Membership of AIFST

The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) is the only national independent voice and network for Australia's food industry professionals. Membership is open to anyone who is working, or has an interest in the Australian food industry, providing a way to connect to other food industry professionals.

AIFST represents thousands of food industry professionals working in all facets of the food industry including food science, food technology, engineering, sensory, new product development, innovation, regulatory, QA, nutrition, microbiology and food safety, as well as those in leadership positions within the academic, industry and private sectors. 

As a registered not-for-profit organisation, AIFST is independent of government, industry, lobby or special interest groups.

AIFST supports and underpins the contribution Australia's food industry professionals make to the national and global food industry through a suite of services.

Food Industry Networking

AIFST members join a network of around 2,000 food industry professionals and offers a competitive advantage in the industry by providing:

  • Access to Australia’s only food industry network, helping food professionals to connect with like-minded people.
  • Access to up-to-date, scientific and technical know-how.
  • Latest updates on innovation, local and global trends and industry news. 
  • Assistance and guidance on where to access specific support for business needs and current challenges.

The AIFST Communities of Interest (COIs) also bring together like-minded food professionals with specific areas of interest to provide AIFST with feedback on current issues facing the industry.


AIFST Awards

Membership allows food industry professionals to enter themselves or nominate others for several annual food industry awards.

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Industry Services

AIFST’s Industry Services provides businesses within the Australian food industry timely and relevant information to support their needs. This may include specific contract project work to underpin new product development (NPD), product marketing or business strategy around:

  • New Product Development including all aspects of sensory evaluation, tasting protocols and product evaluations.
  • Insights projects.
  • Market research projects.
  • Project management support.

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Skill and Capability Building

With increasing global consolidation of the food industry, operating pressures on the local food industry are increasing. To support ongoing innovation and industry growth there is growing demand for broader industry food knowledge and the wider application of skills beyond straight technical knowledge.

AIFST takes a leadership role in delivering skill and capability building support to the Australian food industry through its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program and discounted access to other industry training opportunities. 

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Communities of Interest

The AIFST Communities of Interest (COIs) bring together like-minded food professionals with specific areas of interest to provide AIFST with feedback on current issues facing the industry. AIFST members are able to join COIs, which circulate information relevant to current practices and offer a platform for information sharing and network building.

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Member Discounts and Publications

Membership includes access to events including discounts for a wide range of industry events, career advancement tools and programs such as the Continuing Professional Development Courses and jobs board, and a range of publications and industry tools. 

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If you are in the food business, you are in the fashion business. Food trends are inspired by a myriad of influences - from social and political events, economic and geographical dynamics through to generational changes - that shape the resulting shifts in attitudes and behaviours towards nourishing ourselves and the next generation...

2017 sees us celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Institute, with enhanced offerings for members throughout the year.

As an AIFST member you can SAVE more than 20% on registration for the AIFST 50th Anniversary Convention co-located with foodpro and discover The Future of Food at the International Convention Centre in Sydney from 17-18 July 2017.

The 2017 AIFST AGM will be held in the Pyrmont Room at the International Convention Centre, Sydney from 8.30am-9.30am on Tuesday, 18 July 2017.

AIFST has been granted an extension to report by ASIC, which will allow more of our members to engage with the AGM and AIFST during the AIFST 50th Anniversary Convention.

Joining a member organisation means you join a community of like-minded professionals. They tend to host both professional and social events throughout the year, which are both great ways to get to know your industry peers, and more importantly, for them to get to know you.

AIFST offers industry stakeholders several opportunities to promote their business/products to the broader AIFST membership. By working with AIFST, companies and individuals are provided with networking opportunities to meet and greet like-minded professionals within the Australian food industry at both a geographic and discipline level.

Messages around nutrition can be overwhelming, so overwhelming in fact that many consumers are left confused about which product to choose. Equally, it’s confusing for food manufacturers when evaluating just what nutritional features and messaging to include in and on their products. 


11 - 12 September 2018

Innovate & Excite: Acting Today to Advance Tomorrow

The AIFST Convention is the premier food industry event in Australia. Being held from 11 - 12 September 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Convention will once again bring together the largest grouping of Australia’s food industry in one location.

Thursday 25 May 2017

Pit wits against the best and brightest of the Australian food industry at the Annual AIFST Victorian Trivia Evening! Form a team to take on the reigning champions, or come along on the evening and join one on the night.

VIC Trivia evening
22 March 2017

Innovation Masterclass 2017 - Disrupt your Business: "The Uber Effect" - Sydney

Love it or loathe it, Uber has completely transformed the way millions of people travel from Point A to Point B.

Is your business or work practice set up to be responsive and able to facilitate the modern consumer’s expectation for speed and efficiency? Do you feel equipped to apply innovative approaches to existing business challenges?

Take part in the 2017 Innovation Masterclass to enhance or further develop your skills in these critical areas. Working directly with food, agribusiness and manufacturing industry leaders, you will have opportunities to engage directly as well as network with other sector colleagues

22 February 2017

This event provides an opportunity for QLD-based food manufacturers and academics to hear from two nutritional experts from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) on the changing focus of nutritional guidelines from around the world and how the development of new healthy food products to deliver measurable health outcomes. Following the session, a networking event will be held on the rooftop terrace providing a networking opportunity for students, academics and industry professionals.

12 December 2016

We’re joining with our friends at Food South Australia to celebrate the Christmas season! Get together for drinks and nibbles at an Eat Local SA venue - no work for you to do or anything to bring, except for your staff and partners! LIMITED SPOTS...


9 December

Join us at the Regatta Hotel, on the banks of the Brisbane River - a Grand Victorian hotel offering gastropub food - for an evening of networking with local food professionals.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Catch-up with colleagues in your industry over a 2016 celebratory dinner and drinks evening at The Bentleigh Club, Bentleigh. Enjoy a buffet dinner and drinks. 

Sponsorship opportunities:
Major sponsorship and company prize donations available.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Celebrate the end of another fantastic year in the food industry and AIFST! This year's NSW Christmas Party will be held at Oliveto restaurant in Rhodes, Sydney. Enjoy a lovely two course sit-down dinner overlooking the water, with easy access to parking and public transport.

Sponsorship opportunities:
Gold and silver and sponsorship is available.