Accreditation

Accrediation, which allows the member the use of the postnominals GAustMS, MAustMS, or FAustMS, is a way of the Society recognising a member's qualifications and experience.

The scheme by which members may apply for accreditation is described in detail in the Gazette, Vol. 20, No. 3 (August 1993), 91–95. The formal adoption of the scheme by the Society was announced in March 1994.

The following section of the Society's Constitution describes the three levels of accreditation.


III. Optional accreditation

17. An Ordinary Member or a Sustaining Member may apply to the Council to become a Graduate Member, Accredited Member or Fellow. The Council shall make and issue, and may revise from time to time, Rules which shall give effect to the following requirements.

(a) A Graduate Member shall have completed a degree or diploma at a recognised university or college, the studies for which shall include as a major component an area of mathematics, and shall be currently employed or occupied in the development, application or teaching of an area of mathematics.
(b) An Accredited Member shall have completed a postgraduate degree in an area of mathematics at a recognised university or college, or shall have equivalent qualifications, and shall have been employed for the preceding three years in a position requiring the development, application or teaching of an area of mathematics.
(c) A Fellow shall be a person who currently has or previously has had the qualifications of an Accredited Member and who, in addition, is deemed by the Accreditation Committee (see Paragraph 19(a)) to have demonstrated a high level of attainment or responsibility in an area of mathematics and to have made a substantial contribution to mathematics or to the profession of mathematician or to the teaching or application of mathematics.

18. An Honorary Member shall have the right to become a Fellow immediately upon application to the Council and without payment of a fee.

19.
(a) The Council shall establish an Accreditation Committee to receive and investigate applications for designation as a Graduate Member, Accredited Member or Fellow and to administer the Rules described in Paragraph 17.
(b) In its determinations, the Accreditation Committee shall discount interruptions to employment such as temporary unemployment and parental leave.

20.
(a) A Graduate Member may use the abbreviation GAustMS.
(b) An Accredited Member may use the abbreviation MAustMS.
(c) A Fellow may use the abbreviation FAustMS.
(d) The designations and the use of the abbreviations in (a), (b) and (c) are the rights of that class of Member only while the member remains a financial member of the Society and while the occupational requirements of Paragraph 17 continue to be satisfied. The occupational requirements shall be deemed to be satisfied by Honorary Members and in the case of interruptions to employment such as temporary unemployment and parental leave and they shall not be applied in the case of retirement or promotion to an administrative or other position.

21. A fee shall accompany each application to the Accreditation Committee. The fee shall be additional to the annual subscription charged by the Society and shall be the only charge for accreditation.


Guideline for election as a Fellow

The Council of the Society has approved the following Guidelines for election as a Fellow. An applicant shall satisfy one of the following criteria:
  1. be at least a Level D Academic at an Australian University;
  2. be at least of rank deemed by Council to be equivalent to that of a Level D Academic in a non-Australian University;
  3. be at least of rank Principal Research Scientist in the CSIRO;
  4. have completed a postgraduate degree in an area of mathematics at a recognised university or college and have been employed for at least seven years in a position requiring the development, application or teaching of an area of mathematics. This may include publishing in recognised mathematics journals, extensive use of mathematics in industrial problems, supervision of research students in mathematics, success in obtaining research grants, service to mathematical societies or the administration of mathematics at a high level.

Updated: 03 Oct 2008
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