In addition to Professional Certification and membership for those qualified in HFE, we provide membership for anyone interested in this field of work and free membership for full time students.


As a member you will have the opportunity for professional certification, professional networking opportunities, access to publications, guidance materials, research and job opportunities.

Your membership will increase your credibility amongst other professionals, clients and employers.

Membership Benefits

Improved Networking Opportunities

Joining HFESA is an excellent opportunity to meet other HFE professionals. Our Annual Conference provides an informal setting to meet new people and catch up with peers and HFE professionals. There are a number of state and regional groups operating around the country. The groups hold regular meetings, often with guest speakers, and provide an
opportunity to meet local professionals and learn something at the same time.

HFESA Annual Conferences

HFESA members pay a reduced registration fee to attend the HFESA Annual Conference. This is
the largest HFESA event each year – three days of presentations and workshops covering all aspects of HFE and related fields. The annual
conference is a great opportunity to learn about new topics in HFE and developments in existing research areas. The social activities at the conference provide an opportunity to get to know other professionals and to catch up with old friends in a relaxed setting.

Increased credibility amongst other professionals, clients and employers

HFESA is the only professional society in Australia dedicated solely to HFE professionals. Being a member of the Society indicates to colleagues, clients and potential employers that you have a dedicated interest in HFE and /or are a qualified and respected professional. Many employers now specifically ask for Certified Professional Members of the Society.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

HFESA has worked closely with the Professional Associations team at Arthur J Gallagher, the fourth largest insurance and risk management firm in the world, to identify and develop professional indemnity and public liability insurance cover that addresses the needs of our members.

Certified Professional Member Directory

HFESA maintains a membership directory of Certified Professional Ergonomists (CPEs) and CPEs who are HFE Specialists that are accessible to potential clients.

Members-only access to the On-Line Member Directory

HFESA Members have access to the Member Directory that includes hundreds of other HFE professionals in Australia. The directory lists each member of the Society, their contact details and areas of specialisation.


HFESA Members have access to HFESA Connect, a regular newsletter on news about important activities and people related to the field, conference notices, Society news and ads for position openings, products and services.

Seminars, Courses and Lectures

HFESA members have access to a large variety of professional development events all over the country both face to face and via webinar.

Raising the Profile of Human Factors and Ergonomics

HFESA produces regular podcasts on HFE available at or on your favourite podcast app to promote the field of HFE and the work of the HFESA to the wider community and its members.


The Professional Affairs board for the society accredits and maintains professionals as part of their certification system Applications are assessed free of charge. (Conditions apply for eligibility – refer to the Membership Matrix for additional information.

Job Vacancies

Job vacancies are emailed to members and advertised on the website.


HFESA runs a mentoring program for aspiring early career professionals, and those CPE’s who have completed the requirements of active membership, education and practice.

OzCHI Annual Conference

The HFESA Computer Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG) holds a major annual conference called OZCHI.


HFESA advocates for its members on various Government, Standards and HFE and safety initiatives, forums and media activities.

Affiliation and post-nominals

Full Members can use the affiliation MHFESA and Certified Professional Ergonomists can use the post-nominals CPE. These affiliations can be added to your business card, letterhead and CV to indicate that you are a qualified and professionally recognised HFE professional. Fellows, Certified Professional Ergonomists, Members and Retired full Members may apply to the HFESA Board to use the HFESA logo on their promotional material to indicate that they are recognised by the Society.

This category is intended for any full-time student who is interested in human factors and ergonomics (HFE) and related sub-disciplines. Applicants must be able to provide proof of full-time student status.

This category is intended for any individual who is interested in HFE, but who does not fulfil the requirements to become a Full Member. It provides an opportunity for interested individuals to expand their skills in ergonomics and human factors, and to become involved in the community.

Full Member
This category is for individuals that have completed tertiary qualifications in ergonomics and hold one year pre or post qualification experience or hold tertiary qualifications in a related discipline and 2 years substantiated experience in ergonomics and are currently practising in ergonomics.

Certified Professional Ergonomist
Certified Professional Ergonomists have been certified by HFESA and have demonstrated that they have the skills and experience to provide high quality and consistent advice and support in the area of HFE.

