Member Benefits Program

Welcome to the Science & Technology Australia (STA) Member Benefits Program.

We are proud to provide our members with access to a range of benefits designed to help science and technology associations, societies and other organisations to operate as efficiently and professionally as possible. Benefits include discounts, training and exclusive offers from a range of service partners offering accounting & auditing, corporate governance and insurance, among other services. New partners will be added on an ongoing basis, with members’ needs in mind: your feedback and requests are always welcome.

Through the Member Benefits Program our goal is to enable members of STA to access better-than-market-price services, complimentary training sessions, access to quality professional advice and assistance, to support members to work smarter while saving time, money and resources.

Existing members of STA are eligible to take advantage of our partners’ benefits right away. To access one or more STA member benefit, please contact our Events and Membership Manager, Lucy Guest via email or on (02) 6257 2895.

Benefit partners

Founded in 2004, Associations Forum Pty Ltd is a commercial business that has 500 member organisations. Since their foundation, they have provided assistance to hundreds of associations and charities in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, India, South Africa and other nations. To improve structures, attain higher performance and make the most of opportunities.

Just as your organisation strengthens its members and community, Associations Forum will provide you with the essential tools, resources and solutions to advance your organisation’s current and future needs.


Partner benefits

  • The option of Bronze membership with Associations Forum for $500 per year including GST (a 30% discount);
  • The option of Silver membership with Associations Forum for $1000 per year including GST (a 30% discount);
  • The option of Gold membership with Associations Forum for $1,500 per year including GST (a 30% discount);
  • A 20% discount whether at member or non-member rates to the CEO & Chair Symposium; and
  • A 20% discount whether at member or non-member rates to the Associations Forum National Conference.



"Associations Forum gave us the advice that we needed, they helped us change our processes and the way we did things, and created a charter and governance model that sets us up for the future. Without their help, we would not be in the position we are today."

Arno Brok, Chief Executive Officer
Australian Information Security Organisation

"I highly recommend other organisations to connect with Associations Forum who are able to provide expert training and direction to be effective and transparent in all aspects of operating a company. Our Silver Membership has already rewarded us with insight and confidence in functioning as a sustainable business to the benefit of our membership."

Margo Asimus, Past President
Wounds Australia

"I would like to indicate our sincere appreciation and to acknowledge Associations Forum for the integral role in which you all played in the success of this project. The ACORN Board is very grateful to each of you for your guidance, expertise and support during this process. With your assistance, this seemingly impossible task was surprisingly simple."

Wendy Rowland, Executive Officer
Australian College of Perioperative Nurses

Established in 1988 by Helen J Patronis, CS Executive Group is an leader in servicing the scientific and technical industry’s highly specific requirements. With every client’s unique needs handled with considered, adaptable, quality service, their repeat business is consistently at the highest level. The business continues to be Australian owned & operated, and is committed to providing ethical and friendly services, with the intention of exceeding expectations.

CS Executive is a consultancy firm specialising in Recruitment, Regulatory Affairs and Technical Training, founded and managed by experts.

CS Executive are dedicated to providing reliable, responsible and detail-focused services to clients, job seekers, specialists and affiliated organisations, and strive to continually get better.

When they partner with you, they understand the amazing journey that both the organisation and the individual they bring together will embark upon.

The power of what they do not only helps organisations improve their workforce and culture, it also helps change the lives of those who are ready to take the next step towards finding the career of their dreams.

Their consultants are tertiary qualified within a STEM discipline with experience in Industry varying from several years to decades. Sectors covered include Pharmaceuticals; Biotechnology; Chemical Manufacturing; Crop, Food & Beverage; Healthcare; Research Institutes; Infrastructure; Utilities, Construction; Cosmetics; Government; Academia and Professional Services. This diversified experience is a crucial factor in being able to understand that every customer has different requirements enabling CS Executive to facilitate a quick, yet appropriate, response to all requests.

CS Executive has expertise in a variety of areas and recruits for both senior and early career professionals. Examples include R&D Managers, QA Managers, Technical Managers, Regulatory Affairs, Laboratory Staff (QA & QC at various levels), Chemical, Mechanical and Project Engineering, Production Management, Manufacturing, General Managers.

CS Executive can assist you in recruiting for any position:

  • Executive Search / Head Hunting
  • Permanent Full-Time or Part-Time
  • Fixed Term Tenures – Maternity Leave, Special Projects, Long Service Leave
  • Contract / Casual – Various fields

Regulatory Affairs
The CS Executive Regulatory Affairs Division specialises in the preparation and submission of applications to various government bodies including advice and recommendations for therapeutics (TGA), cosmetics products and industrial chemicals (NICNAS), foods (FSANZ) and veterinary chemicals and agricultural products (APVMA).

