Become a member2018-07-23T02:29:18+00:00

BECOME A MEMBER

Building Designers Association of Australia is a true member-based association, developed to serve as the peak professional body representing the interests of Building Designers and their clients.

Prospective members are required to apply and pay online.  Membership of Association is renewed annually on the anniversary of membership approval.

Please select from one of the six levels of membership available below.

Payment Processing:  upon receipt of a complete online Application for Membership by BDA Australia Head Office, a payment link to will be sent to an Applicant for payment.  Processing of Application for Membership will not be completed until full payment has been received.

Any Application for Membership that is received without all required documentation is unable to be processed.  An email will be forwarded to the Applicant requesting any outstanding or incorrect information.  This may delay the Application being approved.

If a Full, Full Practice or Chartered Membership Application is received and is deemed unsuitable for approval by an Assessor, a refund of the Membership component will be actioned within five business days. The $100 Application Assessment Fee will be retained to cover costs of this. All attempts to assist an Applicant through the Assessment process will be made prior to this being done.”

Support Documents:

CLICK HERE for Full Membership Declaration of Authorship.

CLICK HERE for an Associate Membership Declaration Form.

Member Structure

Open to all Bona Fide students who reside in Australia and are enrolled in an approved Building Design course or have graduated or ceased studying from such course within 12 months of applying for membership. After this period a Student Member must upgrade to Associate Membership level.

There is no cost to join as a Student Member.

A Student Member must provide evidence of their current enrolment or graduation status on an annual basis when requested in April each year.
Student Members are entitled to the following:

  • Eligibility to enter the Building Designers Association of Australia’s Annual National Design Awards
  • Eligibility to attend at BDA Australia events which includes the very popular and educational Annual National Conference at a discounted member’s rate
  • Attend at local Chapter Meetings and at any Chapter Meeting throughout Australia
  • Eligibility to participate in BDA Australia’s national online Chat Group which is exclusive to members only
  • Receive BDA Australia’s weekly Industry Report
  • Receive a copy of the eTrends magazine
  • Receive a copy of the annual Winning Design magazine
  • A login to the members area of the website: www.bdaa.com.au
  • Will be provided notices outlining new laws, regulations and products

Student Members are not entitled to the following:

  • Vote or hold a Chapter Council Management Committee position
  • Not Eligibility to hold a position on the National Council of BDA Australia
  • Student Members will not have access to the BDA Australia Practice Notes
  • Student Members are not Eligibility to use the BDA Australia Logo or other items deemed unavailable by the National Committee, developed by BDA Australia for the exclusive use for Chartered Members, Full Members or Full Practice Members.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE ONLINE AT: www.bdaa.com.au

(No other forms of Application will be accepted)

Affiliate Membership was introduced to give members of non-aligned state based BDAs the opportunity to participate in the new National members based structure without giving up their state membership.

To be Eligibility for Affiliate Membership, a Building Designer must be a Full Member of a State BDA member, registered or licensed if required in that state, and must provide evidence of their current membership on an annual basis.

Affiliate Members are entitled to the following:

  • Eligibility to enter the Building Designers Association of Australia’s Annual National Design Awards
  • Eligibility to attend at BDA Australia events which includes the very popular and educational Annual National Conference at a discounted member’s rate
  • Attend at local Chapter Meetings and at any Chapter Meeting throughout Australia
  • Eligibility to participate in BDA Australia’s national online Chat Group which is exclusive to members only
  • Receive BDA Australia’s weekly Industry Report
  • Receive a copy of the eTrends magazine
  • Receive a copy of the annual Winning Design magazine
  • A login to the members area of the website: www.bdaa.com.au
  • Will be provided notices outlining new laws, regulations and products

Affiliate Members are not entitled to the following:

  • Vote or hold a Chapter Council Management Committee position
  • Not Eligibility to hold a position on the National Council of BDA Australia
  • Affiliate Members will not have access to the BDA Australia Practice Notes
  • Affiliate Members are not Eligibility to use the BDA Australia Logos or other items deemed unavailable by the Management Council, developed by BDA Australia for the exclusive use for Chartered or Full Members

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE ONLINE AT: www.bdaa.com.au
(No other forms of Application will be accepted)

Open to all persons employed in the building design profession who do not meet the criteria for Full Membership.

The cost to join as an Associate Member is $330.00 per annum (including GST).

