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), pp.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. Applicants for Fellow shall normally have:
  1. a Masters or Doctoral degree from a recognized university or college, which includes a major component in an area of mathematics;
  2. a senior professional standing and been employed for at least five years in a relevant position(s), which has a major focus in an area of mathematics, within the university, government, industry or business sectors;
  3. made substantial contributions to the mathematical sciences in one or more of the areas a) research, b) teaching and scholarship, c) leadership, service and management, d) industry and innovation.

Explanatory notes

  • For criterion 2.
  1. The five years of employment does not need to be all at the applicant’s current senior professional level but can comprise a range of relevant positions, at various levels of seniority.
  2. Indicative levels of professional standing include:
    1. Australian university: Associate professor- level D, Head of department or discipline, Director of studies;
    2. Australian government organization: Principal research scientist;
    3. Company or private business: leadership role conducting research, development or applications;
    4. School or college: head or leading teacher.
  3. Equivalent positions in Australia and overseas are also recognised.
  • For criterion 3.

There are multiple forms of evidence that can be used to support a Fellowship application and some common examples are listed below. For convenience, they are ordered by area of likely contribution but many can be broadly applied across the different areas listed in 3.

  1. Research: journal, conference and book publications, research grants and income, supervision of postgraduate students, keynote and invited speeches at major conferences or conventions.
  2. Teaching and scholarship: development of curricula and courses, innovation in teaching and assessment methods, production of education materials used at the state or national level, participation in external benchmarking or accreditation activities.
  3. Leadership, service and management: leadership of large organization based units or teams, mentoring of early career staff, service to professional bodies (such as the Australian Mathematical Society and its Divisions), chair or membership of national or state level panels or boards, editorial role with nationally or internationally recognized journals or publications, organization of major conferences or workshops.
  4. Industry and innovation: patents, commercial and industrial projects and consultancies, product development and improvements, delivery and development of training materials or courses.

Updated: 28 Mar 2016
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