Membership terms & conditions

Set out below are the details of our Membership Terms and Conditions. 


    All  members of the Institute are bound by our Constitution and the Member Code of Conduct in force from time to time. These terms and conditions should be in conjunction with the Constitution and the Member Code of Conduct. 

    Updated August 2022

    You can find these governance documents, together with the Membership Application, Renewal and Status Guidelines online here.

    As a company limited by guarantee, members provide a guarantee under our Constitution in the event of a winding up. The guarantee is limited to $20. Membership and membership rights are personal to the member and are not transferable.

    Membership Application

    Admittance to membership is subject to our receipt of your completed Membership Application Form and payment of the membership fee. To be eligible for membership you must:

    • Have a genuine commitment to and an understanding of the purpose of the Institute set out in the Constitution
    • Be aged 18 years or older; and
    • Must not be ineligible to be appointed as a director under the Corporations Act or the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission Act (ACNC Act).

    In your Membership Application Form you are required to provide true and correct information, and make a declaration about certain matters. Please provide as much detail as possible so that your application can be assessed. You must meet the criteria for the membership status you have applied for (either Affiliate or Ordinary member).  The criteria is set out in the Application Form.  Information about membership status, eligibility criteria to transfer to a another status, the admission process and ongoing requirements and benefits for each status (including use of a membership designation such as MAICD and GAICD, to indicate member and graduate status, respectively), is set out in the Membership Application, Renewal and Status Guidelines, available here. While the Board of the Institute has the ultimate decision-making authority in relation to admission into membership under the Constitution, it has delegated this power to Division Councils and to the National Membership Committee to assess and determine applications for membership.

    Applications for Affiliate, Ordinary and transfers to Graduate and Fellow Status (noting that transfer to Fellow status may also be by invitation of the Board) will be determined by the relevant Division Council. The National Membership Committee will determine applications for Fellow status (noting that transfer to Fellow status may also be by invitation of the Board).   

    Whilst we aim to advise you of your membership application status as soon as possible after receipt of your application or nomination in some instances, this process may take up to 3 months and we will keep you informed as to timing.

    If accepted, your membership is for a period of 12 months.

    Membership Renewal

    Your membership must be renewed every 12 months and we generally send a reminder approximately 1 - 2 months before the renewal date.

    Your eligibility to renew is subject to your payment of the membership fee and your ongoing compliance with the eligibility criteria, including the completion of any mandatory Director Professional Development (DPD) requirement and your renewal declaration. The DPD Guidelines can be found here.

    Direct Debit of Membership Renewal Payment

    You may authorise us to direct debit your nominated account for your membership renewal payment. Please refer to your direct debit authorisation and the Direct Debit Services Agreement for the information applicable to this request.

    All renewals paid by direct debit are still subject to the above Membership Renewal requirements.

    Refund of Membership Fees

    We only provide refunds of membership fees in limited circumstances, namely:

    • If your membership application has been declined; or
    • Exceptional circumstances prevent you from continuing your membership.

    Terms of Use – Print, scan and copy devices

    You can access printing, scanning and photocopying devices (Devices) at member lounges.

    By using the Devices, you expressly relieve the Institute from all liability arising from your use of the Devices and from any loss or damage of any sort you may incur from use of the Devices. The Devices may be subject to limitations, delays and other problems inherent in the use of the internet and electronic communications. The Institute is not responsible for any delays, failures or other damage resulting from such problems.

    By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using the Devices, you will not:

    • Defame, harass, or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others;
    • Distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, defamatory, infringing, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information; and
    • Violate the Institute’s Business Centre and Member Lounge code of conduct or other guidelines which may be applicable to the use of the Devices.

    The Institute takes measures to ensure information is secure in transit and is not permanently stored on our  systems however the AICD cannot ensure a digital footprint in not stored at some point for areas outside of our control.

    The Institute reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate use of the Devices at any time without notice.

    If you do not agree to all the Terms of use set out above, you must not use the Devices. By using the Devices, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the terms of use and you agree to be bound by same.


    By submitting a Membership Application Form, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Privacy Policy available here and agree with and consent to the practices described in that Privacy Policy.

    Cessation of membership

    Under the Constitution, membership will automatically stop if

    (a)  a member dies

    (b)  a member fails to pay any required membership fee in accordance with rule 4.6 of the Constitution within two months after the date on which the membership fee becomes due (or such later time as the directors determine)

    (c)  fails to return a Membership Renewal Notice issued under rule 4.7 within two months after the return due date specified in that notice or such later time as determined by the directors; or

    (d)  no longer complies with the membership requirements described in the Constitution, including that the member is no longer eligible to be a member under the Corporations Act or the  ACNC Act.


    From time to time, we may update these Terms and Conditions. The updated Terms and Conditions will apply to all membership applications from the time of posting on our website onwards. As a condition of your membership you may be required to comply with other policies and guidelines applicable from time to time, including our Events Policy, available here. We will make these policies available on our website. You may not use the Institute’s  logo or trademark without prior written permission from the Institute. By using the designation relevant to your membership status (for example, GAICD, to designate that you hold Graduate membership status), you must not give the impression that you or your organisation are sponsored or endorsed by the Institute and you must not falsely represent that you hold a particular membership designation.

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