Sector and AuSAE News

  • 13 Feb 2014 2:45 PM | Louise Stokes
    AuSAE are pleased to announce a partnership with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) enabling AuSAE members to receive ASAE member pricing for all two week ASAE University Online courses. This is a saving of $200 USD per course! The 2014 ASAE University Online two week courses are:

    •  Volunteer Management: 10 - 24 March 2014
    •  Supervisory Management: 24 March - 7 April 2014
    •  Skills Building Management: 2 - 16 June 2014
    •  Customer Service Management: 14 - 28 July 2014

    AuSAE members should email AuSAE directly for the discount code before registering for any courses.
  • 13 Feb 2014 2:44 PM | Louise Stokes
    Take a couple of hours out of your day to connect with other not-for-profit leaders to discuss high level topics of real importance, develop new relationships and gain critical information.  

    FREE EVENTS for AuSAE NFP members.

    Jack Welsh once said: ‘When the rate of change outside the organisation exceeds the rate of change within the organisation, the end is in sight.’ Attend this special event to hear common workplace issues around resistance to change and walk away with great tools for getting people and organisations out of ‘stuck’. Guest speaker Ann Andrews is an international speaker and inspirational entrepreneur. Ann’s early experience in the military exposed her to astounding leadership skills and an unusual way of working that still amazes people. For the past 20 years Ann has passed on those skills to some of the largest corporates in New Zealand, showing them how a simple change in thinking can massively change their personal and business results.

    Register today for AuSAE's March Wellington and Auckland Networking events.
  • 11 Feb 2014 9:21 AM | Louise Stokes
    FIVE unions have been named as specific targets in a royal commission into corruption.

    The Australian Workers Union, Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union, Electrical Trades Union, Health Services Union and Transport Workers Union were named in the terms of reference released in Canberra on Monday before parliament resumes for 2014.

    "This royal commission is designed to shine a great, big spotlight into the dark corners of our community to ensure that honest workers and honest businesses get a fair go," Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters.

    Honest workers and honest unionists should not be ripped off by corrupt officials and honest businesses should be able to go about their work without fear of intimidation, corruption (and) standover tactics, he said.

    The commissioner will not be limited to looking at the five unions, or at employers who may have engaged in improper conduct or criminality.

    "This is a sword that will cut both ways," Employment Minister Eric Abetz said.

    Former High Court judge Dyson Heydon will lead the inquiry, which is expected to report to the Abbott government at the end of 2013.

    During the past two years there have been many allegations against union officials - some of which are before the courts - including misuse of member funds, standover tactics, kickbacks, bribes and secret commissions.

    Mr Abbott said he believed the royal commission could run concurrently with court cases or police investigations without causing any problems.

    Attorney-General George Brandis said a royal commission was the right mechanism to deal with allegations of widespread, systemic and ingrained wrongdoing.

    "This is not a question of sporadic cases, this is a matter of a widespread culture which requires the powers and the thoroughness of a royal commission," he said.

    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, a former AWU national secretary, said if the government was "fair dinkum" it would set up a multi-agency task force led by the Australian Federal Police.

    "Tony Abbott has never seen a situation affecting real people which he won't turn into a political stunt," he told the Labor caucus on Monday.

    The government expects the cost of the inquiry will be much less than the $100 million spent on the Cole royal commission into the construction sector a decade ago.

    Australian Industry Group chief Innes Willox said that although the Cole commission did not result in any criminal charges, it had its merits as would the Heydon commission.

    "It led to a very clear shining of the light on some really poor practices within the construction industry, and led to the establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission," Mr Willox said.

    ACTU president Ged Kearney said the inquiry was designed to weaken unions just when workers' conditions were under attack from the government.

    Unions had "zero tolerance" for corruption, which should properly be pursued by police.

  • 06 Feb 2014 10:53 AM | Deleted user

    I am pleased to announce an exciting collaboration between AuSAE (Australasian Society of Association Executives) and ASAE (American Society of Association Executives). 

    This new partnership offers many benefits for Australian and New Zealand not-for-profit professionals including:

    • AuSAE members will now receive ASAE member pricing for 2014 ASAE Online University courses (see the AuSAE website for details of upcoming courses)
    • AuSAE members will now receive ASAE member pricing at the ASAE online bookstore.
    • All Australian and New Zealand not-for-profit professionals will receive a special discounted registration to attend the ASAE 2014 Annual Leadership Conference (Nashville USA, August 9-12).

