Membership

VARMS Membership Types

There are four types of membership to VARMS;

  • Senior
  • Student (Full Time)
  • Junior
  • Social (non flying member)

Junior membership is intended for those under the age of 18 years at the 1st July of the current financial year. If you turn 18 during the current financial year then you will be considered as a Senior in the next financial year.

A full-time student is defined as 18 to 25 years of age as of 1st July of the current financial year and attending a secondary or tertiary institution on a full-time basis. Proof of attendance may be required.

New Membership Application

New and Lapsed Membership Fees for the 2024-2025 Financial Year

Member Type Joining Fee (once)12 Month Subscription FeeMAAA FeeTotal Fees
SeniorTBATBA$149.00TBA
Student (FT)TBATBA$149.00TBA
JuniorTBATBAPaid by VARMSTBA
SocialTBATBA$00.00TBA

Note: Half-yearly fees (half of the above fees plus full Joining Fee) will be available after December to new members or lapsed members that have not been a member for more than 12 months.

A new or lapsed member who wishes to join must find a current financial member of the club to nominate them and endorse their application for consideration by the Committee (instructions provided in the Member Application and Renewal Portal).

Your membership is considered lapsed if you didn’t renew in July 2023. If that is the case then you will have to apply as a NEW member again.

New Membership Applicants are also required to introduce themselves to a member of the VARMS Committee before the monthly Committee Meeting. The Committee will then be able to consider the application. You may know some of the Committee members already. You can find the dates of Committee Meetings in the VARMS Events Calendar (click for Events page). If you are not known by any Committee members then you will need to introduce yourself to one who intends to be at the next Committee Meeting.

To join as a new member or renew a lapsed membership click the link below to be taken to the Membership Application and Renewal Portal and begin the ‘Membership Application Process’.

Membership Application and Renewal Portal Link
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If for some reason you can’t complete the application process through the Membership Application and Renewal Portal online then there is the option to apply via a paper based process. You can request this from the Membership Registrar (click for Contacts page).

Your Membership Application will be presented to the VARMS Committee at their monthly meeting for approval. If approved you will be asked to pay the Membership Fees soon after. Once you are approved and payment is verified your membership with VARMS will be valid and current. You will then be covered by the MAAA provided insurance.

When you become a member you will be required to attend an Induction Session (click for the Events page) where you will receive our club rules book, site maps, your member card and some other goodies.

Your membership with VARMS will initially be a two-year probationary membership. The VARMS Membership Registrar will submit your details to VMAA (Victorian Model Aeronautical Association) and MAAA (Model Aircraft Association of Australia) and create or update your club affiliation. This means you will be registered with both the VMAA and MAAA and have insurance cover at any MAAA club within Australia.

For more information go to the Member Application and Renewal Portal, contact the Membership Registrar (click for Contacts page) or come down to one of our Club Meetings (click for Events page).

Membership Renewal

Membership Renewal Fees for the 2024-2025 Financial Year

Member Type 12 Month Subscription FeeMAAA FeeTotal Fees
SeniorTBA$149.00TBA
Student (FT)TBA$149.00TBA
JuniorTBAPaid by VARMSTBA
SocialTBA$00.00TBA

Note: Half-yearly fees are only available (after December) to new members or lapsed members.

To renew a current membership click the link below to be taken to the Member Application and Renewal Portal and begin the Membership Renewal Process.

Note: Your membership is considered lapsed if you didn’t renew in July 2023. If that is the case then you will have to apply as a NEW member again (see above).

Membership Application and Renewal Portal Link
(Check here soon for the link to be activated)

If for some reason you can’t complete the Renewal Process through the Membership Application and Renewal Portal online then there is the option to renew via a paper based process. You can request this from the Membership Registrar (click for Contacts page).

During the Renewal Process you will need to check or update your details and confirm your membership type. You will be given payment instructions and have the option to view the progress of your renewal in the Portal as time goes by. Once payment is verified your renewed membership with VARMS will be valid and current. If you are paying your MAAA and VMAA affiliation fees through VARMS then you will be covered by the MAAA provided insurance as soon as your membership fee payment has been verified.

For more information go to the Member Application and Renewal Portal or contact the Membership Registrar (click for Contacts page).

Meetings

General Meetings are held on the SECOND FRIDAY of each month (except January) at the VARMS Clubroom and Flying Field in Rowville. Meetings start at 7:30pm normally and at 8:00pm during Daylight Savings. During Daylight Savings time there may be limited flying allowed before Meeting starts at 8:00pm. Visitors are welcome. Formalities are usually followed by lively discussions on matters of interest to all modelers followed by a cup of your favourite brew. See the Events Calendar (click for Events page).

Insurance Policies Covering MAAA Members

Model Aeronautical Association of Australia Inc (MAAA) insurance brings you protection and peace of mind.

To make sure you’re not grounded, the MAAA looks after all of your insurance needs. MAAA experts provide the most comprehensive coverage for your peace of mind :).

MAAA takes care of the paperwork so you can spend more time in the air. They provide top comprehensive public liability insurance as well as a personal accident policy.

To find out more about our cover take a look at the MAAA Insurance (click here).