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Membership renewal year to change in 2018

Speech Pathology Australia can confirm that as of 1 July 2018, the membership year will follow the financial year i.e. 1 July to 30 June. This will supersede the current calendar membership year.

The change follows feedback from members that the end of calendar year is often challenging financially and has time constraints for those on holidays. The Association’s National Office also closes over the Christmas period, so changing the renewal period allows more support for members at this time. It also allows the claiming the full cost of membership as a tax deduction.

As the Association introduces this change members will have some options.

Option 1
At renewal time, which will open on 1 December 2017, members may renew for 18 months (1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019). Membership fees will remain the same as for the 2017 membership year (pro rata) and cover the full 18 months.

Option 2
At renewal time, which will open on 1 December 2017, members may renew for 6 months (1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018). There will be no increase in membership fees at this time.

If a member renews for 6 months (1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018), they will have to renew again from 1 July 2018 for 12 months to take them into the new financial year cycle. There will be a small increase of two per cent on membership fees for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

If you have any questions at all regarding this matter contact the Association’s friendly membership team by email or telephone 1300 368 835.

For example, a Certified Practising membership will cost  as follows

Membership period Fees (CPSP)
Option 1 18 months membership - 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019 - no increase from 2017 fees $803
Option 2 6 months membership - 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018 - no increase from 2017 fees $268

12 months membership 1 1July 2018 to 30 June 2019 - two per cent increase on 2017 fees Provisional