The Australian Society for Technical Communication Incorporated (ASTC) is the new national association for Australian Technical Communicators. Download a brochure about the ASTC.
Professionals working for each other
ASTC is a not-for-profit professional organisation for Technical Communicators.
The ASTC Committee voluntarily plan and manage the ASTC’s program and meet the regulatory responsibilities of the Committee and their committee roles. Our committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting.
Local groups of our members and friends meet regularly. Meeting times and venues are advertised on the Upcoming events page. You can also contact us.
Professional connections – Australia and world wide
ASTC has members all over Australia: in capital cities and regional areas. Our society has established relationships with similar societies in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Through our activities we are constantly developing relationships with industry, government, communication houses and institutions of higher education.
Our members are respected contributors to the Australian technical communication scene, and our society owes much of its vision and growth to the guidance and encouragement of distinguished friends.
- ASTC was officially conceived on 20 March 2014 and is incorporated in Victoria, but its history stems from the ASTC(NSW) and the ASTC (Victoria) which were formed in 1986 and 1987 respectively.
- During the course of 2014, members from ASTC(NSW) and ASTC (Victoria) were transferred to the new national organisation.
- Our committee members are active technical communicators.
- Our society benefits greatly from the contribution of distinguished international and Australian friends.
- Our members fill strategic communication roles throughout Australian business and government.
When Michel de Montaigne said that everything and everyone were in constant change, he must have been thinking about technical communicators.
We know change – in the technology and methodologies we use, in the products we deliver, in the roles we fill and in the employment opportunities that are presented.
That’s why the services of our society focus on increasing the skills and knowledge of our members, supporting their workplace performance, facilitating their employment aspirations and keeping them in touch with technical communication happenings and trends in Australia and internationally.
… increasing the skills and knowledge of our members, and keeping them in touch with happenings and trends
Our professional development program provides formal and informal opportunities to learn more about our craft and profession. We offer:
- meetings and seminars that expose members to specialist knowledge through papers and presentations
- an annual, 2-day conference that re-energises members through innovative papers, engaging presentations and animated informal discussions
- our journal, Southern Communicator, that keep us in touch with the technical communication world and development trends. Southern Communicator is published every 3 months.
… supporting their workplace performance
Has your overseas parent company changed its development tool suite? Is your company embarking on a round of retrenchments and you’re wondering what your options are?
When you need answers or support, tap into the network of members that you meet at conferences, seminars and meetings. You will find that the richness and diversity of your ASTC network makes a crucial contribution to your career.
Affiliation with recruitment agencies
… facilitating their employment aspirations
Recruitment agencies play a pivotal role in helping members find fulfilling, well-paid employment. Our society has always recognised the importance of the specialist agencies which handle the placement of technical communicators and we are grateful for the support they give our members.
Our employment page lists organisations that promote professional technical communicators to employers.
Our voice to the world
These are challenging times. Our products and our roles are often the first casualties of cutbacks. We need to represent ourselves to employers and in the press.
That is no easy task, but in numbers, and with a professional profile that we can build together, we are well ahead of the ‘lone voice’ syndrome.
ASTC is incorporated as an association under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Victoria).
We work to a Constitution that is registered as part of the process to being a registered organisation.