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Memberships 2017-05-17T12:51:02+00:00

Trade Membership

  • Full Membership includes galleries (exhibiting and non-exhibiting, specialist and non-specialist), overseas galleries, retailers, wholesalers, independent consultants and art centres.

Associate Membership

  • Associate Member, which includes advocacy organisations, bureaucracies, organisations and businesses associated with Aboriginal art and any of the categories listed under Trade Membership that either wish only to take up Associate Membership or have not yet met the industry experience requirements for Trade Membership

Artist Membership

  • Membership category open to Aboriginal artists only.

Supporter Membership

  • Supporter Membership, which includes industry supporters who do not own or operate retail or wholesale Aboriginal art businesses.

Corporate Membership

$POA annual
  • Corporate Membership, whereby an organisation joins the Association on behalf of blocks of Members, such as resource organisations and Aboriginal co-operatives.

  • Members may, as long as their membership is current and they continue to comply with the provisions of the Constitution and Code of Ethics, describe themselves as a Member of the “Aboriginal Art Association of Australia”. They may also display the logo of the Association.

  • Supporter Members shall have no voting rights in the Association.

  • A Member may be either an individual or an incorporated body.

  • Membership is by AAAA Board acceptance only and is not transferable.

  • Where two or more Members work in the same business, they shall have only one vote.

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  1. Every applicant for Trade Membership must satisfy all of the following criteria in order to be accepted for Trade Membership, unless decided otherwise by the Board:

    1. In the case of an individual applicant, be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and have had a demonstrable industry involvement for one year;

    2. In the case of an applicant that is a company, have been dealing in Aboriginal art under the same business name for a continuous period of not less than one year;

    3. During the above periods, have demonstrated the capability of complying with this Constitution and the Code of Ethics, to the satisfaction of the Board;

    4. Have signed a written agreement to abide by the Code of Ethics (as amended from time to time);

    5. Agree to permit a representative appointed by the Board, being a person that the Board considers has the appropriate expertise and independence, to scrutinise the Member’s trading premises and stock in trade, from time to time; and

    6. Before granting membership, the Board must be satisfied that the knowledge of the applicant is satisfactory in the areas of:

      • regulations relevant to trading in Aboriginal art;

      • the applicant’s specialised field(s) of trading; and

      • the Code of Ethics.

  2. Membership is open to all applicants falling within Clause 7 of the Constitution.

  3. Application for membership shall be made in writing to the Secretary and shall be signed by the applicant and shall be in such form as the Board may from time to time prescribe. The application shall be accompanied by payment of an application fee which shall be $100 for all Members other than Supporter Members and Artist Members, who shall be liable for a payment of $10, unless varied by the Board. This application fee is non- refundable regardless of the outcome of the application but will be deducted from the joining fee if the application is successful.

  4. The Secretary shall advise Members of the application in the Association newsletter or by email and request them to advise the Board within 30 days as to any objection that they may have to the applicant’s grant of membership.

  5. All objections to proposed membership shall be treated in confidence, both by the objector and the Board. Within ninety (90) days the Board shall decide on the admission or rejection of the applicant and advise its decision to the Secretary. The decision to admit an applicant to membership requires a two-thirds majority vote of the Board in favour of the applicant.

  6. The Secretary shall advise the applicant of the Board’s acceptance or rejection of the applicant’s membership. In no case shall the Secretary be required to give any reason for the rejection of an application for membership.

  7. Any correspondence between the Association, the applicant or any objector or any information divulged by the applicant in respect of an application for membership shall be treated by the Board as having been provided in confidence.

  8. When an applicant’s membership application has been accepted by the Board, the Secretary shall forthwith send the applicant written notice of the acceptance and a request for:

    • payment of any unpaid application/joining fee and first annual subscription fee, and

    • a written agreement to abide by the Code of Ethics.

  9. If these are not received within two (2) calendar months after the date of the notice of acceptance to membership, the Board may in its discretion, cancel its acceptance of the applicant for membership of the Association.

  10. Subscription fees will be determined annually by the Board by no later than 30 June each year.

  11. All annual subscription fees are payable as of the first day of July in every year or at such other time as determined from time to time by the Members at a General Meeting.

  12. The Board may vary any fee from time to time in respect of individual applicants or Members.

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Pricing in Australian dollars and including GST

There is currently no application fee.
Membership fees for new applicants fall due only when an applicant has been notified of acceptance.