Youth memberships

Youth memberships

Youth memberships exist for persons under 18. Members  can retain a herd code and prefix, transfer animals, participate in AAA events and exhibit at AAA shows, and receive and access members’ only electronic information.

For families with multiple youth members, family membership discounts are available. $50 for the first child, $25 for the second child, and no cost for third and subsequent children – please contact the AAA office for more information.

 

Educational institution membership

Schools and colleges with an agriculture program can now join the AAA for free – please contact the AAA office for more information regarding education memberships.

 

Associate membership

For young people over the age of 18 who aren’t ready for full membership or don’t yet own alpacas, an associate membership may be appropriate. Associate members can retain a herd code and prefix, transfer animals, participate in AAA events and exhibit at AAA shows, and receive and access members’ only electronic information.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Youth Membership

What is a youth membership? 

Youth memberships are a class of membership under the Constitution of the Company. It exists for persons under 18 years of age.
It differs from the Youth Group member, which is a collective or group of members under the age of 26 years.

What are the requirements of a youth membership?

Under the age of 18 years of age. Date of Birth recorded with membership details.
For families with multiple youth members, family membership discounts are available. $50 for the first child, $25 for the second child, and no cost for third and subsequent children for more information.

What can I do with a youth membership? 

Enter any show, including; alpaca halter & fleece, youth paraders or young judging.
Retain a herd code and prefix, and transfer an alpaca.
Register an alpaca cria born in my herd prefix.
Participate in Youth Camps and other training events.
Can vote and/or be a committee member for Youth Groups.
Receive and access members’ only electronic information.

What can’t I do with a youth membership?

Cannot vote in regional meetings, national Annual General Meeting or constitutional changes.

When do I have to change to another membership type? How do I do this?

Before 18th birthday contact the AAA office.

Overseas Membership Youth Membership Educational Institution Membership Family Member Associate Membership Full Membership Joint Membership
Age 18+ Under 18 N/A All ages 18+ 18+ 18+
Number of members on a membership 1 N/A N/A N/A 1 1 Up to 4 people
Members  can…
Retain a herd code and prefix N Y Y Y Y Y Y
Transfer animals N Y Y Y Y Y Y
Register animals N Y Y N N Y Y
Participate in AAA events and exhibit at AAA shows N Y Y Y Y Y Y, up to 4 people
Receive and access members’ only electronic information Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Voting rights N N N N N 1 vote in elections 2 votes in elections
Voting rights – Youth Group – under 26 years of age N Y Y Y Y Y Y
Access to eAlpaca Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

Youth Group

What is a Youth Group?

A Youth Group is a collective of any member under the age of 26 years. The purpose of the Youth Group is to create representation and foster Youth in the Company.

Youth Groups have been modelled on the various Regions within the Company, with the Youth Group Governing Rules aligned closely with the Regional Regulations.

In most circumstances, there is one Youth Group per state.

Is there a minimum number of members needed to start a Youth Group?

The minimum number of members to start a Youth Group is 5 members.

This is because the quorum of a Youth Meeting is the lesser of either;

  • 10 members of the Youth Group, or
  • 2 Youth Committee members and 3 general members of the Youth Group.

This is because you need a quorum to convene meetings, and there are a minimum number of meetings per year.

What membership do I need to join a Youth Group?

Youth Group members may be any Member (Full, Joint, Associate, Family or Youth member including student of an Educational Member organisation) of the Company under 26 years of age.

Date of Birth will need to be recorded with the Company.

Mentor members (aged over 25) may be elected by the Youth Group to shadow Youth Committee roles or Youth Executive roles due to vacancy, with no voting rights.

Do I have to join the Youth Group in my state?

The Youth Group member can be a member of any one Youth Group, not necessarily in the state that they live. It’s not compulsory to be a member of a Youth Group.

Can I be a member of a Youth Group and a Region?

Permitted to be a member of a Region and a Youth Group, but not multiple Youth Groups.

Can I have a say in what the Youth Group does?

