Become a Member

CATO Membership Application

Application for CATO membership can be made by downloading the Application Form below, printing it out and then completing the form and forwarding it to CATO together with payment.

Full Membership Full Membership (237 KB)

Tourist Office Membership Tourist Office Membership (326 KB)

Associate Membership Associate Membership (251 KB)

Non-Resident Membership Non-Resident Membership (248 KB)



    1. The CATO Constitution should be consulted prior to completing an application for membership.
    2. Forms should be completed in full and be submitted to the Chairman of CATO together with a copy of your current colour brochure/s.
    3. The following critera must be met:
      • (a) Your company is accredited under the AFTA Travel Agents Accreditation Scheme (ATAS).
      • (b) Produces annually at least one colour brochure which must be published or distributed electronically;
      • (c) Your primary source of distribution is via the retail travel agent and;
      • (d) You are covered by professional Indemnity Insurance.

    If your company is actively engaged in the designing, marketing and selling of wholesale tour and travel packages to the domestic and international markets then you should be an active member of CATO, the Council of Australian Tour Operators.

    Why your company should be a member of CATO.

    The council has established a Code of Ethics when dealing with the Public, Travel Agents, Carriers, other principles and fellow members.

    Membership is an imprimatur of competence and integrity.

    The CATO logo can be displayed proudly on your marketing material as your commitment to these goals.

    CATO provides a collaborative forum for you to present your views. Convening regularly, subjects of mutual interest are represented to industry groups, government and ancillary bodies.

    The benefits to you are:

    • The opportunity to exchange information with similar businesses, in confidence.
    • Identifying issues that effect groups e.g. airline contracts.
    • As an Incorporated body we able to take action to resolve issues.
    • The Council works with AFTA to resolve issues relating to our primary customers, travel agents.
    • Organise seminars on issues ranging from GST, changes to law, automation, TFC, and licensing.
    • The promotion and protection of the mutual interests.
    • Provide an arbitration forum to enquire and deal with complaints, disputes by, against, affecting or between members of the Council.
    • A united force engaged in the development of wholesale tour and travel to both travel agents and the public.