IRCA Membership

Membership applications are now open for organisations and individuals meeting eligibility criteria for IRCA membership categories under its new national constitution. 

Membership categories were approved by members at the Special General Meeting of 27 September 2016 and ratified by ORIC as part of IRCA’s transition to the national peak body for Indigenous broadcasting and media. A range of membership policies in support of IRCA's expanded role were approved by the IRCA Board in early November 2016. 

Become a member

Or sign up here with the online form

Further information on IRCA membership and governance is available in the IRCA Constitution.

Your membership application will be considered at the next IRCA Board meeting following your form submission. All membership applications are reviewed by the Board. In some cases you may be asked to provide further details or advised of a more appropriate membership category. Once the Board approves your eligibility you will receive formal advice of your membership. Please note that all membership fees have been waived for 2016/2017.

Eligibility

Organisations

Organisations are eligible to apply for one of four categories according to the eligibility criteria:

  1. Ordinary (full voting rights)
  2. Associate
  3. Affiliate
  4. Friend of IRCA

Ordinary member eligibility (voting member) for organisations

Organisations are eligible for Ordinary membership if they are:

  • A Remote Indigenous Media Organisation (RIMO). 
  • An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander not-for-profit community organisation that holds a current ACMA radio or TV licence with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interest, including Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Services (RIBS). 
  • An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander not-for-profit community organisation with media production as a core Constitutional objective.

Ordinary members nominate a Representative through the Application process who has carriage for voting at general meetings. 
Annual Fees: $250 (waived for 2016/17)

Associate member eligibility for organisations

Organisations are eligible for Associate membership if they are:

  • An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander not-for-profit organisation creating media but without media production as a core Constitutional objective.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasting and media workers/professionals/practitioners (individuals).

Annual Fees: Organisations $150 (waived for 2016/17)

Affiliate member eligibility for organisations

Organisations are eligible for Affiliate membership if they are:

  • A non-Indigenous not-for-profit organisation engaged directly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasting and media.

Annual Fees: $20 (waived for 2016/17) 

Friend of IRCA eligibility for organisations

Organisations are eligible for Friend of IRCA membership if they are:

  • An organisation with a commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media, but without direct involvement in the sector
  • An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media for-profit/non-community based business.

Annual Fees: $20 (waived for 2016/17)

 

Individuals

Individuals are eligible to apply for one of three categories according to the eligibility critera:

  1. Associate
  2. Affiliate
  3. Friend of IRCA

Associate membership eligibility for individuals

  • Individuals who were IRCA Ordinary members prior to 27 September 2016 receive automatic Associate membership
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasting and media practitioners in any workplace, freelancing or in own business

Annual Fees: $20 (waived for 2016/17)

Affiliate membership eligibility for individuals

  • Non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasting and media sector.

Annual Fees: $20 (waived for 2016/17)

Friend of IRCA eligibility for individuals

  • Non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons not meeting the eligibility criteria for Affiliate membership.

Annual Fees: $20 (waived for 2016/17)

 

Membership policies

In applying for IRCA membership applicants are bound by membership policies following their approval as members. The membership policies are:

 

Membership Base

IRCA supports and advocates for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasting and media industry that provides media services meeting the unique needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote, very remote, regional and urban communities. In many communities original languages are active and cultural practices are maintained.

Of the 147 remote Indigenous communities for whom IRCA has traditionally provided broadcasting and media support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up around 80% of the population.

Across Australia there are 1,113 Indigenous communities and homelands. 

Indigenous Communities