What does the Australian Orchid Council Inc. (AOC) do? It provides:

  • A national forum for the coordination of orchid growing across Australia and resolution of issues;
  • A direct voice to clubs in the management of the affairs of the Council;
  • Publication of one of the worlds best orchid magazines, Orchids Australia , and other cultural books and literature for growers across Australia;
  • Operation of this website, providing information and links to other quality sites to the world;
  • A unified national judging system granting awards of excellence to growers and not only providing the basis for show judging but in many cases the judges;
  • Access to a comprehensive presentations library of some 180 programs;
  • A national group insurance scheme for liability insurance coverage;
  • A national focus through the AOC Conservation Director for the conservation of our native orchid species;
  • Ability to purchase at significant discount, a range of quality orchid specific products and cultural books for re-sale;
  • A quality range of orchid-specific trophies for use in shows or for awards;
  • Coordination and allocation of national conferences and provision of conference medals;
  • Opportunity for members to participate in official AOC tours to World Orchid Conferences;
  • A national badge symbolizing the unity of our national hobby, for growers to purchase;
  • Liaison with Government on national issues of relevance, e.g. CITES;
  • Australian point of contact for other international orchid bodies.

Applications for Membership:

Group Members: Orchid clubs and societies, apply in writing to The Secretary, Australian Orchid Council, 88 Wehl Street North, MT GAMBIER, SA. 5290 Personal Members: This is automatically part of a subscription to Orchids Australia. Subscription can be made Online here

 

Australian Orchid Council - Officers

President Mr Jim Shaughnessy 08 8725 9051   Postal:  88 Wehl St. North, Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Vice- President Dr. Marion Davey email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vice- President Mr Graham Zerbe  334 Wright Road, Para Vista, SA 5093
Secretary Mrs Thea Shaughnessy 08 8725 9051  Postal: 88 Wehl St. North, Mount Gambier, SA 5290
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Treasurer Mrs Thea Shaughnessy 08 8725 9051  Postal: 88 Wehl St. North, Mount Gambier, SA 5290
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Registrar General of Judging Mr John Rees 04 0755 9497
Deputy Registrar of Judging Mr Ian Chalmers FAOC 02 9525 7215
Regional Registrars of Judging:    
     Queensland Mr Les Vickers 07 3396 8060
     New South Wales Mr Ian Chalmers 02 9525 7215
     Victoria Mr Grant Garrett 03 9802 1970
     Tasmania Mr Jim Smith 03 6244 1555
     South Australia Mr Roger Rankin 08 8182 2702
     Western Australia Ms Maxine Godbeer 08 9295 5448 Mobile: 04 1892 6158
     Northern Territory Mr Denis Fett 08 8932 1211
     
Programme Director Mr Jim Shaughnessy 08 8725 9051 Postal: 88 Wehl St. North, Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Publications Director Miss Coralie Hills FAOC 08 8357 4484   PO Box 329, Mitcham, SA 5062
Editor Orchids Australia Miss Coralie Hills FAOC 08 8357 4484   PO Box 329, Mitcham, SA 5062
Conservation Director Mr Geoff Curry Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     

 

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Australian Orchid Council Inc. some history:

The Australian Orchid Council Inc. of today is a far cry from that founded in 1960. After a number of years of turmoil, a new Constitution was adopted in 1997. Perhaps the most significant changes here were: the State representation at Council being handed to a STRO (State or Territory Representative Organization) with the former State member bodies being termed "Foundation Members" and having equal voting with other clubs in their home state; the introduction of Personal Membership as part of a subscription to Orchids Australia; and the separation of the Regional Judging Panels.

Foundation Members:

  • Orchid Society of New South Wales Inc.
  • Victorian Orchid Club Inc.
  • Tasmanian Orchid Society Inc.
  • Orchid Society of the Northern Territory Inc.
  • Queensland Orchid Society Inc.
  • Orchid Society of Western Australia Inc.
  • Orchid Club of South Australia Inc.