Conducting site audits is another service offered to clients to assist in establishing compliance with various quality systems such as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) accreditation.

Partner Benefits:

Recruitment Services

  • STA Members – a 15% discount on standard recruitment fees, across all roles up to Executive level .
  • Members or Professional Staff of any STA Member organisation are eligible to receive a free appraisal of their CV, with suggestions on how to improve the likelihood of being called in for interviews.

Regulatory Affairs

  • STA Members are eligible to receive a complimentary 30-minute initial consultation.


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gemaker helps Australia’s researchers and innovators take their ideas to the world. We provide expert advice, services and training to commercialise new knowledge and technologies.

Drawn from decades of experience, gemaker's team applies deep technical and commercial expertise to help with:

Engaging with industry
We provide training and mentoring in industry engagement for researchers. We connect research organisations, government departments and agencies, professional associations, start-ups, SMEs and corporations. We’ll help to expand your networks of prospective partners, funders and customers.

Validating & protecting your idea
Our technical industry experts will assess the commercial viability of your new product or service. Our in-depth market analysis will identify what your key competitors are doing, which market/s you should enter, and how you can develop a customer base.

Accessing funding
We’ll work with you to develop and implement strategies to attract investors – angels or venture capitalists, public or private - or access other funding sources. We’ll assist with grant applications.

Marketing your product or service
Our sophisticated PR strategies and targeted marketing plans will raise your profile and attract customers. To build your brand, we’ll create irresistible marketing collateral for print, video and web. We’ll manage your social media, design and deliver events, and write your award applications.

Achieving commercial success
We’ll help you achieve your optimal commercialisation outcome, whether this is a spin-off from a research organisation, growing sales of your product or service, licensing agreement/s, or sale of your business.

Partner Benefits

  • STA Member organisations will receive a 10% discount on present hourly rates on all matters;
  • STA Member organisations that book an Industry Engagement Training course through STA receive 10% off the cost of the course.


‘I engaged gemaker as an external service provider to develop a Research Engagement Plan. gemaker were thorough, flexible and responsive and able to adapt to deliver the outcome that was right for us as the client. I was impressed by the approach and style of the team and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.’

Martin Lloyd, Deputy Director, Research Engagement, University of Technology Sydney

‘The gemaker industry engagement workshop has truly been transformational. Since the workshop, I have honed my skills to better represent myself, my research team and the university as I engage with valuable external connections. Moreover, I have since had the opportunity to engage with a further two potential collaborators and was much more confident and skilled in my approach with successful outcomes on both counts. Having attended a number of workshops as part of my PhD program, this one stands out as having immediate effect – I only wish I could have done it sooner!’

PhD student, University of Tasmania

‘Throughout the early stages of our business, we used gemaker to help us establish how we position, brand, market and sell our solutions. Working with gemaker has provided valuable guidance regarding business plans, marketing and PR, investment and product direction that has helped us quickly gain traction in the market. With only a high level brief, gemaker has always managed to pull all of the required elements together to provide us with the needed planning and guidance with minimal fuss. We’ve appreciated gemaker’s expertise, insights and connections each step of the way to help us establish our business.’

Anthony Collins, CEO, Cruiser Interactive (a Smart Services CRC business)

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Guild Insurance logoFor over 55 years, Guild Insurance has worked with more than 140 professional associations across Australia providing bespoke, competitive and industry-specific insurance solutions. This extensive experience is what makes it possible for Guild to develop insurance products that meet the changing needs of not-for-profits and help you, and those you help, along the journey.

Partner benefits

  • 13 months insurance for the price of 12 (for all covers)
  • Risk management services for association members
  • Nil excess on public/products liability insurance
  • Run-off cover should your Association close
  • Guild can also provide professional indemnity insurance solutions for your members to help them continue doing what they do best.

By partnering with Guild, you can have peace of mind knowing you’re covered for whatever challenges come now or into the future.

Guild understands your Association is unique and will tailor a solution to meet your needs. To discuss how, enquire now using the button below to access this Member Benefit.


“We choose Guild Insurance because we know our members will be in good hands. They have always taken the time and effort to understand, and work with, our unique professions.”

Anita Hobson-Powell, CEO, Exercise and Sports Science Australia

“During our time of need, Guild Insurance provided exemplary service, giving us a reliable and efficient contact to go to support us through these extraordinary circumstances.”

