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Support your HR studies and kick-start your career

Become an AHRI student member to access resources to support your studies, join programs and events to help you become job-ready, and attend free member-only networking forums to build your professional network and learn about specialist HR topics.

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If you are currently a free student member, you can upgrade to a paid student membership ($38.50 per year) to access these benefits. Find out how to apply below. 

Minimum requirements

To apply for paid student membership you must be:

  • A full-time or part-time student at a tertiary level or equivalent, studying an HR related vocation. 

Should you have prior HR experience or are currently working in an HR role please contact us.

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Step 1: Application and payment

You can apply online, provide your CV with the relevant details, and pay by credit card. A receipt will be automatically emailed to you. Either:

Step 2: Your member profile

Your new AHRI membership profile will be created with your personal and employment/study details. Please note your username and password so you can use them to access members-only webpages once your application is completed. 

Step 3: Confirmation

You will receive a confirmation email within seven business days and will be able to access your member benefits immediately. If your application does not meet requirements, you will be contacted with a recommendation. 

If you are a current free student member, you can upgrade to paid student membership to access benefits. Complete the online application form with your name, member ID and payment details.


Q. Do I have to be a full-time student to be eligible to be a student member?

Student membership is designed for students who are not currently working full-time in HR related field. You can be a part-time or full-time student.

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Q. How do I update my address and contact details?

You can update your details in several ways:

  • Login to your member profile on the website,
  • Return your HRM magazine cover sheet with your new address to us,
  • Update your details on your renewal form when you renew your membership, or
  • Call 03 9918 9230 to speak to a Member Career Partner or email your updated details to

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Q. How do I upgrade my membership?

You can upgrade your membership at any time by completing the appropriate online upgrade form, which you can accessed in your member profile. If your membership is linked to an organisation membership, please email for details. Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements before submitting your documents for consideration of an upgrade. A one-off, non-refundable upgrade assessment fee of $60.50 is payable.

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Q. How long can you be a student member for?

Student membership is available for the duration of your studies and is renewed annually.

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Q. How quickly are membership applications processed?

New affiliate and student member applications are processed right away once payment is received. Professional membership applications are processed within 1-2 business days.

Q. How will I know if my application has been approved?

All upgrade applicants will be notified of the outcome via email when it has been approved. Upgrade packs will also be posted out (except for free student members upgrading to paid student members) and will include a new certificate of membership.

Q. I am a student member. Do I have access to all member only areas of the website?

Paid student members have access to all content on the AHRI website, with the exception of the Ask AHRI email service. Our free student membership has been discontinued. If you are still a free student member, you may maintain this membership until you graduate. However, we encourage you to upgrade to take advantage of the benefits of paid student membership. Members who currently hold a free student membership have restricted access to the AHRI website. If you wish to access all website content, upgrade to paid student membership.

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Q. I am studying part-time but I am over 25 years of age. Can I still apply for student or graduate membership?

There is no longer an age limit for graduate membership. If you are still studying and you are not working in an HR role please email and we will be happy to discuss your situation and advise the best option.

Graduate membership is available to recent graduates (graduated within the last two years). If you do not fall into the above categories you may wish to consider affiliate membership or professional membership (MAHRI). Please call (03) 9918 9230 to speak to a Member Career Partner or email

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Q. I have (or nearly have) graduated from my course. What membership is available to me?

Graduate membership (GAHRI) has all the benefits of our full professional membership but at a great introductory rate. If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for graduate membership you might consider professional member (MAHRI) or affiliate membership.

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Q. I've changed my name – how do I update my name with AHRI?

Please email to advise of a change of name and we will update your details for you.

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Q. What payment methods can I use to pay my membership fee?

Our preferred payment method for AHRI membership and renewal fees is online through our secure payment system using a credit card. AHRI accepts Visa, MasterCard, Diners or American Express. You can also pay by phone (03 9918 9230) by providing your credit card details, by cheque made payable to AHRI or by EFT payment.

Alternatively, eligible members can set up automatic monthly direct debit via select credit cards (Visa and MasterCard). For more information on this payment method, please call us on (03) 9918 9230 or email

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Q. What are the terms and conditions of my membership?

View online the full terms and conditions of your membership.

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