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Below is a summary of the essential information relating to ABA Membership. (Click on each heading to expand.)
To view ABA’s By-Laws and Constitution in full, please visit ABA Statutory.
Australian Bookkeepers Association has three classes of Membership:
In the case of admission as a Voting Member, an applicant must provide documentary evidence (if requested) to the reasonable satisfaction of ABA that:
In the case of admission as a Non-Voting Member, the Membership of an applicant must, to the reasonable satisfaction of ABA, be considered to advance the Objects.
The membership fee payable by each Member is $77.00 GST-inclusive per annum, other than for Australian Bookkeepers Network Pty Ltd members who are also Australian Bookkeepers Association Ltd members, in which case the membership fee is waived pursuant to an agreement with Australian Bookkeepers Network Pty Ltd for the provision of member support services to Australian Bookkeepers Association Ltd.
The initial annual membership fee (where applicable) is payable through the ABA website at time of application. A Tax Invoice will be issued to you once your application has been approved. A full refund will be given if your application is rejected.
If you are a member of Australian Bookkeepers Network:
Your ABA membership will continue indefinitely while ever you are a member of Australian Bookkeepers Network. Should your membership of Australian Bookkeepers Network cease for whatever reason, you will be contacted by ABA to determine whether you wish to maintain your ABA membership (in which case, a $77.00 GST-inclusive per annum membership fee will apply).
If you are not a member of Australian Bookkeepers Network:
Your initial ABA membership period commences on the date of your application (assuming a successful payment of your initial membership fee) and expires 12 months from the end of the calendar month in which you applied. For example, if you applied on 10 January 2015, your initial membership period would expire on 31 January 2016.
In the month prior to your initial membership expiring, a Tax Invoice will be emailed to you containing your membership fee for the ensuing 12 month period.
The Code of Professional Conduct (as explained through the ABA By-Laws) is mandatory for all Members, in so far as its provisions are reasonably applicable to the circumstances of each Member, regardless of whether or not the Member is registered under the TASA Legislation as a Tax Agent or BAS Agent.
The Objects include the promotion of the interests of the bookkeeping profession and of bookkeepers. To this end, the Association expects all of its Members to display a level of professionalism and ethical standing which reflects positively on the Association and the bookkeeping professions. When Members are providing services, it is expected that they will display an appropriate, professional standard of behaviour beyond that which is expected of someone who is not acting in a professional capacity.
A Member will be deemed to have acted with misconduct where the Member:
Where a Member has been deemed to have acted with misconduct as set out in the ABA By-Laws, ABA may:
An ABA Member may at any time resign as a member of the Association by giving ABA notice in writing. Unless the notice provides otherwise, a resignation by a Member is of immediate effect. No refund of membership fees are provided where members having paid their annual membership fee, cancel part way through their 12 month term.
If a Complaint has been lodged against a Member in accordance with the By-Laws, the Member may not resign until all regulatory procedures have been completed (if any) unless ABA otherwise consents.
ABA membership is not capable of being transferred to another person; and terminates upon cessation of the person's Membership.
ABA reserves the right to cancel/forfeit your membership at any time for reasons including, but not limited to, failure to pay annual subscription fees; being expelled from the Association under its Constitution or if a person whose actions in the opinion of the ABA Board brings the Association into serious disrepute.
No refund of membership fees are provided where members having paid their annual membership fee, have their membership cancelled part way through their 12 month term.