have an amazing line-up of presenters who represent organisations that influence the work of guides and tour operators at a national level.

This will be a hybrid event with attendees meeting in person in

Melbourne    –  Cairns   –   ZOOM 

The day begins early with a local professional development focus at each of the three venues. Then, our national audience comes together at 9.15am for an official welcome.

Our first session is a not-to-missed virtual tour ‘Around the Grounds’ to discover the resilience and adaptability of guides and operators working in our major regions and their perspectives on the future of guiding.

We will hear from key leaders in the tourism industry:

  • Ashleigh Bartley, Specialist Aboriginal Tourism – Visit Victoria
  • Claire Nuthall, Account Manager Cruise – Akorn Australia & New Zealand
  • Rob Dougan, Tourism Australia – Executive General Manager, Strategy & Research
  • Samantha Palmer, General Manager,  Austrade – Visitor Economy & Clients Program Division.
  • Jessica Keen, Australian Tourism Export Council – National Industry Development & Capability Manager
  • Aluschca Ritchie – World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations – President

For attendees registering in person, your ticket includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea catered by our venue hosts.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn, to look forward and to connect with colleagues.

Wherever you are, we look forward to you joining us.

TBA – Date and Tickets

Media Release 1 July 2021 – TGA

Tour Guides Australia launch from amalgamation

Download the Media Release here