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

Membership for any year becomes due on 1 January of that year.

New members joining from 1 July pay 50% of the subscription and have membership to 31 December of that year.

New members joining from 1 November pay the subscription for the following year and have membership to 31 December of the following year.

If you’re already a member of one of our cognate societies the AIP is pleased to offer a discount on the regular fee.

Existing Members

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

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 benifits. To reactivate your membership, please login to your profile here, and renew. Or contact the Operations Manager at or phone on 0478 260 533 to request an invoice. If your membership is being reactivated after a lapse of a year or more, payment of back-dues is appreciated but not required.

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.

The AIP offers various types of membership:

Member (MAIP)

This is the normal professional grade for practicing physicists, and anyone who has completed an AIP-accredited undergraduate degree is automatically eligible.

Full-time postgraduate students (e.g. in a PhD, MPhil or Masters course) are offered a substantial discount on the standard fee when they apply through Member full-time student.

Formally, candidates for admission to the grade of Member 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 .

Other ways of belonging (without voting rights):

Undergraduate Student Associate

Free online-only student membership is offered for high school and undergraduate students, including Honours students studying physics at an Australian school or university. Those that have already obtained an undergraduate degree with a Physics major are no-longer considered ‘Student Associates’.  PhD, MPhil and Masters students can apply for Member/Associate full-time student. To join online click here.


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

2020*  2021**
Membership Level Standard renewal Early payment & New members Standard renewal
Fellow $282 $272 $282
Fellow with cognate $256 $246 $256
Fellow retired†/overseas $134 $126 $136
Fellow retired†/overseas with cognate $122 $114 $124
Member $220 $210 $220
Member with cognate $198 $188 $198
Member retired†/overseas $116 $106 $116
Member retired†/overseas with cognate $104 $94 $104
Member full-time student $60 $50 $60
Member full-time student with cognate $56 $46 $56
Associate $128 $118 $128
Associate with cognate $116 $106 $116
Associate retired†/overseas $68 $58 $68
Associate retired†/overseas with cognate $62 $52 $62
Associate full-time student $60 $50 $60
Undergraduate Student Associate Free Free Free

Cognate Societies

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) and the Vacuum Society of Australia (VSA).

*New members joining from 1 November 2020 pay the 2021 rate and have membership to 31 December 2021.

**New members joining from 1 July pay 50% of that year’s rate and have membership till 31 December.

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