I am a member of the WIA and have been since becoming an amateur in 2010.
I am a former Director of the WIA (served January 2017 - December 2017).
What is the WIA ?
The Wireless Institute of Australia – the WIA - is the national voice of Australian radio amateurs.
It is recognised as the voice of radio amateurs by the Australian regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The WIA is a member of the International Amateur Radio Union, the IARU, and an active participant in the IARU’s regional organisation.
The WIA publishes a monthly magazine, Amateur Radio, and through its website and its weekly broadcasts keeps anyone interested in amateur radio up to date on news, events and activities. Through many dedicated volunteers it manages amateur activities such as contests and awards. Since 1992 the WIA has conducted the examinations that are required to be passed to qualify to be licensed as a radio amateur, today ranging from the entry level Foundation qualification to the internationally recognised Advanced qualification. The WIA qualifies and accredits over 200 Assessors who conduct the examinations, working with over 100 affiliated clubs across the country to provide as easy an access as possible for those who are interested in becoming a radio amateur.
The WIA was founded at a meeting on 11 March 1910 held at the Hotel Australia at the corner of Martin Place and Castlereagh Street in Sydney, when a number of the wireless experimenters decided to form the Institute of Wireless Telegraphy of Australia as an organisation to better represent their interests in dealing with the authorities. Very quickly the word Telegraphy was dropped from the name.
Similar groups formed in the other states in the following years, and in the early 1920s the various states formed a national coordinating body, the Wireless Institute of Australia and the state organisations became “Divisions”. The group that started it all was then incorporated as the Wireless Institute of Australia New South Wales Division in May 1922.
WIA office - Bayswater, Victoria.
WIA Presidents Commendation certificates.
Certificates of Appreciation.
Norfolk Island AGM 2016
Presentation delivered to the South East Radio Group's Convention, June 2016