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Membership of the AIP expires on 31 December of each year,

with the exception that New Members joining from 1 November have membership to 31 December of the current year, and all of the following calendar year.

Types of Membership

The below forms of membership have voting rights at AGMs.

Member (MAIP)

This is the normal professional grade for physics graduates.

The Member full-time student rate is applicable for full-time postgraduate students (e.g. undertaking PhD, MPhil or Masters).

Formally, candidates for admission to the grade of Member (MAIP) shall have either:

(i) obtained a bachelor degree or equivalent (or a bachelor degree with Honours) with physics as a major subject ; or

(ii) shall have obtained a bachelor degree or diploma with a major in a cognate discipline (including astronomy and astrophysics, physical sciences, chemistry, geophysics, materials science, engineering, mathematics) and have at least three years professional experience in a role requiring a knowledge of physics (including teaching).

To apply for Membership of the AIP, please complete the Online Application Form .

Fellow (FAIP)

Fellowship of the AIP recognises significant and acknowledged contributions to the field of physics. Contributions will normally include at least 10 years professional experience in (i) research and/or teaching; (ii) applications of physics in industry; (iii) leadership in industry or government; (iv) outreach and service to physics. Applicants need to have a Proposer and a Seconder (or Supporter), both of whom need to be Fellows and both of whom need to know the applicant personally. To apply for Fellowship of the AIP, please complete the Online Application Form .

Honorary Fellowships

These have been awarded to distinguished persons intimately connected with physics or a science allied thereto whom the Australian Institute of Physics especially desires to honour for outstanding services in connection with that science.

Other ways of belonging (without voting rights):

Student Associate

Free online-only membership, without voting rights, for Australian students including undergraduate,  Honours, Masters and PhD students, studying physics. To apply for Student  Associate Membership of the AIP, please complete the online application form.

Those that have already obtained an undergraduate degree with a Physics major may apply for full Membership, MAIP.

If you are studying a PhD, MPhil and Masters degree it is worth considering upgrading to the membership level: Associate full-time student or Member full-time student to have full membership at a greatly reduced student fee ($ 60). You would receive physical copies of the Australian Physics magazine, voting rights, discounted rate for the AIP Congress and Summer Meetings, and the ability to apply for AIP awards, prizes and travel grants.

Are you no longer an undergraduate? Apply to be a Member today!


For those with qualifications that do not satisfy MAIP requirements then the Associate category is applicable. This is available to anyone with an interest in physics. To apply for Associate Membership of the AIP, please complete the online application form.

Fee Schedule

The AIP offers 4 different types of membership. Fellow, Member, Associate and Student Associate.

Read about the different types of membership in the right-hand side panel.

  2023*  2024**  
Membership Level Standard renewal Early payment & New members Standard renewal
Fellow $298 $304 $314
Fellow with cognate $270 $274 $284
Fellow retired†/overseas $154 $152 $162
Fellow retired†/overseas with cognate $140 $136 $146
Member $232 $234 $244
Member with cognate $210 $212 $222
Member retired†/overseas $120 $116 $126
Member retired†/overseas with cognate $110 $106 $116
Member full-time student $60 $50 $60
Member full-time student with cognate $56 $46 $56
Associate $134 $130 $140
Associate with cognate $122 $118 $128
Associate retired†/overseas $72 $64 $74
Associate retired†/overseas with cognate $66 $58 $68
Associate full-time student $60 $50 $60
Student Associate Free Free Free

*New members joining from 1 November 2023 pay the 2024 rate and have membership to 31 December 2024.

**A flat $10 admin fee is applied to renewals after 31 January. Wild Apricot treats this as a $10 discount for early renewals and new members. New members joining from 1 July pay 50% off the early payment fee and have membership till 31 December of that year.

†If you retire, email so that we may change your Membership Level to 'retired/overseas'.

New Members

New members  joining between 1 February and 30 June will receive $10 off their membership fees for the first year of their membership using the discount code $10NMD2024.

New Members joining  from 1 November will have membership to 31 December of the current year, and all of the following calendar year.

New members joining between the 1 July and 31 October pay 50% of the membership subscription and have membership to 31 December.

Contact to receive the appropriate new member discount code. 

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There is a wide range of benefits for being a member of the AIP.

AIP Benefits

Existing Members

Membership is due on 1 January each year.

To renew your membership of the AIP or to access and amend your AIP membership record, click the button below to login and edit your membership profile.


Existing members receive $10 off their AIP membership fees if they renew in the Early renewal period between 1 November and 31 January.

Contact the AIP Operations Manager on or phone on 0478 260 533, if you have any questions.

Lapsed Members

If your membership has not been renewed by 31 March you are classified as a lapsed member and no longer have access to your AIP membership benefits.

To reactivate your membership, please login to your profile and re-join.


Or contact the Operations Manager at or phone on 0478 260 533 with your AIP member number to request that your membership be reinstated  (or send us an email with your details so we can resume your membership with information held in our archives). If your membership is being reactivated after a lapse of a year or more, payment of back-dues is appreciated but not required.

Cognate societies

If you are a Fellow, Member or Associate and are overseas and/or retired a discount may be obtained by emailing

The AIP is pleased to offer further discounts to members who are also members of cognate societies.

The AIP's cognate societies are:  

Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM)

Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS)

Australasian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (ASGRG)

Australian Acoustical Society (AAS)

Australian and New Zealand Optical Society (ANZOS)

Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA)

Australian Society of Rheology (ASR)

Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Mathematical Physics (ANZAMP)

The Victorian Physics Teachers Network (VicPhys)

Vacuum Society of Australia (VSA)

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