Becoming a member
One of the bext ways of supporting our work is becoming a registered member of our Association. While we are "home" in Western Australia, you do not have to live in Western Australia: we have members in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, the ACT, Tasmania and .... the USA.
Annual membership fees are $30.00 from July 1 to June 30 each year. See the table below for application fees throughout the year: we calculate $7.50 per quarter, but a minimum payment of $30.00 applies.
Simply speaking, this means you can always pay $30 - this payment brings you to the following June 30th date.
All Membership types give you access to the Members-only section of the website, where you can purchase all our books and other items at a discount only available to our members, and where you can access Agendas and Minutes of our Member meetings and the Annual General Meetings, and our Annual Reports.
Full Membership is available for everyone who lives in Australia and who is over eighteen years of age, subject to approval by the Steering Committee.
Associate Memberships are for people who live outside Australia and for people younger than 18 years of age. As an associate member you do not have a vote at our meetings, but you retain all other rights associated with our organisation.
As a Financial Member you waive your right to have a formal involvement with our organisation, your right to vote at our meetings. This membership is for you if you want to declare your financial and other support for our work, or if you want to affirm your subscription to our Newsletter - the Daily News and Updates, but you do not want to be part of the formal Association aspects of our organisation.
You're probably already familiar with our shopping centre on this website. As a paid-up member you will qualify for a discount on all our products available for purchase through our website!
One of the aspects of the Constitution safeguards Project SafeCom from "membership stacking". Membership stacking is something akin to "branch-stacking" in political parties. The Constitution prevents you from being granted full and eligible membership until the Steering Committee, at its next meeting, has taken note of your membership application, and considers that you are a membership applicant "in good faith". You will then gain all rights as a member, also the right to vote at meetings. Generally, this also means that there's a cooling-off period before new members are fully accepted as members. But, we have never refused a membership application yet. Also, this cooling-off period does not apply to discounts in our 'shop'.
Some other pages in this section:
6 September 2005: The Tipping Model for business - Robert Woodhead proposes a tried-and-tested method for providing compensation - the offering and acceptance of tips - and provides an example of a successful internet business using this model.
20 January 2002: Project SafeCom Membership information, what is a Membership? - Every officially Incorporated Association has a body of members. The members help decide on issues in the running and management, and they support the Association. This is one of our older pages, updated in 2006.
7 December 2001: Kidz Privacy: Are you younger than 18 years of age? - a page about the US COPPA legislation. Although this is a relatively short page, hardly ever seen, it's linked off the membership application page, and it's about children's privacy and how Project SafeCom deals with it.
7 December 2001: Information sheet and guidelines for incorporation - The "official" part of forming a Corporation is about complying with the legislation and getting to know the legislation. Luckily the Department of Fair Trading has a lot of online resources, and we happily confess....
The membership mail-out
As soon as we have completed our administrative process, you will receive your Membership ID Card with your details imprinted and your unique membership number. This is the card that identifies you as a registered member of our organisation. (Note: our earlier intent to enable your name and membership ID to function as a log-in to the members section of the website was not implemented)
You will also receive small (80mm) CD-ROM that opens on your PC with some Project SafeCom documents. Updated information about your privileges as a member will be sent to you as and when applicable.
From time to time the contents of our membership benefits package may change. Also, we need you to know, that the postal package, for financial reasons, is a once-off only "snail mail" mailout, unless you request "snail mail only" mailings.
At Project SafeCom Inc. we prefer electronic communication with you. Please inform us as soon as possible if your email address changes!
Your membership payment options
You can pay your membership fees in one of the following ways:
by money transfer
Transfer your funds to our account at Bendigo Community Bank Fremantle, BSB Number 633-000. Account name: Project SafeCom Inc., account 115643900. NOTE: please contact us to confirm your direct transfer, quoting amount and date of your payment, that it's for your membership.
IMPORTANT: When you're paying through a direct bank transfer into our account, please ensure that the first words in the description or comment section of the transaction are your surname, then your first name or city/town. This avoids confusion about the identity of the payment.
by cheque or money order
Cheques need to be made out to Project SafeCom Inc., and need to be sent to:
Project SafeCom Inc.
Please include a note with the following details:
1. Your name, phone number, email and postal
Credit Card payments using PayPal
Project SafeCom has an online credit card transaction agreement with . Once you have completed the order form below on this page, click on the MEMBERSHIP button on the page that will open to start your payment into our PayPal account, using your credit card.
Membership application Form: