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AHRI members are represented by State Councils comprising elected professional-level members in all eight states and territories. Councillors act as a voice for the members and advise the AHRI Board, through the Council of State Presidents, on issues affecting the development of the profession and members within its state or territory.

AHRI has eight State Councils (Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia).

The functions of state councillors are to:

  • Advise the Board, through the CSP representatives, on issues affecting the development of the profession and members within its state or territory
  • Foster development of human resources professional knowledge and skills of the members, and enhance the profile of the profession within its state or territory
  • Promote the objects of AHRI as set out in clause 1 of the Constitution
  • Uphold and enforce the Constitution's rules, regulations and By-laws

Skills and experience required

Individual professional membership of AHRI is a prerequisite for an individual to take a position on a state council. State councils are the primary form of member representation. It is essential that state councils be made up of members who are representative of the AHRI membership base. Each state council is made up of a minimum of four and a maximum of ten elected or co-opted representatives.

Time commitment

Typically state councils will meet once a month throughout the year. There is an expectation that councillors attend a minimum 75% of council meetings to retain their position. There may be other adhoc duties such as being an AHRI representative at forum events or executing various action items allocated during council meetings.

How to apply

Each state and territory in Australia has the opportunity to elect a representative member state council. Elections are conducted in accordance with the relevant rules as detailed in the AHRI Constitution and By-Laws every September.

Professional members are eligible to nominate themselves for election during the nomination period prior to elections each year.  To nominate their membership must be valid and active, the nomination must be support by two other professional members and a nomination statement included.  Please note, the nominators must not be nominating another member to council.

If you would like to connect with your local State President to express your interest in the role or for any other reason, email


Professional members receive free professional indemnity insurance as part of their membership.

Did you know...

That AHRI represents around 20,000 HR professionals from Australia and around the globe?

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