Full Members are archaeologists who are competent to work as independent, professional consulting archaeologists. Full Members are entitled to quote membership of AACAI as a professional qualification in the form “MAACAI”. Full Members and are included in the Register of Full Members.

Annual subscription is $200.

TO QUALIFY AS A FULL MEMBER: Each applicant for full membership shall:

  1. have an honours degree or postgraduate degree in archaeology or other field of scholarship accepted by the Membership Committee or have such experience in the field of consulting archaeology as is considered sufficient by the Committee for admission as a full member;
  2. have the equivalent of five years full time experience in the field of consulting archaeology in Australia;
  3. be supported by references from 2 archaeologists (one of whom must be a Full Member of the Association or in exceptional circumstances another person agreed to by the Membership Committee) each stating that in his or her opinion the applicant is competent in the field of consulting archaeology and setting out the grounds for that belief;
  4. have demonstrated an ability to conduct archaeological consultancies on his or her own;
  5. have demonstrated competence in:
    1. survey, identification and recording of sites;
    2. site assessment and evaluation;
    3. recommendations concerning the management of sites;
    4. report preparation and production;
    5. client-consultant relations;
    6. consultant-determining authority relations; and where relevant
    7. relevant community liaison and consultation and documentary and oral research.

Applicants must provide at least two recent reports for review by the Membership Committee. Items in (e) above are core skills and must be demonstrated in at least one of the reports submitted.

Claims for additional expertise, such as excavation or rock art recording, must also be demonstrated, in additional reports if necessary

If reports with joint authorship are submitted then it must be clear which sections the applicant has completed.

Required Documents

Please prepare and have ready the following list of documents as you will need ALL of them in order to submit your application. All submitted documents must be in one of the following formats – doc, docx, txt, pdf.

  • $50 Processing Fee Payment Proof
  • CV/Resume
  • CV/Resume summary
  • Referee report

Direct deposit details

Account name   AACAI
BSB   082-372
Account #    50-945-4961

Application Form





    How many years of full-time experience in consulting archaeology do you possess?

    Note: Give your answer as best you can calculate in years and months, such as 5 years 3 months. Do not include your years of study. If working part-time for any of your work history, calculate the full-time equivalent. For example, if you worked part-time for two years before gaining full-time employment which you have done for four years, your total would be 5 years. If you worked casually for two years and during that two years did 7 blocks of two week field surveys, your total would be "4 months".


    The file upload limit is 10Mb. If you would like to upload larger files you need to send them in an alternative way, i.e. use Dropbox, Google Drive or similar and provide the link to the files in the comments instead.

    Special Skills: (Please list skills and name relating reports which you are attaching)




    Referees should be of known professional standing in the field of archaeology but need not be members of the association, apart from the following requirement.

    Applicants for full membership must have at least one existing full member as a referee, or, in exceptional circumstances, another person agreed to by the membership committee):


    Please read and tick each clause of the AACAI Code of Ethics and the Consulting with Aboriginal Communities AACAI Policy Document to indicate that you have read, understood and agree

    1. Foreword

    1.1 Members agree that as archaeologists we have certain responsibilities to the public, our employers and clients and our colleagues, and undertake to abide by the Code of Ethics as set out below to the best of our ability.

    2. Duty to the Public

    2.1 A member should take a responsible attitude to the archaeological resource base and to the best of her/his understanding ensure that this, as well as information derived from it, are used wisely and in the best interest of the public.
    2.2 A member shall not recommend or take part in any research, which she/he is not qualified.
    2.3 A member shall not recommend or take part in any research, which she/he has good reason to believe, may be sub-standard.
    2.4 A member shall ensure that all relevant data pertaining to the resource base should be deposited with an appropriate government authority or archive.

    3. Duty to Certain Groups

    3.1 A member shall be sensitive to, and respect the legitimate concerns of groups whose cultural background is the subject of investigations.

    4. Duty to Informants

    4.1 A member shall offer appropriate remuneration for time, expertise, personal cost and inconvenience incurred in the giving of information, sought by a member of the association.

    5. Duty to the Profession

    5.1 A member shall keep informed about developments in her/his field of expertise and be willing to share such knowledge to improve the general standard of archaeological work.
    5.2 A member shall avoid discrediting the profession by knowingly undertaking work beyond her/his competence.
    5.3 A member shall respect the professional interests of colleagues as far as is ethical in terms of the interests of the public and the discipline.
    5.4 Where a member has been asked for a second opinion, she/he shall advise the first archaeologist that she/he has been so requested.
    5.5 A member shall not refuse a reasonable request from a qualified colleague for research data and shall endeavour to pass on relevant information to interested colleagues and appropriate official bodies.
    5.6 The consultant should not knowingly compete with another for employment to the detriment of professional standards.
    5.7 A member must state clearly the evidence on which the report is based, to what extent it is a matter of personal observation and the qualifications and experience of any co-workers quoted.
    5.8 A member shall plan and complete any work as carefully and competently as possible under the circumstances and remembering that the information gained matters in terms of the discipline of archaeology as well as the problems of the employer or client.

