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Expansion approved as MCEC inducted into Hall of Fame

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has been inducted into the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame. This is the third year in a row MCEC has taken out the Business Tourism category.  "Taking out this prestigious award and being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a huge coup for MCEC and tops off our venue's most successful year in history," said MCEC chief executive, Peter King. 

Not-for-Profit Governance Study results revealed

After surveying more than 2 700 directors of not-for-profit organisations, the Australian Institute of Company Directors has released the findings of Australia’s biggest study on not-for-profit governance. The NFP Governance and Performance Study was conducted by research firm BaxterLawley and found that more than 30 per cent of not-for-profits have discussed mergers in the last 12 months in order to improve efficiency and expand services. “The results of our study show…

2015 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition now accepting proposals

Applications are now open for session ideas for the 2015 ASAR Annual Meeting and Exposition. Sessions of all shapes and sizes will be considered for an audience primarily made up of association CEOs/executive directors and senior executives, on the proviso that sessions are engaging and challenging.  The aim is to create a learning experience which will explore cutting edge approaches to tackling issues faced in functional areas of association management.  The 2014 Annual Meeting…

Brisbane Global Cafe

In the lead up to the G20 World Leaders Summit in Brisbane, the host city has released the official program for the Brisbane Global Cafe.  Designed to highlight the global nature of G20, the Brisbane Global Cafe will provide presentations and panels addressing five key themes about the future of life on Earth and will run 12-13 November. The themes include Improving Human Life, Tourism's New Frontiers, The Digital Age, Cities of the Future and Powering Future Economics.

AgriFood Skills Australia names Anwen Lovett as CEO

The Board of AgriFood Skills Australia has announced the appointment of Ms Anwen Lovett as the new Chief Executive Officer.Ms Lovett will replace retiring CEO, Arthur Blewitt, who is retiring from the position in mid-September having led the organisation since its inception 10 years ago.Ms Lovett is currently the Executive Manager of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) and has held senior roles at the Australian…

Yvonne Butler appointed AIPM CEO

Yvonne Butler has been named AIPM’s new CEO. Ms Butler has previously held several senior positions, providing her with deep industry knowledge, consulting experience and global management experience. Ms Butler is regarded as a thought leader in strategy, governance and risk management, and is widely respected in the business and project management community as well as in the government and not-for-profit sector. National President Dr Steve Milner praised Ms Butler’s appointment. “The…

Bicycle Tasmania merges with Bicycle Network

Bicycle Network has welcomed the addition of a Tasmanian contingent, following a merger vote on 18 September. Formerly known as Bicycle Tasmania, the newly re-named Bicycle Network Tasmania has made the jump to improve conditions for Tasmanian riders. Bicycle Network Tasmania President Di Elliffe was enthusiastic about the merger, especially given the long and supportive relationship the two associations have enjoyed. “Securing an ongoing advocacy position in Launceston will turbocharge…

Melbourne shines at 21st Annual World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia

The 21st Annual World Travel Awards Asia & Australasian, this year held in Delhi, India, has named Melbourne as Australasia's Leading Meetings and Conference Destination for the second year.  The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) also took our Australasia's Leading Meetings and Conference Centre for the third consecutive year.  Melbourne Convention Bureau's (MCB) chief executive, Karen Bolinger, said the award was testament to MCB's recent success. "[We have] secured…

Strong NFP presence in the AFR and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards

A number of women working for Not-For-Profits have been listed in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.  The overall winners from each of the 10 categories, including the overall winner, will be announced on October 22.  Associations Forum member Judith Fox of Governance Institute of Australia was nominated in the Public Policy Category, and fellow Associations Forum member Megan Motto of Consult Australia was nominated in the Diversity category.  The…

Evolution for APNA

The Australian Practice Nurses Association Incorporated has changed its name to the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association Incorporated. The association will continue to be known as APNA, however the P now stands for "primary health care" rather than "Practice." This change reflects the shift in the number of APNA members working as primary health care nurses in the general practice setting as APNA maintains their focus on member needs. It also is a continuation of the association's…

New branding at Palliative Care Australia

Under a new brand, launched today, Palliative Care Australia hopes to promote a strong, united voice for its members and the state and territory palliative care organisations. For the first time in it's 23-year history, all state and territory palliative care organisations will be united under a national brand. It is hoped the new branding, which will be phased in over the next few months, will highlight the challenges faced by the palliative care sector.  "There is a lot of change…

Newcastle named World Festival and Event City

The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) has announced Newcastle's recognition as a World Festival and Event City, a title only six other cities in the World can claim.  In recognition of their success at uniting local communities to host major events, the list includes Dubai in the UEA, Sao Paulo in Brazil, Dublin in Ohio, Philadelphia in Pennsylvania and Sydney, Australia.  “Newcastle has been recognised officially as a 2014 IFEA World Festival & Event City in…

Space Industry Association of Australia hosts International Astronautical Congress

In partnership with the State Government of South Australia and the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA), the Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB) has won a bid to host the 2014 International Astronautical Congree (IAC2014) in September, 2017.  "The IAC2014 is the world's most important annual interdisciplinary meeting for the space industry, regularly attracting over 3000 participants from more than 70 countries, including space professionals, academics, major corporations, government…

Optometry Victoria's new Executive Officer

Pete Haydon has been elected new Optometry Victoria's new Executive Officer. After working as the Manager of the RACV Community Foundation for 5 years, Mr Haydon said he was excited to be stepping into such a broad role.  "I'm energised to be starting something new. I'm very much looking forward to using my experience across a range of industries to help Optometry Victoria through the next phase of its evolution," said Mr Haydon. Mr Haydon has also previously held positions with…

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