The Annual Membership fees for Research Tennis Club follow the financial year and are due the 1st July each year. New memberships are open from the third Monday of June. Current members will be advised by email when their new membership is due.

Club Membership Fees (as for 2021/2022)

Membership Category Notes Full Fee After 1-Jan
See note below
Junior Under 18 years $65 $32.50
Student / Pensioner / Concession Card Full-time student 18-25 years. Student, Pensioner or Concession ID required $85 $42.50
Single Adult   $160 $80
Pensioner Couple Pensioner or Concession ID required $170 $85
Family Immediate family members only $240 $120
Committee Member Adult single membership for members who join and are active in the committee for 12 months. Contact the committee for more details. Free  
Honorary Life Member Selection criteria applies, contact the committee for details. Free  
Court Key Security Deposit (Optional) One-time security deposit is required for the use of a court key.
Fully refundable on return of the key.
Replacement Key Replacement fee for lost court key. Non-refundable. $50  

Annual Membership Fees are composed of club membership fees, compulsory maintenance fee and membership with Tennis VIC which includes Personal Accident Insurance.

NOTE: For NEW memberships ONLY, after the 1st January each year will pay a 50% pro-rata membership fee. To get the discounted rate do not pay by credit card. Contact the Membership Secretary to process your membership.

Emergency Players

Non members are welcome to fill in for any Research Tennis Club competition team for up to and including two matches. On the third match played they must become a member of the club and pay the appropriate membership fee.

In other words, a player can fill in for two matches without being a member. If they wish to play a third match they must join the club. If they join after the 1st of January a 50% pro-rata fee applies.

Court Key

The court key security deposit entitles you to receive a key to access the courts any time outside of coaching and competition. Court keys are available to all memberships except Junior. Your non-junior membership must be current while you possess a key.

If you cease to be a financial member of Research Tennis Club (ie not paying your club dues) the key must be promptly returned to the Membership Secretary as per the instructions below.

How to Get A Court Key

To pay the deposit for a court key buy the “Court Key” membership shown below and either pay online or with a direct credit to the tennis club using the details on the emailed invoice.

RTC court key membership selection
RTC court key membership selection

Picking Up Your Court Key

When you have paid for your membership please contact the Membership Secretary to arrange the pick up/delivery of your key. The contact details are available on the Committee Members page and under the panel below with the title Join Us. Once your payment has been checked to have been received by Research Tennis Club you will be handed your key.

Returning Your Court Key

Return your key and get your $100 deposit refunded by:

  • Calling the Membership Secretary to arrange a drop off of the key
  • Returning the key in an envelope along with your bank details for the refund to Research Post Office, with
    Research Tennis Club,
    PO Box 1038,
    Research VIC 3095
    … on the front. Currently there is no charge for this service.

Your key deposit money will be returned to you within 10 business days. If you paid by Credit Card the funds will be returned to the credit card you used. If it has changed inform the Membership Secretary and other arrangements will be made.

Completing Your Membership Online

Since the 2016/2017 membership season Research Tennis Club, along with many other tennis clubs, began using the member registration facility provided by Tennis Victoria.

To Join Research Tennis Club via Tennis Victoria

  1. Visit RESEARCH TENNIS CLUB’S online membership page through the link:
  2. Follow the prompts to select the type of membership you wish to purchase, complete other required information and select your payment type. Payment options include credit card, cash, cheque or EFT.
  3. If you choose to pay via credit card you will be required to enter your credit card details. Note: All credit card details are processed securely by online payment gateway Stripe. Research Tennis Club and Tennis Australia do not have access to your credit card details. Your credit card may not be deducted instantly as Research Tennis Club committee may need to first approve your membership.
    PLEASE NOTE: Credit card payments attract a 3% surcharge charged to the club.
  4. If you choose to pay via cash, cheque or EFT you will receive an invoice via email that contains instructions on how to make payment to Research Tennis Club.
  5. If you have selected the option of a court key, contact the Membership Secretary on  0427 057 260  or email to arrange a suitable time to collect the key.

Ball and light money for each season is to be paid separately by cash, cheque or bank deposit to your team captain. Please ask your team captain for payment details.

Payment Instructions

In case you’ve lost your invoice here are the payment instructions for Research Tennis Club.

Direct Credit

Please quote “MSHIP” plus your initial and surname for the payment reference. For example for John Smith use “MSHIP J SMITH”.

Account Name: Research Tennis Club
BSB #: 633000
Account #: 141556886

Cash and Cheque

Cash and cheque payments can only be accepted on MEMBER REGISTRATION DAY.

Membership Registration Day

The Membership Registration Day will be announced in the club newsletter around May or June of each year. It’s usually held on the first or second SATURDAY of July from 10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON.

The membership secretary will be in attendance at the club house for payment of fees by CASH or CHEQUE only and for the collection and distribution of keys.

If you require a court key (deposit required) but cannot attend membership registration day, please call the membership secretary on 0427 057 260  to organise an alternative pick up time.

Competition players will NOT be eligible to play unless fees have been paid by the start of each tennis season (i.e. mid July for the spring season and early February for NEW players in the autumn season). Team Captains will be notified of any team members who have not paid their membership fees.

My Tennis Help

If you have any questions with regards to new membership, experience any problems with online membership or experiencing extenuating financial circumstances please contact the Membership Secretary on  0427 057 260  or email