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MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION


Formation and Incorporation

During the last months of 1964 meetings of interested people were held in Sydney and Melbourne.
These and subsequent meetings elected committees and sub-committees to organise programmes of meetings, to prepare a Memorandum and Articles of Association for an Australian-wide society and to collect information for a preliminary grading of members.

The Society was incorporated on 1 April 1971, as a company limited by guarantee in the State of New South Wales. It is now registered in most States of Australia and has Divisions active in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. When a sufficient number of members exists in a particular region, consideration may be given to the formation of a further Division of the Society to cater for their needs.



Aims

The Australian Acoustical Society has as its aim the promotion and advancement of the science and practice of acoustics in all its branches and the exchange of ideas in relation thereto.



Activities

The principal activities of the Society are the technical meetings held by each State Division, the annual conferences which are held by the State Division in rotation, and the publication of a journal.

In each State the technical meetings are held approximately every month according to the
availability of speakers and places of interest. These meetings normally consist of a lecture given by an invited guest speaker on some subject related to acoustics. Other technical meetings consist of workshops, a visit to a factory, laboratory, auditorium or some other place of interest to the members of the Society.


The annual conferences usually last for two days, and are attended by Society members and
visitors from all over Australia and from overseas.

The Society's journal "Acoustics Australia" is published three times a year and includes technical articles and general information regarding the Society and acoustics .


Constitution

A Federal Council, consisting of representatives from each of the State Divisions, directs the
Society.

In the Society's Memorandum and Articles of Association, copies of which are held by each
Divisional Secretary, recognition is given to the essential contributions towards the Society's aims and objects which can be made by a membership drawn from the whole spectrum of the Community.
However, the control of the Society is vested in the Corporate membership being members with
professional qualification; such members must constitute at least sixty per cent of the total membership of the Society.



Membership Grades and Qualifications

Admission to the Society is open to people working in all fields of acoustics, such as bioacoustics, electro-acoustics, auditorium acoustics, physical acoustics, musical acoustics. speech communication, ultrasonics, noise control, vibration, etc.

Of the seven grades of membership in the Society, Fellows and Members have corporate
membership with full voting rights. Associates, Subscribers and Students have limited membership privileges and have the right to elect up to two representatives to their relevant Division Committee.
Sustaining Members and Honorary Members have no voting rights.

Note that in this, as in all other documents of the Society, member with the lower case m means all members of the Society in all grades; and Member with the upper case M means these members of the Society in the grade Member.


REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GRADE MEMBER

Article 16 provides for a variety of gates for admission to Membership. Gate MA, MB, etc. correspond to Articles 16(a), 16(b), etc. These gates are a guide only to the assessment of applications; they are not a simple checklist.

The fundamental requirement is an understanding and working experience in acoustics as assessed by the Society independent of any recognition or non-recognition by the applicant's employer or other bodies.

The applicant's application form with attachments and any written testimony of the applicant's proposers should be aimed at conveying to the Council Standing Committee on Membership the information necessary for it to assess the applicant's understanding and working experience in acoustics.

Regardless through which gate Members are admitted, the admission requirement is the same, the successful applicants should all be assessed as having the understanding and ability to work in, and follow developments in their field of acoustics at an adequate level of competence.
In the details below the following interpretations should be made:


  1. Actively engaged in the science or practice of acoustics means working in acoustics at what can be assessed by the Council Standing Committee on Membership as at an adequate professional level.
    One criteria which could be used is to judge whether the employer of the applicant would need to advertise for the services of a person eligible for admission to the grade of Member if the applicant left.

    Applicants should show that they are keeping abreast of their field of acoustics by:



    1. attendance at technical meetings of the Society: and/or
    2. subscribing to and reading acoustical journals and periodicals: and/or
    3. doing research or development in their chosen field: and/or
    4. attending symposia and conferences on acoustics: and/or
    5. working in a field where the work itself provides a source of information feed back.

  2. The length of time engaged in acoustics means the length of work experience directly involved in acoustics. In assessing this time, work of a non-acoustical nature should be discounted. For example applicants who have spent 50% of their time on acoustics over a period of 4 years would be assessed as being engaged on acoustics for 2 years.
    Time spent in postgraduate studies in acoustics may be assessed for the equivalent time in the same way as other postgraduate work experience.

  3. Recognised educational qualifications means a degree or diploma (comprising the equivalent of at least 3 years full time study) appropriate to the field of work of the applicant.
    Applicants must submit evidence of all degrees or diplomas claimed.


Gate MA

Requirements for Admission to the grade Member


  1. Applicants must show they are interested in the objects and activities of the Society.
  2. Applicants must show that at the time of their election they are actively engaged in the science or practice of acoustics at a professional level.
  3. Applicants must show that they have recognised educational qualifications.
  4. Applicants must show that they have been actively engaged in the science or practice of acoustics at a professional level for not less than 2 years.


Gate MB

Requirements for Admission to the grade Member


  1. Applicants must show they are interested in the objects and activities of the Society.
  2. Applicants must show that they have been actively interested, or actively engaged in the
    science or practice of acoustics at a professional level for a total period of not less
    than 2 years.
  3. Applicants must show that they have recognised educational qualifications.
  4. Applicants are admitted to this grade although they are at the time of their election not actively engaged in the science or practice of acoustics if it is in the interest of the Society that they be elected.


