Sector and AuSAE News

  • 26 Feb 2019 9:02 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Kia ora

    I am really looking forward to my first trip to New Zealand for 2019 to attend the Future Leaders Conference in Wellington on the 14-15 March.

    As for many of your own organisations, the development of our next generation of leaders will be critical to the continued success of our Associations and the important contribution they make to our societies. This inaugural conference is shaping up to be a fantastic 2 days and I urge all our senior executives to consider sending their aspiring leaders to this event.

    The AuSAE board recently met in Brisbane, and as we continue to grow and mature as an organisation so too does our vision. We are the professional body for the profession of Association Management and will continue to develop and deliver services to ensure a strong, vibrant and respected community. Some of our focus areas for 2019 will be to:

    • Finalise the introduction of a Professional Certification for Association Executives
    • Increase our Advocacy efforts to communicate the tangible impact Associations have on our society
    • Continue to create meaningful connections for our member community
    • Form strategic partnerships to increase our capacity to deliver targeted and relevant products and services to our members

    I look forward to catching up with those of you attending the Futures Leaders conference. I will have some time on the Wednesday 13 March - so if you can't make the event please reach out and I'll come and meet you for a coffee if you have the time.

    Warm regards

    Toni

  • 20 Feb 2019 2:39 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) 9th Biennial Conference

    • Dates: 21 to 24 March 2018
    • Delegates: 548
    • Destination: Auckland
    • PCO: DC Conferences

    Widening the audience in Auckland

    New Zealand provided the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine with its biggest conference yet.

    Any initial fears in the Australian organising team that delegate numbers would decrease with the trip over the Tasman proved unfounded. The 9th Biennial Conference attracted nearly 550 Allied Health Professionals and Medical Professionals to the Cordis hotel in Auckland, up from 467 at the Adelaide event in 2016.

    Jo Robinson, Business Development & Sponsorship Manager at Sydney-based DC Conferences, says: “The 2018 conference delegate numbers exceeded expectation which was fantastic. We had to increase the size of the plenary to accommodate the increase in numbers. The main increase in numbers came from New Zealanders attending, however it was also very encouraging to see the high number of Australian delegates crossing the Tasman to attend the conference. Having direct flights between all the major Australian centres to Auckland certainly made access easy.”

    Also heartening was the leap in international delegates, particularly from China, helping AusACPDM with its goal of growing the biennial conference to become the pre-eminent professional development opportunity in the Asia-Pacific region for clinicians and researchers working in the field of cerebral palsy and child-onset disability.

    “Auckland is easy to access for international delegates. Having those increases is really important because we are an Australasian association,” Robinson notes.

    The conference was themed ‘Empowerment and Partnership’, with a diverse programme including 120 free papers, 15 breakfast sessions and 16 concurrent workshops, all demonstrating high quality research findings to ensure strong, well-informed, empowered clinicians.

    Local experts

    While Auckland was seen as the next logical destination in the association’s conference rotation, a strong local knowledge hub was integral to the event’s success. This included organising committee members Professor Sue Stott of Starship Children’s Hospital and Amy Hogan of the Cerebral Palsy Society of New Zealand.

    “It was an excellent local organising committee. It is so important to have them on the ground to make introductions and build the relationships,” Robinson adds. “They are really well known in Cerebral Palsy in New Zealand. Delegates commented that the speakers at the event were absolute experts in their field.”

    Robinson notes that Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme was also a great help.

    “The main challenge with taking a conference offshore is budget. We applied for CAP funding and we were able to use that for targeted marketing to get more delegates to the conference, including developing our conference website.

    “We also knew that a number of our loyal and long-standing exhibitors/sponsors would

    not cross the Tasman as they either have representation in New Zealand or don’t have NZ as part of their market, so it was a challenge to make up that lost revenue. When I could see our exhibitor numbers had dropped we applied for financial support from the Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust, which encourages the development of health-related research in New Zealand.

