Welcome to the AMA
The Automobile and Motorcycle Association Ltd (the AMA) is the not for profit peak industry body for recreational vehicle, automobile and motorcycle related recreation and facilities in Australia. It services over 40,000 members, which grows significantly by the day.
The AMA and its group of not for profit companies (the AMA clubs) are about local grassroots participation in recreational vehicle and motor vehicle sport and recreation. The sensible structure of the AMA means camping, driving, riding and racing is made more affordable for the whole family, so you can get outdoors and do what you love most, either 'on road' or 'off road'.
The Mission of the AMA is to develop, promote and protect the recreational vehicle and motor vehicle lifestyle.
The object for which the Company is established is the encouragement of recreational vehicle and motor vehicle driver and rider sport and recreation by:
- encouraging, advancing, conducting, guiding, promoting and governing all levels of recreational vehicle and motor vehicle driver and rider sport, recreation and associated activities for AMA Entity Members;
- promoting the provision and development of appropriate facilities for AMA Entitiy Members to participate in recreational vehicle and motor vehicle driver and rider sport and recreation;
- maintaining and enhancing standards and quality of recreational vehicle and motor vehicle driver and rider sport and recreation for the collective and mutual benefit and interests of AMA Entity Members and recreational vehicle and motor vehicle driver and rider sport, recreation and associated activities;
- promoting, governing, managing and conducting recreational vehicle and motor vehicle driver and rider education, social, camping, sport, recreation, competitions, championships and associated activities for AMA Members;
- promoting recreational vehicle and motor vehicle driver and rider sport and recreation for commercial, government and public recognition and benefits; and
- supporting, affiliating and liaising with other organisations in pursuit of these objectives.
The Vision of the AMA is more people camping, driving, riding and racing more often.
The AMA holds appropriate Event Insurance underwritten by Allianz to cover the AMA and its Affiliate campgrounds, coaches, groups, promoters, subsidiaries, organisers, officials, members and visitors on planned activities and facilities.
An AMA Campsite is an area in which people can camp or stay orvernight or longer, typically consisting of multiple sites or pitches. Unlike a formed campground, which usually has amenities such as toilets, showers and possibly power hookups, an AMA Campsites are usually more natural spaces, meaning campers should be self sufficient with toilet and shower with black and grey water collection, cooking facilities on board, etc. An AMA Campsite might be part of a larger property that contains other Campsites.
A Site or Pitch is an area within a Campground or Campsite where people can pitch a tent, swag, etc or park an RV.
The are 3 x types of AMA Campsite - Home Camp, Private Camp and Club Camp.
A Club Camp is a space which is leased or owned by the Automobile and Motorcycle Association Ltd (the AMA).
A Private Camp is a space which is licensed for use by by the AMA specifically for members use.
A Home Camp is private property which permits fellow campers to park overnight in driveway, front yard, back yard or paddock for free.
Landowners whose private property is apprioriate for camping, can host AMA club members who are looking for places to camp or stay outdoors.
Not only does the AMA insure the landowner with its comprehensive insurance policies, it enters into a licence arrangement to occupy the campsite during the members stay to further ensure the removal of all liability from landowners.
The AMA can help landowners to obtain the proper council/ shire approvals to operate as a campground. This usually involves establishing an AMA Subsidiary Company and consulting with the AMA's environmental scientist and town planner.
AMA Campground Affiliates are encouraged to enter into a subscription with RMS online booking, channel management and front office system software. The AMA has negotiated a group affiliation rate so landowners can rest assure they are getting the best possible monthly subscription rate available.
The AMA does NOT take money for your campsite bookings and does NOT take a commission from those bookings. The AMA has a simple yearly affiiation fee based on the number of campgrounds you have on your property and the RMS software subscription is so you can be paid directly from the member making the booking. The systems we use are to give you the landowner, superior control over who can camp, how many can camp and how you get paid.