To be eligible for Associate Membership, the online application must include the completed Associate Membership Declaration Form, which can be found in Become a Member tab on our website:  www.bdaa.com.au.

Where a practicing building designer, who does not meet the criteria for Full Membership, joins as an Associate Member, they are required to upgrade to Full Membership, once they reach the criteria, or after one full year of Associate Membership, whichever occurs first.  This upgrade will be required to be done at the next renewal period after their initial 12 months.  Failure to do so may see the termination of membership.

An Associate Member who is working in the building design or building industry but is not practising as a building designer, may remain as an Associate Member and not be required to upgrade.

Once a Student Member of BDA Australia, completes their studies and begins practicing as a Building Designer, either as a sole trader or an employee, they must upgrade to Associate Membership. They must remain at Associate Membership level for at least two years, to enable the former Student Member to obtain the two year experience required for Full Membership, or until they meet the criteria for Full Membership.

Associate Members are entitled to the following:

  • Eligibility to enter the Building Designers Association of Australia’s Annual National Design Awards
  • Eligibility to attend at BDA Australia events which includes the very popular and educational Annual National Conference at a discounted member’s rate
  • Attend at local Chapter Meetings and at any Chapter Meeting throughout Australia
  • Eligibility to participate in BDA Australia’s national online Chat Group which is exclusive to members only
  • Receive BDA Australia’s weekly Industry Report
  • Receive a copy of the eTrends magazine
  • Receive a copy of the annual Winning Design magazine
  • A login to the members area of the website: www.bdaa.com.au
  • Will be provided notices outlining new laws, regulations and products

Associate Members are not entitled to the following:

  • Vote or hold a Chapter Council Management Committee position
  • Not eligible to hold a position on the National Council of BDA Australia
  • Associate Members will not have access to the BDA Australia Practice Notes
  • Associate Members are not eligible to use the BDA Australia Logos or other items deemed unavailable by the National Committee, developed by BDA Australia for the exclusive use for Chartered Members, Full Members or Full Practice Members.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE ONLINE AT: www.bdaa.com.au
(No other forms of Application will be accepted)

Persons who qualify for Practice Membership, fit the criteria of Associate or Full Membership but are also either a partner or an employee of a business or corporation that provides building design services and is in the control of a Full or Chartered Member of BDA Australia.  An Applicant must include a letter or email on company letterhead from this Full or Chartered Member confirming this.  This is in addition to the requirements listed below.

In the event of a cessation of such employment or business arrangement described above, the Practice Member must advise BDA Australia immediately upon this occurring and will be required to upgrade to Associate or Full Membership at the next renewal period.

There is a new additional option for persons eligible for Practice Membership but would like the additional benefits of Full Membership. This new membership level is Full Practice Membership. Please see the Full Practice Membership category for further information on this.

Practice Members are entitled to the following:

  • Eligibility to enter the Building Designers Association of Australia’s Annual National Design Awards
  • Eligibility to attend at BDA Australia events which includes the very popular and educational Annual National Conference at a discounted member’s rate
  • Attend at local Chapter Meetings and at any Chapter Meeting throughout Australia
  • Eligibility to participate in BDA Australia’s national online Chat Group which is exclusive to members only
  • Receive BDA Australia’s weekly Industry Report
  • Receive a copy of the eTrends magazine
  • Receive a copy of the annual Winning Design magazine
  • A login to the members area of the website: www.bdaa.com.au
  • Will be provided notices outlining new laws, regulations and products

Practice Members are not entitled to the following:

  • Vote or hold a Chapter Council Management Committee position
  • Not eligible to hold a position on the National Council of BDA Australia
  • Practice Members will not have access to the BDA Australia Practice Notes
  • Practice Members are not eligible to use the BDA Australia Logos or other items deemed unavailable by the National Committee, developed by BDA Australia for the exclusive use for Chartered Members, Full Members or Full Practice Members.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE ONLINE AT: www.bdaa.com.au
(No other forms of Application will be accepted)

Persons who qualify for Full Practice Membership, fit the criteria of Full Membership but are also either a partner or an employee of a business or corporation that provides building design services and is in the control of a Full or Chartered Member of BDA Australia.  An Applicant must include a letter or email on company letterhead from this Full or Chartered Member confirming this.  This is in addition to the requirements listed below.

