PIA's Evolution

We are moving to strengthen the credibility of PIA's professional membership, by creating a new membership benchmark that is of equivalent professional standing to other Australian professional bodies and overseas planning associations. We believe that there is currently a strong case for change for PIA and we need to act now to continue to be effective for the profession.

The nature of the new membership benchmark and the form and level of the assessment required to transition to it is currently in the process of being developed. The overall aim is to elevate the standing of PIA members through this process and create a new benchmark for PIA membership that holds a higher level of professional credibility.

A paper looking at international planning institute models. . A revised membership benchmark has been created in consultation with members and industry. The model for how we will use this benchmark to assess entry into our highest grade of membership is open for comments until 16 September.

Survey of members to identify key competencies of planners. Summary of results now available.

Will update Code to include new benchmark & assessment. Members to be consulted.
Changes to the Code to remove chapter pathways and a series of other simplifications. Members consultation completed and a summary of the results are now available. Revise our university accreditation policy to respond to modern learning techniques & emerging issues.

Want to know more about PIA's evolution? Download our summary sheet or go to our Frequently Asked Questions page to read more about the case for change, the new Code of Membership and the proposed new Membership Benchmark.

Member involvement and understanding is critical to our change process. If you are unable to find an answer to your question in the FAQ’s please email us

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  • membership@planning.org.au
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  • PO Box 5427 Kingston ACT 2604