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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VICTORIAN PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY COVID IMPACT

TGA (formerly PTGAA) was invited to lodge a submission to the Victorian Parliamentary enquiry to the impacts of COVID on tourism. 

The submission was  accepted and listed on the Victoria Government website. TGA has also applied to attend speak on behalf of our members at the Parliamentary enquiry and we are waiting for this to be accepted.

You can view all the submissions by clicking the below buttons, or download a copy of the submission that was lodged by TGA (PTGAA).

Austrade Enquiry Re imagining the Visitor Economy

The Reimagining the Visitor Economy Expert Panel has been appointed to advise industry and governments on the future of Australia’s visitor economy – which encompasses domestic and international tourism, international students, business and leisure travellers, as well as associated industries such as hospitality, aviation and accommodation.

TGA will be preparing a response on behalf of members. We welcome input to our submission or members can respond individually. Comments to office@tga.org.au

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