As a peak body, membership of STA is open to associations, societies and other Australian organisations which represent or have a strong interest in science or technology.
New members must be nominated by one existing member and approved by the STA Board.
There is no joining fee. Annual fees are determined by your organisation’s purpose and structure.
If you are a scientist or technologist looking to be involved in our programs and events, you will need to be part of an organisation that is a member of STA. You'll find a list of member organisations here.
If they are not a member of STA, you should encourage your society, association or organisation to join.
General membership is the primary category of membership and is reserved for professional or learned scientific and technological societies (e.g. Australian Institute of Physics, Australian Mammal Society, Australian Marine Sciences Association).
General members have full voting rights at general meetings, and their members are entitled to nominate and vote for office bearing positions on the STA Board or Executive.
Fees are based on the number of full financial members of the society (not including students, retired or overseas members).
The 2020-21 annual fee is $8.05 per head (indexed to CPI).
Affiliate membership is for organisations with a strong interest in science and technology, which do not meet the criteria for ordinary membership. Affiliate members have full voting rights at general meetings, but their members are not entitled to nominate or vote for office bearing positions on the STA Board or Executive.
Fees are determined using the following three categories and the 2020-21 annual fee (indexed to CPI) is:
- Student organisations (e.g. Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations or National Youth Science Forum)
– $580 ex GST per annum
- Formally constituted organisations and umbrella organisations where members are individuals (e.g. Australian Council of Deans of Science, Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX))
– $5528 ex GST per annum
- Unions, organisations representing industry, peak bodies, and umbrella organisations where members are bodies (e.g. CSIRO Staff Association, National Tertiary Education Union, Professionals Australia)
– $7367 ex GST per annum