Membership Fees to rise from 1 July 2014
WIA Membership fees will rise as of 1 July 2014. Full membership will rise to $95 per year and Concessional membership will be $80 per year. All other membership categories will rise in the same proportion, except for student membership, which – at $35 a year – will not change.
Roger Harrison - VK2ZRH
To ease the burden of paying your full membership fee up-front – for those of you who may wish to do so, the WIA is introducing the OPTION of quarterly membership payments by direct debit from your bank account.
The WIA Board made these decisions at its February teleconference after many months’ research and lengthy, detailed discussions at previous monthly teleconferences.
President Phil Wait VK2ASD has highlighted the Institute’s financial situation in his President’s Comment column in AR magazine during the latter half of last year (and in the President’s Blog on this website, at this Link ).
Trading losses have occurred over 2012 and 2013. Although the losses so far are not large (and the Institute has ample reserves to cover them), they are certainly tenacious. The Board has instituted as many savings as were possible without cutting member services, or cutting international representation at the ITU and the IARU. Both are critical to the future of amateur radio in Australia.
Fees for licence exam assessments and callsign recommendations will not change. These services are provided strictly on a cost-recovery basis under a Deed with the Commonwealth Government and are not linked financially to other WIA operations.
The full story is set out in the March issue of Amateur Radio magazine, in an article titled “The WIA, technology and the challenge of change”, which you can download via the link below.
With changes afoot for the WIA, the Board felt it was time to find out more about the membership’s demographics, computer capabilities and interests, and to provide members with an opportunity to “have your say” at the same time. The Board encourages members to complete the 2014 Membership Survey online, simply click the following Link
NOTE: You will need your 6-digit membership number, which can be found on the address label that comes with your AR magazine, or can be obtained from the WIA Office.
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