Becoming a ZAA member


As a peak body, the Zoo and Aquarium Association represents the collective voice of the zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries and wildlife parks across Australasia that operate to the highest standards.

We have a progressive, science-based approach to animal welfare. Using the Five Domains model, ZAA grants accreditation to zoos and aquariums that have clearly demonstrated their commitment to positive welfare. This approach champions welfare from the animal’s perspective and it underpins all that we do.

ZAA and its members lead over 100 breeding programs in support of conservation and community education. Additionally, we actively contribute to threatened species recovery around the world.

Together, our members enhance the role of individual zoos and aquariums in conserving wildlife. Each year, they connect 22 million visitors with nature, educate 1.1 million students about wildlife and contribute over $20 million to conservation.

Explore the opportunities of joining the network of zoo and aquarium professionals by browsing ZAA membership categories below.

Download: Member categories, eligibility criteria, benefits and fees


ZAA offers two types of membership for individuals:

Individual Subscriber

You are an individual with an interest and can show relevancy to the zoo and aquarium industry

Individual Member

You are an individual currently employed or contracted by a Regional Member zoo/aquarium, or a SAG or ZAA Committee member. To become an Individual member, you will have joined as an Individual Subscriber for a minimum of 12 months.

Download 2024 Individual Membership Brochure for details on benefits, criteria and fees, and review Individual Membership Terms and Conditions.
To Apply

Download the Individual Member Application form and return to the ZAA office.


The following organisations are eligible to join as a Business Member:

  • A business that is related to or supports the zoo and aquarium industry
  • Government organisations
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Registered training organisations (RTOs)
Download 2024 Business Membership Brochure for details on benefits, criteria and fees.
To Apply

Download the Business Member Application form and return to the ZAA office.

Zoo / Aquarium

Download 2024 ZAA Zoo / Aquarium Member Brochure for more for details on benefits, criteria and fees.

A detailed Application and Guidelines Pack for International or Regional institutions can be obtained from the ZAA Executive Office ([email protected]). A non-refundable application fee applies. Please download the ZAA Member Benefits and Fee schedule for all relevant fees. The Applicants Roadmap is available which illustrates the steps to achieving membership.