The Australian International Movers Association (AIMA) describes itself as a professional forum for the international removals industry. Members must hold FIDI/FAIM or meet strict membership criteria, including requirements for financial integrity.
Key facts about AIMA:
- It was established in 1975.
- It has around 60 members in Australia.
- AIMA represents the moving industry in Australia and does not attract members from outside the country. However, it does cover Australian companies doing international moves.
- It is recognised as the FIDI Association in Australia.
- Members do not have to hold FIDI/FAIM certifications to join.
- AIMA represents the FIDI affiliated movers in Australia as the ‘FIDI Association’ and sends delegates to the FIDI Congress and General Assembly held annually.
Australian International Movers Association profile:
The AIMA mission statement is to allow the Australian removals industry to govern itself, improve its services, ensure customers receive better services, protect the public interests and give the industry a way of dealing as one with the government.
AIMA also provides an independent disputes tribunal. It is the recognised FIDI association in Australia, which means that movers with FIDI/FAIM are automatically eligible to join AIMA. Australian moving companies without FAIM are still eligible for AIMA membership but must satisfy criteria which measures their specialist knowledge, resources, experience and financial position.
Only AIMA members are bound by the AIMA disputes tribunal process.
Criteria for membership:
AIMA’s strict membership criteria includes verification of operational capabilities and financial integrity. The details of these criteria are not shared on the website.
Companies that already hold FIDI/FAIM are automatically entitled to membership.
Opinions about AIMA:
AIMA is viewed as one of a number of international movers organisations that offers reassurance that a move will be handled to the highest possible standards. It is an assurance that a mover business has the proper qualifications and is up to date with what is viewed as local best practice.
A number of businesses list AIMA on their websites as an international accreditation, a mark of quality alongside others such as FIDI. However, the reach of AIMA is fairly limited as it does not have as many members as some similar organisations in other countries.
There is one negative website that indicates that a customers is in dispute with an AIMA members and that receiving a result on the dispute has taken some considerable time.
This person indicates that they would not take an AIMA accreditation too seriously as an indication of quality. However, the website does also state that AIMA provided them with assistance and the dispute does not seem to have been updated since 2010, which indicates it was dealt with.
Members of the public who select an AIMA member to carry out their international removal may therefore do so with confidence.
Australian International Movers Association (AIMA) – Ensures that members are adequately qualified with up to date best industry practice.