To affiliate a campground with the AMA, please complete the Campground Affiliation Form. Please note: you can not apply for any form of Campground Affiliation unless you are already a financial member of AMA Camps. Not a Guest Member yet? Join now! Need more information about AMA Campgrounds? Please Contact Us to request a more in depth information pack about AMA Camps.
One of the objectives of the Automobile and Motorcycle Association Ltd (the AMA) is to make the use of recreational vehicles (RV) and the use of motor vehicles (MV) the largest social, sport and recreation activities in Australia. Although we have Subsidiary (Daughter) Companies, we also recognise that there are Groups within the RV and MV ecosystem that do not want to be involved in competition or to officially incorporate. To grow, it is important to have a flexible environment, which can include these groups in our family.
Groups are housed under the relevant AMA non competitive sport disciplines or recreation activities. An example of an AMA non competitive sport discipline is motorcycle enduro practice, ie. AMA Enduro. An example of an AMA recreation activity is camping with caravans, ie. AMA Caravan.
Put simply, AMA Groups meet, socialise, camp and motor together as a group under the auspices of the AMA.
Traditionally club affiliation requires specific documentation including Club Constitutions, Rules, and a Certificate of Incorporation. These requirements create a barrier to entry for many groups whose participants would also like to access the benefits available from associating with the AMA. This is why we created AMA Groups.
An AMA Group is defined as a non competitive sport, social or recreational driving or riding group that is not incorporated as an association or limited company and does not have a committee as it is not formally constituted as an association or limited company. These Groups include members who have Full (Financial) Solo or Family memberships or Temporary (One Event) Solo or Family memberships with an AMA membership company.
There are four types of AMA Group, which are based upon the Types of AMA Events that can be promoted:
- Recreation; and
- Sport (Non Competitive ONLY)
To be able to recognise these groups as official AMA Groups, the following is required:
- Pay a $125 annual fee to register a social group, which involves non driving/ riding activities, eg. caravan, car and motorcycle rallies, open house meets, swap meets, etc.
- Pay a $250 annual fee to register a recreation driving/ riding group, which only involves the use of registered RVs or MVs, whether the Group has 5 members or 5,000;
- Pay a $500 annual fee, to affiliate a non competitive motor vehicle sport group, which can involve the use of registered and unregistered motor vehicles (auto or moto), whether the Group has 5 members or 5,000;
- There must be a minimum of 5 AMA Entity Members at all times for a Group to maintain its affiliation.
The purpose of Group fees is to help contribute to the AMA's Event Insurance to cover Event Organisers.
The following are specific requirements and inclusions:
- No requirement for incorporation and/or a constitution;
- Groups are not provided Directors and Officers Insurance as it is not formally a club and therefore would not have Directors or Officers;
- Groups are not permitted to promote AMA sanctioned competitive/ racing events;
- Individuals are able to join the Group as Full (Financial) Solo or Family members or Temporary (One Event) Solo or Family members of the relevant AMA membership company.
To register for AMA social, education or non competitive motor vehicle sport or recreation driving/ riding group, please complete the Driving Group Affiliation Form or the Riding Group Affiliation Form. Please note: you can not apply for any form of Group Affiliation unless you are already a financial member of the relevant AMA membership company. Not a member yet, join now! Need more information about AMA Groups? Please Contact Us to request a more in depth information pack about AMA Groups.
A Promoter of Automobile and Motorcycle Association Ltd (AMA) events can be the AMA itself, its internal Affiliates or other *select Not For Profit (NFP) organisations, which do not recognise the AMA as the parent association. Promoters Affiliate with the AMA, which means coverage by the AMA's insurer as a contractor for providing promoting services.
Promoters are tasked with upholding the AMA’s mission and standards for event promotion. A Promoter does not organise AMA events, it only promotes them! Only AMA certified volunteer officials organise AMA events.
The role of a Promoter includes raising awareness about AMA events and getting members and visitors excited about attending them. Promoters also manage publicity and advertising of the AMA events and depending on the event, they may also handle ticket sales, event admission, booking of venues, trainers, entertainers, vendors, etc.
Need more information about affiliating as an AMA Promoter? Please Contact Us today to request a more indepth information pack about becoming an AMA Promoter.
