Membership Benefits


Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance

Practitioners of ergonomics and ergonomists contribute to the design and evaluation of tasks, jobs, products, environments and systems in order to make them compatible with the needs, abilities and limitations of people.

Ergonomics helps harmonize things that interact with people in terms of people’s needs, abilities and limitations.

Membership Benefits

Joining HFESA is an excellent opportunity to meet other HFE professionals. Our Annual Conference provides an informal setting to meet new people and put faces to names.

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. The meetings are informal and always welcome new members.
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.
HFESA Members have access to HFESA Connect, a fortnightly newsletter on news about important activities and people related to the field, conference notices, Society news and ads for position openings, products and services.

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

HFESA maintains a membership directory of Certified Professional Ergonomists (CPEs) and CPEs who are Occupational Health & Safety Specialists that is accessible to potential clients.

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 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 are a qualified and respected professional. Many employers now specifically ask for Certified Professional Members of the Society.

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

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. 

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

HFESA runs its own certifications and maintenance of certification system. Applications are assessed free of charge. (Conditions apply for eligibility – refer to the Membership Matrix for additional information.

HFESA runs a mentoring program for aspiring CPEs who have completed the requirements of active membership, education and practice.

HFESA promotes the benefits of HFE through various media.

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.

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

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