Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA)

Australian Federation of Travel Agents Limited (AFTA) is the dominating body in travel industry touching great heights in Australia. Founded in 1957, AFTA's high vision is mainly concerned about stimulating, encouraging and promoting travel agents in Australia. Being an influential part of travel agents in Australia, AFTA stretches the scope of its services by providing financial, legal and marketing benefits, education and training and developing policies and strategies to retail travel sector. Its affiliated membership of the World Travel Agents Associations Alliance (WTAAA) further adds to its prestigious reputation by ensuring that the views of AFTA are listened at international forum of WTAAA where major issues related to Australian agents are decided.

AFTA, Level 3, 309 Pitt StSydney NSW 2000,
Australia
Web: http://www.afta.com.au/

Mission

AFTA's mission statement emphasizes on three factors:
To be truly representative of the travel agents of Australia.
To enhance the professionalism and profitability of its members through effective representation in industry and government affairs, education and training, and by identifying and satisfying the needs of the travelling public.
To promote travel and domestic tourism.

Who can be its Member

AFTA is the representative body of majority of travel agents in Australia whose membership is categorized under full membership, additional location, multi/buying group, allied membership, and non-resident membership.
Full membership: It is open to the person who carries on business as a travel agent by firmly following every law in the Commonwealth of Australia or in any of its Territories.

Additional Location: Under this a Full member is bound to register with the Federation the address of any premises other than the Principle Location from which it, or a subsidiary of that corporation, carries on business as a travel agent and must notify the Federation of any change in any such address within fourteen days after such change.

Multi/Buying Group: As per this category, if an applicant is a member of a group and wishes to pay the concessional membership fee available by reason of the membership of such group, the applicant then loses the right to vote at AFTA general meetings and state elections.

Allied Membership: This membership stretches out to person who is regularly in touch with travel industry, but is not completely involved in travel business.

Non-Resident Membership: This membership is open to person who is carrying on business outside the Commonwealth of Australia and its Territories provided the person is eligible for Full Membership or Allied Membership in the Association.

AFTA believes in extending the scope of its membership so that it emerges as a strong representative body.

Industry Standards

For the betterment and growth of organization, AFTA has laid down a vast range of Code of Ethics, which are to be followed by its staff. Some of the rules and regulations as listed by the association emphasizes on Accuracy, Affiliation, Compliance, Confidentiality, Conflict of Interest, Consumer and Protection. For more information visit, http://www.afta.com.au/MissionStatementCodeofEthics