Who we are

The Riverina Millinery Association Inc. (RMA Inc.) is a volunteer organisation, run by members located primarily within NSW’s Riverina district. The RMA’s core charter is to provide millinery workshops for regional milliners and to organise and support other associated events (parades, community education, pop-up shops, fashions on the field) to milliners in regional Australia, and in doing so, stimulate creative discussion, skill and network development.  Members of the RMA are either practising milliners, or students of millinery, with many members having significant experience in the art of creating fabulous hats and headwear, and acknowledgement of their skill and design through successfully competing in fashions on the field, and other creative awards.


Background about RMA

The RMA was officially incorporated in late 2010, however it has been working as an informal association over the previous 8 years, due to the actions and enthusiasm of a number of passionate milliners in the Riverina area.  The RMA has been involved in the organisation, management and undertaking of the highly successful 2007, 2009, 2012 and International Millinery Forums (IMF), and we are currently planning the 5th International Millinery Forum, to be held in July, 2016.
The aims of the RMA are to achieve the following:

  • to further the education of milliners primarily within regional NSW by running workshops;
  • to conduct and manage an International Millinery Forum on a regular basis, with the focus that it will be the premier millinery event in Australia, and the only one of its kind outside the metropolitan area.
  • to encourage networks with millinery supply traders and high profile national and international milliners;
  • to support members to market their work at local markets and pop-up shops;
  • to support other community organisations including the Wagga Wagga Community Theatre in their stage productions;
  • to teach millinery skills to those who are interested.

RMA Member Code of Conduct

The Riverina Millinery Association Inc. has adopted the following core values:

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Loyalty to the interests of the membership
  • Fairness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Compassion
  • Respect

And as such by applying to become a member of the RMA, and then subsequently by virtue of your membership to the RMA, it is expected that members shall:

1.      Behave honestly and with integrity, and in doing so reinforce the integrity and good reputation of the RMA

2.      Promote a culture of fair and ethical behaviour

3.      Treat everyone with respect and courtesy and without any harassment of any kind (this includes via social media)

4.      Maintain appropriate confidentiality

5.      Be aware of potential conflicts of interest, and make declaration of any such conflict, or perceived conflict.

6.      Pay Association fees on time

7.      Provide feedback and input as required, and when requested of, by the Executive Committee

8.      Abide by the Association’s protocols, Constitution and associated resolutions

9.      Support and be committed to the Association

10.    Not make improper use of inside information, or their duties, status, power or authority in order to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit or advantage for themselves or any other person.

(The code of conduct was based on those adopted by the Australia Council and the APACA).