All members of a Youth Group can vote at Youth Group meetings.  You can also be part of your groups Youth Committee who have more responsibilities to keep the Youth Group running and meeting its formal responsibilities.

One representative from the Youth Executive to attend the Council meeting remotely, with Regional Presidents and Board to share their voice.

What is a mentor member or shadow committee member?

Mentor members (aged over 25) may be elected to shadow Youth Committee roles, with no voting rights by the Youth Group.

Mentor members (aged over 25) allowed to be elected to vacancies within the Youth Executive with voting rights. These roles are included to provide stability year on year as members of the Youth Group change, are too busy to administer the group, and the opportunity for direct guidance from members with more experience.

Allows for convenors of Youth Events to continue to be undertaken by adult members, on behalf of the Youth Group.

What are the Youth Group Governing Rules?

The Youth Group Governing Rules describe the functions, limitations, and rules of the Youth Group, it’s members and committee.  These rules have been approved by the Board to establish formal structure and include these Groups into the Association, like regional Regulations.

Youth Committee

What is a Youth Committee member?

A Youth Committee member is an elected official representing the Youth Group members. They are nominated and elected via the Annual Youth Meeting.

Is there a minimum and maximum Youth Committee size? What roles need to be filled?

At a minimum there should be 3 Executive committee members (of Youth President, Youth Vice-President, Youth Secretary and Youth Treasurer) who all have to be members/over the age of 17.

There should be a maximum of 9 committee members in total (no minimum age limit), excluding mentors shadow Youth Committee members.

One representative from the Youth Executive to attend the Council meeting remotely, with Regional Presidents and Board to share their voice.

What are the requirements of a Youth committee member? What about the adult mentors? 

The Youth Committee and the Youth Executive between meetings of the Youth Committee, may manage, promote the activities, and advance the purposes of the Company.

Minimum number of two Ordinary Youth Meetings to be convened in between the minimum of one Annual Youth Meeting per calendar year.

Mentors, over the age of 25 years, are elected by the Youth Group to assist an existing Youth Committee or fulfil a vacancy within the Youth Executive Committee.

How long can I serve on the committee for?

Each committee member requires to be renominated & elected at each Annual Youth Meeting. There is no maximum term.

What happens after I turn 26?

Members over the age of 25 are no longer eligible to be members of a Youth Group but may continue to be involved in a “mentor” capacity.

Do I need a Working with Children Check?

All Youth Committee members and volunteers, over the relevant in age in their state, as detailed below, are expected to adhere to the AAA Policy

Children are excluded if they are under:

16 in the ACT, Tasmania

18 in New South Wales & Victoria & Queensland

14 in South Australia

15 in the Northern Territory

The checks are free except for Tasmania which is $19.22 and Western Australia which is $11.00.

Family Membership

What is a family membership? 

Family Member is a further class of membership with the Company, established in line with the Constitution as of 2020.
A Family Member is a member of the Company as defined by immediate family members and/or guardians of existing Full Members, Associate Members and Youth Members, and allows for the same rights as an Associate Member.

What are the requirements of a family membership?

To have an immediate family member and/or guardian retain a current Membership with the AAA.

How many people can be on my family membership?

No limit.

Are there restrictions for the use of a family membership?

An existing Member needs to nominate to family member.

What can I do with family membership?

The same opportunities as an Associate membership.
Enter any show, including; alpaca halter & fleece, youth paraders or young judging.
Retain a herd code and prefix, and transfer an alpaca.
Participate in Youth Camps and other training events.
Can vote and/or be a committee member for Youth Groups.
Receive and access members’ only electronic information.

What can’t I do with a family membership?

The same limitations as an Associate membership.
Cannot register an alpaca cria born.
Cannot vote in regional meetings, national AGM or constitutional changes.

When do I have to change to another membership type? How do I do this? 

To have a vote at meetings other than Youth Meetings, to be an office bearer and/or to register an alpaca cria born.

AAA Office

To make changes to your membership type or for any other enquiries please contact the AAA Office on 02 6151 2073 or at info@alpaca.asn.au.