Sector and AuSAE News

  • 23 Jul 2018 3:58 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    We are officially in the second half of the year (only 22 weekends until Christmas!) and there is certainly a flurry of activity in the sector at present and here at AuSAE is no exception.

    We have recently released a number of events including networking lunches, executive briefings, webinars, and are in the final stages of negotiating an exciting international guest at the end of the year. The date and location for #ACE19 has been announced (Brisbane, June 11-13 2019) and our New Zealand Conference (LINC) is right around the corner. LINC is being held in Auckland, 10th – 11th September, I encourage you to take a look at this year’s program and as a special offer for our Australian community, we are offering a discounted rate of $350 to attend LINC in its entirety. If you would like to access this rate, please email For a full list of our events visit here.

    We are also working hard at developing our “non-event” offering with a revamped resources area on the website and are trialing an exclusive Member Only “Events” discussion forum.

    Next month I am excited to be joining our US partner organisation (ASAE) as I travel to Chicago to participate in the 2018 ASAE Annual Meeting. As well as participating in the many educational sessions and visiting the ENORMOUS exhibition of association solution providers, I will also be progressing some exciting projects we have been working on with our US counterparts – more information on that soon! If you were considering travelling to the conference, AuSAE has obtained a very generous delegation rate from ASAE. Please email me for the code. 

    To help you stay up to date with AuSAE news, events and activities, I encourage you to follow us on social media. You can find us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook (and me personally on Instagram @ausaeceo). Also, did you know we have a closed Facebook group, exclusive to Association professionals where you can seek advice from our executive community.

    We are proud to be the only not-for-profit association that serves association executives. This means that AuSAE, just like you, is genuinely owned by members, run by members and exists for members. Each and every activity we undertake is with the sole motivation of supporting you to achieve positive outcomes for your organisation.

    Lastly, I would like to bid farewell to our membership officer Judith Hocking. Judith has been with AuSAE for the past 3 and a half years and has made an enormous contribution to the organisation with her friendly phone manner and genuine commitment to member satisfaction. It is fortunate that Judith will remain in the sector and I look forward to seeing her on the other side of the membership desk!

    I look forward to telling you all about my learning from the USA on my return and hope to see many of you at the upcoming networking events.

    Have a great month


    Toni Brearley

    Chief Executive Officer

    Australasian Society of Association Executives

    P 1300 764 576 

    A Suite 19, 101 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill Q 4000


  • 23 Jul 2018 1:48 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

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  • 20 Jul 2018 2:11 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Bill Moore has announced his retirement after two and a half years in the role of CEO of Fitness Australia, the peak national fitness body.

    “It’s been an absolute thrill to lead the Association over the past couple of years, but I’ll be sixty five in a few weeks and it was time for me to take a look at my future as I head into retirement age” says Bill.

    “I plan to continue my interest in board and governance roles and my involvement in FILEX. Outside of that, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my other passions – my wife and family, training and messing around with motorbikes.”

    “I’ve been very fortunate to work with such a talented, hard-working group of passionate people, and with a tremendously supportive Board of Directors that have allowed the Association to transition to meet the contemporary fitness industry.”

    Moore retires on the 10th of August 2018, the day before his sixty fifth birthday.

    “The board and team thank Bill for his time and energy, in steering Fitness Australia through the last two and a half years.” David Allan said.

    “A robust recruitment process has commenced to find a new CEO for Fitness Australia, who will work closely with the board and assist the Fitness Australia team in the evolution of the association.”

    Originally published on Fitness Australia. 

  • 17 Jul 2018 3:00 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies says goodbye to CEO Andrew McCallum after 40 years of work in the child and family welfare sector

    The non-government NSW peak body representing the voice of community organisations working with young people and their families has announced its CEO will retire at the end of the year.

    CEO Andrew McCallum will retire from the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) on December 8. This decisions comes after 40 years of work within the child and family welfare sector; 37 of which as CEO and 12 at the helm of ACWA.

    ACWA Chair, Bob Mulcahy, said McCallum’s leadership since 2006 was done so with great foresight and passion for the role, an attitude that came at a time of significant and continuous change for the child and family welfare sector.

    “During this period ACWA has listened to member opinion and in turn guided sector thinking through innovation,” Mulcahy said, noting changes like the digital landscape and adding there was “brave discussion with government and its agencies”.

    On top of heading several major boards, such as the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), McCallum is a recipient of the Member of the Order Australia for his service to the community in a range of leadership roles in the social justice sector.

    McCallum currently sits on the National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing to help implement the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020.

