Joining Tour Guides Australia is one of the most rewarding decisions you can take in your tour guide career. 

You will be warmly welcomed into a tight knit community of tour guides across Australia, providing a range of benefits from professional development resources and networking events, discounted group insurance, and opportunities to visit tourism experiences at discounted rates or free of charge as part of educational programs.

And most importantly it will provide you with a network of like-minded people who you can reach out to for support and friendship.

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Greater employment opportunities 

As a TGA member you will be exposed to a wider range of opportunities and experiences because travel operators know that TGA guides are experienced, insured, and have up-to-date first aid training.

Networking with your fellow TGA members also provides for further employment opportunities.

Member rewards

From discounted group insurance to opportunities to witness first hand some of the country’s amazing tourism attractions, 

Tour Guides Australia member rewards program ensures that you get great value for money from your membership.

Grow your career

Continuing professional development grows your career by expanding your knowledge and teaching you new skills.

It also sets TGA members apart from their industry peers, ensuring the integrity of the profession and has been shown to increase individual’s job satisfaction.

TGA is committed to helping develop our members’ skills by organising a series of activities, talks and formal training, as well as curating a range of quality online training content.

Recognition of your training and expertise

Becoming a member of Tour Guides Australia as a Professional Guide gives you a competitive advantage over your peers. 

TGA Professional Guides are nationally accredited at the highest level in Australia.

Professional accreditation with TGA recognises and demonstrates your competence, experience and professionalism to employers, colleagues, tourists and the public.

Professional Guides can be listed on our Find a Guide page which is used by tour operators, travel agents and trip planners to find local guides.

Networking and mentoring

Networking events organised by Tour Guides Australia are invaluable to the life of a professional tour guide, providing career and business opportunities not publicly advertised, as well as important social benefits.

Being a part of a community of like-minded professionals enhances a sense of belonging and ultimately job satisfaction.

TGA organises events for members, such as expert-led talks, meet-ups, field trips to local attractions, workshops, socials and the chance to meet industry figures.

Tour guiding at times can be a solo enterprise so TGA is committed to providing opportunities for members to gather as a community.

Your national representative – industry advocacy

As Australia’s national body for tour guides, we are the voice and champion of our members. 

We support the tour guide profession in every capacity. Representing it in policy and advocacy, upholding professional standards, nurturing talent and celebrating achievement.

We have affiliations and partnerships across business, government and industry bodies and provide these sectors with advice and direction on how to make progress for our profession possible.

Our committee and leadership team regularly get invited to sit on industry roundtables and represent and advocate on behalf of tour guides nationally. 

Tour Guides Australia is a member of the Australian Tourism Export Council, Victorian Tourism Industry Council and the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.

Industry and member news

Newsletters provide new member information, interesting information about the tour guiding business, articles about local points of interest for guides, a community calendar, and details about upcoming meetings and events, among other things. Newsletters are published bi-monthly.


Full Member & Associate Member Benefits