It has always been the policy of the Society to obtain the best collections available for displays at meetings, often from other states and overseas. These, with addresses and discussions by leading philatelists, enable members to continuously advance their philatelic knowledge.

Exchange Branch

Exchange books circulate regularly within Australia to all members who request them. These books remain in circulation until the Exchange Superintendent considers that the maximum sales have been achieved. Members are invited to take advantage of the favourable sale conditions prevailing and submit exchange sheets for the circuits. Blank sheets are available from the Exchange Superintendent. An insurance fund operates to protect owners of the sheets.


The largest philatelic library in the southern hemisphere, which is continually being expanded and improved, is open to all members during the day and evening meetings and at the times shown in the syllabus. By arrangement with the Librarian the library may be opened on other occasions. The library contains thousands of items. Country members may borrow books on application to the Librarian, upon payment of postage in each direction. Read more.


The Society receives many of the leading philatelic journals and these are available at all meetings of the Society and openings of the library.

Expert Committee

The Society’s Expert Committee will provide members and others with Certificates of Opinion on Australasian and Pacific Island items. Enquiries should be made to the secretary of the Expert Committee. Legal responsibility is not undertaken and submissions are at the owner’s risk. Read more.

Forgery Collection

Since 1905 the Society has built up a reference forgery collection and it has now reached substantial proportions. The collection may be viewed by arrangement with the custodian.

Annual Competition

This competition is held annually and silver and bronze medals may be awarded. Read more.

Philatelic Knowledge

The Society has amongst its members, experts on almost every branch of philately. Their advice is freely available. Those who collect as ‘lone wolves’ and not as members of a society, miss a great deal.


The Society believes that it is its duty to work for philately and philatelists as a whole. This includes the encouragement of research and the publication of the results. In addition to Philately from Australia, the Society has an active programme of publishing books, limited only by prudent financial considerations.

Deceased Members’ Estates Committee

Many collectors pass on without their families having a true knowledge of the value of their philatelic holdings. For this reason the Society has established the Deceased Members’ Estates Committee to value member’s philatelic estate for probate purposes and to give advice and assistance in the disposal of the deceased members’ collections.

Members are urged to protect their dependants by making provision in their wills that the advice of the Society shall be sought in the disposal of their philatelic estates. A suggested clause is available from the Honorary Secretary.