Our Association

The Australian Glass & Window Association (AGWA) is the peak association for the window and glazing industry, representing over 1,000 member companies covering window manufacturers, glass manufacturers, glass processors, merchants, glaziers and suppliers of supporting machinery, services and materials. We endorse compliant, sustainable and fit-for-purpose products and provide services to members that support their efforts to operate successfully.

AGWA delivers access to increased expertise for all members and stakeholders in key areas, including:

  • Technical support
  • Training
  • Accreditation and Compliance
  • Communication
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Marketing
  • Events

Members enjoy significant member services including, technical support, multiple state and national events bringing the whole industry together, member communications, access to face-to-face and online training, multiple accreditation schemes, access to WHS support, significant marketing opportunities and a state chapter presence increasing networking opportunities for members.

Statements of Purpose

The Australian Glass & Window Association's Statements of Purpose are as follows.

Mission

The mission of the AGWA is to be the peak membership organisation of the Australian glass and fenestration industry, to endorse compliant, sustainable and fit-for-purpose products and to provide services to members that support their efforts to operate successfully

Goals

In order to achieve its purpose, the AGWA will:

  1. Drive product conformity and compliance.
  2. Provide advice and support to members.
  3. Facilitate technical capability and knowledge.
  4. Develop relevant skill-sets through training,
  5. Influence industry and product sustainability.
  6. Advocate to governments and regulators.
  7. Promote to members, stakeholders, the community and consumers.
  8. Finance the achievement of the mission.
  9. Ensure good governance of the Association.
  10. Retain and grow membership.

AGWA Members shall:

  • Provide products and services that comply with or exceed the minimum performance requirements of all relevant Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia.
  • Adhere to the AGWA third party NATA* accreditation program.
  • Submit to inspections by accredited auditors.
  • Provide access for customers to a complaints handling procedure.
  • Maintain a high standard of integrity, and apply honesty and fair dealing in all aspects of their operations.
  • Commit to the AGWA Member Code of Conduct.

*NATA is the authority responsible for the accreditation of laboratories, inspection bodies, calibration services, producers of certified reference materials and proficiency testing scheme providers throughout Australia. It is also Australia's compliance monitoring authority for the OECD Principles of GLP.

What does AGWA do?

The Australian Glass & Window Association: 

  • Endorses compliant, sustainable and fit-for-purpose products.
  • Provides services to members that support their efforts to operate successfully.
  • Provides a national voice on technical issues through representation on numerous Australian Standards Committees, Residential and Commercial Building Code committees, Committees for Mandatory Energy Requirements and the Housing Industry Association (HIA) Technical Committee.
  • Owns and manages the Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS).
  • Is a NATA accredited inspection agency.
  • Manages Accreditation programs for manufacturers of windows that independently verify product energy, structural and water performance claims to regulators, builders and homeowners.
  • Runs the glazier programs, Master Glazier and Certified Glazier.
  • Run an Accredited Company Program.
  • Keeps the industry informed via our quarterly publication, BuiltView Magazine, monthly e-newsletter, Glass & Window Watch, training, website, YouTube channel, meetings, webinars, conferences and industry exhibitions.
  • Promotes the profile of the glass and window industry to builders, designers and consumers via editorial in media outlets, trade exhibitions and presentations at a range of industry conferences.
  • Advocacy at the Federal, State and Territory levels on regulations and issues affecting the industry.
  • Provides a dispute resolution service with consumers that may encompass expert inspections.
  • Maintains strong working partnerships with Australian building industry associations and government bodies including glass and window industry associations in NZ, USA, UK, Asia, Europe and South Africa.
  • Provides training that meets the needs of industry and provides a career pathway for members through its training arm, the Australian Fenestration Training Institute (AFTI).
  • Developed and runs a career path for glaziers.