Sector and AuSAE News

  • 27 Nov 2018 8:08 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    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
    • Provided that opportunity for members to meet, network and connect at some 19 face to face events across NZ throughout the year
    • Provided thought leadership on key industry issues through digital communications and social media
    • Offered personal, hands on support to over 30 organisations through our NZ General Manager
    • Demonstrated our commitment to the development of future leaders for the sector through the introduction of the Emerging Leaders Program at LINC18

    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

  • 22 Nov 2018 10:19 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

    Around the world, social enterprise businesses are on the rise. The social enterprise model combines commercial approaches with social purpose to achieve scalable impact for businesses, innovation and financial sustainability for not-for-profit organisations.

    This seminar will cover:

    • Current trends in the social enterprise sector.
    • Problems for social enterprises in Australia.
    • Overseas developments.
    • Legal structures.
    • Commercialising existing operations.

    Perth l Wednesday 5th December 3pm - 5pm

    Register Here. 

    Sydney l Tuesday 11 December 3pm-5pm

    Register Here. 

  • 22 Nov 2018 10:12 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    The Topic

    Welcome to the Talent Economy—a 21st century economy characterised by unprecedented innovation, connectivity, disruption, and opportunity. Unfortunately, the positive attributes of this economy have been largely overshadowed by employee turnover, skills gaps, and the struggle to simply keep up with the rapid pace of change.

    Until now, we’ve just assumed there is no other way. But Sarah Sladek proves there is another way.

    Drawing from documented workforce and talent-development research, her presentation cites numerous examples of organizations that have been capable of engaging employees in this era of disruption—what they did, why it worked, and how it’s made a difference to the organisations’ outlook and bottom line.

    Sladek proves that it’s possible to create an organisation designed to engage talent, and she will provide the audience with the guidance to do it. 

    • Gain a better understanding of what is causing employee turnover and how to resolve it
    • Learn the traits shared among the most engaging and successful organisations in existence today
    • Understand the core differences between struggling and successful companies
    • Learn how to inspire and motivate your workforce and thrive in an era of disruption 

    About the Presenter

    Sarah Sladek, CEO, XYZ University 

    Sarah Sladek is founder and CEO of XYZ University, a leading future-focused management consulting company based in the U.S. She is the author of five books. Her latest book, Talent Generation: How Visionary Organizations Are Redefining Work and Achieving Greater Success, is the result of two years of research of many of the top-performing companies in existence today boasting higher than average employee engagement. Sarah’s expertise has been prominently featured in international media and she has keynoted events worldwide.

    Sydney l Tuesday 4th December 3pm-5pm

    Register Here.

    Melbourne l Monday 10th December 3pm-5pm

    Register Here. 

  • 20 Nov 2018 10:50 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    What's Included:

    • Size: 5.8 x 3.0m
    • Parking: 1 reserved car park with 24 hour access (more may be available)
    • Use of Boardroom / Training Room
    • Kitchen facilities
    • Use of copier can be negotiated
    • Office furniture by agreement if required
    • Rent: $953.35 plus GST
    • Available NOW

    An office is now available for lease within Level 3, 255 Pulteney Street, Adelaide with shared boardroom/meeting room and reception area.

    This will suit the professional business person(s) looking for a CBD office location.

    For more information and to arrange an inspection, please contact Karthe AICSA: Tel: 08 8359 2090.

  • 13 Nov 2018 9:36 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    The Perth Convention Bureau’s (PCB) 2019 Aspire Program is now open to individuals involved with not-for-profit associations in Western Australia, who can apply for the City of Perth Convention Scholarship and the Giving West Conference Scholarship. In addition, the City of Fremantle Convention Scholarship and the City of Mandurah Convention Scholarship are open to individuals involved with not-for-profit associations in the city of Fremantle and the City of Mandurah respectively.

    The aim of the Aspire Program is to assist the individual’s personal and professional development through attendance at a relevant national* and/or international* conference. The funding covers travel, accommodation and registration expenses to the maximum value of the award.

    Application information and guidelines are now available at The deadline for applications is the 29th March 2019. Individuals are able to apply for multiple scholarships if eligible. A wide of assistance and advice is available to help you apply, for more information or to enquiry if you are eligible to apply, please contact Sophia Okeby, Communications Manager, Perth Convention Bureau – Email:

    *dependent on individual award guidelines

  • 31 Oct 2018 9:06 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Welcome to our October edition of Insider.

    Whilst we may be a mere 8 weeks away until Christmas,  the AuSAE team are not slowing down in terms of continuing to deliver relevant content and events to our valued community.

