Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA)
Parks & Leisure Australia (PLA) is the leading industry association for parks and leisure professionals in the sector. Its aim is to build, serve and develop a strong and united parks and leisure industry in Australia.
For Australia to be the most liveable country in the world, renowned for its parks, sport and recreation facilities, which provide the foundation for healthy communities and liveable towns and cities.
PLA has a history dating back to 1925, when it was known as the Victorian Tree Planters Association. In 1962 it became a national body known as the Royal Australian Institute of Parks and Recreation. Finally, in 1998 a merger with the Australian Leisure Institute gave birth to Parks & Leisure Australia.
The organisation's strategic plan, Towards 2025, sets out a future pathway for the organisation, to ensure it remains relevant to members and establishes a solid foundation on which to build a strong voice for the sector.
What Do We Do
As the national peak body for the people behind the places, PLA supports its members through the provision of training, professional development, research, advocacy and a range of products and services to support you and the industry. Its members are diverse, with individual needs, priorities and desired levels of support.
Sectors We Represent
Professionals employed in the sector work across policy, planning and provision of assets, services, facilities, programs and research, and include: community and urban planning; parks, environment, biodiversity and conservation; sport and physical activity; tourism, arts and interpretation; and research and academia.
Key Benefits Of A Pla Membership
Discounts to conferences, events, seminars and field days
The opportunity to network and grow connections
Industry Awards and Certifications
Apply for the National Awards of Excellence
Apply for various scholarships
Receive Green Flag Accreditation for your park and/or open space
Become an internationally recognised Certified Parks & Leisure Professional (CPLP)
Research and Advocacy
Access local and international research and resources through the new PaRC Library
PLA research best practice and act as the voice for the industry on behalf of its members
Get your questions answered with a new Industry Forum
Meet like-minded professionals from your state through local networks
Use the online discussion forum to network, interact with industry peers, and learn about day-to-day issues experienced by others
in your industry
Advertise employment opportunities
Gain access to top industry talent and recruit the right people for your organisation
Promote tender opportunities
Receive the AP&L Journal by mail or read it online
Keep up with the latest news and events
Receive regular eNewsletters from various states and territories
Contact & Information
National Business Manager | Tara McConkey | email@example.com
Membership Officer | Alex Giakoumis | firstname.lastname@example.org
Parks & Leisure Australia
207 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067
P 08 8332 0130