    This is a great opportunity for AuSAE members to take advantage of internationally available tools and resources. To receive your exclusive ASAE discount code please email and Louise will get it right out to you.

    If you aren’t an AuSAE member, this is a great reason to join today and start enjoying the benefits of membership!

    Warm regards, 



    Belinda Moore

    Chief Executive Officer 

    Australasian Society of Association Executives
  • 04 Feb 2014 12:00 PM | Deleted user

    On Wednesday February 26, join AuSAE online for our Free February Webinar - Results of the 2014 BDO Not-for-profit Fraud Survey.


    For ten years, the BDO Not-For-Profit Fraud Survey has acted as a valuable benchmark for not-for-profit organisations, with the results providing important insight into the perception and level of fraud in the sector. By examining specific incidences of fraud and how organisations seek to manage it, the results of this research allow the sector to carefully plan for future fraud prevention.  In 2014, not only does the survey results reveal fraud data specific to the sector, it delves deeper into understanding the link between risk management practices and the incidence of fraud.

    In this webinar, Marita Corbett, BDO’s National Risk Advisory Leader and Lisa Bundesen, Director at NFP Management Solutions will examine the results of the survey, outline steps you can take to manage risks and provide you with helpful tips on what you can do to prevent fraud in your business. Marita and Lisa are both Chartered Accountants with over 20 years’ experience working with not-for-profits, and in addition Marita is a Director of Deaf Services Queensland and Lisa sits on the board of RSPCA Qld.

    Please click here to register for AuSAE's Free February webinar today to discover important steps your not-for-profit can take to reduce the likelihood of Fraud.

    AuSAE's webinars are sponsored by our friends over at Redback Conferencing and are free of charge for anybody who would like to attend. To find out more about how you can host your own webinars and online meetings, visit their website or contact Sara Gonzalez on +61 (0) 2 8014 5153. 

    If you have any questions please contact me on the details below, we hope you can join us online for AuSAE's February webinar.

    Warm regards, 



    Kimberley Miller

    Events and Communications Manager

    Australasian Society of Association Executives

  • 03 Feb 2014 4:00 PM | Deleted user

    I am excited to announce associations with predominately organisational members are FINALLY getting the research attention they deserve!

    AuSAE has partnered with Survey Matters to undertake research specifically into associations with predominately organisational members. If you are interested in participating in this landmark research project please click here for more information and to register. All those who participate will receive a complimentary copy of the overall results.

    This study will provide benchmark data about:

    • Why do organisations join Industry Associations?
    • What services do members value?
    • What issues are important to members in your industry?
    • What are members’ communication preferences?
    • What are members’ satisfaction and engagement levels and likelihood to recommend your association?

    To register your interest in participating in this important study, please click here.

     What other members have to say about the Associations Matter Research:

    “Well done to Survey Matters, AuSAE and the participating associations for this important research - it makes for interesting reading. I'm pleased that the Real Estate Institute of NSW scored 5th in the satisfaction rating, but know there's much more to be done. I'm already looking forward to seeing next year's results, and encourage all associations to participate: it was painless!” Peter Griffin, REINSW

    “Easy to participate, a great benchmark study“ Hanna Lucas, CILTA

    Also, if you wish to have a copy of your own results benchmarked against to other participating organisations you can arrange this directly with Survey Matters. We have organised a special rate that is just a fraction of the cost of commissioning your own survey – with the added benefit of having your results compared against the benchmarks.

    If you have any questions about AuSAE’s participation in this exciting research project please contact me on the details below. For more information on the research please contact Brenda or Rebecca at Survey Matters directly on 03 9452 0101.

    I hope you will consider participating in this exciting landmark research project.

    Warm regards,


    Belinda Moore

    Chief Executive Officer 

    The Australasian Society of Association Executives 

  • 29 Jan 2014 3:30 PM | Deleted user
    This October, join senior executives from associations, charities and other non-profits at AuSAE’s 2014 Leadership Symposiums. Events will be held at Dockside, Sydney (AU) from 13 - 14 October and Rotorua Energy Events Centre, Rotorua (NZ) from 29 – 30 October and will provide insights via case studies and up-to-date research. Symposium registration is already available online for those wanting to get in quick! With only 300 places available at each event, we urge you to register as soon as you can. Please be advised program information will be released in April 2014.
  • 27 Jan 2014 11:00 AM | Deleted user

    IMEX is the tradeshow and global industry event run by meetings professionals for meetings professionals. It’s where all the influencers from the world of meetings, events and incentive travel gather for three electric days of business, innovation and networking. Attending IMEX offers opportunities to learn how to make your meetings livelier, your events more engaging and your product launches more memorable.

