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By joining Associations Forum, Australia’s premier network of associations, your industry, profession or special cause organisation will benefit from advice, knowledge and networking - plus inspiration.

Just as your organisation strengthens its members and community, Associations Forum will provide you with the essential tools, resources and solutions to enhance your association.

Your organisation’s membership enables ALL your staff & Directors to access membership benefits. Membership runs for 12 months from the join date.

To become a member, please download and complete page 2 of the Membership Brochure & Application Form and return by emailing membership@associations.net.au or fax: (02) 9411 8585. If you would like to discuss becoming a member, please contact Claire Bell on (02) 9904 8200.

Already a member? See below for 10 more benefits that come with upgrading to Silver or Gold.

Please note: currently we only offer membership to Australian associations. If your association is not based in Australia, please subscribe to our email communications or contact us to let us know how we may be able to assist you.

18 Benefits of Membership


BRONZE MEMBERSHIP - $700

All member benefits from 1 to 8 are included.

SILVER MEMBERSHIP - $1,400

All member benefits from 1 to 11 are included.

GOLD MEMBERSHIP - $2,100

All member benefits from 1 to 11 are included PLUS your choice of one presentation from 12 to 18.


1. MEMBER ADVICE HELPLINE

Running an association or charity can be a complex task. The special circumstances of membership-based and cause-driven bodies mean that having a reliable and knowledgeable source of advice is a must. Associations Forum has a team of professionals who, with their many years of practical knowledge and experience, are able to assist with most queries.

2. EVENT DISCOUNTS AND FREE MEMBER MEETINGS

All staff and Directors of Associations Forum members receive substantial discounts on our leading-edge conferences, seminars, workshops and keynote luncheons. In addition, face-to-face sharing of information and knowledge occurs at the many Member Meetings and networking events held around Australia.

3. ASSOCIATION SURVEYS

Associations Forum undertakes practical surveys every year. The survey results are used by the associations and charities sector as standard reference points, and are free to members that participate. Surveys include Associations Salary Survey, Board Survey, Membership and Services Survey, and Associations Events Survey. 

4. SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS

Our popular Special Interest Groups give association staff and Directors the opportunity to discuss key issues in a particular area with their peers through regular group teleconferences and extra conference sessions. Special Interest Groups include Membership, Events, Communications and Advocacy, and are for members only.

5. JOBS BOARD

As Associations Forum is the main meeting place for the associations sector in Australia, we are ideally placed to be a portal for associations sector jobs. Members receive substantial discounts for our popular online Jobs Board. Job postings are also highlighted in our regular e-newsletters and job alerts which are sent to thousands of association professionals.

6. RESOURCES TO HELP RUN YOUR ASSOCIATION

Associations Forum has many years of practical experience, resulting in the development of relevant resources and documents to assist association managers, staff and Directors. Members also receive free access to on-demand videos via associations.tv, which includes conference recordings and webinars.

7. ASSOCIATIONS MAGAZINE AND E-NEWS

Our close connection with associations and charities means that our print magazine, ASSOCIATIONS, contains relevant and leading-edge sector news and information. ASSOCIATIONS is supplemented by fortnightly e-newsletters, which contain news, updates, forthcoming member events, member support queries, advice and the latest jobs.

8. LOCAL NETWORKS AND INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS

Sharing and networking in Australia happens at meetings in various cities, workshops, seminars and our annual Associations Forum National Conferences. In addition, we lead delegations to international meetings and are closely connected to the associations sector leaders in Asia, United States of America, Canada, Great Britain, Europe and the Middle East.


SILVER AND GOLD MEMBERS ALSO RECEIVE ALL OPTIONS 9 - 11 INCLUSIVE:

9. CONSTITUTION REVIEW

Constitutions are the rules that drive an association's structure and governance, and constitutions are not always appropriate or well constructed. Our Constitution Review service highlights matters for consideration by associations including constitution content, governance structure, member definitions and Board composition. 

10. FINANCIAL BENCHMARKING

Although associations cannot distribute reserves to members or directors, they need to make profits to survive and thrive. Our Financial Benchmarking project allows participating associations to receive financial indicators and key ratios compared to like associations from a pool of de-identified participants. Associations can participate each year. 

11. AD HOC GOVERNANCE ADVICE

Associations occasionally need more detailed practical advice on aspects of their constitution, governance or compliance without engaging a lawyer. An hour and a half of advice is available to assist associations on particular matters impacting on their governance, delivered by a meeting, teleconference or document review.


GOLD MEMBERS ALSO RECEIVE ONE OF OPTIONS 12 - 18 INCLUSIVE:

12. BOARD GOVERNANCE PRESENTATION

Board Directors, councillors and committee members need to know their roles and responsibilities so they can perform well and with confidence. Associations Forum's Board Governance presentation is highly respected practical training that is delivered to a face-to-face meeting of the governing Board. It can also be presented remotely via video conference.

13. ASSOCIATION AND FEDERATION STRUCTURES PRESENTATION

Associations may have commenced as individual state or territory entities and formed a federal body as well. This structure can impact on achieving goals, hence our Association and Federations Structures presentation explains the pros and cons of federations of states compared with single entities and addresses processes for possible mergers.

14. MEMBERSHIP ESSENTIALS PRESENTATION

Membership retention, engagement and growth are vital for associations, and constant innovation is needed to achieve suitable outcomes. Our Membership Essentials presentation gives practical tips on recruiting and retaining members, how to effectively demonstrate the value of membership and suggests necessary systems, processes and staff. 

15. FINANCIAL FUNDAMENTALS PRESENTATION

Association Directors often join a Board because of their passion for their industry or profession, yet they may not have financial training in their career roles.  Associations benefit from the Financial Fundamentals presentation which explains key concepts such as accounting principles, processes, budgeting and reporting, and discusses financial attitudes.

16. EVENTS AND SPONSORSHIP PRESENTATION

Events are at the core of most associations as they deliver knowledge, networking and inspiration to members, plus profits to the association. Our Events and Sponsorship presentation covers the key factors including content, delivery methods, marketing and logistics. Sponsorship income generation is also addressed.

17. STRATEGIC PLANNING PRESENTATION

Associations need to have clear purposes and plans. From our experience facilitating many association planning sessions, we understand the need to sell planning days to Boards and to impress them with practical outcomes. Our Strategic Planning presentation shares tips for successful planning sessions and may give commentary on existing plans.

18. STATE OF THE ASSOCIATIONS SECTOR PRESENTATION

Better outcomes occur when associations understand the sector’s scale, variety and importance to society. Our State of the Associations Sector presentation enables Boards and staff to gain a big picture understanding of the associations sector. This assists them to consider the association in context and choose relevant comparisons.

Gold Member presentations are 90 minutes in duration and usually held at your Board or staff meetings. Please note that travel time and expenses may be charged for presentations in certain locations. Your organisation's membership enables all your staff & Directors to access membership benefits. Membership runs for 12 months from join date. Information and prices are valid to 31 December 2018. Extra member benefits are available for purchase. All prices include GST.

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