In 2003 IACA was formed as a national organisation by professional Consulting Arboriculturists. Membership comprising qualified practitioners concentrating on the provision of advice about trees to the public, all levels of government, anyone managing trees, and the building industry. It was founded to support and promote the professional interests and ongoing development of Consulting Arboriculturists in Australia and their specialised services providing objective and unbiased advice to the community for managing urban trees. IACA members do not undertake tree pruning or removal work.
The Institute’s primary aim is to foster practice and research in support of the Consulting Arboriculturist, through professional standards detailed in the IACA Code of Ethics which members agree to be bound by. As well as promoting the role of the Consulting Arborist, IACA’s mission is to maintain the highest standards of practice, promote uniformity within the profession, support the ongoing professional development of members through training, education and networking opportunities, and to address tree management issues, educational and industrial issues which affect the profession.
IACA ART Guidelines
In 2020, the Institute has developed Arboricultural Report Type (ART) Guidelines to guide consulting arboriculturists in their report writing. These guidelines provide a concise description and naming of the types of “Arborist Reports” that are currently used in the arboricultural consulting industry to ensure that those who write, commission, read and assess such reports, understand the purpose and required content of the report. The aim of the guidelines is to outline the minimum acceptable content for each report type to provide more uniformity in reports submitted.
The full set of ART Guidelines will be made available to IACA members. The guide for Arboricultural Impact Assessment reports is available here. Prospective members should refer to this document before submitting reports to IACA, and request the other report type ART Guides from IACA before applying for membership.
IACA STARS & SRIV Methods
IACA has developed these tree assessment tools for use by IACA members and the public. These systems are free to use, but must be cited as detailed within each document. It should be noted that other similar systems exist and not all IACA members use these methodologies.
IACA Significance of a Tree, Assessment Rating System (STARS)
Sustainable Retention Index Value (SRIV)
The new Constitution for the Institute of Australian Consulting Arboriculturists has been adopted and registered with Fair Trading NSW. Download a PDF here.
Code of Ethics
Members shall promote the professional management of trees in the urban environment
Members shall provide honest, unbiased and independent advice to their clients in line with current tree management standards and industry best practice
Members shall not act as an advocate for a party and shall notify their clients where their services may be influenced by prior dealings
Members shall conduct themselves professionally in the workplace at all times
The 3 Membership types available
– Accredited Membership
– Associate Membership
– Affiliate Membership
The Executive Committee is annually elected and controls and manages the affairs of the Institute. The Executive Committee is made up of three to five IACA members and includes the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The Executive Committee for 2018-2019 is:
President – Glenn Bird – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President – email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer – email@example.com
Secretary – firstname.lastname@example.org