    AuSAE takes a group of members (fully hosted, flights and accommodation included) overseas annually to experience IMEX. If you are interested in being part of the next AuSAE IMEX Frankfurt group (20-22 May 2014) please email AuSAE’s IMEX Coordinator, Roy Palmer at or contact the AuSAE team on 1300 764 576.
  • 20 Nov 2013 4:14 PM | Deleted user
    The 2013 AuSAE Australian Leadership Symposium held on October 24-25 2013 in Melbourne, Australia proved to be our biggest and most successful event yet, drawing close to 150 industry professionals through the doors. 

    AuSAE would like to take the opportunity to thank our 2013 guest presenters, partners and volunteers for supporting this special event, without whom the event could not have been possible...... 
    • Randall Pearce (Symposium Chair)
    • Rachel Peile (Volunteer)
    • Al Parmeter (Volunteer)
    • Andrea Pellegrino (Guest Speaker)
    • Adrian Hart (Guest Speaker)
    • Debbie Mayo-Smith (Guest Speaker)
    • Adam Lunn (Guest Speaker)
    • Ian Jarman (Guest Speaker)
    • Graham Catt (Guest Speaker)
    • Paul Bongiorno (Guest Speaker)
    • David Gazard (Guest Speaker)
    • Nick Reece (Guest Speaker)
    • Lisa Bundesen (Guest Speaker)
    • Julian Moore (Guest Speaker)
    • Michelle Trute (Guest Speaker)
    • Darren Hopkins (Guest Speaker)
    • Belinda Moore (Guest Speaker)
    • Branca McFarlane (Guest Speaker)
    • Peter Cummiskey (Guest Speaker)
    • Onur Ekinci (Facilitator)
    • Rob Salisbury (MC and Conference Host)
    • Leisa Donlan (Guest Speaker)
    • Yvonne Adele (Guest Speaker)
    • Jane Schmitt (Guest Speaker)
    • Craig Richards (Guest Speaker)
    • Bernard Salt (Guest Speaker)
    • The Melbourne Convention Centre (AuSAE Partner)
    • BDO (AuSAE Partner)
    • Brisbane Marketing Convention Bureau (AuSAE Partner)
    • Events and Venues Rotorua (AuSAE Partner)
    • Execugifts (AuSAE Partner)
    • Guild Insurance (AuSAE Partner)
    • ICMS (AuSAE Partner)
    • Macquirie Bank (AuSAE Partner)
    • Member Evolution (AuSAE Partner)
    • Mills Oakley Lawyers (AuSAE Partner)
    • Prodocom (AuSAE Partner)
    • Redback Conferencing (AuSAE Partner)
    • Rusher Rogers Recruiting (AuSAE Partner)
    • Eventpix (AuSAE Partner)
    • Fast Meetings Co (AuSAE Partner)
    • Media Visionz (AuSAE Partner)
    • Moreton Hire (AuSAE Partner)
    A BIG thank you to the above and also to our members for attending and supporting AuSAE.

    If you were unable to attend this special event to network and learn from other non-profit professionals, please consider purchasing AuSAE's Online Symposium Session Package, to hear over 20 recorded Symposium sessions thanks to MediaVisionz Click here to see a full list of sessions that you will have access to following registration. 

    Warm Regards,
    The AuSAE Team

  • 20 Nov 2013 1:13 PM | Louise Stokes
    Has your association been scrambling for content? There’s an underlying issue that must be addressed before you can consider the information to share through websites, newsletters, and marketing materials.

    How can you find out what members of your association really want to read or view? How can you deliver relevant and compelling articles, blog posts, videos, and other fresh content on a consistent basis?

    It’s time to stop scrambling and start thinking about the challenges people are struggling to overcome. Take a closer look at the aspirations and goals your target audience works to achieve every single day.

    The needs of your members will drive your content.

    For the full article by Susan Young, CEO at Get In Front Communications click here.

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