About Consult Australia

Consult Australia is the association representing the business interests of consulting firms operating in the built and natural environment.  We specialise in helping businesses of all sizes to create a commercial platform from which they can operate successfully and sustainably while making the business side of running their firm easier and less time consuming.

By acting as the voice of the industry, facilitating collaboration and networking, and by providing tailored education and support services, Consult Australia frees its members to do what they do best and what they enjoy most about providing professional consulting services: consult!

Our member firms’ services include, but are not limited to: architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, planning, cost consulting (quantity surveyors), project management and environmental science. 


We are active in your state or territory

In addition to our National Office, Consult Australia has strong representation through our offices in the states and territories that support committees of members representing industry interests in that jurisdiction.  Our state and territory divisions: drive advocacy activities responsive to their unique local challenges; facilitate new networks and business development opportunities for our member firms; deliver targeted training, local communications and member engagement.

The purpose of Consult Australia is to drive business success for our member firms. We are focused on helping to make the business of doing business easier and less time consuming for our members.

You can find out more about the benefits of membership here and read about our current advocacy priorities here.

Eligibility for membership

As an industry associations, membership of Consult Australia is corporate and as such the advantages of membership are open to all staff in the organisation.

There are three types of membership available:
  1. Full Membership is available to firms that provide consulting services in the built and/or natural environment and which are primarily run by professionals (i.e. those who are members or eligible to be members of a professional institute with a code of ethics). Examples of eligible firms include engineers, architects, planners, quantity surveyors, environmental scientists and project managers. Find out more.

  2. Associate Membership is open to any firm or business that is engaged in work with the built and/or natural environment but DOES NOT provide consulting services. Examples of business types that would be eligible for Associate Membership include contractors, suppliers, recruitment firms, non-professional businesses, banks, universities, management consultants, research consultants, lawyers and IT consultants. Find out more.

  3. Affiliate Membership is open to Government Agencies and Authorities. Find out more.

Terms and conditions of membership

Once accepted as a member you will be required to comply with Consult Australia’s Code of Ethics and Constitution as well as the Consult Australia Membership Terms and Conditions.

Membership of Consult Australia is Annual (1 July – 30 June) and can be paid in either a single payment (at 1 July) or in quarterly instalments (1 July, 1 October, 1 January and 1 March). Quarterly instalments incur a 5% Administration fee as do payments made after 1 September.

New members will be charged a membership fee based on pro-rating of the Annual subscription through to the end of the current financial year in their first year of membership and will then move to renew in the above cycle.

Membership Renewal invoices will be issued in May/June each year with an opportunity offered to members each April/May to update their details prior to invoices being produced. Details may also be updated at any time throughout the year.

Resignations must be in writing and received 30 days prior to the end of the current membership period however resignations received within 30 days of receipt of the Renewal Invoice will also be accepted.  Resignations received outside of this time will be applied to the next annual membership period (i.e. membership will not be pro-rated or refunded). Non payment of membership invoices does not constitute resignation.

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