Membership with the ATA carries a certain responsibility. Being associated with the ATA indicates that a tutor or tutoring organisation is a member of the ATA.
Members may use the ATA logo in advertising to promote their membership and uphold the high aspirations of the Association.
The benefits of membership
|Accreditation||Accreditation by an industry-based certification endorsed by the ATA, and supplied by a national CrimTrak agent.|
|Promotion||Being listed on the ATA Website to allows clients to search for you. Members are also entitled to use the ATA logo on their website and collateral to promote their status as ethical tutors.|
|Discounts||Various financial benefits, including discounts on public liability insurance and education scholarships.|
|News||A quarterly newsletter covering the latest best-practice trends in education and tutoring in Australia.|
|Lobbying & PR||Various media opportunities for members when the ATA is approached for comment.|
|Dispute resolution||Investigation into the unscrupulous practices of non-members and complaints made by the ATA to relevant regulatory bodies where appropriate.|
|Professional network||Joining a network of like-minded professionals who aspire to accountable and responsible practices in education.|
Code of conduct
Membership means strict adherence to the ATA Code of Conduct. The Code serves both as a guide to members, as well as protecting them. Upholding the Code of Conduct should ensure that there are consistency and predictability for the practitioners and their clients.
In the event of an ATA member not following the code of conduct then an investigation may follow, which could lead to suspension and/or expulsion.
Accreditation & insurance
ATA membership includes access to discounted accreditation and discounted insurance.
Accreditation represents less risk from an insurance perspective, which is why we are able to offer our members discounted insurance once they have completed their accreditation.
From an industry perspective, the ATA is proud to encourage accreditation to benchmark best-practice in Australia. Accredited ATA members represent the highest standards of tutoring in the nation, and arguably globally.
We will notify you via email when your membership is due for renewal. For your convenience, you will have the option to choose automatic renewal for your membership when you sign up.
Why should I join the ATA?
Joining the ATA as a registered business, individual teacher or individual tutor provides many benefits. These include access to best practice, research and trends, online promotion, exclusive financial benefits, a network of like-minded individuals and the status of being affiliated with the ATA.
Will I get student referrals?
Yes – both directly from clients coming to the website and also through the office staff who can guide phone inquiries to businesses interested in getting referrals.
Can I obtain business advice?
Whilst the ATA Office cannot give legal advice, research can be done for newsletter articles, and general inquiries answered in regards to tutoring matters ranging from curriculum support, employment questions, and other tutoring-centred inquiries.
You may also receive general business advice through our quarterly newsletter that is delivered in both hard copy and electronic form. Members are welcome to contribute articles and also advertise in the newsletter. The newsletter can be on display in waiting rooms for parents and is full of local tutoring news, trends, tips and issues, as well as international news, trends and developments.
Issues raised in this newsletter can be very helpful to businesses in dealing with issues that arise from time to time.
What if I own more than one site?
Members can get multiple listings. For businesses managed by one owner then each additional listing is paid for at a nominal rate annually. For business that are franchised so that different sites are independent operated and/or managed they need to get their own membership for listing and will need to take out their own insurance through us.
How can students and parents find me on your website?
Students, parents and other prospective clients can find you via the “Find a Tutor” section in our website. The search function is designed to assist member businesses at two levels. Firstly, members are listed so that prospective clients can find out if you are a member and if your membership is current. Secondly, if prospective clients want to they can also find you through a search based on subjects you teach. For each member they are able to choose up to FIVE subjects they teach and nominate these to come up in a search. In this way if a client is looking for French language specialist, for example, they do not need to search through all 500+ members.
How do the complaints procedure work?
This is detailed in the ATA Code of Conduct and it specifies how complaints should be handled. We believe in responsible self-regulation and accordingly client/parent complaints are taken seriously.
We will listen to the client version of events and if required ask them to make their complaint in writing on the ATA Complaints Form. We will then listen to the business and get their version of events. In most cases there has been an escalation of a simple misunderstanding that can be readily resolved.
Sometimes complaints are more serious and where we need to advocate for members we will, and equally we will advocate for consumers if a member is found to be upholding the ATA Code of Conduct.
We expect that in the spirit of the Code members will resolve complaints amicably and with goodwill. The ATA reserves the right to cancel the membership of any member found in breach of the ATA Code and to advise our corporate partners of any change in membership status.