Join our national community of technical communication professionals with many member benefits to help improve your professional life. The ASTC was formed from the original state-based NSW and Victorian ASTC organisations. We were previously known as TWIA, our interim name, but we changed back to ASTC on 19 March 2016. Download a brochure about the benefits of membership.
Benefits of membership
Individual membership (student, retired, and standard)
Benefits of membership
Tap into new ideas, methodologies and skills
Through the ASTC, members are part of an open, non-competitive community of professionals. We discuss our work, emerging trends in our field, new technologies, new tools and the many issues that arise as we move into new development and delivery mediums.
We have opportunities to mix with and learn from both industry-based and academic leaders in our field through:
- our job opportunities mailing list
- meetings, seminars and conferences
- our journal, Southern Communicator
- our website, our LinkedIn group and our Twitter account.
Access education specific to your professional needs
Our members are often the only technical communicator in their organisation or business unit, and have limited access to training that addresses their professional needs. They look to the ASTC to provide the customised, profession-specific education that keeps them up-to-date with the theory and practice of technical communication. Our program of events give members access to the informal education they require.
Take a positive step forward in your professional life
Connect with a network of friends and professional associates. Keep abreast of advances across the information and training spectrum. Keep in touch with new ideas in disciplines related to your own. Hear about the latest jobs.
Remember, your membership is tax deductible as a fee paid to a ‘trade, business or professional association’. Meeting, seminar and conference fees are also tax deductible since they are a form of ‘self-education’ that ‘maintains or improves the knowledge and skills that you exercise in your current income earning activities’. Detailed information about the tax deductibility of membership fees and professional self-education costs can be found under ‘Work-related expenses’ on the website of the Australian Taxation Office. If more than one member of your organisation’s staff produces any type of documentation, consider joining as a corporate member.
- discount rates to attend training workshops and our annual conference
- the job opportunities mailing list
- a subscription to Southern Communicator, a journal published three times a year as a joint effort of the ASTC and TechCommNZ
- a subscription to our regular email updates with information and offers for members
- the opportunity to share a free delegate pass to any one of the great conferences run by the Ark group. Interested? Keep an eye out for details in member email updates and Southern Communicator, or contact us.
Do it now! A profitable investment
Join the ASTC. We offer a range of membership options to suit everyone. For details, see our membership form.
If your organisation has a team of writers, ASTC corporate membership is a great way to provide them with a real benefit. Your writers will be able to keep up-to-date with the latest technical writing trends with the least amount of time and effort through our publications, workshops, conferences and meetings.
Under corporate membership, your organisation nominates one person to become a full member with voting rights, and anyone else in the organisation can become an associate member.
Corporate member benefits
- All full and associate members can access ASTC events at the discounted members’ rate.
- Your organisation receives three copies of ASTC publications.
- Your organisation can have its name and logo listed on the ASTC website (optional).
Corporate membership fees
The corporate membership fee is $250 for one year of membership. Members who join or renew before 30 June pay a pro-rata amount.
Corporate membership, like individual membership, is tax deductible as a fee paid to a ‘trade, business or professional association’. Meeting, seminar and conference fees are also tax deductible since they are a form of ‘self-education’ that ‘maintains or improves the knowledge and skills that you exercise in your current income earning activities’. Detailed information about the tax deductibility of membership fees and professional self-education costs can be found under ‘Work-related expenses’ on the website of the Australian Taxation Office.
If your organisation is interested in joining the ASTC as a corporate member, please complete our membership form. If you know of any other organisation that may be interested in corporate membership, please pass on the information!
Our corporate members
We are offering individual membership at:
- $80 (standard membership)
- $40 (student or retired membership).
- New memberships will be valid for a year from the join date.
- After the first year, membership will be valid from the initial expiry date until the next 30 June, with a cost reflecting the < 1 year membership period.
- The ongoing renewal date will then be 30 June each year.