Three Legs of the Stool
philately is often likened to a three legged stool. Like a
three legged stool, each leg is vital for it to function properly.
In this analogy, the three legs are the collectors, the trade
and the postal administrations.
contribute to organised philately in many ways. For most, it
is through membership of a philatelic club or society who are
in turn affiliated with their State or Territory Philatelic
State and Territory Philatelic / Stamp Councils provide a wide
range of services and facilities many of which are free of
charge. These vary from Council to Council but typically include
organisation of State level exhibitions, exhibiting and judges
training courses and workshops, youth activities, display frames
for hire and promotion of stamp clubs and societies. Some Councils
are fortunate to own their own premises and are therefore able
to provide meeting facilities, philatelic libraries and other
activities. All councils are staffed by volunteers from their
respective philatelic communities.
are actually several philatelic and numismatic dealers' associations
currently operating in Australia, however it is the Australasian
Philatelic Traders' Association or APTA which is formally associated
with the Australian Philatelic Federation.
Trade provides the vital and necessary link between collectors.
This is done in many ways, through stamp shops, mail order
businesses, auctions, and by attendance at exhibitions and
fairs. As a trade organisation, APTA is active in developing
organised philately by organising shows, sponsoring special
prizes at exhibitions, and working with the APF to develop
and implement a range of initiatives.
Post is Australia's official postal administration. Australia
Post works closely with the APF in promoting collecting, research,
exhibiting, and the like.