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Benefits of Membership

Joining the RZS NSW

The Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales offers membership to people who are  interested and willing to support the objectives of the Society.

There are two categories of general membership: Scientific or Ordinary. Those people with specific scientific research backgrounds or interests may apply to become a Scientific Member. Anyone with an interest in native Australasian wildlife and their survival may apply to become an Ordinary Member.

The Society also offers Student and Junior membership.

Membership of the Society is governed under the Society's constitution.


The benefits of membership include:

  • The ability to interact with zoologists from Australia and around the world (e.g. at the monthly Wildlife at the Watering Hole events)
  • Discounted registration fees for all RZS NSW symposia, forums and other events
  • Ability to apply for grants including the Ethel Mary Read Research Grant and the Paddy Pallin Research Grant.
  • Full and open access to Australian Zoologist, the oldest Australian journal of zoology (optional at a cost).
  • Personal (non-transferable) pass giving free entry at Taronga and Western Plains Zoos*

* Access to Taronga and Western Plains Zoo is an added benefit that the Society is able to offer to our members due to our long and robust relationship with Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Access to the zoo is not in any way under the control of RZS NSW, can be withdrawn at any time, and should not be the primary reason for joining the Society.

Membership Fees 2023/2024

Membership runs for 1 year from date of joining.

  • Scientific or Ordinary Member (with Electronic Publications): $85 per annum.
  • Scientific or Ordinary Member - No Publications (with No Publications): $70 per annum.
  • Student Member (includes publications): $55 per annum.
  • Junior Member (publications are not included): $30 per annum.

Applying for membership

Use the link below to apply online,


Download, fill out and return an application form (email or hard copy - see contact details)

Note: All applications must be approved by the Council of RZS NSW. At the first meeting of the Council following receipt of an application, the Council shall determine the admission or rejection of the applicant. The Council shall not be required to give any reason for the rejection of an applicant. If your application is rejected then all membership fees paid will be fully refunded.

Apply Online

Application Form

Renewing your membership

The quickest and easiest way to renew your membership is online through the Your Profile (login required). Here you can pay instantly with credit card and even store these details for automatic renewal next year.

We realise however that many people like to do things the old fashioned way - pen and paper - and for that reason you can continue to renew by filling out a Membership Renewal Form and sending it back to us.

You can email the completed form with credit card details to or print and mail it to us at:

Royal Zoological Society of NSW
PO Box 20
Mosman NSW 2088

Renewal Form

The Royal Zoological Society of NSW aims to promote and advance the science of zoology and protect, preserve and conserve the indigenous animals of Australasia and their associated habitats

Australian Business Number (ABN) : 31 000 007 518

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