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Benefits of APRI Membership

These include the Technical Meetings, Seminars and Plant Visits organised by Branches Coordinators. Such activities are usually held on monthly basis to present new developments and provide a valuable opportunity for personal and business networking. They also provide an opportunity for members to access technical expertise as a path to professional development. 

In addition, Australasian Technology Conventions are usually held every three years. 

Annual Branch Golf / Tennis Days, Annual Branch Dinners and similar events are a valuable source of social interaction at all levels. 

APRI sponsored the RMIT course 'Introduction to Rubber Technology' and also ensures that advanced courses in polymer technology conform to the standard for professional qualification.

An APRI nominee is a Board Member of the National Plastics & Rubber Industry Training Council. This Council is responsible for the implementation of an integrated competency based training system within the plastics rubber and cablemaking industry sectors.

APRI membership includes a free subscription to the quarterly APRI Journal, which keeps members in touch with new processes, new materials, company developments and personnel notes, as well as providing updates on Institute activities.

Members also receive periodic newsletters from the Chairman of the Australasian Council or from their Branch Coordinator.

Standards Development

Standards Australia consults the APRI as a source of polymer expertise. The APRI nominates members to develop relevant technological standards through the technical committees of Standards Australia. APRI involvement in standards development protects the credibility of the industry and supports market acceptance of the industry's products. 

Professional Development

The APRI provides a path for members to increase their technical competency and upgrade their membership to that of a qualified grade. Employment prospects are enhanced since qualified grades of APRI membership are recognised by public and private sector employers as indicating professional competence. Qualified members can apply for senior grades of membership based on having a position of responsibility requiring scientific managerial or technical experience in polymers and their contribution to progress of the industry. 

George Milne Memorial Medal

Significant contributions to the Institute and Industry are recognised by the Council's annual award of the George Milne Memorial Medal. This is an award to commemorate George Milne and other pioneers of the Australasian Institution of the Rubber Industry and its successors PRI & APRI Inc.

Jim Smithson Medallion

Jim Smithson Medallion is awarded for the best paper, at each Australasian Technology Convention, presented by a current APRI member with the work being related to the Australasian rubber industry.