Get involved with AIRAH
AIRAH offers members plenty of opportunities to get involved with our activities. You could, for example, participate in our events or technical committees, or contribute to our publications.
And the invaluable support from members lending their time and expertise forms a major part of AIRAH’s capacity to provide core services. It’s part of the reason why AIRAH is Australia’s leading HVAC&R organisation.
Not only will contributing to AIRAH provide members such as yourself with better information, opportunities and industry ties. It also offers you the chance to connect and network with some of the HVAC&R industry’s leading practitioners, with AIRAH staff – and through the experience of volunteering – to be involved in something bigger than yourself.
To talk about any of the opportunities below in more detail, contact our head office on 03 8623 3000.
The following are just some of the ways you can get involved with AIRAH:
Review a Design Application Manual
AIRAH publishes a variety of technical manuals. Keep an eye on the AIRAH newsletters for the opportunity to review public draft versions during the development of our manuals.
Join a committee
AIRAH calls on the technical expertise of its members for many of its activities, and has committees with members located throughout Australia. Some of these committees are long-term commitments; others are one-off projects.
Types of AIRAH committees include:
- State divisions – Each Australian state and territory has a dedicated committee tasked with organising monthly events for members in that state.
- Conferences – Planning committees contribute technical knowledge to shape conference programs, which are different each year.
- Special Technical Groups – AIRAH has a series of autonomous groups that provide expertise to group-led projects. The groups include Refrigeration, Solar Heating and Cooling, Building Physics, Resilience, Big Data and ESD (environmentally sustainable design). If you are interested in joining or starting a Special Technical Group please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
- Portfolio Groups – These assist in steering actions and undertaking work that aligns with the strategic goals of the organisation. They also act as a sounding board for management, helping to shape AIRAH’s activities and direction. The groups include Membership, Young Professionals and Centenary.
The "AIRAH Committee guide" is available to download here
. The guide has been prepared to help AIRAH members understand the roles of AIRAH committees, within the structure of AIRAH as an organisation. It supports committees in planning, organising, communicating and improving their operation and making sure the rules of AIRAH are followed. It is intended as a guide and is based on requirements of the AIRAH Constitution 2015 and the AIRAH Bylaws. These are the governing documents of AIRAH.
It also explains how the committees engage with the Board at the National Reference Group and how they feed into the AIRAH Board selection process at the AIRAH Annual Convention.
Contribute to AIRAH’s magazines
AIRAH has two monthly national print publications: Ecolibrium
and HVAC&R Nation
. Industry news and stories are welcome for both.
For Ecolibrium, all story and technical paper submissions should be sent to the editor, Matt Dillon, email@example.com
To submit a story idea for Ecolibrium, either complete an Ecolibrium article pro forma
and send to the editor, or simply send an introductory email. Ideas welcome.
AIRAH is always seeking technical papers of merit for publication in Ecolibrium. Technical papers must comply with the technical paper guidelines
. All technical papers submitted for publication in Ecolibrium are required to undergo a peer-review process. Once submitted, the paper will first be reviewed internally, before being sent to two independent external reviewers with relevant expertise. At each stage of the process, comments and recommendations will be sent to the author for alterations as required. If the paper passes the review, it will then be eligible for publication in Ecolibrium.
Review technical papers
If you have particular expertise or experience in a certain field, and have some spare time, reviewing papers is a great way to contribute to the high-standard technical information we provide in our magazines. To express your interest, contact Ecolibrium editor, Matt Dillon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Present at a conference
AIRAH is always looking for speakers for our national conferences, and regularly advertise our call for abstracts. Contact conference organiser, Emily McLaughlin, email@example.com
for more information.
Recommend a topic/project
If you have completed work on a project that you think would be of interest to others, let your state executive officer know and we can consider it for a write-up in our magazines or a site visit.
Provide your expertise to course material, or lead a training session as a facilitator. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have an interest in being an AIRAH federal board director please contact AIRAH to find out your eligibility and the process involved.
AIRAH often calls on its members to represent the Institute in an official capacity to other industry organisations, on Standards committees, and other industry-related tasks. These opportunities are usually advertised in our weekly enewsletters.