    We are proud to again be delivering our Women in Association Leadership (#WIAL) series in November and this year will run the event in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.  This years theme of women leading in traditional male led industries will be debated and discussed by a panel of amazing women.  With no other event like this for our association leaders in the marketplace, we are delighted to bring like-minded women and male champion of change together to build support networks and develop professional and personal skills.

    We are also very excited to be bringing out Sarah Sladek from the USA.  Sarah wrote the book “The end of membership as we know it” and as CEO and Founder of XYZ University will be delivering a one day workshop on the Future of Membership.  An amazing opportunity not to be missed.  More details here.

    Internally,  we have recently spent some time as a board and management team reviewing our strategic plan and ensuring we are delivering relevant content, events, education and information to help you on your path as an Association leader. I will be sharing the outcomes of that with you in the coming months and will welcome feedback and comments as to how we can better serve you.

    Finally,  we would like to wish Director Holly Morchat Stanko our warmest congratulations on the arrival of Zachary Arthur Stanko earlier this month.  We wish you all the very best as a new family.

    Wishing you a great November.

    Warm regards


  • 29 Oct 2018 2:37 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Kia Ora

    Whilst we may be a mere 8 weeks away until Christmas, the AuSAE team are not slowing down in terms of continuing to deliver relevant content and events to our valued community.

    November networking lunches will focus on the topic of Diversity, both in our membership and our workplaces. Julie Raine, who was recognised as one of New Zealand's 50 top Women of Achievement 2016 and finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence awards will lead the important discussion topic of “what is the gender diversity debate all about” in both Auckland and Wellington next month.

    Another exciting project we are pleased to the deliver is the inaugural NFP Salary Survey exclusively for New Zealand. In partnership with Enterprise Care this is a fantastic opportunity for the sector and I encourage all of you to participate. More information will be coming to you in the coming days.

    Internally, we have recently spent some time as a board and management team reviewing our strategic plan and ensuring we are delivering relevant content, events, education and information to help you on your path as an Association leader. I will be sharing the outcomes of that with you in the coming months and will welcome feedback and comments as to how we can better serve you.

    Finally, we would like to wish Director Holly Morchat Stanko our warmest congratulations on the arrival of Zachary Arthur Stanko earlier this month. We wish you all the very best as a new family.

    Wishing you a great November.

    Warm regards


  • 29 Oct 2018 11:47 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    AuSAE are proud to bring back Women in Association Leadership #WIAL for 2018, after a successful launch last year. The networking series provides a platform to showcase and celebrate women in leadership who have led the way.

    The theme for the 2018 series is women leading in traditionally male led industries with events being held in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

    Each event will welcome three inspiring women, who will share their journeys, challenges and advice in a facilitated and interactive discussion. 

    Sydney l 26 November l 3:00pm-5:00pm

    Our guest speakers include Alexia Hilbertidou, Founder, GirlBoss New Zealand and Amelia Hodge, CEO, Australian Property Institute. Final speaker to be announced soon!

    At just 16, Alexia founded GirlBoss NZ, an organisation which encourages young women to embrace STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Leadership and Entrepreneurship. 

    Amelia has enjoyed a senior executive career spanning over 25 years, with her depth of experience driving successful outcomes across a range of sectors, projects and industries. 

    Register Here.

    Melbourne l 27 November l 12:30pm - 2:30pm

    Our guest speakers include the Hon Trish White, President, Engineers Australia; Denita Wawn, CEO, Master Builders Australia and Sarah Styles, Head of Female Engagement, Cricket Australia.

    Trish is the National President and Chair of the Board of Engineers Australia. A professional company director, she serves on the boards of the CHL group of companies and chairs boards in the insurance, property, manufacturing and university sectors. 

    Denita is one of Australia's leading industry and business advcocates and the first female CEO of Master Builders in its 127 year history. Denita has a wealth of experience from more than 20 years at the forefront of public policy, advocacy and politics. 

    Sarah is the Head of Female Engagement for Cricket Australia, responsibly for driving the greater involvement and inclusion of women and girls as players, athletes, fans and employees. 

    Register Here.

    Brisbane l 28 November l 7:30am - 9:00am

    Our guest speakers in Brisbane are Antonia Mercorella, CEO, Real Estate Institute of Queensland; Mell Greenall, Executive Director QLD, Australian Institute of Architects and the Hon Trish White, President, Engineers Australia.

    Antonia is the CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland - the first woman in its 100-year history and the youngest person to take on the role. Antonia is a solicitor specialising in property law and has previously been the General Counsel for the REIQ and prior to that, General Counsel for the REISA. 

