More than 20 professions including Accountancy, Business Administration, Nursing, Banking, Engineering, Law, Teaching, Human Resources are represented in APA’s Membership
African Professionals of Australia (APA) is a diverse organization of professionals whose aim is to create a vibrant community of professionals who excel personally and collectively and positively impact the community. Our main purpose is to empower professionals especially those of African-origin to reach their fully potential in their elected professions. This includes providing a platform to pursue and achieve professional relevance and impact to the Australian community at large. APA has resolved to strategically employ the power of creativity, teamwork and the diversity of its membership and ethnic backgrounds to drive the organization’s vision and achieve its set out goals. We offer various Professional Development Programs, Leadership Training, Mentorship, and Workplace Experience Programs to hundreds of its members annually. As a not-for-profit organization owned and managed by its members, APA’s primary source of income is derived from membership fees, fund-raising ventures and donations. APA’s membership is made up of 20 different professions from more than 35 countries. At APA, we consider a “professional” as a person who has acquired a career or skill that has been developed further by training and/or experience over a period of time.
Incorporated in Western Australia in 2007, APA has since migrated into a Company Limited by Guarantee as from April 2012. The migration from an “Incorporated association” to a “Company” was prompted by the organization’s strategy to expand nation-wide due to popular demand. The change has since resulted into opening of Chapters in New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland. Each chapter is operated by an active and dedicated management team of professionals. The other major change that followed its 2012 migration to a Company was the introduction of two additional Types of Membership being “Friends of APA Membership” and “Corporate Membership”. The former is open to people of non-African background whilst the latter is open to Companies/Businesses that share the APA objectives and values. APA now has four types of membership including the Full Membership open to people of African origin and the Associate Membership open to Students and /or those who do not meet the requirements of full membership, and hence making APA an all-inclusive organization