    “Having both Tourism New Zealand’s and the Paykel Trust’s support was of great benefit and it assisted with keeping the delegate registration cost down. From the conference survey 40% of respondents were self-funded to attend the conference, so registration cost is very important.”

    A Roaring success

    The venue and programme also played their part in a positive conference experience. An initial choice between Sky City Convention Centre and the Cordis (formerly The Langham) ended in favour of the Cordis, which was able to provide “a softer and friendlier environment and encouraged small group interactions and offered many private and relaxing spaces to network”, Robinson says. “The venue floor staff were very attentive and the venue conference manager was excellent to work with and very accommodating; 95% of survey respondents rate the Cordis as Good/Very Good.”

    One unexpected challenge was musician Ed Sheeran announcing two concerts at the same

    time as the conference, which put pressure on local accommodation. “Even though we advised delegates to get in and book accommodation early a number didn’t and found it hard to find accommodation. Other hotels were suggested on the conference website that were located in close proximity to try and help.”

    Conference highlights included a traditional Māori pōwhiri welcome to open proceedings; and a Roaring 20’s-themed gala dinner at the Heritage Hotel’s Grand Tearoom.

    “It was nice to be able to bring a New Zealand element to it with the pōwhiri at the start,” Robinson says. “While some delegates were initially skeptical about the themed approach to the dinner, it was excellent. A lot of allied health people love dancing and really enjoyed it and we got very good feedback.”

    A Tourism New Zealand video and link on the conference website suggesting things to do in Auckland and New Zealand also proved popular. “Delegates were saying there was a lot to see and do.”

    In all, organisers were very happy with the results of the Auckland event, and hope it will now encourage a more diverse delegation at the next Australian event. “It was nice to expose more New Zealanders to the conference. Hopefully now they have experienced it they will come over to the next conference in Perth.”

  • 29 Jan 2019 9:26 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Happy 2019!

    The year is now well underway, and I hope you had an opportunity to take some time over the festive season to rest and re-charge.

    The AuSAE office is back and ready to serve and 2019 will see us implement a renewed strategic plan which I look forward to sharing this with you in the coming weeks.

    The start of the year is a great time to consider your own professional development plan and we have a number of activities for you to engage in over the coming months. Some suggestions to get you thinking include:

    Start the year by participating in the AuSAE Mentoring Program. Exclusive to AuSAE this is the only mentoring program that has been developed specifically for professionals in the association management community and is a great way to further your career as a mentee or “give-back” as a mentor. Applications are open now and will close on March 4.

    New to association management or looking to further your career? Join the Future Leaders Conference in Wellington (March 14-15) for a fantastic 2-day program aimed at the emerging professional. This is a new event demonstrating our commitment to the next generation of association leaders.

    Take the time to complete the Marketing General Membership Marketing Benchmarking Survey. This benchmarking report is the most comprehensive Membership Marketing report across the globe and provides fantastic insights into how to engage and grow your membership. All participants receive a copy of the report once results are collated.

    Put ACE 2019 in your diary. June 11-13 in Brisbane, ACE will be the must attend event for everyone working in association management. With International keynote speakers Sheri Jacobs CAE, membership expert and author of new book Pivot Point, and Richard Yep, CEO American Counselling Association this years conference is shaping up to be the event of the year.

    Ensure you are following AuSAE across LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter for up-to-minute announcements and information. Did you know we also have an exclusive Facebook “chat group” where you can call on the expertise of AuSAE members across Australia and New Zealand.

    Finally, if you are an AuSAE member please remember the “AuSAE Assist” program where as a member you can request personal assistance or support for any challenge you may be experiencing or resource you may be looking for.

    These are just few ways AuSAE can support you to deliver a successful 2019 for you and the members you support.

    I hope to see you at an AuSAE event in the very near future.

    Warm regards

    Toni

  • 29 Jan 2019 9:03 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Happy 2019!

    The year is now well underway, and I hope you had an opportunity to take some time over the festive season to rest and re-charge.