    As The Executive Director of Queensland, Mell Greenall works closely with the Australian Institute of Architects members in the areas of advocacy and engagement. Mell is currently holding positions on numerous State government advisory panels and reference groups driving industry reform across the construction sector. 

    Trish is the National President and Chair of the Board of Engineers Australia. A professional company director, she serves on the boards of the CHL group of companies and chairs boards in the insurance, property, manufacturing and university sectors. 

    Register Here. 

  • 29 Oct 2018 9:58 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) 8th Asia Pacific Regional Conference

    ● Duration: 2-5 May 2018

    ● Delegates: 276

    ● Destination: Waitangi, Bay of Islands

    Turning the tide together

    Best known for its sunshine, beaches and cultural offering, the Bay of Islands proved a powerful host of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) 8th Asia Pacific Regional Conference.

    What started as an exercise in keeping costs low to make the event accessible ended in an event where the local culture and destination shaped the content and experience.

    International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) coordinator Wendy Cliff says the 2018 Asia Pacific event - which aimed to bring together researchers, practitioners, helpline workers, programme planners, graduate students, those within the community and anyone affected by suicidal persons in the Asian-Pacific Region - was the first to be brought in-house by the association.

    Melbourne-based Ms Cliff initially looked at local options for the conference, but found them cost-prohibitive. A LINC familiarisation trip to Auckland proved positive, but she recalls “then the Bay of Islands was suggested to us, so we went that way… with no regrets”.

    “We have quite a diverse delegation including people from developing countries, so it’s important it is an inclusive and cost-efficient conference; that they can attend, they can stay somewhere decent and can take part in things in the area,” she says.

    “Auckland was nowhere near as expensive as Melbourne but the Bay of Islands allowed us to reduce the registration fee. We are a registered charity. Our conferences have to pay for themselves and it is extremely important that it is affordable for people from all over the region to attend.

    “The venue, The Copthorne Hotel and Resort Waitangi, was great with its costs. They selected a window when the cruise ships had finished and they gave great rates on the rooms. Locals were actually querying the cost as to whether it was for just one day, not three and a half.”

    Ali Smith, Director of Sales, Conference and Incentives, Australia and New Zealand, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, notes: “With a large international conference such as IASP, one of my jobs is to listen to what the client is trying to achieve. They needed to keep delegates together; a venue that was friendly, welcoming and reflected the local culture; a destination with a wow factor as this conference had not been to New Zealand before, and importantly, a hotel that would work within the budget constraints.

    “Unique and alive with culture, as the birthplace of the nation, Northland is a fantastic destination. Conferences such as IASP allows us to showcase a region that most people would not have usually considered. I knew the region would understand and associate with the conference and we could achieve all the clients conferencing goals while at the same time benefiting the wider Northland tourism.”

    Ms Cliff adds: “The Waitangi Treaty Grounds were also wonderful sponsors and allowed us to really bring that cultural focus in, which was a real eye opener for everyone. Māori elder Witi Ashby was amazing in all the help he gave us and organised a tremendous pōwhiri welcome, it was mind-blowing.”

    A unique perspective

    It was this cultural element that provided a unique perspective in the programme, themed ‘Turning the tide together – Tai pari, Tai timu ngātahi ai’, with a focus on evidence-based research, best practice and innovative suicide prevention activities. “In suicide prevention culture and youth are an important focus. It was very much appreciated the focus we brought to these key areas.”

    A local organising committee, incorporating the University of Otago, Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa, Le Va and Te Rau Matatini helped lead a sterling programme of content and keynote speakers.

    Professor Sir Mason Durie’s keynote on Indigenous Suicide Prevention was extremely well received, as was local speaker Dr Jemaima Tiatia Seath, who spoke on Pacific suicide prevention.

    “It was a really strong experience for knowledge, skills, best practice, with some world leaders. Definitely from a cultural perspective it brought real value to the content,” Ms Cliff says.

    Waitangi is where the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Waitangi were signed, and is a place where the indigenous Māori people have long debated key social and political issues – so it proved an appropriate place for the serious topics of the IASP.

    “One of the other key things we announced at the conference was the formation of a new ‘Lived Experience’ special interest group. Those with Lived Experience have a great deal to give and inform to the field of suicide prevention. Sharing of knowledge and experience was a core component of the conference; there was a lot of practical discussions about finding solutions, and I think that was helped by the cultural aspect and the way it was framed.”

    A beautiful backdrop

    The Bay of Islands beautiful backdrop also provided levity and space for thought, Ms Cliff notes, with delegates taking time outside the programme to undertake activities in the popular tourist spot, such as going on a boat trip to the famed Hole in the Rock, or enjoying a dolphin experience.