GATES MC

Requirements for Admission to the grade Member


  1. Applicants must show they are interested in the objects and activities of the Society.
  2. Applicants must show that at the time of their election they are actively engaged in the science or Practice of acoustics at Professional level.
  3. Applicants shall submit for examination a thesis on a topic agreed to by the Divisional Committee. The thesis should be of final year undergraduate standard .
  4. Applicants must show that they have been actively engaged in the science or practice acoustics at a professional level for not less than 4 years.


GATES MD

Requirements for Admission to the grade Member


  1. Applicants must show they are interested in the objects and activities of the Society.
  2. Applicants must show that at the time of their election they are actively engaged in the
    science or practice of acoustics at professional level.
  3. Applicants must show that notwithstanding their lack of recognised


    • - educational qualifications they are suitable for election as a Member by

    • - reason of their verified practical or theoretical experience in the field of acoustics.


  4. Applicants must show that they have been actively engaged in the science or no
    practice at a professional level for not less than 5 years.


REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GRADE ASSOCIATE

This-grade is awarded in recognition of the proficiency of technicians working in
acoustics. It is open to all people who make routine acoustical measurements as, for
example, in audiometry, or who make routine selections of equipment according to
established procedures or similar.


GATE AA

Requirements for Admission as an Associate


  1. Applicants must show they are interested in the objects and activities of the Society.
  2. Applicants must show evidence of satisfactory completion of an appropriate certificate
    course or other appropriate post secondary qualification.
  3. Applicants must show they are engaged in the science or practice of acoustics at
    technician level and have so been for not less than 2 years.

Gate AB

Requirements for Admission as an Associate


  1. Applicants must show they are interested in the objects and activities of the Society.
  2. Applicants must show they are engaged in the science or practice of acoustics at
    technician level and have so been for not less than 5 years.


REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GRADE SUBSCRIBER


Gate SU

There are no particular educational nor experience requirements.
Applicants must show they are interested-in the objects and activities of the
Society.


REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GRADE STUDENT

This grade is allocated to students in post-secondary educational
establishments. Student members are annually expected to show they meet admission
requirements.

Requirements for admission as a Student


  1. Applicants must show they are interested in the objects and activities of the Society.
  2. Applicants must show they are enrolled in a full time course at a post secondary
    educational institution and are receiving instruction or training in some course
    pertaining to acoustics.
  3. Applicants must show they are not employed for more than 20 hours per week.


SUSTAINING MEMBERS

Sustaining membership is conferred in recognition of the contribution made by the
sustaining member.
The essentials are:

  1. The contribution precedes the conferring of Sustaining Membership.
  2. The contribution may be financial or otherwise.
  3. The contribution may be to the Society, or towards its objects or activities.
  4. Sustaining Membership is conferred for a time determined by the Council which may typically he for a year
  5. Sustaining members may be companies. partnerships, organisations, societies, corporations or persons; if a person they shall not otherwise be a member of the Society.



Joining The Society

Applications to join the Society must be made on a Form available from a Division Secretary.

Application Forms must be signed by the applicant and endorsed by two proposers having a
detailed knowledge of the applicant. When admission to Associate or Member grade is
requested proposers should have good personal knowledge of the applicant's competence and
experience in the science and practice of acoustics.

At least one of the two proposers must hold the grade of Fellow or Member of the Society.
The final decision as to the grade of membership offered to an applicant is made by the
Federal Council of the Society. As this process often takes some time applicants for Member,
Associate or Student grade are admitted initially to Subscriber grade to enable them to
receive the benefits of Society membership as soon as possible.
Intending applicants should appreciate that an existing member is expected to show prudence
when proposing a new member to the Society. The proposer is in fact endorsing the
candidate's suitability for a certain grade of membership and must be satisfied that the
candidate's qualifications and experience are in accordance with the requirements outlined
above. Similar prudence will be expected of the applicant after becoming a member of the
Society. Only by such care can the Society continue to enhance the prestige of acoustics in
Australia and Contribute to the standing of the Society in the international acoustic community.



Entrance Fee

Applicants for membership must pay an entrance fee before their applications will be
considered by the Society. The current entrance fee is equivalent to the annual subscription
for the grade of Subscriber, except in the case of applicants of Student grade where the fee
is equivalent to the annual subscription for that grade. Upon admission being made the
entrance fee will be credited as the subscription for the current subscription year.



Change of Membership Grade

A member who wishes to change his grade of membership in the Society should complete
a new application on an Application Form, stating the additional qualifications and/or
experience he has acquired. The application must be supported bye two proposers in the
usual way.



Submission of Application

On completion, the Application Form and Entrance Fee should be sent to the Division
Secretary in the State in which the applicant resides. Applicants residing outside N.S.W.,
Victoria, Queensland, South Australia or Western Australia may send their Application Form,
to the Secretary of the most convenient Division.



Membership Certificates

Membership certificates are issued to Fellows, Members and Associates and on an annual
basis to Sustaining Members.



Annual Subscriptions

Membership subscriptions become due on 1 April each year. The subscription fees for each grade are listed on the National AAS Web site.




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