Membership BENEFITS

Building Designers Association of Australia represents over 1000 practitioners from the Building Design industry, ranging from long-term professionals through to new students. All involved with, and linked toBuilding Designers Association of Australia can take advantage of the opportunities that the association can provide, including our student mentoring program.

Our membership is constantly growing
 as Building Designers across Australia recognise the additional benefits that representation by a single National Association can achieve. This, together with the Building Designers Association of Australia Professional Development Program, Chapter Design Awards program and the prestigious National Design Awards makes membership of the association an essential part of being a professional building designer.

Within our membership are national and international design award
 winners, authors, magazine columnists, sustainability authorities and experts, design software developers, lecturers, presenters and our members have featured on popular television lifestyle and design programs.Building Designers Association of Australia supports the individual interests and efforts of members in growing their expertise, as we feel it benefits all within the Building Designers Association of Australia fraternity.

Design & Estimate faster and smarter with PlusSpec for SketchUp – Special Discout to members

PlusSpec for SketchUp has simplified the complexities of designing, drafting and estimating. In short, making the difficult things simple: Members login to the ‘National Members page’ for full details – use the link top right of page.

ProSpex by buildingquote

ProSpex is a customisable tool that allows you to make selections and dollar allowances for the 150 key selections that are required for most home construction or renovation projects.

There is a special discounted price for members and a free trial period for all new members. For more details, please refer to the National Members page.


BDASpec is a simple, professional and national architectural specification package developed for Building Designers Association of Australia, available exclusively to members. For more details, please refer to the National Members page.

Building Designers Association of Australia App

Building Designers Association of Australia has developed its own CPD App logbook. The App is available to all members, to enable better record-keeping; this is automatically updated by simply logging your attendance at Chapter meetings and events via the App.

Advanced Business Analysis Tool – Free to Members

The Building Designers Association of Australia Advanced Business Analysis Tool was developed to provide members with a way to quickly analyse their businesses by determining the contribution margin, break even point and margin of safety. For more details and to access the tool, please refer to the National Members page.

Networking with other building designers and industry partners

Benefit from regular Trade and Professional Speakers at local Chapter meetings and seminars.

Annual Conference

The conference is the highlight of the BDA year; gives you a chance to have face to face networking with members nationally.

Directory Listing

All Full and Chartered members receive an internet listing within the Building Designers Association of Australia web directory “Find A Designer”. The listing can be fully controlled by the individual members who can regularly update the details. Each listing can contain project images, a resume of work, the designer’s profile and all contact details as well as links to other web sites.

Design Awards

Participation in the annual design awards will aid in promoting your business.

State and Territory Chapters conduct annual awards, with all Winners going on to compete in National Design Awards. These National Awards are announced as the highlight of the Annual Conference.

Consumer Awareness

Building Designers Association of Australia fosters consumer awareness and confidence in its members and actively promotes Building Designers to the public via the media, internet and exhibitions.

Building Designers Association of Australia Full and Chartered Members may use theBuilding Designers Association of Australia name & logo on their business stationery and are entitled to use the appellation MBDA after their name.

BDA Australia also runs a referral scheme – the public are now increasingly aware of the importance of using the services of aBuilding Designers Association of Australia member.

Building Designers Association of Australia Documentation

With the restructuring of the national association still underway some of the documentation previously available may still be under review to bring it into line with the various new rules and requirements of the new association.

Some documents, such as the Practice Notes (see above)and the Contract of Engagements are available from ‘National Members’ page of the web site, please login to view what is currently available

Regular Building Designer Association of Australia publications

  • Chapter Newsletters and Special Notices
  • National email chat group
  • Stay up to date with new laws, regulations and products

Professional Development (mandatory in some states)

Regular seminars and chapter meetings assist members to stay up to date with the rapid changes in the building industry.


Highly Competitive Professional Indemnity Insurance is available to all members.

Member Fees

Associate Member


Practice Member


Full Member

  • Additional Application or Upgrade Fee $100

Chartered Member

  • Additional Application or Upgrade Fee $100

Student Member

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

Executive Secretary
Building Designers Association of Australia

Head Office:
1300 669 854
PO Box 592
Hunter Region MC NSW 2310

Support Documents:

CLICK HERE for Full Membership authorship declaration form.

CLICK HERE for an Associate Membership declaration form.