Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

The Planning Institute of Australia is the professional association for planners and was founded in 1951. It is the national organisation representing qualified urban and regional planners and other related disciplines in Australia.
PIA is a federation of State and Territory Divisions with National Council comprising one representative from each Division, an elected National President, an Honorary Secretary/Treasurer, the National Young Planner Convenor and others as set out in the PIA Constitution and PIA By-Laws.

PIA’s objectives are:

  • PIA and its members in their professional activities shall act to demonstrate they serve the public interest of urban and rural communities.
  • PIA shall act to promote the professional interests of its members. 
  • PIA shall establish and administer standards of competency to increase community confidence in it and in the professionalism of its members.
  • PIA shall act to increase the general and technical knowledge of its members through education, training and research.
  • PIA shall act to develop and disseminate knowledge relating to its shared core interest.
  • PIA shall provide a forum for and promote the wide exchange of views in the community relating to its shared core interest.
  • PIA shall advance its shared core interest through all spheres of government, the private sector and academia by research, dissemination of information, appropriate representation and the informing of public opinion.

See the PIA SA Division web site for more information.

PIA Membership

As awareness of the importance of planning continues to grow, it is becoming imperative for planning professionals to be heard on relevant issues and to be represented in all related activities around Australia and the world. PIA provides planning professionals with strong advocacy and informed representation.
The development of a planner’s career is also a key component of the PIA approach to member services. Examples include education and professional development courses that aim to make planners more employable and more skilled across a wider range of built environment sectors.

Services and Benefits

  • Members of PIA receive a wide range of services and benefits, including:
  • Discounted (member) rates at national and state conferences and other PIA events.
  • Regular professional publications and communication, including
    o national journal Australian Planner (quarterly)
    o electronic bulletin PIA e-News (monthly)
    o local newsletter for the State/Division in which you are based
  • Invitations to relevant professional development seminars and lectures, and to social and networking events.
  • Access to dialogue, informal professional networks and formal forums, through
    o area-based Divisions and Branches
    o specialist discipline-based Chapters
    o interest-based Special Interest Groups
  • Annual professional conferences to debate current issues and showcase leading planning practice.
  • Opportunities to prepare and contribute to PIA submissions to local and national inquiries and to shape policy positions on key issues.
  • Opportunities to publish work in Australian Planner or other PIA publications.
  • Access to Ethi-Call…the good decision line for assistance with ethical dilemmas in personal, professional and workplace situations.
  • Opportunity for recognition through the annual Awards for Planning Excellence locally and nationally.
  • Information about identified professional services and information to support practice.
  • Access to a wide range of additional member services, through the National Building and Surveying Alliance.
  • Opportunity to seek professional certification through the Certified Practising Planner scheme (open to Members only).
  • Ability to use PIA postnominals to publicly verify professional affiliation and standing
    o MPIA – Member of the Planning Institute of Australia
    o FPIA – Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia
    o LFPIA – Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia
    o CPP – Certified Practising Planner (used in conjunction with any of the above)
  • Capacity to shape and direct your professional association by voting on Institute matters.
  • Ability to be actively involved in directing the association, by nominating for office at a National or Division level within the Institute.
  • Public recognition of your professional qualification and experience with a certificate of membership for display.

How to Become a PIA Member

The PIA Website outlines the steps that need to be taken to become a PIA Member. Planning Students, Graduates and Associates need to apply for Non-Corporate Membership.