*Select NFP means an organisations such as school P&C, show society, camp draft association, charity, etc. which only promote events for the purposes of fundraising for a cause or community benefit. Existing clubs whose constitution does not recognise the AMA as the parent, can no longer affiliate with the AMA as a Promoter, but can form a new AMA Subsidiary with approval.
To register for AMA driving/ riding affiliation, please complete the Driving Promoter Affiliation Form or the Riding Group Affiliation Form. Please note: you can not apply for any form of Promoter Affiliation unless you are already a financial member of the relevant AMA club. Not a member yet, join now! Need more information about AMA Groups? Please Contact Us to request a more in depth information pack about AMA Promoters.
An AMA Subsidiary is an ASIC registered, Limited not for profit daughter company of the Automobile and Motorcycle Association Ltd (the AMA). To liken the relationship between the AMA and an AMA Subsidiary to another organisation, think a local Lions Club to Lions Australia, local Rotary Club to Rotary Australia, a local Surf Club to Surf Life Saving Australia, etc.
An AMA Subsidiary has a Board just like a local Lions Club, Rotary Club or Surf Club does, but unlike these clubs, which have voting members and a committee, an AMA Subsidiary does not have these voting members. This structure means that the Board of an AMA Subsidiary can not be voted out by members and have the Subsidiary overrun by undesirables who only have self serving interests.
Members join the relevant AMA membership company only and an entitlement of membership to those clubs is to participate in the activities and events of the AMA and its Subsidiaries. This membership structure also forms part of the protection of the Subsidiary board, landowners and others that may have associated interests in an AMA Subsidiary Company, ie. commercial organisations.
The AMA aims to change the way clubs are traditionally managed in this country. No more meetings of the members means the Board of an AMA Subsidiary can just get on with the job at hand and not have to worry that all of their hard work will come undone at the next AGM.
And just like a local Lions Club, local Rotary Club or local Surf Club is related to their national association, an AMA Subsidiary is automatically named as an insured on all of the AMA national insurance policies. Keeping the insurance 'in house' means affiliation (insurance) fees are very affordable. Being insured with all of the AMA's insurances, means AMA Subsidiaries save thousands of dollars every year on public liability, associations liability, cyber liability, voluntary workers and other insurances which stand alone organisations would normally have to pay.
It makes sense for an existing club to form an AMA Subsidiary, wind up their club, transfer the assets of the old club to the new AMA Subsidiary, then register an ASIC trading name in the name of the old club to the new AMA Subsidiary. This way clubs get to keep their identity and receive the benefits of being part of the AMA as a Subsidiary.
What types of AMA Subsidiary are there?
- Club Subsidiary;
- Custom Subsidiary; and
- Landowner Subsidiary.
A Landowner Subsidiary is for private property owners wanting to establish their own on road or off road facility. A Custom Subsidiary is for organisations that will have an associated interest in the Subsidiary, whereas a Club Subsidiary is purely run as a club of volunteers. Landowner, Custom and Club Subsidiaries acknowledge the AMA as the parent association.
Naming an AMA Subsidiary
An AMA Subsidiary must be specifically named inline with the parent association’s official name, sport discipline or recreation activity names. Where the Subsidiary is to operate a multitude of automobile and motorcycle activities, the name of the parent must be used along with the general location of the Subsidiary, eg. Blue Mountain Automobile and Motorcycle Association. Noting: Country, state/ territory, region or major city names can not be used.
Or if a Subsidiary is to operate under one specific discipline only, the AMA Discipline name may be used, eg. an AMA motocross only Subsidiary can be called the Blue Mountain Motocross Association.
Authority must be provided by the parent association to register an AMA Subsidiary. After registration, an AMA Subsidiary may also register trading names with ASIC so it may operate and be identified under that name, eg. Blue Mountain Motocross Association trading as Donnybrook Ride Park.
Need more information about AMA Subsidiaries? Please Contact Us today to request a more indepth information pack about AMA Subsidiaries.