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A place where you belong, connect with others, advance your career and be inspired

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) is the leading association for current and future association and not-for-profit (NFP) leaders in Australia and New Zealand.

We are focused on fostering a strong and robust association sector in Australia and New Zealand through providing professional development, support and networking opportunities for existing and emerging leaders.

Through AuSAE, access the support and tools required to help you achieve the goals of your not-for-profit organisation and invest in your career development.

As the only not-for-profit, member-based organisation exclusively supporting association professionals in Australia and New Zealand, AuSAE has a unique understanding of the opportunities and challenges association face and we utilise this knowledge to strengthen the wider industry.

In 2011 the Australian Society of Association Executives merged with Associations New Zealand to become the Australasian Society of Association Executives.

In 2014, AuSAE celebrated its 60th year anniversary, and since then has continued to experience a period of unparalleled growth where it is expected to reach significant milestones including its largest ever membership peak. Now is an ideal time to become a part of this exciting history.

Past Presidents of Australasian Society of Association Executives

2019 - 2023 Lyn McMorran, Financial Services Council NZ
2015 - 2019 - Graham Catt - Canberra Business Chamber
2014 - 2015 - Nick Hill - Building Officials Institute of New Zealand
2012 - 2014 - Tony Steven – Australian Medical Assoc Tasmania 
Simon Pryor – Mathematical Society of Victoria

Australia and New Zealand's only not-for-profit organisation assisting Association professionals. From the beds we sleep in, to the clothes we wear, the cars we drive to the roads and bridges we travel on, the design and construction of the offices and homes we work and live in, to the professional services we access and the community organisations we benefit from, there is an association working hard to improve products, services, professionalism, public policy and ultimately society. We are your association join us Now!

As the leading association for current and future association and not-for-profit (NFP) leaders in Australia and New Zealand; we believe in providing you with the best support possible to ensure you are equipped with the right knowledge, skills and opportunities to create meaningful connections to achieve your goals.
With this in mind, we realised we needed to shake things up, redefine and add more benefits to our memberships – so each of our packages are now matched against the specific needs in your role as a CEO, Executive or emerging leader.

And even better, our organisational memberships now include unlimited team membership, so as a CEO you can be assured your whole team can access opportunities to connect, to upskill, advance their careers and belong to the AuSAE community.

We have jam-packed our memberships with greater benefits but kept affordable price tags. 

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Toni Brearley is our Chief Executive Officer

With 18 years experience in the not for profit sector, Toni brings a depth of skills and experience to the AuSAE team. Having held senior positions in sector peak bodies and community service organisations, Toni has particular expertise in stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications and policy development. 

Brett Jeffery is our General Manager in New Zealand

Brett Jeffery is a long term AuSAE member and has served on the AuSAE board for the past five years. Brett has been involved in the relationship and engagement marketing in a wide variety of capacities for over 20 years. He is one of New Zealand’s top membership connection specialist and has assisted hundreds of member-based not-for-profit organisations with their engagement processes.

And we’ve also put on some incredible events

From multi-day conferences with expert presenters to informal lunch meetings led by your peers, we have a variety of programs to meet help you do your job better and improve your association.

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What is a not-for-profit (NFP) organisation?

NFP organisations exist for a purpose other than to make a profit and are very different from government and business. Common types of NFP organisations include: associations (professional or trade), charities, churches, sporting clubs, cooperatives, foundations, environmental groups, schools, societies, NGOs (non-government organisations) and trade unions. You may also hear the NFP sector referred to as the “Third Sector” or the “Community Sector”.

According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data released in July 2014, the 58,000 active NFPs in Australia employ over one million people, turn over more than $107 billion, have $175 billion in assets and contribute around 4 per cent to GDP. The sector has grown 40 per cent in six years, outperforming most industry sectors [source].

A place where you belong, connect with others, advance your career and be inspired
Joining AuSAE will be one of the most important decisions of your career. If you are passionate about your career in the association sector, AuSAE provides a full suite of educational and networking opportunities that focus on the evolving trends and challenges facing the industry; connect with like-minded leaders and invest in your career in associations. AuSAE welcomes all association professionals, from presidents and CEOs, specialist managers to entry-level coordinators, and everyone in between.

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Vision and Mission 

An association sector that is valued and recognised 

To foster a strong and robust association sector in Australia and New Zealand through the professional development, support and networking of existing and emerging association leaders

AuSAE Board and Constitution 
Information of the AuSAE Board members and Constitution can be found here

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)

Australian Office:
Address: Unit 6, 26 Navigator Place, Hendra QLD 4011 Australia
Free Call: +61 1300 764 576
Phone: +61 7 3268 7955

New Zealand Office:
Address: 159 Otonga Rd, Rotorua 3015 New Zealand
Phone: +64 27 249 8677

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