In the event of a cessation of such employment or business arrangement as described above, a Practice Member must advise BDA Australia immediately, and will be required to upgrade to Associate or Full Membership at the next renewal period.

To make an Application for Full Practice Membership, the following items are required to be submitted with the online Full Membership Application:

  • In some states, to practice as a Building Designer, a License or being Registered is a mandatory requirement. In this instance all that is required to be submitted with online application for Full Membership, is a copy of that current License or Registration.

If you do not hold a current License or Registration, the following documentation is required to be submitted with your online Full Membership Application:

  • Full working drawings and specifications of two recently completed projects that were authored by the Applicant or carried out under the Applicant’s direct supervision
  • Completed Declaration of Authorship (which can be found in Become a Member on our website
  • Evidence of completion of appropriate tertiary qualifications in architectural technology or approved equivalent
  • Evidence of a minimum of two years experience in the building design profession. This can be supplied in the way of a short resume outlining your experience.
  • Certificate of Currency of Professional Indemnity Insurance

Full Practice Members are entitled to the following:

  • Full Practice Members are eligible to use the BDA Australia Logos and other items deemed available by the National Council, developed by BDA Australia for the exclusive use of Chartered Members, Full Members or Full Practice Members. This currently includes access to the online BDA Australia Practice Notes
  • A members Profile page on our website: www.bdaa.com.au where an approved Full Practice Member can upload three photographs, their business logo and 150 words to advertise their business
  • The BDA Australia Logo will be added automatically at time of processing a successful application
  • Voting rights and ability to hold a Chapter Council Management Committee position
  • Eligibility to hold a position on the National Council

Full Practice Members are also entitled to the following:

  • Eligibility to enter the Building Designers Association of Australia’s Annual National Design Awards
  • Eligibility to attend at BDA Australia events which includes the very popular and educational Annual National Conference at a discounted member’s rate
  • Attend at Chapter Meetings in local area and throughout Australia
  • Eligibility to participate in BDA Australia’s National Online Chat Group which is exclusive to Members
  • Receive BDA Australia’s weekly Industry Report
  • Receive a copy of the eTrends magazine
  • Receive a copy of the annual Winning Design magazine
  • A login to the members area of the website: www.bdaa.com.au
  • Will be provided notices outlining new laws, regulations and products

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE ONLINE AT: www.bdaa.com.au
(No other forms of Application will be accepted)

Persons who can provide evidence of experience, qualifications and knowledge as a Building Designer and maintains the currency of suitable Professional Indemnity (PI) Insurance.  Full Members are required to participate in the BDA Australia CPD program annually, or alternatively meet the CPD requirements of their state licensing/registration authority for Building Design or Architecture.

The cost to join as a Full Member is $550.00 + a one off Application Assessment Fee of $100 this totals $650.00 (including GST).  The annual renewal fee is $550.00 after this initial first year.

To make an application for Full Membership, the following items are required to be submitted with the online Full Membership Application form:

  • In some states, to practice as a Building Designer, a License or being Registered is a mandatory requirement. In this instance all that is required to be submitted with online application for Full Membership, is a copy of that current License or Registration.

If you do not hold a current License or Registration, the following documentation is required to be submitted with your online Full Membership Application:

  • Full working drawings and specifications of two recently completed projects that were authored by the Applicant or carried out under the Applicant’s direct supervision
  • Completed Declaration of Authorship (which can be found in Become a Member on our website
  • Evidence of completion of appropriate tertiary qualifications in architectural technology or approved equivalent
  • Evidence of a minimum of two year’s experience in the building design profession. This can be supplied in the way of a short resume outlining your experience.
  • Certificate of Currency of Professional Indemnity Insurance

Full Members are entitled to the following:

  • Full Members are eligible to use the BDA Australia Logos and other items deemed available by the National Council, developed by BDA Australia for the exclusive use of Chartered Members, Full Members or Full Practice Members. This currently includes access to the online BDA Australia Practice Notes.
  • A members Profile page on our website: www.bdaa.com.au where an approved Full Member can upload three photographs, their business logo and 150 words to advertise their business
  • The BDA Australia Logo will be added automatically at time of processing a successful application
  • Voting rights and ability to hold a Chapter Council Management Committee position
  • Eligibility to hold a position on the National Council

Full Members are also entitled to the following:

