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The Building Designers Association of Australia is the collective and empowered voice for design industry professionals across this country; the only Australian association that officially represents, advocates for and educates the best building designers, architects, thermal performance assessors, landscape architects, interior designers, in the industry, helping them refine and promote their craft.

Join today, and let’s work together to build a better, more sustainable, more beautiful future here in Australia.

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Associate Member

$39500annually

Practice Member

$19500annually

Full Member

$59500annually
  • Plus Application or Upgrade Fee $100

Chartered Member

$69500annually
  • Upgrade Fee $100

Student Member

$Freeannually

Member Structure

Open to all persons employed in the building design professionals who do not meet the criteria for Full Membership.

Associate Members are required to upgrade to Full Membership, once they reach the criteria, or after one full year of Associate Membership, whichever occurs first.  This upgrade will be required to be done at the next renewal period.

An Associate Member who is working in the building design or building industry but is not practising as a building designer, may remain as an Associate Member and not be required to upgrade.

To be eligible for Associate Membership, the online application must include the completed Associate Membership Declaration Form, which can be found in Become a Member tab on our website: www.bdaa.com.au.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE ONLINE ATwww.bdaa.com.au
(No other forms of Application will be accepted)

Open to persons who are an employee of a business or corporation that provides building design services and is in the control of a Full or Chartered Member of BDAA.  An Applicant must include a letter or email on company letterhead from the Full or Chartered Member employer confirming this. This is in addition to the requirements listed below.

Please note that business partners are not eligible to be a Practice Member, they must apply to be a Full or Chartered Member.

In the event of a cessation of such employment or business arrangement described above, the Practice Member must advise the BDAA immediately upon this occurring and will be required to upgrade to an Associate or Full Membership at the next renewal period.

To make an Application for a Practice Membership, the following items are required to be submitted with the online Full Membership Application:

  • Letter on company letterhead from the Full or Chartered member employer confirmation that the applicant is an employee.

Open to persons who can provide evidence of experience, qualifications and knowledge as a Building Designer and maintains the currency of suitable Professional Indemnity (PI) Insurance.  Full Members are required to participate in the BDAA CPD program annually, or alternatively meet the CPD requirements of their state licensing/registration authority for Building Design or Architecture.

To make an application for Full Membership, the following items are required to be submitted with the online Full Membership Application form:

  • In some states, to practice as a Building Designer, a License or being Registered is a mandatory requirement. In this instance all that is required to be submitted with online application for Full Membership, is a copy of that current License or Registration and current certificate of Currency of Professional Indemnity Insurance.

If you do not hold a current License or Registration, the following documentation is required to be submitted with your online Full Membership Application:

  • Full working drawings and specifications of two recently completed projects that were authored by the Applicant or carried out under the Applicant’s direct supervision
  • Completed Declaration of Authorship (which can be found in Become a Member on our website
  • Evidence of completion of appropriate tertiary qualifications in architectural technology or approved equivalent
  • Evidence of a minimum of two years’ experience in the building design profession. This can be supplied in the way of a short resume outlining your experience.
  • Certificate of Currency of Professional Indemnity Insurance

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE ONLINE ATwww.bdaa.com.au
(No other forms of Application will be accepted)

Chartered Membership is the most prestigious level of recognition available to Building Designers in Australia. To join and maintain this level, an Applicant must satisfy the National Council that their credentials and business acumen are of high repute. They must have also been a Full Member for a minimum of 5 years.

All Chartered Members must either hold a License or be Registered, whichever is mandatory in the state that they practice Building Design or hold current Accreditation with Building Designers Association of Australia. To make an application for Chartered Membership, the following items are required to be attached to the online Chartered Membership Application form:

  • In some states, to practice as a Building Designer, a License or being Registered is a mandatory requirement. In this instance all that is required to be submitted with the online application for Chartered Membership, is a copy of that current License or Registration and current certificate of Currency of Professional Indemnity Insurance. A copy of this will be requested in May each year prior to the membership renewal period.