    The AuSAE office is back and ready to serve and 2019 will see us implement a renewed strategic plan which I look forward to sharing this with you in the coming weeks.

    The start of the year is a great time to consider your own professional development plan and we have a number of activities for you to engage in over the coming months. Some suggestions to get you thinking include:

    Start the year by re-engaging with your peers at one of our networking functions. Networking lunches are being held in both Wellington and Auckland in February and are a great way to meet with like-minded executives and make connections over a fabulous meal.

    New to association management or looking to further your career? Join the Future Leaders Conference in Wellington (March 14-15) for a fantastic 2-day program aimed at the emerging professional. This is a new event demonstrating our commitment to the next generation of association leaders!

    Take the time to complete the Marketing General Membership Marketing Benchmarking Survey. This benchmarking report is the most comprehensive Membership Marketing report across the globe and provides fantastic insights into how to engage and grow your membership. All participants receive a copy of the report once results are collated.

    Ensure you are following AuSAE across LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter for up-to-minute announcements and information. Did you know we also have an exclusive Facebook “chat group” where you can call on the expertise of AuSAE members across New Zealand and Australia.

    Finally, if you are an AuSAE member please remember the “AuSAE Assist” program where as a member you can request personal assistance or support for any challenge you may be experiencing or resource you may be looking for.

    These are just few ways AuSAE can support you to deliver a successful 2019 for you and the members you support.

    I hope to see you at an AuSAE event in the very near future.

    Warm regards

    Toni

  • 28 Jan 2019 8:50 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    In December 2018, AuSAE held workshops with international speaker Sarah Sladek on the topic "The Future of Membership". After this successful round of workshops, the participants were asked to submit an answer to the question “how would attending the 2019 ASAE Conference change your association’s future?”.

    Responses were collected and from this we are pleased to congratulate Lucy Scorer from the Association of Corporate Counsel Australia who gave the best response to the question and is the winner of our competition with XYZ University! The prize included a round trip ticket to ASAE’s Annual Conference in Ohio and an opportunity to shadow ASAE’s CEO Scott Wiley. Thank you to everyone who participated and attended the workshops!

  • 16 Jan 2019 9:25 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    On the 15th January, peak industry association, Fitness Australia announced the appointment of new CEO Barrie Elvish whose key goal will be to continue to drive the development of the Association, as we evolve to meet the needs of our members, the industry and its consumers.

    Chairperson of Fitness Australia, Jayne Blake welcomes the new CEO to the team. “Barrie offers some great expertise and a relevant new perspective in an area that he knows well from his experience with similar not-for-profit organisations.”

    “Having spent the past five years in CEO roles in the health sector including Autism SA and Wimmera Uniting Care, I’m very confident that Barrie will take Fitness Australia to the next level.”

    With his key skills comprising teaching, marketing and business development, Barrie aims to build on Fitness Australia’s well-established foundations to support the Association in achieving its vision of empowering the industry to have more Australians be more active, more often.

    “I’m here to ensure that any necessary changes are made, whilst being guided by our members, and the needs of the fitness industry,” says new CEO of Fitness Australia Barrie Elvish.

    “I want to build a professional association that continues to support the fitness industry in delivering services to create healthier communities,” adds Elvish.

    With a passion for his family, running and water sports, Barrie’s life achievements include completing the Kokoda Trail and Machu Picchu treks. 

    Originally published by Fitness Australia. 

  • 17 Dec 2018 8:17 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    AuSAE announces membership alliance with ASAE

    Last week we announced to members an unprecedented partnership between AuSAE and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) which from January 1, 2019 will see every AuSAE member also become a member of ASAE as part of our membership offering.

    The decision to align our two brands and bundle ASAE membership is one of value.  By complementing our existing member benefits program with the strength and depth of the ASAE online offering, members now have access to a broader collection of tools, content, and other practical resources.

    This collaboration will also open doors to a vibrant community of international peers in association management—all to help you lead within your organisation and contribute to our mission of building a strong and robust Association Sector in Australia and New Zealand. 

