Sector and AuSAE News

  • 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


    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


    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.


    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:

    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.

  • 29 Nov 2018 11:12 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Register for your chance to win a round trip ticket to ASAE's Annual Conference in the US by registering for Sarah Sladek's Future of Membership Workshop. You will also have the opportunity to shadow CEO and former ASAE Chairman of the Board Scott Wiley.

    Topic: The Future of Membership

    During this full day workshop, Sarah will present on the new membership mindset, which will introduce and define characteristics of the “new and next” generations: Millennials, and Generation Z. She will discuss what associations must do to stay relevant and engage their participation. Sarah will also conduct a spotlight on best practice, focusing on associations who have successfully launched a future-focused membership or marketing strategy and the results they observed.

    Join us for this one day workshop to develop your own membership action plan so you come away ready to start expanding and future-proofing your association immediately!

    • Identify the primary obstacles preventing your association’s competitiveness and growth
    • Gain strategies and tools to curb membership turnover
    • Learn how to increase value and grow membership among younger generations
    • Gain insights into the trends and shifts likely to challenge your association in the next 5 years
    • Develop an action plan for the longevity of your association
    Guest Presenter - Sarah Sladek

    Our guest presenter Sarah Sladek is a best-selling author, speaker, and CEO. Since 2002, her life's work has been dedicated to helping organizations engage future generations of members and talent.

    As the founder and CEO of XYZ University, Sarah has grown a future-focused company comprised of generational researchers, presenters, and strategists. XYZ U has helped hundreds of organizations grow membership and reduce turnover among younger generations.

    Register on the links below.

  • 27 Nov 2018 8:54 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Let me share with you AuSAE is proudly the only not-for-profit Association for Association Executives that is owned and run by members.

    We support a broad community of association professionals who are committed to making a difference in the sectors and industries in which they work.

    As we approach the end of the year and I reflect on the great work the team here at AuSAE are delivering, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join AuSAE as a financial member to allow us to continue to develop and support you on your journey in association management no matter what stage of your career. Let me share some of the initiatives we have undertaken this year:

    • Across Australia and New Zealand we increased our community of Association professionals, welcoming 171 new members into the organisation
    • Following an extensive consultation process the members passed a constitution with a new governance structure to better reflect the contemporary environment in which we operate
    • Create the opportunity for members to meet, network and connect at some 35 face to face events across Australia throughout the year
    • Provided thought leadership on key industry issues through digital communications and social media
    • Offered personal, hands on support to over 40 organisations through our Senior Leadership team
    • Demonstrated our commitment to the development of future leaders for the sector through the Mentoring and Leadership program.

    What I can’t put on this list is the intangible benefits belonging to a community of likeminded individuals brings. For some it’s personal development, for others its meeting a colleague who can help with a challenge just at the right time.

    Our mission is to provide a home for association professionals. A place to belong, feel connected and advance your career. I feel very passionate about the collective impact that associations have on society and the greater the size of our community the greater impact we will have.

    I look forward to welcoming you as a member in 2019. JOIN HERE 

    Warm regards Toni

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