    “There was a really good feel for the place. People were in awe of the beauty of the place and the friendliness of the people.”

    A special event saw 80 delegates also enjoy an evening in the Waitangi Treaty Grounds with an amazing cultural performance and traditional hāngi dinner.

    In all, the conference was deemed a success, attracting 276 delegates from as far afield as China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Canada, Brazil, Denmark, Nigeria, and Jamaica.

    “Of the 276 delegates, 30 per cent were member-based, to get 70 per cent non-members, that was quite impressive,” Ms Cliff says. “I think it was a lovely destination, I think that helped, even though they had the trip to make from Auckland to the Bay of Islands. Auckland is so achievable for many destinations. Only small planes then fly in to the Bay of Islands, so that was one of our biggest hurdles, but a number of delegates drove the 3.5 hours from Auckland to the Bay of Islands themselves. We also ran two coaches there and back, which was definitely appreciated.”

    Invaluable support

    Despite the travel challenges, Ms Cliff says the destination excelled in other areas: “The Bay of Islands reinforced for me the importance of food, fresh air and daylight to the delegates. You don't always get all three, or even two out of three. It’s as important as the content, you have to get that other stuff right as well. The staff were fantastic; the food was amazing. We had a lot of people with special diets and requirements and they were so well catered for.

    “The initial support and assistance from Tourism New Zealand was also invaluable. If it wasn't for (Australia-based Business Events Manager) Helen Bambry we couldn't have got things off the ground. She introduced us to the Copthorne and did a wonderful job of showcasing what was available.

    “We took advantage of the Conference Assistance Programme, too, with Tourism New Zealand funding and supplying delegate marketing material including an exhibition booth and banner, video presentation, inserts, fern pins and information on the Bay of Islands event at the previous IASP conference in Kuching, Malaysia.

    “That’s the great thing about Tourism New Zealand - they provided connections as well as support. That is something I didn't realise was out there, and those resources are awesome.”

    Delegate feedback:

    “I just want to take the opportunity to say that I thought this was the best conference I have been to in several years. The quality of the speakers was intergalactic. I wished I could be in three places at once for an awful lot of the time. I have been raving about it since I left New Zealand. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of it. I will definitely look at future IASP conferences as a result. I hope they are all so incredible!”

    “This is my first time on such an event, I thought it will be more about science, but it's more about real practical work. But I like it even more! Really enjoying it, thank you so much!”

    “Overall this conference was fantastic. I enjoyed 97% of it and the 3% that wasn't enjoyable was easily overlooked by the content being presented and the breath-taking location.”

    “I felt privileged to be in such a special place. Thank you for providing that opportunity.”

    IASP ECG Member Tess Cutler: “The Asia Pacific conference was filled with great content, covering a wide range of topics in the area of suicide prevention. I learnt a great deal about local and international suicide prevention programs and research projects. There were so many opportunities to meet with other early career researchers as well as very experienced researchers and I built connections with people in both groups who I hope to work with in the future.”

  • 28 Oct 2018 5:23 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has invited Brisbane’s ambitious early career professionals and researchers to apply for a share of $30,000 to help the city attract leading international conventions and conferences to Brisbane.

    Opening the second round of the Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant, Cr Quirk said recipients would be funded to attend an international association conference in their field to help pave the way for Brisbane to host the conference in the future.

    “The Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant was a recommendation of the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan, which outlined our commitment to winning more conferences and business events,” he said.

    “The benefits of this grant are two-fold. Recipients will be funded to attend a
    conference that will benefit them professionally while also advocating for Brisbane to host a future rotation of the conference.

    “Every convention that flows into Brisbane builds on our appeal as a business and research destination and delivers economic benefits for tourism and hospitality
    businesses, including hotels, restaurants and retailers”

    The Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant is run by the Brisbane Convention
    Bureau, which is within the city’s economic development board Brisbane Marketing.

    Convention Bureau General Manager Juliet Alabaster said the grant was one way Brisbane could grow its reputation as a global conventions city while developing the city’s emerging talent.

    “Conventions and business events generated more than $257 million for Brisbane’s economy in 2016/17. We want to build on that by hosting more conferences that attract the world’s leading minds to our city,” Ms Alabaster said.

    “We’re looking for applicants who demonstrate passion and leadership in their field, and who can shine a spotlight on Brisbane’s expertise and make valuable connections to help our city secure conferences for the future”

    Applications open 12 October and close on 30 January 2019
    To view the criteria or to apply, visit
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