About the Philatelic Development Council (PDC)
Role of the PDC
Under its Constitution the Philatelic Development Council (PDC) aims to promote and develop our hobby - stamp collecting. As its name suggests, the PDC can initiate, promote and encourage philatelic growth in New South Wales.
The predecessor of the PDC, The New South Wales Stamp Promotion Council (Stamp Council) was formed in 1976 to foster the hobby of stamp collecting through organised philatelic clubs and societies, and by direct contact with the general public and collectors not directly involved with societies and clubs.
Following the incorporation of the Philatelic Association of NSW, Inc.(Philas), in 2003, the Stamp Council amalgamated with Philas, becoming the PDC.
The responsibility and function of the PDC is, as the name suggests, promoting, encouraging, assisting with, and even initiating philatelic growth in NSW. In this regard the expertise of the Council is available to assist any person or body in furthering their philatelic ambitions. In these functions the PDC is supported by the Exhibitions Standing Committee. This latter committee comprises the people who so successfully organized the National Exhibition held in June 2007 at the Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney Stamp Expo 2007.
Specifically, the PDC is responsible for:
- Liaison with the Australian Philatelic Federation Limited;
- The development of philately in NSW;
- Philatelic exhibitions held in NSW;
- Liaison with recognized Australian stamp trade bodies;
- The formation of clubs and societies;
- Providing support facilities to Clubs, Societies and non- club collectors;
- The staging and judging of philatelic exhibitions;
- Advice and guidance to prospective exhibitors; and
- Training of State judges.
The PDC meets on the 4th Saturday of each month, excluding December, at 10.30 am, in Philas House, 17 Brisbane Street, Sydney. Observers are welcome to attend any of these meetings.