PMA members in Australia were last week sent invoices for US$295 ($415 in Australia and NZ$460 in New Zealand) to renew their PMA membership.
The $415 rate still represents an increase of around 100 percent for most Australian members, who in 2014/15 were offered an introductory rate of $95 and a standard renewal rate of $180.
The increase in PMA fees has been accompanied by a reduction in member services in Australia, associated with the closure of the PMA Australia office. PMA has indicated that in the short term, at least, the association will not be tailoring any specific efforts to Australia, Europe or Asia.
PMA Australia currently has around 250 members, with more than half of these PPFA members (the PPFA has now been sold to US conference organiser Monarch Expositions) and the rest made up of colour labs, schools photographers, photographic wholesalers – and retailers. There are less than 100 – possibly closer to 50 – photo retail stores in the Australian branch of the association.
Australians businesses represent approximately 10 percent of the association’s worldwide membership. There are only two PMA members listed in New Zealand. Australia currently has more PMA members than Canada and is second only to the US in member numbers.