    I am very proud to end the year with this fantastic news which sets the scene for the great things AuSAE has planned for 2019.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the very hard-working team here at AuSAE.  As you all know, the role of an association executive comes with its unique challenges, and many nights away from home is one of them.  My thanks and gratitude to Brett Jeffrey and Kerrie Green for their amazing contribution and dedication to delivering value to the membership throughout 2018.

    To our support crew in the office – Andrea, Elaine and Tracey – I thank you for your support and excellent member service you deliver each and every day.

    Also, thank you to our volunteer board, for giving your time to support the organisation and the profession throughout the year.  Your contribution is valued and appreciated.

    And lastly, I wish each and everyone one of you a very Merry Christmas, and safe and prosperous new year.

    The AuSAE office will be closed from 12 noon on Friday 21 December until Monday 7 January.  I look forward to working with you all in 2019!

  • 12 Dec 2018 12:05 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    High Performance Leadership Program facilitated by Leading Teams

    PURPOSE

    The High Performance Leadership program uses Leading Teams models of leadership and team development to equip participants with the understanding and practical tools required to be a high performing leader within their organisation

    PROGRAM DELIVERY

    The High Performance Leadership program comprises five full days of interactive workshops, delivered over a 6-8 month period with approximately 4-6 weeks between sessions. The dates of subsequent sessions will be agreed between members of the group on day 1. The delivery of the program is flexible, with sessions tailored to address the specific needs of the participants.

    PROGRAM ENVIRONMENT

    High Performance Leadership is a program of practical and experiential learning, delivered by Leading Teams’ expert facilitators. As well as offering a learning opportunity, the program creates a forum for the discussion of leadership and the creation of peer networks among the group. Participants will reflect on their individual leadership practice to identify areas for development. They will have the opportunity to apply the tools and models to their leadership practice between sessions and discuss the outcomes at the next meeting. All sessions involve the discussion of workplace matters raised by program participants. This real-life, action-based learning approach enables the sharing of experiences and ideas between group members and fosters strong networks and relationships that will deliver genuine workplace improvement.

    Click on the below links to find out more information. 

    Melbourne February 2019

    Adelaide February 2019

    Brisbane & Gold Coast February 2019

    For Female Leaders - Adelaide April 2019

    To register your interest, click here. 

  • 11 Dec 2018 2:24 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Art of Mentoring has partnered with AuSAE to provide AuSAE members with access to The Art of Best Practice Mentoring Webinar Series.

    This dedicated webinar series brings together an array of guest speakers including mentoring heavy-weight, Professor David Clutterbuck to share their mentoring knowledge and experiences. In our series this year, we will focus on many industry-specific topics to allow for deeper discussion into best practice mentoring in the fields that matter to you most. The webinars will be 45 minutes in duration and will provide for Q&A.

    If you are interested in leading-edge mentoring programs that are effective and provide a real return-on-investment, then don't miss this opportunity to learn from local and global experts.

    For speaker profiles and to register for any webinar please click:

    https://artofmentoring.net/mentoring-webinars?utm_source=ausae&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=webinars

    Mentoring Emerging Leaders

    Date: Tuesday, 5 February 2019

    Time: 7pm AEST

    Length: 45 mins incl Q&A

    Key Speakers:

    Melissa Richardson, Co-founder and Managing Director of Art of Mentoring

    Professor David Clutterbuck, Co-founder of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council

    You will learn:

    • key concepts and distinctions required to foster emerging leaders
    • how to identify and mentor high potential talent into leadership roles
    • how to tailor a mentoring program to develop emerging leaders

    Mentoring in Healthcare

    Date: Thursday, 4 April 2019

    Time: 11am AEST

    Length: 45 mins incl Q&A

    Key Speakers:

    Melissa Richardson, Co-founder and Managing Director of Art of Mentoring

    Joanne Morfoot, Executive Director of Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance

    Gina Meibusch, Client Success Manager at Art of Mentoring

    You will learn:

