Becoming a Member

Building Designers Australia is a true members based association developed as the professional and peak body representing the interests of Building Designers and their clients. It has been formed by combining the membership of state associations into a national model.

Prospective members may join and pay online, please select from one of the four levels of membership available below: CLICK on the title and complete the application process.

PLEASE NOTE: All new members are required to pay a full year subscription on joining, regardless of the time of year they join.

Our normal membership is based on the Financial Year and when renewal time approaches (renewals are sent in May each year) a member who has joined in the current Financial Year will be sent a pro rat'a renewal invoice which will bring their membership contribution into line with the association base within the next full year.

Payment processing: Payments will be processed at the time of Application but should the Application be deemed unsuitable for approval, a refund of the Membership Fee will be made within 10 Business Days.

Chartered Member

The most prestigious level of recognition available to Building Designers in Australia.

To join and maintain this level you must satisfy the Membership Committee that your credentials and business acumen are of high repute; you have participated in a recognised CPD program for a minimum of 12 months, hold appropriate PI Insurance and where appropriate are licensed/registered in your state or territory of residence or are accredited by Building Designers Accreditation and Training Pty. Ltd..

Full Member

For persons who can provide evidence of experience, qualifications & knowledge as a Building Designer and maintains the currency of suitable Professional Indemnity (PI) Insurance. Full Members are encouraged to participate in recognised CPD programs.

Note: Full Members when upgrading to Chartered Member would not pay a second 'Application Fee'.

Practice Member

For persons who qualify for Associate or Full Membership and are Partners or employees in a building design practice whose Principal is a Full or Chartered Member of the BDA.

Category Annual
or Upgrade
Total Joining
Affiliate Member $150.00   $150.00
Student Free N/A Free
Associate Member $330.00   $330.00
Practice Member $110.00   $110.00
Full Member $550.00 $100.00 $650.00
Chartered Member $660.00 $100.00 $760.00

Associate Member

Open to all persons employed in the building design profession, or related industry, but does not fully meet all the criteria of a Full Member.

Where a practicing Building Designer joins as an Associate Member, they must upgrade to Full Member when they meet the necessary criterion; any Building Designer considered, by the Membership Committee, to be of the appropriate level and not upgrading after 12 months membership may have their membership terminated.

Student Member

Open to all Bona Fide Students enrolled in an approved building design course or those that have less than 1 years work experience after graduation.

Affiliate Member

To be eligible a Building Designer must be a full member of a State BDA (registered or licensed if required in that state) and must provide evidence of their current membership on an annual basis.

Support Documents:

CLICK HERE for Full Membership authorship declaration form.

CLICK HERE for an Associate Membership declaration form.