Our Members

Our members are "the people behind the places" who work across policy, planning and the provision of assets, services, facilities, programs and research in the parks and leisure sector including:

Community and Urban Planning


  • Recreation Planning
  • Play and Playspaces
  • Open Space
  • Landscape Design
  • Urban Planning

Parks, Environment, Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Parks and Gardens
  • Horticulture
  • Arboriculture
  • Cemeteries
  • State and National Parks
  • Ecosystems

Sport and Physical Activity

  • Health
  • Sport Development
  • Facility Management
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Aquatic Recreation

Tourism, Arts and Interpretation

  • Major Events
  • Cultural Events
  • Interpretation
  • Art installations/ Connections

Sector Support

Research and Academia

  • Universities
  • TAFE
  • Registered Training Organisations
  • Other aligned industry associations

Private Sector

  • Consulting
  • Trade and Suppliers
  • Benchmarking

We support our members through the provision of training, professional development, research and advocacy and provide a range of products and services to support you and the industry. Our members are diverse, with individual needs, priorities and desired levels of support.


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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