Membership Benefits

We warmly welcome 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 TGA offers members the following benefits:
  • Intermediate membership for new or inexperienced guides which includes mentoring for one year.
  • Experienced guides gain their National 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 TGA and work with inbound Chinese tour groups
  • A personal TGA 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 discounted public liability and professional indemnity insurance
  • Your own profile on the TGA 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 TGA website
  • Technical resources in the members’ only section of the TGA website
  • Toursapalooza, our member e-bulletin, which features professional development, opportunities, and industry news
  • Access to benefits through the TGA’s membership of other organisations (eg VTIC,TTNQ , RHSV etc)
  • Annual professional development program (seminars and workshops)
  • Ongoing attraction/venue familiarisation opportunities
  • Professional networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to participate in tourism industry events
  • TGA ID will gain you to access many tourist venues free-of-charge for self-directed famils
  • Voting rights – As a member ,you are eligible to vote at AGM and 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 TGA please follow these 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 TGA can offer the best deal on insurance. The annual premium for 2021 TBA early in 2021. Email office@tga.org.au if you need cover in the interim.

7. To pay annual membership renewal fees which for 2021 will be:

  • Professional membership  $200
  • Intermediate membership $230 (incl. assessment fee)
  • Corporate/Industry membership $500
To become a Student Member of the TGA 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 TGA’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 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