While most of ANZAB's members are bellringers, anyone with an interest in bells and bellringing is welcome to join.

On this page you will find information about:

Why join ANZAB?

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Bellringers was formed in 1962, incorporating the New South Wales Association of Change Ringers founded in 1946, to promote the art of change ringing. There are currently around 500 members who ring at more than 65 change ringing bell towers throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Attendees at the ANZAB Ringing Festival, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2019

Ringers at the 2019 ANZAB Ringing Festival held in Hamilton, New Zealand

Our activities and services include:

ANZAB is a gateway to the world-wide community of bellringers and a life-long learning experience.

Categories of ANZAB Membership

Category Qualifications Entitlements
Ringing Member a resident of Australia or New Zealand who
  • has rung, unaided
    • a plain course of any treble dominated minor method, or
    • the extent of any doubles method on an 'inside' tower bell, or
    • an extent of any minor method two-in-hand
  • or
  • has been an active ringer for at least 12 months
  • or
  • in special circumstances, has been declared eligible for membership by resolution passed at a General Meeting of the Association
  •  
  • has paid the required subscription
  • may vote at meetings of the Association
  • may become an officer of the Association
  • a subscription to Ringing Towers
  • eligible to ring in peals rung for ANZAB
  • access to the Members' Section of the website
Honorary Life Member a Ringing Member who has rendered substantial service to the Exercise and has been elected to Honorary Life Membership
Provisional Ringing Member a resident of Australia or New Zealand who is an active ringer but has not reached the required standard for Ringing Membership, and has paid the required subscription
  • a subscription to Ringing Towers
  • access to the Members' Section of the website
Associate Member a resident of Australia or New Zealand who is not otherwise qualified for Ringing or Provisional Membership, and has paid the required subscription
Honorary Associate Member a person who is not qualified for Ringing Membership, and who has rendered substantial service to the Exercise in Australia and New Zealand and has been elected to Honorary Life Membership
Non-Resident Member not a resident, but who has rung within Australia or New Zealand, and who meets the other requirements for Ringing Membership, and has paid the required joining fee
  • eligible to ring in peals rung for ANZAB

Applying for Membership

  • For Ringing Members and Provisional Ringing Members, application, nomination and membership matters are usually handled through their local tower in New Zealand or Australia.
    • Candidates for Ringing or Provisional Ringing Membership may be nominated at any time by a Ringing Member or Honorary Life Member (usually a member of the tower to which the candidate is attached or of a tower in which he/she has rung), who shall personally certify that the candidate has the necessary qualifications.
  • Associate Members usually join through the auspices of a local tower, but this is not a requirement and not always the case.
  • Non-Resident Members often join by correspondence, and may be nominated immediately before a peal attempt in which the majority of the band are ANZAB members, and the nomination may be made by any two of those members.
  • Non-Resident Members may apply to become Ringing Members, and vice versa, subject to changes in their residency status.

    Further details of the requirements for nomination for the above membership categories are set out in the ANZAB Constitution.

  • Honorary Life Members and Honorary Associate Members are nominated and elected in accordance with the Constitution.

Membership Fees

  • ANZAB Membership Fees are reviewed at the Annual General Meeting. The rates below were ratified at the 2017 AGM, and apply from 1 July 2017.
  • Members pay fees in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars, according to their place of residence.
  • The ANZAB subscription year runs from 1 July to 30 June.
  • Subscriptions are due on 1 July.  Renewal notices are sent out after the AGM but before 30 June, and tower and branch officers are asked to collect subscriptions and return renewal forms as soon as they reasonably can.
  Ringing Towers format and delivery options
Membership Type in electronic form only in electronic and printed form (bulk posted to home tower) in electronic and printed form (individually-posted)
Ringing Member A$20 or NZ$20 A$30 or NZ$30 A$40 or NZ$40
Associate Member
Provisional Ringing Member A$10 or NZ$10 A$20 or NZ$20 A$30 or NZ$30
Senior Member
(75 years and over at 1 July)
Junior Member
(under 21 years at 1 July)
Honorary Life Member Nil Nil Nil
Honorary Associate Member

Members are encouraged to add a voluntary donation to their subscription. This donation is tax deductible for Australian tax payers (please ask for a receipt for tax purposes).

A lower fee may apply to new members nominated during the year. The Provisional Ringing Member fee applies only for the joining year, and one subsequent calendar year.

Non-resident Membership requires a one-off payment: A$10 (NZ$10 or UK£10) - it does not include a subscription to Ringing Towers. This fee does not apply to existing members who become non-resident.

For separate Ringing Towers subscriptions, see the Ringing Towers web page or Ringing Towers subscription form.

Some branches charge annual fees for membership, and these are handled through the local Tower or Branch Secretary.

Nomination and Change of Status procedures

New Ringing, Associate and Provisional Ringing Members may be nominated at any time; please email the in such cases. Alternatively, include relevant details in the annual renewal-of-membership forms sent out by the Secretary each year to each tower or branch.

Please email the or the if you are thinking of nominating someone for Honorary Life Membership or Honorary Associate Membership, to discuss the relevant procedure, noting that a lead time applies to such nominations.

In the case of any change of status, such as a change of address, tower, phone or email, or a change from being resident to non-resident or vice versa, please email the

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