About the RACI

Founded in 1917 and granted a Royal Charter in 1932, the RACI is the professional body for the chemical sciences in Australia. It acts both as the qualifying body in Australia for professional chemists, and as a learned society promoting the science and practice of chemistry.

The RACI has 5,000 members with an extensive nationwide network. It has a presence in every State and Territory and members working across all Australian industrial sectors, in food and agriculture, climate and environment, energy and resources, health and biotechnology, education and the public service. It represents and caters for the professional needs of the full range of chemists and those with an interest in chemistry, providing targeted activities and services that encompass the profession of Chemistry in Australia.

The Vision

The RACI is the voice of chemistry in Australia and advocates the positive importance of chemistry to the public, educational establishments, industry and government. The organisation exists to actively support the professional needs, development and interests of all its members.

The areas of particular focus:

  • Communicating with all the positive aspects of chemistry to the public
  • Aligning tertiary educational outputs with the industrial sectors requirements
  • Chemical educational initiatives raising the awareness and interest in chemistry from schools through to tertiary establishments
  • Professional and career development opportunities for members
  • Enhanced networking platform for members
  • Providing the organisational benefits and service levels to meet member’s needs

Current Initiatives

School Affiliate Membership

The RACI is very active in the area of chemical education at the schools level with a basket of benefits that will assist schools in the provision of chemistry education to pupils. A school affiliate membership class has been developed.

Centenary Festival

The RACI will be 100 years old in 2017 and a series of events is being planned for the year including a congress of chemical conferences targeted at over 3000 delegates.