    • from a literature review into mentoring in the healthcare industry – taking clinicians to leaders
    • from an active mentoring program in ACHG - why they implemented, the successes and the challenges
    • the benefits to an organisational culture that supports mentoring
    • how to reduce isolation, bullying and mental health issues in the workplace

    Mentoring Women under the Spotlight

    Date: Wednesday, 5 June 2019

    Time: 11am AEST

    Length: 45 mins incl Q&A

    Key Speakers:

    Melissa Richardson, Co-founder and Managing Director of Art of Mentoring

    Cathy Burke, International Speaker, Author and Global Vice President of The Hunger Project

    You will learn:

    • about Cathy’s journey into the classroom of Unlikely Leaders and of the courage, boldness and vision of women
    • from a case study on a women’s mentoring program including the unique experiences and challenges, the personal and broader-based outcomes and of the learnings from individual mentors and mentees
    • the latest on women’s needs and challenges in the workplace
    • how the benefits could be translated into your workplace for cultural change

    Mentoring in IT

    Date: Wednesday, 30 July 2019

    Time: 11am AEST

    Length: 45 mins incl Q&A

    Key Speakers:

    Alex Richardson, Co-founder and Sales & Marketing Director of Art of Mentoring

    Nick Warne, Chief Operating Officer of Art of Mentoring

    Chris Walsh, Former Head of Managed Services at Qantas

    You will learn:

    • from a temperature check on the IT landscape and its people
    • how Qantas took an entrenched, stagnant culture and brought it to life through mentoring
    • how mentoring can be maximised across the industry for collaborative growth – from freelancer to large scale organisational structure
    • the benefits to the wellbeing of mentors and mentees

    Mentoring Graduates

    Date: Thursday, 5 September 2019

    Time: 4pm AEST

    Length: 45 mins incl Q&A

    Key Speakers:

    Melissa Richardson, Co-founder and Managing Director of Art of Mentoring

    Professor David Clutterbuck, Co-founder of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council

    You will learn:

    • how mentoring helps to recruit and retain the best talent
    • the current trends, needs and desires of graduates entering the workforce
    • how developmental mentoring is a key ally in attracting the right graduates
    • key tools to mentoring at a graduate level from matching to mentor training

    Mystery Webinar: New Research

    Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019

    Time: 11am AEST

    Length: 45 mins incl Q&A

    Key Speakers:

    Melissa Richardson, Co-founder and Managing Director of Art of Mentoring

    You will learn:

    • It’s a secret for now... but think old vs new!
    • It’s sure to be informative, definitely interesting and we’ve no doubt you will leave armed with tips and tools you never knew you needed.
  • 04 Dec 2018 10:45 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Rachel Rees FGIA has been appointed as President of Governance Institute of Australia — the leading professional membership association for every one with governance or risk management responsibilities. Rachel will take on the role from 1 January 2019.

    Ms Rees takes the reins at a critical time as Governance Institute continues to push for a greater commitment to good governance and risk management structures from boards and executives. “I am thrilled to take on this role at such a significant time for the organisation. We have a new CEO, Megan Motto, joining us and the organisation is at a fundamental point in its growth,” said Rachel Rees.

    “There is so much public attention on good governance and our most recent Ethics Index results show Australians have lost faith in corporate ethics in wake of banking scandals. I’m honoured to drive a strategy to educate and support governance professionals to be the best they can be,” continued Ms Rees.

    “I thank Warren Baillie for his leadership. He led the board during a year of transformation of our website and development of a new digital Resource Centre as well as supporting the growth of new alliances and improvements in our professional development events,” concluded Ms Rees.

    Rachel Rees is Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary at Lionel Samson Sadleirs Group. She is a results-oriented senior executive and chartered accountant with extensive strategic leadership experience in multinational and listed corporations. Rachel was appointed to the board in 2013 and previously she was Chair of the South Australian Regional Council. She is a Fellow member of Governance Institute and completed its Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance. She will be supported in her new role by vice-presidents John Mazengarb FGIA and Andrew Leake FGIA.

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