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Association Awards™ & Associations Hall of Fame™


The Association Awards™ & Associations Hall of Fame™ recognise excellence and accomplishment by associations and outstanding individuals across the whole not-for-profit sector.


The 2023 award recipients are:

Association of the Year Award™: Institute of Public Accountants
Presented to an exemplary association that has achieved overall excellence.
Associations Forum congratulates the other nominees:

  • Aquatics and Recreation Victoria
  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
  • Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Australian Information Security Association
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia
  • Financial Counsellors’ Association of Western Australia
  • Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association of Australia
  • Internet Association of Australia
  • Master Builders Association of the ACT
  • National Disability Services Limited
  • New Zealand Marketing Association
  • Occupational Therapy Australia
  • Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia
  • Weld Australia

Small Association of the Year Award™: Change Management Institute
Presented to an exemplary small association that has achieved overall excellence.

Association External Campaign of the Year Award™: Australian Medical Association
Presented to an association that has made an outstanding achievement though an external campaign. Associations Forum congratulates the other nominees:

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Australia
  • National ELT Accreditation Scheme
  • Nursery and Garden Industry, NSW and ACT
  • Professional Teachers’ Council NSW
  • Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia

Association Turnaround of the Year Award™: Forestry Australia
Presented to an association that was in very significant difficulties and successfully turned itself around in recent times. Associations Forum congratulates the other nominees:

  • Australasian Association for Institutional Research
  • Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Blue Mountains Basketball Association
  • Nursery and Garden Industry, NSW and ACT
  • Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia

Associations Hall of Fame™
Inductees will be individuals who have made an outstanding high-level contribution and commitment to an association or associations over a long period of time, i.e. 30 or more years. Congratulations to:

  • Pamela Lee
  • Barbara Connelly
  • George Wall
  • Dave Clark
  • Loretta Kirkovski
  • Claire Hewat
  • Stephen Hughes

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Associations Forum congratulates the past recipients of the Association Awards™ and inductees into the Associations Hall of Fame™

Association of the Year Award™ 

2022: Australian Physiotherapy Association
2021: Australian Psychological Society
2020: Restaurant and Catering Australia
2019: Complementary Medicines Australia
2018: Master Builders Queensland
2017: Australian Dental Industry Association

Small Association of the Year Award™ 

2022: Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia

Association Turnaround of the Year Award™

2022: Huntington’s NSW ACT
2021: Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute of Australia
2020: Australian Marketing Institute
2019: Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia
2018: Australian Chiropractors Association
2017: Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors

Association External Campaign of the Year Award™

2022: Australian Aged Care Collaboration
2021: National Apprentice Employment Network 
2020: Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute
2019: Australasian Sleep Association & Sleep Health Foundation
2018: Rule of Law Institute Australia for their Law Day Out program
2017: Community Legal Centres Queensland 

Associations Hall of Fame™ Inductees:

2022: 
Julie Barker, Australian Dental & Oral Health Therapists'​ Association
Adrian Hart, Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Queensland
Ken Morrison, Property Council of Australia
Margy Osmond, Tourism & Transport Forum
Wendy Rowland, Australian Hand Therapy Association

2021: 
Carole McKenzie, Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing
Denys Correll, Associations Forum, multiple associations
Hellene Platell, Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists' Association
Jennifer Ross, Australian Society of Cytology
Jillean Leigh Ludwell, Australian Institute of Conveyancers Victorian Division
Jon Bisset, Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
Kersten Gentle, Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association of Australia
Max Wilson, Commercial Law Association of Australia
Troy Williams, Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia

2020:
Paul Naylor, Master Plumbers Association of NSW
Sally Sinclair, National Employment Services Association
Rob McGuirk, YHA
Julie Satur, Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists' Association
Thomas Kaufhold, Records and Information Management Professionals

2019:
Phil Naylor, Family Day Care Australia
Stephanie Blower, Australasian Sleep Association
Bruce Wallace, Master Plumbers Association of Queensland

2018:
Susan Sundstrom, Careers Advisors Associations NSW & ACT
Greg Paterson, Real Estate Employers' Federation
John Flower, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Queensland
Maria Palazzolo, GS1 Australia
Roy Privett, Boating Industry Association
Marilyn Yates, Home Economics Institute of Australia
Jan Alford, Australian Diabetes Educators Association
Julie Hammer, Engineers Australia
Heather Garnsey, Society of Australian Genealogists

2017:
Wilhelm Harnisch, Master Builders Australia
Julian Ledger, Youth Hostels Association
Garry Pearson, Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch
Janet Reynolds, Home Economics Institute of Australia
Peter Webster, Industry Capability Network NSW

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