If the Applicant does not hold a current License or Registration as outlined above, the following documentation is required to be submitted with their online Chartered Membership Application:

  • Full working drawings and specifications of two recently completed projects that were authored by the Applicant or carried out under the Applicant’s direct supervision
  • Completed Chartered Membership Declaration Form (which is on BDAA website)
  • Evidence of completion of appropriate tertiary qualifications in architectural technology or approved equivalent
  • Evidence of a minimum of two years’ experience in the building design profession. This can be supplied in the way of a short resume outlining the Applicant’s experience
  • Certificate of Currency of Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Proof of 12 months participation in an approved CPD Program
  • Confirmation that BDA&T Accreditation is currently held

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE ONLINE AT: www.bdaa.com.au
(No other forms of Application will be accepted)

Open to all Bona Fide students who reside in Australia and are enrolled in an approved Building Design course or have graduated or ceased studying from such course within 12 months of applying for membership. After this period a Student Member has a further 18 months in which to register as an Associate Member.

A Student Member must provide evidence of their current enrolment or graduation status on an annual basis when requested in April each year.

Once a Student Member of BDAA, completes their studies and begins practicing as a Building Designer, either as a sole trader or an employee, they must upgrade to Associate Membership within 18 months of completing their course. They must remain at Associate Membership level for at least two years, to enable the former Student Member to obtain the two years’ experience required for Full Membership, or until they meet the criteria for Full Membership.

Note:

The attachment provided at time of application is required to include name, contact information and course currently enrolled. There will be delay in processing your application if the appropriate enrolment information is not supplied.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE ONLINE AT: www.bdaa.com.au

(No other forms of Application will be accepted)

Membership Inclusions
Student
Associate
Practice
Full
Chartered
Ability to attend all BDAA Chapter Meetings throughout Australia
Receive BDAA weekly industry Report “5 Things You Need to Know”
Eligibility to join BDAA’s national online members only Face Book Chat Group
Eligibility to join BDAA’s national online members only Student Face Book Chat Group
Eligibility to join BDAA’s national online unrestricted LinkedIn Chat Group
Login into the members only area of the BDAA website (www.bdaa.com)
Ability to download from members only area of the BDAA website (www.bdaa.com.au)
Receive details of all BDAA social media platforms in which you can participate
Receive industry updates and notifications through the BDAA EDM portal service
Eligibility to receive discounted rates to all CPD events
Eligibility to receive discounted rates to all BDAA educational courses
Eligibility to participate in all BDAA events throughout Australia
Eligibility to receive discounted rates to the BDAA National Conference
Ability to use the BDAA CPD App, register your CPD attendance at BDAA events
Eligibility to enter the BDAA’s Annual National Design Awards
Voting rights and chance at a Chapter Council Management Committee position
Eligibility to hold a position on the National Council
Receive a copy of the annual Winning Design magazine
Will be provided notices outlining new laws, regulations and products
Receive exclusive Chartered member Logo to use in promotional material
Receive exclusive Student Member Logo to use in email footer
Eligibility to use the BDAA Logo in promotional material for your own business
Receive a free member’s profile page on BDAA “Find a Designer” website for business
Ability to use BDAA “Practice Notes”
Ability to use the BDAA “Client Design Contract”
Receive Discount PI Insurance via industry partner “Webber Insurance”
Receive Discount Legal advice via industry partner “Keystone Lawyers”

Member Fees

Associate Member

$39500annually

Practice Member

$19500annually

Full Member

$59500annually
  • Plus Application or Upgrade Fee $100

Chartered Member

$69500annually
  • Upgrade Fee $100

Student Member

$Freeannually
Support Documents:

CLICK HERE for Full Membership Declaration of Authorship.

CLICK HERE for an Associate Membership Declaration Form.

For all MEMBERSHIP enquiries please use the online form or contact:

Executive Secretary
Building Designers Association of Australia

Head Office:
1300 669 854
PO Box 856
North Sydney NSW 2059

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