The Australian Cinematographers Society is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing a forum for Australian Cinematographers to further develop their skills through mutual co-operation. The ACS states the following aims:
To keep members informed about the latest technology with new equipment demonstrations and ideas through meetings and seminars.
To further the advancement of Cinematography in all fields and give due recognition to the outstanding work performed by Australian Cinematographers.
To provide a forum for Cinematographers to meet with other members of the industry to discuss and exchange ideas, promote friendship and better understanding of each other's industry role.
Its first President was Syd Wood ACS. Its current President is Ron Johanson OAM ACS. The ACS presents annual awards for achievements in cinematography, including the Golden Tripod, and the Milli Award to its Cinematographer of the Year. Members of the Society who are "accredited" are allowed to use the ACS suffix after their name. Accreditation is considered one of the highest honours bestowed upon a member and accreditation demonstrates more than just professional competence, but also creativity, consistency and aesthetic innovation.