The Royal Institution of Naval Architects is represented in Australia by the Australian Division.
All members resident in Australia are registered as members of the Division.
Australian Division links
History of the Division
In 1954, a number of Australian members of the Institution of Naval Architects proposed that a Branch of the Institution should be formed in that country. Accordingly, the Australian Branch of the Institution of Naval Architects was formally constituted.
The first section of the Branch was formed in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory in 1972, and a second in Whyalla, South Australia in 1975. This section was closed in 1978.
The Australian Branch became a Division of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects in 1979, the year of its Silver Jubilee.
Today, the Australian Division has members throughout the Commonwealth of Australia and Sections in the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra), New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland and South Australian & Northern Territory.
Council and Sections
The Australian Division Council is elected from and by the members of the Australian Division.
Local Sections meet regularly and organise professional, technical and social events for the benefit of Members, providing an opportunity to meet and exchange views with other industry professionals. Each Section is organised by an elected Committee.
Western Australian Section | Queensland Section | New South Wales Section | Australian Capital Territory Section | South Australian & Northern Territory Section | Victorian Section | Tasmanian Section
The Australian Naval Architect
The Australian Naval Architect is the journal of the Australian Division of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. It is published four times per year and is distributed to the members of the Institution in Australia.
The ANA contains news from the RINA Sections in Australia, the activities of the Division, selected technical articles or papers, and maritime news. Copies in pdf format are available for downloading from this site from the last week of the month of publication, namely February, May, August and November.
Australian Division members (other than Student Members) may alternatively request the Secretary of the Australian Division to arrange for a hard copy to be mailed.
Australian Division Forum
The Walter Atkinson Award
The Walter Atkinson Award was established in 1971 to commemorate the life, work and service of Walter Atkinson as a founding member to the Australian Branch (now the Australian Division) of RINA. The annual Award is made to the author of the best technical paper presented to the naval architecture community in Australia " ...Read more about the Walter Atkinson Award
Registered Professional Engineer Queensland (RPEQ)
The Royal Institution of Naval Architects is approved by the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (BPEQ) as an Assessment Entity, ie authorised to assess applications for registration as RPEQ. For further information contact
Members in Australia may become Chartered Members by being elected as a Member (MRINA) and registering as CEng through the Institution or CPEng though Engineers Australia. Further informationis given in the guidance notes Australian Division - Chartered Membership - Q&A.
Vacancies advertised in the Australian Naval Architect will also be posted on the Appointments page. For further information about advertising in the ANA, contact the Editor-in-Chief of The ANA, John Jeremy: (Tel: 9326 1779; Email: )
Naval Architecture, Yacht and Boat Design and Construction Courses
Information on course availability, entry requirements, and the relationship of courses in naval architecture, yacht and boat design and construction (pdf file).
Australian Division Technical Library
Papers held in the Australian Division Technical Library may be downloaded