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Association Board Survey 2021 Findings Released


Associations Forum has released the results for the Association Board Survey 2021. One particular observation made this year is that the average number of face-to-face Board meetings scheduled has increased and the average number of online meetings has decreased, indicating Boards are slowly returning to face-to-face meetings post COVID-19. 

As a major provider of practical governance training and advice to associations, Associations Forum has also made the following observations on the 14th annual Associations Board Survey: 

  • Presidents/Chairs of Boards are increasingly being elected by Boards. 
  • The number of female Directors on Boards has increased slightly. 
  • The percentage of associations surveyed that allocated funds for directors’ professional development has decreased.
  • The number of organisations that pay directors’ fees, other than expense reimbursements, continues to decrease

 The Association Board Survey, which has been conducted annually since 2008, examines a number of questions including Board composition and association governance. The Association Board Survey 2021 can be purchased for $200 (NFP non-members). For more information or to purchase a copy, contact Associations Forum on 02 9904 8200 or email

 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 Annie Zhang, Marketing and Communications Officer at or +61 2 9904 8200


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