Individual and Corporate Members
Our association membership comprise individuals (natural people - like you and me) and corporate entities, such as registered companies that have a status as an legal entity (such as Telstra, BHP Billiton).
The constitutions of the member associations vary in detail from state to state for various historical reasons, however, they all similar structures and similar provisions.
Depending on their constitutions, the individual members of our associations may be listed under one of the following classes of membership:
Ordinary members: (Fee paying persons interested in developing their ideas or inventions, or assisting inventors for free)
Honorary members: (Ordinary members who are recognised by the their association for their past or future contributions to their association and rewarded with free membership for a period of time).
Life members: (Ordinary members who are recognised by the their association for outstanding service to their association and rewarded with free membership for life).
Some associations have additional classes of membership for school aged students, tertiary students, primary, and seniors or retired persons - usually conditions apply to these categories.
On this website, these members are listed as "individauls" in the member database.
Corporate Membership is open to registered companies, partnerships and businesses (including registered one-man businesses). Corporate members may be listed as:
Professional Service members. These are companies and businesses that provide professional invention specific services to members for a fee. A condition of this class of membership is a signed undertaking to abide by the the association's Code of Ethics. This undertaking is the only endorsement of a service provider that the IAA can give.
Corporate Supporters: These are companies and businesses that would like support the association These members are not required to sign an undertaking to abide by the the association's Code of Ethics, and the association cannot endorse of the services of a corporate supporting member.
Note: All affiliated associations endorsed the principle of a professional service class and the requirement to sign an undertaking to abide by the Code of Ethics. However, to date, it has only been written into the IAAWA constitution.