    6. Duty to Employer or Client

    6.1 A member shall report on work accurately, promptly and in the manner that best serves the public, the employer or client.

    7. Matters of Fact

    7.1 The consultant's findings, recommendations, etc., shall be based upon professional knowledge and opinion and should avoid exaggerated and ill-founded statements.

    8. Matters of Opinion

    8.1 A member shall not knowingly misrepresent the needs, problems or possible consequences of a project.
    8.2 A member shall not attempt to discredit the competence or integrity of a colleague unless she/he considers it is professional or public duty to do so.

    9. Limitation

    9.1 A member shall advise the employer or client to engage other expert consultants for aspects of a project beyond her/his own competence. No concealed fee shall be accepted for such referrals.

    10. Training of Potential Archaeologists

    10.1 A member shall give less qualified co-workers on a project every reasonable opportunity to gain skills and experience and shall negotiate adequate and appropriate remuneration for such work with regard to the skills of the co-worker and requirements of the job.

    11. Credit to Colleagues

    11.1 A member shall give due credit for work done by others (including subordinates) as consultants and/or researchers, and acknowledge ideas and methods originating from other persons unless such contributions have become generally known.

    12. Acceptance of Favours

    12.1 A member shall avoid placing her/himself under any obligation to any person or organisation if doing so could affect her/his impartiality in professional matters.

    13. Confidential Information

    13.1 A member shall not use confidential non-archaeological information acquired during work for an employer or client without due permission from that employer or client.
    13.2 A member shall respect such information and ensure that co-workers do the same.
    13.3 A member shall not disclose such information unless the law so requires.

    14. Consulting Practice

    14.1 A member shall not be described as or claim to be an archaeological consultant unless she/he can act as an independent and unbiased adviser and has suitable qualifications and experience.

    15. Legal Requirements

    15.1 A member shall take care to know of and comply with all relevant legal requirements.
    15.2 A member shall refuse any request from an employer or client or any other persons, which involves illegal or unethical behaviour, such as suppression or misrepresentation of information.

    16. Preference of Employment

    16.1 On any job where a qualified archaeological assistant is necessary or required, a qualified archaeologist who is a member of this Association should be given preference of employment.

    17. Duty to Employees

    17.1 The recommended fee scales of employees shall be regarded as a minimum and shall not be undercut.


    1. The Association recognises that Aboriginal sites are of significance to Aboriginal people as part of their heritage and as part of their continuing culture and identity.
    2. The Association recognises that Aboriginal communities should be involved in decision-making concerning Aboriginal sites. Aboriginal opinions, concerns and management recommendations should be presented alongside those of the archaeological consultant.
    3. The Association recognises that Aboriginal people have a right to be consulted about the intention to undertake archaeological work, to be consulted about the progress and findings of this work, and to be consulted about any recommendations arising from this work.
    4. The Association supports the practice of directly involving Aboriginal people in archaeological work, particularly fieldwork.
    5. The Association recognises that work undertaken by Aboriginal people on behalf of any Member of the Association must be subject to appropriate remuneration in accordance with the Association’s recommended scale of fees, or, where appropriate, subject to remuneration above the Association’s fee scale where this has been derived from negotiations between the Member and the Aboriginal community.
    6. The Association recognises that the circulation or publication of the results of archaeological work must be sensitive to Aboriginal concerns about the disclosure of confidential information about sites.
    7. The Association recognises that assistance provided by Aboriginal people and communities should be acknowledged in subsequent written and verbal reports, publications and presentations.
    8. The Association recognises that information and documentation derived from archaeological work should be returned to relevant Aboriginal people and their communities.
    9. The Association recognises that consultation with Aboriginal communities should be via land councils, co-operatives or other organizations that are generally recognised as legitimately representing the interests and views of Aboriginal people in the relevant locality, area or region.


    I agree to abide by the Code of Ethics of the AACAInc

    What happens next?

    When all of your documentation and the processing fee are received, copies of your application will be sent to each member of the Membership Committee for assessment.

    The National Executive Committee will vote on the recommendation of the Membership Committee and you will be informed of the result.

    Please note that the review process can take several months to complete.