Membership FAQs

How does the new membership structure differ from the previous one?

PLA's membership model has evolved and now offers newly-created tiered categories of membership at varying price points, delivering the exact products and levels of service you or your organisation needs. We are moving from a stagnant, antiquated membership structure to a flexible, responsive model.

To check out your membership benefits at a glance click here.To check out the difference between our old and new structure click here.

What is the difference between a Corporate and Individual membership?

Individual memberships are designed for a single person whereas a Corporate membership allows multiple people in your organisation to benefit. See Membership Conditions.

To check out all the new member benefits at a glance click here.

What's the difference the old Corporate membership and the new one?

Our old model failed to invite all to participate in this sector we collectively love. It lacked the flexibility to be responsive to our members' specific needs. We needed a new model to move PLA forward into the next stages of growth. The new structure allows more people in your organisation to access the wealth of benefits of a PLA membership. To check out the difference between our old and new structure click here. To check out all the new benefits at a glance click here.

What are the membership conditions?

The Membership period is 12 months commencing from the 1st of July each year.

There are two types of memberships

  1. Individual
  2. Corporate

For those who do not want to join as a member, but would like to receive our quarterly digital and hard copy Australasian Parks and Leisure Journal, we also have an option for a journal subscription.

Individual Memberships:

Individual Memberships relate to the individual taking out a membership. They are not transferable.

Corporate Memberships:

Corporate memberships are available for organisations/groups of 2 or more people. There are several options available suitable for every size of organisation. An organisation administrator is appointed to manage the membership and it is their responsibility to nominate the individuals listed under their membership, in addition to making all other arrangements for the membership. It is important you know who the organisation administrator for your membership is as it will be them that we primarily contact in relation to the membership. In the event that your organisation administrator leaves the organisation, we recommend that you contact us immediately to request a change.

A Corporate membership is non-transferable which means that the members are nominated by the organisation at the commencement of the membership and will remain for the membership period (12 months) until the next renewal.

In reasonable circumstances Corporate members may change their nominated members for example in the event of a person leaving the organisation, taking extended leave or changing departments.

An organisation may not change individuals within a Corporate membership without approval from PLA.

With the transition to the new structure, additional members are now entitled to benefits; however it is important that organisations ensure they have the appropriate membership for the number of employees with the organisation what will need to access the benefits.

To check out all the new benefits at a glance click here.

To check out the difference between our old and new structure click here.

Subscription:

Our publication entitled Australian Parks and Leisure Australia is distributed quarterly. A hard copy and digital version are included with both the Individual and Corporate Memberships. For those wishing to only receive a subscription, these are distributed quarterly in approximately March, June, September and December. When you sign up you will go on our distribution list, and receive the next issue following your joining date. Our subscriptions, just like our memberships, are all renewed on the 1st of July.

I am a member, what are the new renewal conditions?

Membership are now renewed on the 1st July each year.

New Members:

When you join you are charged a pro rata membership fee to 30th June. On the 1st of July you will automatically be sent a renewal notice accompanied by an invoice, payable within 30 days.

Membership Renewals:

If you joined under our old system, you will be sent an invoice at your normal anniversary date and your will be charged a pro rata fee until the 30th of June. You will then revert to the new renewal system and on the 1st of July you will automatically be sent a renewal notice accompanied by an invoice, payable within 30 days [for example if your membership expired in December 2018, you will be charged 6 months until the 30th of June 2019, and on 1st July 2019, a 12 month renewal notice accompanied by an invoice will be sent out to you].

When does my Membership become active?

New Members:

For new members signing up, your membership will be activated once you have paid your invoice. If you would like to receive benefits immediately at the time of joining, you will be required to pay by credit card upon registration of your membership.

Existing Members:

For existing members, your membership will continue to remain active at the time renewal. However, if your membership is not paid within the payment terms your membership may be deactivated until payment is received.

How can I pay for my membership?

Payment is still made online via credit card (VISA/Mastercard) or EFT. To join as a new member apply online click here or to renew an existing membership you may pay using the link sent in the renewal letter.

How often can the administrator of a Corporate membership change the individuals listed?

At the time of renewal, administrators will be given the opportunity to update the individuals listed. Other than at the time of renewal, the administrator may change their nominated members in reasonable circumstances such as a person leaving, someone taking extended leave or changing departments. An organisation may not change individuals within a Corporate membership outside the time of renewal without approval from PLA. See Membership Conditions

I am an administrator of a Corporate membership, how do I know who the individuals are listed on our membership?

If you are the administrator you may log in click on 'Manage Membership' to access your members area. If you are not the membership administrator you will not have access to view the individuals listed on the membership. If you experience difficulties please contact our Membership Officer 08 8332 0130 or

membership@parksleisure.com.au

I have received an invoice but do not wish to renew - what do I do now?

Please contact us as soon as possible 08 8332 0130 or membership@parksleisure.com.au.

I am an existing member, are my log in details the same as prior to October 2018?

No, please jump into the new site enter your email address and request a new password

I need help with my membership who do I contact?

Contact the team at the National Office, we are here to help 08 8332 0130 or membership@parksleisure.com.au.


PLA has provided me a wealth of opportunities to meet and collaborate with other open space and recreation professionals eager to share their knowledge and has also allowed me to share my ideas in a cooperative and safe environment.

Louise, Consultant

It's important to keep up with new technology and techniques in managing Parks & Open Spaces and hear from industry leading operators about how we can do things more environmentally friendly and effectively. I also enjoy the networking and meeting people from the different organisations. It keeps me fresh and motivated to improve things.

Jason, Manager, Hume City Council

I have found the seminars and conferences run by PLA have provided a vehicle to create friendships and professional affiliations amongst the membership from as close as the adjoining council to as far away as interstate and overseas.

Fiona, Advisor, Office of Sport

PLA has provided me a wealth of opportunities to meet and collaborate with other open space and recreation professionals eager to share their knowledge and has also allowed me to share my ideas in a cooperative and safe environment.

Louise, Consultant


It's important to keep up with new technology and techniques in managing Parks & Open Spaces and hearing from industry leading operators about how we can do things more environmentally friendly and effectively. I also enjoy the networking and meeting people from the different organisations. It keeps me fresh and motivated to improve things.

Jason, Manager, Hume City Council

I have found the seminars and conferences run by PLA have provided a vehicle to create friendships and professional affiliations amongst the membership from as close as the adjoining council to as far away as interstate and overseas.

Fiona, Advisor, Office of Sport

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