The AIA Disciplinary Committee is made up of members of the AIA and independent lay members. Independent lay members come from a variety of backgrounds. They must be of a senior level with experience which has been gained in public, private or voluntary sectors. The independent lay members provide a positive and effective mechanism to demonstrate transparency, independence and accountability within the disciplinary procedures.


Status - independent lay members are defined by the AIA as non-members who are not accountants and have not been employed by the AIA within the last seven years.

Conflict of Interest - lay members should be able to demonstrate that no conflict of interest exists in relation to their role and upon recruitment will be required to sign a Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement.

Professionally Qualified - a lay member should be a member of a professional body and bound by the Code of Ethics of that body.

Fit and proper status - a lay member should be a person who has been candid and truthful in all dealings with any regulatory or professional body and a person who demonstrates a readiness and willingness to comply with the requirements and standards of the AIA regulatory system as well as other legal, regulatory and professional requirements and standards.

Criminal convictions - a lay member must not have been found guilty of any offence; or be subject to civil or court action relating to their professional business activities or their directorship or management of any company.

Personal Qualities - a lay member should be able to demonstrate that they respect confidentiality, are impartial, discrete, reliable, perceptive and courteous and appreciate a duty of care.

In considering nominations for lay members, personal merit is the primary consideration, in particular, people who can demonstrate a range of competencies including strategic thinking, team working and excellent communication skills. The process will also take into account the need to maintain a balance of skills and expertise and the availability and willingness of the individual to devote time on a voluntary basis.

Full training will be given.

If you wish to be considered to become a lay member, please contact the Secretary, Disciplinary Process.


In accordance with AIA's articles, all hearings of the Disciplinary Committee (and the Appeal Committee) are held in public, unless the committee decides in its absolute discretion that this would be inappropriate.