Because of the geographical area covered by the Society, meetings of members and other activities are generally conducted on a Regional basis. Each Region has its own Management Committee consisting of at least a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. The Chairman of each committee is a member of the AHS Council. The Society may, by special resolution, increase or decrease the number of Regions it recognises for the purposes of the constitution.
Currently there are four Regions and one Division: the East Australia Region, the West Australia Region, the New Zealand Region, the South West Pacific Region. The AOTM Division services the needs of those new members of the Society who were originally members and supporters of Australia on the Map: 1606 - 2006. The AOTM Division continues to maintain its own website.
The West Australia Region supports those members residing in Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia. The main activities of the region are centred on the Perth/Fremantle area with technical meetings being held periodically throughout the year.
The East Australia Region supports those members residing in all states other than WA, SA, NT and in New Zealand. The main activities of the region are centred on, but not limited to, the Newcastle/Sydney/Wollongong area with technical meetings being held periodically throughout the year.Read More
As the name suggests, the New Zealand Region serves the interests of those members resident in New Zealand and the NZ islands. They produce and maintain their own web site to keep in touch with their wide spreads membership. In 2003 they hosted the most successful HYDRO 2003 Symposium.
The South West Pacific (SWP) Region supports members residing East Timor, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Other small islands states other than those listed are also welcome to join the SWP Region.
Activities such as seminars, information evenings and general meetings will be arranged to meet the needs of SWP members. Conferences and symposiums may also be arranged. Such activities will centre on Suva, will be at least biannually and focus on SW Pacific issues.
Due to the nature of the small island developing states within the region, and the significant issues such as climate change, sustainable development, safety of navigation and dependence upon maritime transport, hydrography plays a key part in the development of the region.
SW Pacific membership fees have been determined in order to develop and nurture the interest in hydrography and related sciences within the region.
The AOTM Division services the needs of those new members of the Society who were originally members and supporters of "Australia on the Map: 1606 - 2006" (AOTM). The focus was particularly on the many Mariners who (whether by accident or design) charted our coasts – and put “Australia on the Map”, thereby making it known to the world. The primary vision of AOTM continues to be improving the understanding and knowledge of the nation’s history for all people of Australia. The AOTM Division continues to maintain its own website at below link:Visit AOTM Website
Members of the Society are regularly involved in a number of associated forums. The focus of these include peer assessment, professional committees and industry associated conferences. Currently these include the Australasian Hydrographic Surveying Certification Panel (AHSCP), the SSI Land and Hydrographic Commission and the Trans Tasman Hydrographic Commission (TTHC).
Details of these committees and others with which the ahs is currently involved are noted below: