• 04 Apr 2018 10:35 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) is calling for nominations from members interested in serving as a Director of the Board.

    Following the recent vote of members to change the constitution there are currently 4 positions available. Members are invited to express their interest in appointment to fill these vacancies for a two-year term commencing in May 2018.

    The culture of the AuSAE board is one of a working board with a current focus on supporting organisational growth. Our current Strategic Plan can be found here.

    The board is seeking candidates with the following technical skills and attributes:

    • Leadership – Knowledge and experience in leadership including the management of change and providing leadership as part of a governance team. An understanding of leadership in associations and an appreciation of the board / CEO relationship.
    • Corporate governance – knowledge and experience of the governance function.
    • Commitment - A demonstrated commitment to AuSAE
    • Strategic ability – The ability and experience to understand the needs of members and to envision a range of future actions and opportunities to further the interests of AuSAE and its members.
    • Financial management – an understanding of the financial analysis and management necessary to provide appropriate stewardship of AuSAE.
    • Risk Management – knowledge and experience in understanding and managing risk.
    • Commercial experience – experience in the business activities of associations.
    • Knowledge - A sound knowledge of association management issues.

    In addition to the above technical skills and attributes, the board are also seeking persons with personal qualities of Integrity, highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, a passion for Associations, Acumen and the willingness to contribute.

    The board of AuSAE value and seek diverse leadership as defined by gender, ethnicity, age, role and level of experience and encourage applications from all eligible members.

    Appointment to the board will be determined by election from the membership. Please note that the nominee must be a current financial member, in an eligible category of the association on application.

    To express an interest for the Board position you will need to provide:

    • a completed nomination form, which includes a declaration of eligibility
    • a completed candidate statement addressing key questions for circulation to all members.
    • A current headshot

    All nominations must be received by 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Monday, 23 April 2018.

    Please click through for a copy of the AuSAE Constitution, By-Laws and Governance Manual.

    Warm regards,




    Australasian Society of Association Executives

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  • 03 Apr 2018 9:37 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    The ASA Board is delighted to announce the appointment of their new Chief Executive Officer Jodie Long, effective Monday 26 March 2018.

    Jodie is a highly accomplished executive healthcare leader with over 25 years’ experience in the allied health sector. She has the ideal mix of both business and clinical experience, plus the drive to take the ASA to the next level of growth and operational excellence for our members.

    In announcing this appointment, The ASA President Dr Jennifer Alphonse has said “I am personally very pleased that we have been able to attract someone of Jodie’s calibre to this role. I look forward to working with her in advocating for the sonography profession.”

    Her experience includes the role of Interim Managing Director for the ASA as well as over 10 years’ experience in senior management roles. Previous roles include Principal Management Consultant, Business Manager Ultrasound and Business Manager Service for Siemens Healthcare across Australia and New Zealand, where the emphasis was on strong strategic direction, leadership and customer service.

    In addition, Jodie is a qualified sonographer and has been a member of the ASA for over 14 years.

    Independent recruitment specialists were engaged by the ASA to assess many high calibre candidates. Jodie’s strong in-depth healthcare knowledge and executive business leadership were considered invaluable to the ASA, in achieving continued operational excellence and growth as the peak body and leading voice for sonographers.

    In accepting this role Jodie said “I am passionate about sonography and understand the challenges faced by Australasian sonographers. I look forward to working with the team to lead the ASA into the next stage of its strategic development."

  • 27 Mar 2018 4:20 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

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  • 26 Mar 2018 9:32 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Entries are now open for the 2018 Women in Governance Awards.

    The Women in Governance Awards recognise and celebrate innovation, excellence, creativity and commitment to diversity by both organisations and individuals.

    Women on Boards believes that greater gender diversity at the executive and board level will enhance business excellence in New Zealand. We are dedicated to developing the next generation of board-ready women by providing empowerment to assist women to achieve their governance career goals.

    Many New Zealand organisations have diversity as a key strategic imperative and are doing far more than merely ticking the box for corporate social responsibility.

    For organisations, the 2018 Women in Governance Awards offers three separate categories to recognise gender diversity programmes and initiatives.

    As a nation, we are well represented by individual women making a contribution to improving our governance capability.

    For individuals, the 2018 Women in Governance Awards offers four categories to recognise our women gender diversity champions.

    Finalists are invited to the Awards Gala Dinner at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland on Thursday 10 May where the winners will be announced.

    Entries close 6 April - click here to apply. 

    Women on Boards NZ and Governance New Zealand Incorporated

  • 23 Mar 2018 10:02 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    "In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I’m letting my guard down."

    Hillary Rodham Clinton

    AuSAE is delighted to partner with The Growth Faculty in bringing Former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton to Australia and New Zealand for the very first time.

    Limited Tickets - Book Now

    Free from the constraints of running, Secretary Clinton will share the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules.

    "From lawyer and activist, to first lady, senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton’s extraordinary career and story of resilience is one that fascinates and inspires business leaders and people everywhere.”

    Karen Beattie, Managing Director, The Growth Faculty

    Don't miss one incredible evening with Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    Melbourne - 10th May 2018

    Sydney - 11th May 2018


  • 22 Mar 2018 3:34 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Topic: Marketing Strategies and Tactics for Increasing Member Acquisition and Retention

    Associations must recruit, engage, and retain members to survive and thrive. Yet many fall short, lacking the knowledge and tools to market membership effectively. We invite you to this full-day workshop that gives what you need to know to grow your organisation’s membership: proven strategies and tactics that have worked for hundreds of associations.

    Guest Presenter – Elisa Joseph Anders

    Our guest presenter Elisa Joseph Anders brings over 30 years marketing, management and consulting experience in the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Elisa serves as a Senior Account Director at Marketing General Incorporated (MGI) in Alexandria, Virginia. She provides clients with integrated marketing solutions to help them grow membership and market their products and services. Her ability to quickly assess opportunities and develop solid marketing programs based on those opportunities has resulted in tens of thousands of new members for her clients.

    Melbourne | Tuesday 10th April 9:30am - 4:30pm

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  • 21 Mar 2018 12:03 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    The IPCA Chairman and Board members would like to take this opportunity to announce that effective February 1, 2018 Mr. Ron Lawson CEO has decided to retire after nearly 50 years in and around the Industry.

    Ron has spent the last 8 years as IPCA CEO. He has done an outstanding job in bringing the Code of Practice to the forefront of our industry’s manufacturing and installation processes.Ron has also made an outstanding contribution for our Industry with his significant involvement and contribution to several Australian Standards committees.

    Ron has worked incredibly hard for all of the IPCA members in maintaining a vision and taking us on the journey to ensure that our Industry was ahead, or on top of, all the issues that were thrown at us.

    The Board is very honoured and proud of the wonderful job that Ron has done for both IPCA and our Industry and would like all members to join us in congratulating this Industry Icon on such a successful career and wish him all the best on an even more fruitful retirement.

    Ron will not be lost to our Industry as he will still be supporting both IPCA and the new CEO in a consulting role.

    At this time the Board would also like to announce the appointment of the new IPCA CEO as Mr. Allen Mitchell.

    Allen has 30 years of Manufacturing Industry experience and has worked in the Panel Industry for 5 years. He brings a wealth of commercial and general management experience to the position and is committed to continuing the significant achievements of IPCA to date.

    So, please join us in welcoming Allen to his new role and supporting him in his efforts to continue on the journey of making our Industry a thriving and prosperous one.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    IPCA Chairman and Board

  • 20 Mar 2018 12:01 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    ‘Tis the season for event planning! And whether your event is in the spring, summer, or even early fall, chances are, you’ve already started prepping.

    But as much time as you spend on event-related activities prior to the actual event, how much time do you spend on post-event activities, really driving it home?

    You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again: The event isn’t over when people leave the room. To really ensure success - both with your current event and those in the future - several “next steps” have to be completed. In fact, here’s a little checklist:

    Thank your attendees for coming - First and foremost, you NEED to thank your attendees for coming. They took time out of their day and/or night for your association (and likely paid), so a little gratitude is most definitely in order. Send them an email either the day after your event or two days after (but ideally, no later). Let them know you sincerely appreciate their attendance and involvement and hope to see them again in the near future.

    Send your attendees a post-event survey - Along with the aforementioned email, send a survey to your attendees asking for feedback on your event. Did they like the location, the speakers, the overall schedule, etc.? Don’t worry too much about getting negative feedback. Think of it as constructive - it can only make you better! (Not sure what to ask your attendees? Here are nine questions we HIGHLY recommend.)

    Write a handwritten thank you note to your sponsors AND presenters - Your event wouldn’t be possible without your sponsors and presenters. Send them a handwritten thank you note as quickly as possible following your event. And tip: Personalize these notes as much as you can. Reference their specific session, their specific sponsorship tier, or even a particular conversation you had with them. You want them to feel special - because they helped you (and your association) out tremendously!

    Send your sponsors a post-event survey - Just as you should send your attendees a post-event survey, you should also send your sponsors a post-event survey. Were they satisfied with what they got out of the event? Did they find it valuable? What changes would they like to see in the future? It’s crucial that you obtain this type of feedback, because ideally, you want those sponsors involved year after year. (And note: If your event involved exhibitors, you’ll want to send them a post-event survey as well. The more feedback you can get, the better!)

    Post pictures/video on social media - Keep the excitement and engagement going after your event by posting pictures and video on social media. Create an album that members and non-members can see. If non-attendees and prospective members can see what types of events you hold and how fun those events look, that’ll make your association (and future events) all that much more appealing.

    Recap the event in your newsletter and/or on your blog - Just as you likely promoted your event in your association's newsletter, recap it there too! Include a few pictures, mention how many people attended (if it was a high number), reference a few takeaways from the keynote speaker(s), etc. Not only is this good for non-attendees to see, but it helps your attendees relish in that fun. (Bonus points if you can go ahead and include a “Save the Date” for next year!)

    If you had an event app, make sure all the presentations are uploaded and accessible - This depends a little bit on the type of event you had, but if it was educational in nature and featured a variety of breakout sessions, make sure those presentations are available and accessible, at least for a little while (especially if you told attendees they would be). Go through and try opening all of the presentations yourself. Once everything works correctly, let your attendees know. (You want them to obtain max value from your event!)

    Schedule a debrief with your team - Last, but certainly not least, you need to schedule a debrief with your team (preferably once all of the above have been handled). People tend to push this one off 1) because they need to get back to work, and 2) because they don’t typically like talking about “all the things that went wrong.” But debriefs don’t have to be (and shouldn’t be) so negative. Unless your event was a total flop, chances are, you had some successes. Talk about those so you can duplicate (and revise) as needed.

    Now we’re serious about the importance of debriefs. Not sure what to discuss with your team? Here are a few questions/topics of discussion worth bringing to the table:

    Was the on-site registration process efficient?

    • What about online registration prior to the conference? Did members call in/email with problems?

    How was the location?

    • Did you have enough space (for people, sessions, etc.)?
    • Was parking adequate?
    • Were the room layouts effective?

    How were the speakers?

    • Did you have enough of a variety of topics?
    • Did attendees say they got good takeaways (via the post-event survey you sent out)?
    • What were the most popular sessions? Could those be duplicated (or those speakers reinvited) in the future?

    If you had exhibitors, how did that aspect go?

    • Did you have enough exhibitors?
    • Was booth traffic up to par?
    • Were your exhibitors satisfied (via the post-event survey you sent out)?

    Was your sponsorship program successful?

    • Did you have enough sponsors?
    • Were your sponsors satisfied with the event and the package they chose (via the post-event survey you sent out)?

    Did you stay within budget?

    • What could’ve been cut/negotiated better?

    Debriefing may mean more work, but it’s worth it if it means increased attendance and engagement in the future!

    Originally published in MemberClicks

  • 20 Mar 2018 11:54 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Shock announcement of BIA CEO's sudden departure.

    In an unexpected move, the Boating Industry Association (BIA) has announced that CEO Howard Glenn is leaving the association six months before the end of his three-year contract.

    His departure is effective immediately and was described as “amicable”. In a statement the association said Glenn had left “to explore new ventures and projects”.

    Glenn joined the BIA in November 2015 having held several senior positions in the marine departments of the NSW government. He was tasked with implementing the BIA's national integration bringing together the three state associations of NSW, South Australia and the former Marine Queensland, as well as industry sector associations such as the Houseboat Hirers Association (HHA) and the Charter Vessels Association (CVA).

    During his tenure, he also oversaw the staging of the Marine17 conference and the successful move of the Sydney International Boat Show to its new venue at Darling Harbour.

    “The Board would like to thank Howard for his leadership of the BIA through this important phase, to create a strong and focused Association, and we wish him well in his next endeavours,” said BIA president Alan Blake.

    According to Blake, the board has not yet decided whether or not to appoint a new CEO or adopt a different management structure. In the meantime, a management team comprising Domenic Genua, Nik Parker and Simon Hazelbrook will report directly to Blake who will oversee the association's operations.

    The management team will have responsibility for three core association activities - events and lifestyle marketing, member services and advocacy, and finance, administration and governance. The BIA staff who currently work with the management team will remain the same.

    “We are pleased that Domenic, Nik, Simon and the whole BIA team is committed to delivering on the agenda as directed by the board,” added Blake.


    Originally published in Marine Business

  • 20 Mar 2018 11:46 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Originally published in Pro Bono Australia.

    Peak bodies in the social sector have welcomed news that charity and not-for-profit organisations will be exempt from a Labor Party proposal to scale back refundable franking credit arrangements.

    On Tuesday, opposition leader Bill Shorten and shadow treasurer Chris Bowen announced plans to reform the dividend imputation system if Labor is elected.

    This system offers Australian investors franking credits on dividends they receive from their shares, reducing the amount of tax paid by ensuring that company profits are not taxed twice.

    But under changes introduced by the Howard government in 2000, an additional concession was created allowing shareholders paying little or no tax to convert these excess credits into a cash refund from the Australian Taxation Office.

    The opposition’s reforms would ensure that imputation credits can be used for tax reduction purposes, but not for cash refunds.

    However Shorten said in an address to the Chifley Research Centre on Tuesday, that charities and not-for-profit organisations would be exempt from the changes.

    “Charities and not-for-profit institutions, including universities, are entirely exempt,” Shorten said.

    This exemption has been welcomed by Philanthropy Australia and Community Council for Australia (CCA), with the peak bodies noting that franking credits ensure charities and foundations are not taxed through the corporate tax system.

    Philanthropy Australia CEO Sarah Davies told Pro Bono News the organisation had strongly petitioned to keep the current arrangements for philanthropic trusts and foundations.

    “We welcome the federal opposition’s commitment to permanently exempt charities and hence philanthropic trusts and foundations from their proposal to scale back refundable franking credit arrangements,” Davies said.

    “Philanthropy Australia has strongly made the case that existing refundable franking credit arrangements should not be changed for philanthropic trusts and foundations, including raising this issue with the major parties before the last election.

    “These charitable structures are income tax exempt for a reason – because they exist for the public benefit and focus on giving to the community.”

    Davies noted that many charities also relied on income from endowments to ensure they were sustainable and could “continue to make an impact in our community”.

    “Therefore, they should not be indirectly taxed through the company tax system – and current arrangements ensure that doesn’t occur,” she said.

    CCA CEO David Crosbie said it was important that charities were excluded from this proposal.

    “It is welcome news that charities have been excluded from the new measures capping imputation credits that have provided significant tax advantages to many high wealth individuals,” Crosbie told Pro Bono News.

    “There are quite a number of charities that make medium- and longer-term investments in various equities. Tax imputation credits can contribute to the return on investment for these charities.

    “It would be a very negative step to restrict the benefits of imputation credits for charities.”

    St Vincent de Paul Society National Council Australia said it could not comment directly on the proposal since it had not yet analysed it in detail.

    But in a draft budget priorities statement provided to Pro Bono News, the council said rising inequality and a growing demand for public services meant “getting Australia’s tax settings right is critical”.

    “Further action is needed to remove generous superannuation tax concessions,” the draft statement said.

    “Despite reforms to superannuation cap tax breaks in 2016, the super system remains heavily weighted toward the wealthy, siphoning off billions of dollars of government revenue each year into the pockets of those on the highest incomes.

    “While the limits on tax breaks to high-income earners were a small step in the right direction… the overall system of concessions continues to erode public revenue, compounding wealth inequalities and providing tax avoidance opportunities for those who already have substantial wealth.”

    Finance Minister Mathias Cormann labelled Labor’s proposal a “$59 billion tax hike” that “shamelessly” targeted pensioners.

    “This is just shifty Bill [Shorten] at his worst trying to play firstly on his political rhetoric, using the language of class warfare and the politics of envy, while shamelessly targeting pensioners and self-funded retirees on lower incomes with what is a massive tax grab,” Cormann told ABC Radio National.

    “What Bill Shorten is doing is bringing back double taxation for those Australians who are self-funded retirees, who are part pensioners, who have worked hard, saved hard all their life and put their money away and invested some of it in shares.”

    But Shorten denied the proposal was a tax grab.

    “This is [for] people who receive cash payments from the government, even though they’re paying no tax. So they’re getting a refund on tax they haven’t even paid. So this isn’t going to increase taxes,” he said.

    “The reality is 92 per cent of taxpayers don’t get this cash refund. It’s really a matter of choices and priorities. My priority is to stand up for middle class and working class people, to make sure that they get a proper go in Australia.”

    Labor said these changes will save the budget $11.4 billion over the forward estimates from 2018-19, with a $59 billion improvement over the medium term for the budget bottom line.

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