    “On behalf of the Board and staff, I extend our deepest thanks to Andrew for his outstanding service and commitment to ACWA during his tenure as CEO and wish him well during his retirement,” Mulcahy added.

    An appropriate acknowledgement of McCallum and his work will be made in the following months. In the meantime, the ACWA board is commencing a recruitment process for a success to take over when McCallum leaves in December.

    Article originally published in Third Sector. 

  • 17 Jul 2018 1:54 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Looking to deliver a great business event in a memorable destination? The Northern Territory Convention Bureau (NTCB) is offering event organisers the opportunity to visit Darwin and spend four days exploring the region as a business events destination from Thursday 23rd August to Sunday 26th August.

    Experience warm Territorian hospitality and learn about what this very unique part of Australia can offer the conference, association and incentive markets. Explore this lush and tropical gateway to Asia, its world-class facilities, cohesive community and local business links.

    Program highlights:

    • Site visits to key event infrastructure including Darwin Convention Centre, accommodation offering and unique off-site venues
    • Interactive Aboriginal cultural experiences
    • Opportunity to meet with local organisations who will be your on-ground support network
    • This program is designed to arm you with local knowledge and networks to present a compelling business case to host your next business event in Darwin

    Click here to learn more and register.

  • 17 Jul 2018 10:12 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    AuSAE Breakfast Briefing events provide an exclusive environment for motivated association executives to gain insights and advice from other industry professionals. Breakfast Briefing events enables members to raise and discuss critical issues affecting industry and network with other professionals from the not-for-profit sector.

    The Topic

    It is quite common for a not-for-profit organisation to incorrectly convene on AGM, or attempt to pass resolutions at AGMs which are legally invalid.

    This seminar will cover:

    • Is your organisation legally required to hold an AGM? (Some not-for-profits are exempt.)
    • What are the basic legal requirements to correctly convene an AGM?
    • Which resolutions need to be special resolutions and which can be ordinary resolutions?
    • How do you count 21 days?
    • Voting in modern times and using technology generally.
    • What do you need to do after an AGM?

    Vera Visevic, Partner, Mills Oakley

    Vera Visevic is a Partner and head of the Charity and Not-for-Profit team at national law firm, Mills Oakley Lawyers.

    Mills Oakley has a genuine understanding of the not-for-profit sector and the increasingly complex legislative issues surrounding not-for-profits. Its dedicated team provides education, advice and specialist legal counsel to some of Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisations including charities, religious organisations, community groups and professional associations. Vera and her team expertly guide clients through the specific legal challenges facing their sector with simple, easy-to-understand language (not legal jargon) and a no-nonsense approach. The team at Mills Oakley are one of only a few specialised legal firms in Australia with the experience and know-how to provide advice and assistance to not-for-profits looking to undertake commercial activities. Their expertise in the not-for-profit field means they have first-hand knowledge of current issues affecting the sector and upcoming changes that may impact your organisation.

    Register on the links below.

    Melbourne l Thursday 23rd August 7:30am - 9:00am

    Canberra l Wednesday 29th August 7:30am - 9:00am

  • 17 Jul 2018 10:05 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    AuSAE Executive Briefing events provide an exclusive environment for motivated association executives to gain insights and advice from other industry professionals. Executive Briefing events enables members to raise and discuss critical issues affecting industry and network with other professionals from the not-for-profit sector.

    The Topic

    Increased engagement is a top goal all the studies tells us so. Has engagement become just a numbers game? How do you achieve engagement that is truly meaningful to your organisation? While studies are good, proven best practices are better.

    Join us for this Brisbane Executive Briefing to explore the creation of and execution of an effective engagement strategy. Following this session, you will be able to focus on creating a member engagement strategy that will guide all engagement efforts helping to achieve key strategic goals. Case studies will be highlighted.

    Paul Ramsbottom

    Managing Director - Advanced Solutions International (Asia Pacific)

    Over the last 20+ years Paul has worked with more professional bodies, industry associations, charities and fundraisers than most people would gather in several lifetimes. He is passionate about helping Associations and Not-For-Profits reach their goals, through adopting new and innovative solutions to help them run more efficiently. He is Managing Director of ASI Asia-Pacific which has more than 600 Not-For-Profit clients in the region. Paul enjoys working everyday with great staff and great clients and is rewarded by seeing great things ASI clients using iMIS, Association Online and Donman systems do in and around the community and knowing that ASI is able to contribute to that.

    Register on the links below.

