Member benefits & fees
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Join our national community of technical communication professionals.
The Australian Society for Technical Communication Incorporated (ASTC) is the national society for technical communicators and shapes the profession to promote their activities.
With member benefits to help you improve and maintain your skills, the ASTC gives you the opportunity to share your experiences and learn from the challenges faced by others in your profession. You'll also keep up-to-date with emerging trends, new technologies and tools, and changing work practices.
Individual membership includes full, student or retired member options. If you work as part of a technical writing team, you may want to consider a corporate membership.
"As a member of the ASTC, I've enjoyed fantastic networking opportunities with like-minded people. It's really helped me keep in touch with current developments in the technical communications industry."
Ilana Abratt, Digital Content Specialist, Courageous Content.
Membership fees are for 12 months from
1 July to June 30 the following year.
If you join after the July annual renewal, fees are charged pro-rata up to the next July. If you join between April and June, your fee will be charged pro-rata and will include the next annual fee.
Full Member $60 per annum
Student/Retired $30 per annum
Corporate Membership $250 per annum
Individual membership benefits
With individual membership you have full voting rights for the society.
You also have:
central access to resources and information
regular email updates with information and offers for members
information about new and developing technologies
job opportunities mailing list and links provided through LinkedIn
rich and meaningful networking opportunities
professional support network
training workshops and education programs
discounted access to the national conference.
discounts to our sponsors’ products.
Your membership fees as well as meeting, seminar and conference expenses may be tax deductible. Speak to your accountant or view the detailed information about the tax deductibility of membership fees and professional self-education costs on the website of the Australian Taxation Office under Work-related expenses.
If your organisation is interested in joining the ASTC as a corporate member, please complete our corporate membership form. If you know of any other organisation that may be interested in corporate membership, please let them know about our corporate membership option.
Corporate membership benefits
If your organisation has a team of technical communicators, ASTC corporate membership is a great way to provide them with a real benefit.
Your writers have the opportunity learn from both industry-based and academic leaders in our field. They will be able to easily keep up-to-date with the latest technical writing trends through our publications, workshops, conferences and meetings.
Under corporate membership, your organisation nominates one person to become a full member with voting rights. Anyone else in the organisation can be classified as an associate member and receive all member benefits – but not voting rights.
Benefits for nominated staff members include:
All individual member benefits for the designated full member
Discounted members’ rates to all ASTC events, including the national conference
Corporate listing on the ASTC website
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 or your employees.
The ASTC promotes networking in many ways although these have changed since the advent of COVID-19. Our annual conference is the main networking event, but we also have formal and informal meet-ups conducted via Zoom. Technical communicators often work alone, or maybe in a small team. Our networking allows for support and sharing of information and ideas, and to meet other people in similar roles. Check out our LinkedIn and Facebook pages.
The ASTC supports professional development through education and learning to keep up with changes in the way we work and the tools we use.
We are always looking for new opportunities for members and non-members to update or advance our knowledge and skills.
Training delivery has changed dramatically and now allows access to content both locally and globally.
ASTC members can elect to receive our Job Opportunity emails. We publish details of jobs we hear about. If you are thinking of making a change, constantly looking for new challenges or just curious about what's out there, why not subscribe? It's free to our members, and to employers and agents alike.
If you hear of a technical writer job going, let us know via our contact us page and we'll advertise it.
We have agreements with related associations in Australasia and other regions around the world.
Through this we open career doors for our members and provide resources and services at member rates.