Organisations taking out corporate membership are entitled to have up to 3 representatives from their organisation attend PD events and conferences at the member rate. The membership belongs to the corporation, not to the representative, and so it is at the organisation’s discretion which three members are listed at any time.

The fees for 2021/2022 (the membership year commences on 1 July and is valid to 30 June) are shown below.

Note: Fees are pro-rated from 1 October annually.

Please note: Membership renewal payments received after 30th September 2021 will now incur a late fee of $33.00.

Academic Courses

The HFESA does not currently endorse courses, however the following is a list of courses where human factors and ergonomics is part of the course content.

La Trobe University

Masters of Ergonomics Safety and Health

RMIT University

Course title: Human Factors for Investigators

University of Wollongong

Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

University of South Australia

Graduate Diploma in Human Factors And Safety Management Systems

Short Courses

The University of Newcastle

On line Short Course – Human Factors and Work Health And Safety

Monash University

2023 Human Factors in Healthcare Designing Safe Systems- Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative medicine

Human Factors Training SolutionsHuman Factors Courses in Aviation

Certified Professional Ergonomists have been certified by HFESA and have demonstrated that they have the skills and experience to provide high quality and consistent advice and support in the area of HFE.

CPE is the highest level of HFE status awarded in Australia. A CPE can act as an expert witness in court.

Domains of specialisation

Derived from the Greek words ‘ergon’ (work) and ‘nomos’ (laws) to denote the science of work, HFE is a systems-oriented discipline which now extends across all aspects of human activity. Practising HFE professionals must have a broad understanding of the full scope of the discipline. That is, HFE promotes a holistic approach in which considerations of physical, cognitive, social, organisational, environmental and other relevant factors are taken into account. HFE professionals often work in many sectors or application domains. Application domains are not mutually exclusive and they evolve constantly; new ones are created and old ones take on new perspectives.

There are domains of specialisation within the discipline, which represent deeper competencies in specific human attributes or characteristics of human interaction.

Domains of specialisation within the HFE discipline are broadly the following:

Physical Ergonomics

Physical ergonomics (HFE) is concerned with human anatomical, anthropometric, physiological and biomechanical characteristics that relate to physical activity. Relevant topics include working postures, materials handling, repetitive movements, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, workplace layout, safety and health.

Cognitive Ergonomics

Cognitive ergonomics (HFE) is concerned with mental processes, such as perception, memory, reasoning, and motor response that affect interactions among humans and other elements of a system. Relevant topics include mental workload, decision-making, skilled performance, human-computer interaction, human reliability, work stress and training.

Organisational Ergonomics

Organizational ergonomics is concerned with the optimization of sociotechnical systems, including their organizational structures, policies, and processes. (Relevant topics include communication, crew resource management, work design, design of working times, teamwork, participatory design, community ergonomics, cooperative work, new work paradigms, virtual organizations, telework, and quality management.) Organisational Ergonomics
Organisational ergonomics (HFE) is concerned with the optimisation of sociotechnical systems, including their organisational structures, policies, and processes. Relevant topics include communication, crew resource management, work design, design of working times, teamwork, participatory design, community ergonomics, cooperative work, new work paradigms, virtual organisations, telework, and quality management.

Source: International Ergonomics Society (IEA) –

A small logo indicating CPE status is available for use by certified members of the Society on professional correspondence.

Click here to read the Professional Affairs Board guidance note for use of the CPE logo.

Click here to view the logo, then right click to save it

To become a CPE,
the applicant must have:

Completed an education program
which provides a comprehensive set of HFE competencies.

Expertise in HFE demonstrated
through the provision of at least one major work sample, supported by one or
more work samples or products of smaller magnitude.

A minimum of four years of
full-time practice in HFE or the part-time equivalent.

The applicant needs to provide suitable references for the Professional Affairs Board to validate the application.

You are invited to be a sponsor at the 56th Annual Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) Conference to be held in Adelaide, South Australia from Sunday 19th – Wednesday 22nd of November 2023. The conference attracts delegates locally, nationally and internationally. 

Further sponsorship details will be released shortly.