To be eligible for membership to the Institute the applicant must be currently employed full or part time in a Healthcare Facility includes Aged Care in an Administrative or Supervisory position within the areas of Support Services, the persons may also be studying Hospitality Management or may have association with the same, refer to Healthcare Network Membership below.
There are six categories of membership; all members will be entitled to one vote at Institute Meetings except where otherwise stated in the definition of the category of membership. All categories of membership are eligible by election for membership to a State or Regional Committee except Affiliate and Honorary Members. Executive positions (e.g. State Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Treasurer) must only be held by persons who have attained Full, Fellow or Life Membership of the Institute. This ruling also applies to those members elected to the National Board.
1. Full Member
A member who has obtained a Degree or Diploma in Food Service and / or Catering or in Hotel Services from a recognized University, College or Institute of Education, (or such other qualification as the committee of the Institute shall determine).The member will have been employed in Hotel Services in a managerial position within a Healthcare facility. To apply for membership in this category, complete the application form linked here:
Start the online membership application
2. Healthcare Network Member
A person who may be employed within the Hotel Service area or provides services to the Hotel Services area of a Healthcare Facility. They will be a professional but differ from the other categories of membership in that they may not be employed full-time or part time as a Hotel Services Manager. Persons who may fill these criteria could be a Food Technologist, Dietitian, Health Surveyor or other professional persons providing services similar to a Healthcare facility. To apply for membership in this category, complete the application form linked here:
Start the online membership application
3. Affiliate Member
Members who have left the Healthcare Industry and previously held a professional category of membership within the Institute and wish to remain a member. The period of Affiliate membership will be determined by the National Board after application; but will not be more than two years. Affiliate members will be eligible to return to their previous category of membership on return to full-time or part time employment within the Hotel Services area of a Healthcare Facility. To apply for membership in this category, please email us
4. Honorary Member
The National Board shall by unanimous decision of its members have the power to elect a person to Honorary Membership. The person must have rendered eminent service over a number of years to the Institute in particular: and to the Hotel Services area of Healthcare facilities in general. Honorary Members will be entitled to attend meetings and other activities of the institute but will not be entitled to a vote in respect of any matters that are concerned with Agenda items at the Annual General Meeting. The person will be exempt from payment of membership subscriptions.
5. Fellow Member
A member who has been invited to take up this grading by the National Board in recognition of service to Hotel Services within the Healthcare industry whilst meeting the following criteria: "The member will hold a Degree or Diploma of Hospitality or Hotel Management from a recognized University, College or Institute of Education or formal qualification (as determined by the National Board) which will include study in all facets of the industry or competence in areas relevant to their current employment. The member will have been engaged in Hotel Services for a period of at least seven years and will have been a Full Member for at least five years immediately preceding any invitation".
6. Life Member
The National Board shall by unanimous resolution of it’s members, have the power to elect as a Life Member such person as in it’s opinion is deserving of recognition for service to the Institute in particular: and to the Health and Aged Care Industry in the area of Hotel Services. The service must be for a period of at least twenty years.
7. Corporate Member
Corporate membership is available as follows:
- 5 to 9 members from the same organisation in the same state will receive 5% membership reduction in cost
10 or more members from the same organisation in the same state will receive 10% reduction in cost
See membership benefits page for more details
Previous Membership Categories
From 1 January 2016 these categories of membership were no longer applicable
1. Provisional Member
i. Persons who have obtained a Degree or Diploma of Hospitality or Hotel Management from a recognized University, College or Institute of Education or Formal Qualification (as determined by the National Board) which will include study in all facets of the industry or competence in areas relevant to their current employment.
ii. Persons who may have no formal qualification but are employed full-time in a position as Hotel Services Manager and have been employed in that position for at least four years immediately preceding the application for membership or upgrading.
2. Licentiate Member
Persons who have enrolled in an approved course of study relative to the Hotel Services Industry. A Licentiate Member will be entitled to vote on matters arising but in relation only to matters concerning student affairs but not otherwise. Grading will be relative to the period of study only, and no longer than four years.
3. Associate Member
Persons who are currently employed full-time or part time in the Hotel Services area of a Health or Aged Care facility. The person will be employed in a Managerial or Supervisory Position as a minimum requirement.