  • Eligibility to enter the Building Designers Association of Australia’s Annual National Design Awards
  • Eligibility to attend at BDA Australia events which includes the very popular and educational Annual National Conference at a discounted member’s rate
  • Attend at Chapter Meetings in local area and throughout Australia
  • Eligibility to participate in BDA Australia’s National Online Chat Group which is exclusive to Members
  • Receive BDA Australia’s weekly Industry Report
  • Receive a copy of the eTrends magazine
  • Receive a copy of the annual Winning Design magazine
  • A login to the members area of the website: www.bdaa.com.au
  • Will be provided notices outlining new laws, regulations and products

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE ONLINE AT: www.bdaa.com.au
(No other forms of Application will be accepted)

Chartered Membership is the most prestigious level of recognition available to Building Designers in Australia.  To join and maintain this level, an Applicant must satisfy the National Council that their credentials and business acumen are of high repute.

The cost to join as a Chartered Member is $660.00 + a one off Application Assessment Fee of $100.  This totals $760.00 (including GST).  The annual renewal fee is $660.00 after this initial first year.

All Chartered Members must either hold a License or be Registered, whichever is mandatory in the state that they practice Building Design, or hold current Accreditation with Building Designers Accreditation and Training (BDA&T).    Further information on becoming an Accredited Building Designer can be found on our website:  www.bdaa.com.au.

To make an application for Chartered Membership, the following items are required to be attached to the online Chartered Membership Application form:

  • In some states, to practice as a Building Designer, a License or being Registered is a mandatory requirement. In this instance all that is required to be submitted with the online application for Chartered Membership, is a copy of that current License or Registration. A copy of this will be requested in May each year prior to the membership renewal period.

If the Applicant does not hold a current License or Registration as outlined above, the following documentation is required to be submitted with their online Chartered Membership Application:

  • Full working drawings and specifications of two recently completed projects that were authored by the Applicant or carried out under the Applicant’s direct supervision
  • Completed Chartered Membership Declaration Form (which is on BDA Australia website)
  • Evidence of completion of appropriate tertiary qualifications in architectural technology or approved equivalent
  • Evidence of a minimum of two year’s experience in the building design profession. This can be supplied in the way of a short resume outlining the Applicant’s experience
  • Certificate of Currency of Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Proof of 12 months participation in an approved CPD Program
  • Confirmation that BDA&T Accreditation is currently held

Chartered Members are entitled to the following:

  • Chartered Members are eligible to use the BDA Australia Logos and other items deemed available by the National Council, developed by BDA Australia for the exclusive use of Chartered Members, Full Members or Full Practice Members. This currently includes access to the online BDA Australia Practice Notes.
  • A members Profile page on our website: www.bdaa.com.au where an approved Chartered Member can upload three photographs, their business logo and 150 words to advertise their business
  • The BDA Australia Logo will be added automatically at time of processing a successful application
  • Voting rights and ability to hold a Chapter Council Management Committee position
  • Eligibility to hold a position on the National Council

Chartered Members are also entitled to the following:

  • Eligibility to enter the Building Designers Association of Australia’s Annual National Design Awards
  • Eligibility to attend at BDA Australia events which includes the very popular and educational Annual National Conference at a discounted member’s rate
  • Attend at Chapter Meetings in local area and throughout Australia
  • Eligibility to participate in BDA Australia’s National Online Chat Group which is exclusive to Members
  • Receive BDA Australia’s weekly Industry Report
  • Receive a copy of the eTrends magazine
  • Receive a copy of the annual Winning Design magazine
  • A login to the members area of the website: www.bdaa.com.au
  • Will be provided notices outlining new laws, regulations and products

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE ONLINE AT: www.bdaa.com.au
(No other forms of Application will be accepted)

Member Fees

Affiliate Member

$15000annually

Associate Member

$33000annually

Practice Member

$11000annually

Full Practice Member

$27500annually
  • Additional Application or Upgrade Fee $100

Full Member

$55000annually
  • Additional Application or Upgrade Fee $100

Chartered Member

$66000annually
  • Additional Application or Upgrade Fee $100

Student Member

$freeannually
For all MEMBERSHIP enquiries please use the online form or contact:

Katrina McCarron
Executive Secretary
Building Designers Association of Australia

Head Office:
1300 669 854
PO Box 592
HRMC NSW 2310

Send Katrina an email

Support Documents:

CLICK HERE for Full Membership authorship declaration form.

CLICK HERE for an Associate Membership declaration form.