    Sydney l Tuesday 31st July 3:00pm - 5:30pm

    Brisbane l Wednesday 1st August 3:00pm - 5:30pm

    Canberra l Thursday 2nd August 3:00pm - 5:30pm

  • 10 Jul 2018 2:19 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    The Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) has announced the appointment of Lynette Pinder as their new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She stepped into the role on the 2nd of July taking over duties from Interim CEO and Company Secretary Siobhan Sutherland Rogers who will be returning to the Board.

    Jane Calleja, AITD National Board President has stated;

    “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Lynette as our new CEO. Lynette’s expertise will bring an excellent mix of strategic understanding and enthusiasm to AITD, and I am sure she will be at the forefront of AITD’s development as we lead by example for all our members.”

    Lynette has joined AITD after two years as the ACT State Manager at the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) which she herself graduated from in 2015. Lynette has over 20 years’ experience as a CPA and Executive across Government, education and the not for profit sectors. As the State Manager Lynette championed AICD’s sponsorship of the ACT Women’s Awards on International Women’s Day amongst many other achievements, including increasing member growth, engagement and satisfaction.

    “As the leaders in Training and Development in Australia we now have a unique opportunity to focus on our own development in making sure AITD and all its members are getting the highest quality of service and care. I am thrilled to be embarking on this journey and will strive to continue to grow this fantastic organisation to help our members achieve excellence in learning, training and development.”

    Lynette is passionate about good governance at all levels, and the importance of teamwork in driving positive performance. As an RMIT and CPA Australian program Graduate, Lynette has a Cert IV in Training and Assessment, and has worked in adult education with Macleay College, NSW TAFE, and several Australian Universities. Lynette has also previously been the Chief Financial Officer of Alzheimer’s Australia, and is currently on the board for Hockey ACT and the National Foundation for Australian Women.

    The Australian Institute of Training and Development has been a member-based organisation fostering excellence in individual and organisation learning since 1971. AITD offers a comprehensive range of professional development opportunities including: networking events; courses; conferences; webinars; communities of practice; mentoring; and online discussion forums and is constantly developing and creating courses to suit their growing member base in today’s rapidly growing professional environment.

    For more information contact AITD on (02) 9211 9414

  • 09 Jul 2018 10:32 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    The Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) has appointed Diana De Hulsters as its new National Executive Officer. Diana De Hulsters is an Association Executive with over 10 years’ experience as Partnerships Manager and 2IC in membership-based business and charitable organisations.

    She has established and delivered regional and national growth for the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce SA/NT, Simulation Australasia, The Royal Institution of Australia and the Asthma Foundation of South Australia. Diana has completed a Master of Business Administration, the Company Directors Course and is one of the first 100 people in Australia to have been awarded Chartered Manager status through the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

    Outside of AORA she also volunteers her time and skills as a non-executive board member and mentor within the social economy. Diana is a past SA/WA state board director of AuSAE.

    AORA is the national peak industry body representing organics processors and recyclers. Organics that can be recycled include food waste, green or garden waste, and food soiled packaging amongst others.

    “Please join me in welcoming Diana to AORA and the world of organics recycling.” Peter Wadewitz, Chairman, AORA

    Diana can be contacted on or on LinkedIn.

    For more information visit

  • 06 Jul 2018 9:00 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    AMA Victoria is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Steven Burrell as Chief Executive Officer. Mr Burrell has significant experience in the executive management of a membership association, currently working as CEO of the Governance Institute of Australia.

    Over the past three years, Steven has been responsible for leading the development and execution of the Governance Institute’s mission, strategic direction and long-term strategy, while also representing the organisation externally to government.

    “We are very excited to appoint someone of the calibre of Mr Burrell,” AMA Victoria President A/Prof Julian Rait said. “He will bring strong leadership to the association, with a particular focus on membership services and governance.”

    Mr Burrell was previously General Manager, Communications and Public Affairs, at the Australian Institute of Company Directors from 2009 to 2015. In this role he managed media and government relations, policy and advocacy for another membership organisation.

    With a Bachelor of Economics, he has also had a long and distinguished career as a finance journalist, holding senior management and editorial roles at the Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review.

    Mr Burrell will formally commence his new role in September, but members are encouraged to meet him at the next Council meeting being held on 17 July at AMA House.

    A/Prof Rait would like to thank Ms Dianne Angus who has acted as our interim CEO since February. “Dianne was able to hit the ground running and have a very positive impact on the association in a short space of time. The staff will continue to build on the strong foundation that she has established. We wish Dianne well in her further endeavours in the corporate sphere.”

    Originally sourced from AMA Victoria. 

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