AACAI

Australian Association Of Consulting Archaeologists Inc

Application Guide For Prospective Members

The Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. (AACAI) is an organisation for professionals working in all fields of contract and public archaeology.

It aims to uphold and promote the discipline and to advance the welfare of members. AACAI has a Constitution, a Code of Ethics and a Policy on Consulting with Aboriginal Communities. It is affiliated with the Australian Archaeological Association Inc.

Objectives

The objectives of AACAI are:

  1. to encourage the communication of knowledge and promote a spirit of co-operation amongst workers within the field of archaeology
  2. to support and encourage research into all forms of archaeology, particularly those with relevance to consultancy work within the discipline
  3. to promote the training of students in archaeology, especially in consulting work, by encouraging consultants to provide such training
  4. to establish, maintain and encourage adherence to professional standards and ethics by fellow consultants

General

AACAI is a national organisation with local chapters in QLD, NSW/ACT, VIC, SA and WA. The National Executive deals with national issues, including membership applications, AACAI policy and general administration, while State Chapters deal with local matters, such as submissions on legislation etc. AACAI may also provide technical and professional advice, and dispute resolution. It produces a quarterly Newsletter, a journal, an Occasional Monograph Series and a Recommended Minimum Fee Scale.

AACAI maintains a web-based Register of Full Members for direct access to potential clients. This document:

AACAI advises all members who are engaged in their own consultancies to carry Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurances. Those who employ assistants at any time are legally obliged to maintain a Workers Compensation policy. Full Members are required to join AACAI’s Professional Indemnity Scheme held with a leading insurance company (at a favourable rate), unless they already have separate cover.

Applications for membership are considered by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of AACAI, on the advice of the Membership Committee.

The latter consists of 7 elected members who may be Full Members or Affiliates and who have been Full Members within the 5 years preceding their election.

Applicants are informed of the result of their applications following the decision agreed to by the NEC.

If offered membership they become members of AACAI as soon as the appropriate fees are received.

Application Fees - $50

Annual Fees:
Full Member - $180
Associate Member - $100
Affiliate Member - $80

PAYMENT FOR APPLICATION AND MEMBERSHIP CAN BE MADE VIA ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER (EFT)

Account name: AACAI
Bank: National Australia Bank
BSB: 082-372
Account Number: 50 945 4961

Please use your surname as the reference on this transaction

PAYMENT CAN ALSO BE MADE BY CHEQUE MADE PAYABLE TO AACAI
AACAI
Cindy Shadiack
AACAI Secretariat Officer
Box 196
585 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Membership Categories

Full Members

Full Members are archaeologists who are competent to work as independent, professional consulting archaeologists.

Membership criteria are set out below. Full Members are entitled to quote membership of AACAI as a professional qualification in the form “MAACAI” .

Full Members and are included in the Register of Full Members.

Annual subscription is $180.

TO QUALIFY FOR FULL MEMBER: Each applicant for full membership shall:

  1. have an honours degree or postgraduate degree in archaeology or other field of scholarship accepted by the Membership Committee or have such experience in the field of consulting archaeology as is considered sufficient by the Committee for admission as a full member;
  2. have the equivalent of two years full time experience in the field of consulting archaeology in Australia;
  3. be supported by references from 2 archaeologists (one of whom must be a Full Member of the Association or in exceptional circumstances another person agreed to by the Membership Committee) each stating that in his or her opinion the applicant is competent in the field of consulting archaeology and setting out the grounds for that belief;
  4. have demonstrated an ability to conduct archaeological consultancies on his or her own;
  5. have demonstrated competence in:
    1. survey, identification and recording of sites;
    2. site assessment and evaluation;
    3. recommendations concerning the management of sites;
    4. report preparation and production;
    5. client-consultant relations;
    6. consultant-determining authority relations; and where relevant
    7. relevant community liaison and consultation and documentary and oral research.

Applicants must provide at least two recent reports for review by the Membership Committee. Items in (e) above are core skills and must be demonstrated in at least one of the reports submitted.

Claims for additional expertise, such as excavation or rock art recording, must also be demonstrated, in additional reports if necessary.

If reports with joint authorship are submitted then it must be clear which sections the applicant has completed.

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Associate Members

Associate Members generally have less experience or are less qualified than Full Members.

They are available to assist in consulting work and/or may undertake independent consultancies appropriate to their experience or expertise.

This category includes recent graduates with little or no experience in consulting work, to those with considerable expertise.

Annual subscription is $100.

ASSOCIATE MEMBER: Each applicant for associate membership shall:

  1. have an honours degree or postgraduate degree in archaeology or other field of scholarship accepted by the Membership Committee or have such experience in the field of consulting archaeology as is considered sufficient by the Membership Committee for admission as an Associate Member;
  2. intend to seek at least part-time employment in the field of consulting archaeology;
  3. be supported by references from 2 professional archaeologists each stating that in his or her opinion the applicant is competent in archaeological procedures relevant to the application and setting out the grounds for that belief; and
  4. be able to work as a supervised or unsupervised field or research assistant and may undertake sub-consultancies or consultancies where he or she has appropriate levels of skill and training.

In the absence of an Honours or Postgraduate degree in archaeology, acceptable equivalent qualifications and/or experience must include a substantive piece of independent work in the field of archaeology, demonstrating knowledge of both the theory and practice specific to the discipline. Such a work could be published or unpublished, for example a major article or chapter in a refereed journal or book, the major essay required for some postgraduate diplomas in archaeology, or a consulting report.

An Associate Member may apply for Full Membership after one year of Associate membership. Such application must comply with the criteria outlined for Full Members above.

The Association expects Associate Members to apply for Full Membership after five years of full-time consultancy activity (or equivalent).

If Associate Members have not applied for Full Membership within 5 years, they must demonstrate to the NEC why they should continue as an Associate Member.

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Affiliate Members

Affiliate Members are persons professionally involved in archaeology who have a special interest in contract archaeology and its interaction with the wider discipline.

Affiliates are entitled to quote membership of the Association as a professional qualification in the form “AACAI (Affiliate)”.

Annual subscription is $80.

AFFILIATE MEMBER: Each applicant for affiliate membership shall:

  1. have an honours degree or postgraduate degree in prehistory, historical archaeology or other field of scholarship accepted by the Membership Committee or such experience as is considered sufficient by the Membership Committee for admission as an Affiliate Member;
  2. have the equivalent of 2 years full-time employment in archaeology or other experience in the field of archaeology (with demonstrated interest in consulting archaeology) as is considered sufficient by the Membership Committee for admission as an affiliate member; and
  3. be supported by a recommendation from a full member of the Association.

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