Bringing Associations Together To Boost Performance


2021 Association Awards recipients and Association Hall of Fame inductees announced

The presentation of the 2021 Association Awards and Hall of Fame took place online, from 1-3 December 2021. The Association Awards and Hall of Fame give due recognition for the excellence and accomplishment by associations and outstanding individuals. The four award categories acknowledge different areas of achievement in the sector.

“The judges have told me it’s been a tough job to shortlist associations let alone choose the eventual recipients, but that’s a testament to the quality of the work that has been done by so many associations,” said John Peacock, Chief Executive Officer of Associations Forum.

“In a field of exceptional candidates, just doing a good job in what the association is supposed to do does not get you onto the shortlist,” the judges commented. “To everybody involved, congratulations, and keep up the good work, and to the winners, well done on an achievement well deserved.”

The Association of the Year Award™ accolade was awarded to the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the peak body for psychologists in Australia. APS’s focus for 2021 has been about giving members what they need to work at their best and letting Australians know how psychology can help them, earning them the prestigious award. The runner up for this award was the Australian College of Nursing (ACN).

The Association External Campaign of the Year Award™ was awarded to the National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) for their effective response to the displacement of apprentices due to COVID-19, which created positive change in their sector at a national level. The runner up for this award was the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

The Association Turnaround of the Year Award™ was awarded to the Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute of Australia (KBDi) for shifting their focus to turning around their leadership, processes and member benefits and creating a clear and achievable mission. The runner up for this award was the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA).

For their long and exemplary service to associations, the following outstanding individuals were inducted into the 2021 Hall of Fame™: Carole McKenzie, Hellene Platelle, Jillean Ludwell, Jon Bisset, Kersten Gentle, Troy Williams, Jennifer Ross, Max Wilson and Denys Correll.

Associations Forum would also like to acknowledge the shortlisted finalists for each award category:

Association Turnaround of the Year Award™ nominees

  • Australian Boarding Schools Association
  • Primary English Teaching Association Australia
  • Sydney Coastal Councils Group

Association of the Year Award™ nominees

  • Aquatics and Recreation Victoria
  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Australian Airports Association
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
  • Governance Institute of Australia
  • Institute of Public Accountants
  • Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland
  • Master Builders Association Victoria
  • Master Builders Queensland
  • Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association of Australia
  • National Apprentice Employment Network
  • Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce

Association External Campaign of the Year Award™ nominees

  • Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors
  • Australian Banana Growers’ Council
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland
  • Interactive Games and Entertainment Association
  • Master Builders Association Victoria
  • Master Builders Queensland
  • Recruitment, Consulting & Staffing Association
  • Restaurant & Catering Association of Australia
  • South Australian Indian Medical Association
  • Water Industry Operators Association of Australia
  • Wounds Australia

Associations Forum would like to thank Lasercraft, Clade Solutions, Higher Logic and Governology for their sponsorship of the Awards. 


About Associations Forum
Associations Forum is Australia’s largest broad-based network of associations with over 600 members. Its mission of “bringing associations together to boost performance” is achieved through delivering information, training and advice. Visit

For further media information, contact Jacinta Lai, Communications Officer at or 0410 800 756.

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