Applications for membership of the AAADA are co-ordinated by the Executive Secretary, who will forward your completed application forms for assessment, to the State Chapter in the state in which your business is located. You may qualify if you have been in the art/antiques business for more than three years. You would need to operate a business, which primarily deals in antiques or fine art of a suitable quality. Such things as Art Nouveau and Art Deco ceramics or bronzes and more contemporary paintings may be acceptable if particularly meritorious. It is permitted to sell a limited quantity of clearly described quality reproductions, and to sell similarly limited quantities of modern items if complementing the existing stock of antiques/art works.

It is not necessary to have a shop front. Dealers in Antique centres or other shared premises, those who only exhibit at Fairs, or on the internet, may also be eligible for membership. Our Association already has a significant number of members trading under such circumstances. Applicants may apply as a specialist or general dealer, but are expected to be well informed in their field.

Some of the impressive Benefits of Membership enjoyed by members of the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association are listed below.

  • Reduced merchant credit card scheme rates.
  • Extended payment arrangements with certain auction houses.
  • Free auction catalogues from all major Australian auction houses.
  • Discount subscription rates for UK publication “Antiques Trade Gazette”.
  • Listing in AAADA handbook – circulation 10,000.
  • Your business details on the AAADA web site, with direct links to CINOA and other international trade listings.
  • Right to exhibit at Australia’s premier antique fair held by AAADA in Sydney each spring.
  • Free entry to Australia’s premier antique fair held by AAADA in Sydney each spring.
  • Free entry to antique seminar/workshop series put on each year by the AAADA in New South Wales and Victoria.
  • Free entry to AAADA industry seminars (eg GST, N.S.W. licencing, “fakes”, use of digital cameras etc).
  • Professional indemnity insurance policy designed specifically for the antiques industry.
  • Business insurance tailor made for antique dealers.
  • Support with N.S.W dealer’s licence requirements.
  • International representation – membership of CINOA, with your business listed on the CINOA web site and in the CINOA Directory, with world wide distribution.
  • Regular updates on all industry issues via both the national body (the President, and in the “Mercury” newsletter) and from the state chapters.

How to Apply to Become a Member

If you are interested in becoming a member of the AAADA then please read the following documents carefully before completing your application:

All application forms once completed should be addressed and mailed to:

The Executive Secretary
The Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association
PO Box 294
Apollo Bay VIC 3233
orĀ 
keren@aaada.org.au

Once we receive your completed application form it will be forwarded to the relevant State Chapter who will authorise one or two of their committee members to inspect your premises. Your application will then go before their committee at its next assessment meeting.

If you have any queries at all please don’t hesitate to call the Executive Secretary, Keren Lewis on 03 9576 2275 or email to keren@aaada.org.au.

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