Mark Townend, CEO, RSPCA QLD

“I’ve been with Guild Insurance for over 45 years, they have never let me down.”

Regina Luks, Association Board member and Guild Insurance customer since 1969

Nexia's Audit & Assurance business improvements beyond statutory obligation and compliance.

Fulfilling your statutory requirements is essential. But at Nexia offers more. Nexia’s audit commitment is based on a complete understanding of you and your organisation - your sector, your operating environment, your strategic goals, accounting systems and most importantly, your members/stakeholders.

By taking a holistic approach to gaining an understanding of your unique, nuanced needs and challenges, they can draw on the strong technical skills and deep expertise of their partners and team to deliver tailored and practical results.

Nexia provides a full range of service solutions including:

  • External audits
  • Internal audits 
  • Compliance audits
  • Risk management 
  • Process improvements
  • Trust account audits
  • Financial Reporting Advisory
  • Australian Financial Services Licence audit
  • Risk evaluation and management
  • Government grant advice and acquittal audits
  • Financial statement preparation
  • Due diligence
  • Agreed upon procedures engagements

Nexia is one of Australia and New Zealand's leading chartered accountancy networks with offices in AdelaideBrisbaneCanberraDarwinMelbournePerth, Sydney and New Zealand (Christchurch).

Partner Benefits

  • Members will receive a two (2) hour free first consultation with a Nexia NFP specialist;
  • Members will receive a 10% discount on present hourly rates on all matters;
  • Invitation to free twilight seminars;
  • Free subscription to the Nexia NFP newsletter;
  • Free subscription to Nexia publications;
  • Free guidance on best practice;
  • Free subscription to the Nexia reporting updates.

Patton'd Studios logo

Patton’d Studios is a full spectrum agency for visual communication and innovation. We harness creative design to produce graphics that inform, inspire and incite change towards implementing solutions with a positive real-world impact. Covering all forms of media from illustration and photography, to motion graphics and web solutions, we apply knowledge of aesthetics, function and storytelling, to communicate science and the central role it plays in tomorrow’s solutions.


  • Photography and video production
  • Scientific illustration
  • Graphic design
  • Product design
  • 2D and 3D animation
  • Web design and development
  • Design integration assessments (to be announced)
  • Accessibility optimisation of digital and print media
  • Design workshops

Partner Benefits

  • STA Member organisations will receive a 10% discount on present rates for any design project;
  • STA Members can access one (1) complimentary consultation to discuss strategies to improve design integration within their organisation;
  • STA Member organisations can access free online resources such as reports, e-books and design guides.


"Contemporary science in creative imagery; innovative new protocols and perspectives in the communication of science!"

Professor Robert Kapsa, Australian Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES)

"It was a pleasure working with Molly. She was extremely professional, provided excellent value and understood what was needed to convey our research to a wide audience. I look forward to working with her again."

Robin Taylor, Institute for Frontier Materials

"Patton'd Studios created a beautiful website for Coffee Science Lab that I'm proud to direct my clients to. They paid great attention to detail, making sure everything was exactly as I imagined it. A personal, timely, professional experience!"

Dr Monika Fekete, Coffee Science Lab

"Witnessing the methods that Patton'd Studios utilised actually gave me some ideas on improvements on our own techniques as well as possible experiments in future. I would highly recommend their services as they can be surprisingly enlightening in the field of research. "

Dr Rainier Catubig, Deakin University

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Redboat is a full-service animation & video production service specialising in Government and science communication.

Our work helps leaders in Government, science, research and technology generate engagement, impact and outcomes.

We've helped organisations like CSIRO, the Department of the Environment & Energy, the ATO, and Geoscience Australia generate large scale engagement with important, complex and sensitive subjects that make a real difference to the lives of Australians.


  • Engagement strategy consultation
  • Script and concept development
  • Design and storyboarding
  • 2D and 3D animation production
  • Video production
  • Visual effects post-production
  • Voice over narration
  • Music & sound design
  • WCAG compliant deliverables

See examples of animation and video produced by Redboat at:, including the animation produced for Science meets Parliament 2018.

Partner Benefits

  • STA Member organisations will receive a 10% discount on present rates for jobs booked through STA;
  • STA Members organisations receive a complimentary 1-hour script & concept strategy session (in person in Canberra, or via video/phone conference)

Also available are free shareable resources such as an Animation Checklist and 5 Stages of animation process eBook


"Redboat helped us to create an online animation for interested parties to learn about Marine Zoning. We had a short turnaround time and very specific requirements, which did change at our end during the course of the project. The team at Redboat were wonderful. They offered suggestions to improve the process along the way, never seemed phased by last minute changes and were generally a pleasure to work with. We were thrilled with the end product. I’d highly recommend their services."

