Membership Of The ACA
‘More People Outdoors More Often’
The ‘not-for-profit’ Australian Camps Association (ACA) is the national peak body for residential camps and outdoor activity providers. Our role is to build the business capacity of member camps and to help improve their capacity to deliver excellent experiences for their guests.
We strongly believe that participation in supported outdoor experiences through camps and led adventure activities leads to happier and healthier lives.
The Australian Camps Association was formed in 2005 through the amalgamation of the Camping Associations of Victoria, Tasmania, South Australian and Queensland. As a national body, the ACA works collaboratively and innovatively to develop and support camping and the outdoor sector. Today we provide information, resources, services and training to well over 230 members located across the country.
Message From The CEO
If you are renewing your current membership then many thanks for your continuing support. If you are not yet a member of the Association then please join us in supporting a thriving camp industry across Australia. There are a host of excellent reasons for investing in ACA membership, and we are continually developing new services that support your business and help you to get ‘more people outdoors more often’.
We look forward to welcoming you into the ACA community and to working on your behalf.
Member Benefits And Services
As an ACA member, you help promote camp and outdoor adventure programs and their benefits to government, user groups and the wider public across the nation. Along with supporting this important work, as a member you have access to a wide range of benefits and services, as follows:
THE AUSTRALIAN CAMPS ASSOCIATION GENERATES BUSINESS FOR YOU
- Booking Service
Every week the ACA receives new enquiries from people and organisations looking for a camp or program provider for their group, which we collate and broadcast to our members. In 2015 alone, this Booking Enquiry Service forwarded hundreds of enquiries to member camps, with a potential value of an estimated $5.7M.
- Guide to Camps and Outdoor Activity Providers
Over 10,000 hard copies of our well-known Guide are distributed annually to schools, information centres and community groups nation-wide. Members receive a FREE 1/6 page listing and can elect to take out further paid advertising at attractive rates. The Guide is also available online through our website.
- Improved Access to Existing Markets
Members are listed on our website and receive regular mentions through our social media feeds. The website also offers members the opportunity to promote school holiday programs or last minute vacancies at no cost. Additional advertising is also available on our website, including scrolling banner advertisements on our home page.
- Access to New Markets
The ACA is continuously carrying out market research and product development on behalf of our members.
- Use of Australian Camps Association ‘Member’ Logo
Members are entitled to use the ‘Association Member’ logo on their own marketing material.
- Savings on ATAP Accreditation
Members of the ACA are eligible for a discounted rate on the Camps and Adventure Activity (CAA) Accreditation through the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program (ATAP). Proof of membership must be provided to obtain this offer.
SUPPORTING YOUR BUSINESS
- Outdoor Business Online
Outdoor Business Online (OBO) is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all your business needs. This ‘member only’ website is packed with resources to assist your business to reach its potential.
The Australian Camps Association provides advice to members on business and strategic planning, site development, operational issues, marketing and promotion.
- Member Visits
Our Memberships Manager regularly visits camps and publishes camp reports in our Newsletter, on our website and shared through our social media platforms. This is a great way to make connections, tell your own unique story to a wide audience and learn more about how the Australian Camps Association can support you.
- Conferences, Training and Networking Opportunities
Member workshops, training days and conferences provide an excellent and inexpensive opportunity to broaden horizons and increase your knowledge. The Australian Camps Association holds regular conferences and professional development events in all regions.
- Access to Group Buying Scheme (Preferred Suppliers)
The ACA has negotiated great prices for members with a range of suppliers offering services such as insurance, gas, food, beds, first aid training etc.
- Access to Research
The Australian Camps Association is actively involved in a number of research projects on your behalf- ranging from Seniors Camping to the latest in risk management and educational outcomes thinking.
- Open Days
Enjoy the hospitality of the ACA Community as members open their doors to show off their sites and give insight into how they approach issues common to all operators.
Members receive regular communication and industry updates through the weekly Camping News and Member Bulletins. Members can advertise in any of these publications.
- General Support
Australia is notorious for extreme weather which can impact on your business. The ACA is a valuable point of contact and resource during these times should members need assistance in the recovery process.
SUPPORTING OUR INDUSTRY
- Common Voice
The ACA advocates for, and represents the interest of, our members to Government, land managers and other relevant groups on a range of issues that impact on our industry.
- Contribution to Wellbeing
The Australian Camps Association supports healthy lifestyles through promoting events such as the Great Aussie Camp Out (GACO) and Kids Adventure Outdoors (KAOS).
- Pricing and Occupancy Research
We carry out regular Price and Occupancy surveys to gather and process data to assist your business. The data relates to current prices, occupancy rates and industry issues giving members unique business insight.
“We Purchased bunks 3 years ago from Hypersonic Industries (Preferred Supplier in ACA’s Group Buying Scheme). Still in ‘as new’ condition, very happy with sturdiness and safety of bunks. Bunks come with accreditation for structure and strength. Most other bunks carry accreditation for design only.”
Andrea Brown, Golden Valley Lodge
“The Free Booking Service provided by ACA is by far the best booking service that we have used. That in itself provides great value for the annual membership fee. It provides more leads than any magazine advertising we have tried giving us more “bang for our buck”! Through the ACA Booking Service we have acquired many new group bookings, some of which have turned into regular bookings”
Grant Laidlaw, Log Cabin Camp
Australian Camps Association membership is open to camp operators, activity providers and individuals or organisations with an interest in the camps industry.
For more information please contact the ACA Memberships Manager, Stephen Hamilton.