Vivienne Sykes, Brand and Content Manager, Parks Australia

"We used Redboat to tell a complex story in a short animation. We were completely happy both with the result – it made quite an impact at the time and is still being used successfully – and with the professional way in which Adrian interacted with the team in developing and fine-tuning the brief. I enthusiastically recommend his work generally and have done to others who might be looking for similar services."

Mike Grundy, Research Director, CSIRO

"Their fantastic, great value work, flexibility and commitment to always do the right thing by the job and to ensure the very best outcome is to be admired."

Jamie Webster, Creative Director, Xavier Group

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People judge organisations by the quality of their communication. Scientell specialises in planning and implementing communication strategies for scientific, environmental and technical agencies. They are experienced in writing, editing, content development, and communication planning, among other services.

Types of Services offered by Scientell are:

Communication planning and implementation

Scientell is experienced at preparing strategies to maximise media coverage for agencies, and

promoting events such as conferences and launches. They can produce media releases, and

write and place feature articles for traditional and new media.

Writing and content development (for brochures, booklets, newsletters, reports, education material, books, presentations, web sites, submissions, proposals, applications and speeches)

Editing (substantive editing, ensuring optimal structure, content, language and style; and copy editing, for clarity and consistency)

Business development and marketing of science and research
Scientell’s Directors are experienced at raising funds for research. They can work with you in the planning and implementation of strategies to raise research profiles and communicating research results and applications.

Partner Benefits

  • 15 per cent discount on standard rates (job must be booked through STA)
  • one-hour, one-off online media skills session free to STA members (date TBC)


"Scientell have helped ACOLA on a few projects now and have easily become our first choice partner for communications. Whether writing our book or making promotional videos, Paul and Simon are easy to work with, make technical content easy to understand, and deliver exceptional results. Their versatility and professional approach to addressing our needs keep us coming back."

Dr Angus Henderson , General Manager, Secretariat, Australian Council of Learned Academies

"Simon and Paul ran the online forum CoastExchange for the coastal adaptation community in Australia on behalf of NCCARF. For over a year, they were unfailing in producing interesting, sometimes provocative and always relevant, weekly content for the forum. They never missed a deadline. The only reason they aren't still engaged is that we ran out of funds for the project. "

Professor Jean Palutikof, Director, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Griffith University

"Scientell work closely with the Ecological Society of Australia to communicate to the public the importance of our members’ research in understanding our natural world, and informing environmental policy and biodiversity conservation. In addition, through focussed skills based training, Scientell are helping us to increase the ability of ecologists to become more effective science communicators."

Dr Euan Ritchie, Chair, Media Working Group, Ecological Society of Australia

TFE Hotels (Toga Far East Hotels) is a leading hotel operator across Australia and New Zealand (see map of hotels here), including Adina Apartment Hotels, Medina Serviced Apartments, Rendezvous Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Travelodge Hotels and TFE Hotels Collection. These brands represent over 10,000 apartments and hotel rooms which vary in price, location and design to meet a range of different accommodation needs.

Partner Benefits:

  • Science and Technology Australia Members will receive a discount of 15% off each hotel’s Best Available Rate.
    • Rates are applicable for bookings of up to nine (9) rooms. Bookings greater that nine (9) rooms are subject to individual negotiation.

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Thrifty logo

Thrifty’s vision is to be the best car rental company in Australia, offering our customers the ‘best’ service, the ‘best’ rates and the ‘best’ experience. 100% owned by the NRMA, Thrifty customers can take comfort in knowing they are dealing with one of Australia’s most trusted and reliable brands. Thrifty is the only major rental car company that is 100% Australian owned and operated.

Our friendly, professional team understands your rental needs. You might be after an; economical car, 4WD, sedan or luxury car, thousands of people all over Australia trust us every day to help them on their way.

At Thrifty, we're always happy to help you choose the right passenger. So, from the moment you walk through the doors to the time you drive away, in one of our rental cars, you can expect great personal service all the way. Whether you're in Brisbane or Broome, Darwin or Dubbo, we're never far away. We have more than 170 convenient locations at all major airports and metropolitan locations, plus one of the best networks throughout rural and regional Australia. There's sure to be a Thrifty location nearby, wherever you are in Australia.


  • 12% off best rate of the day for all passenger vehicles
  • 5% off best rate of the day for all staff leisure trip rentals

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