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News from December 2015

Report on the statutory review of the Associations Incorporation Act 2009

After considering submissions made to it, including by Associations Forum, the New South Wales Department of Fair Trading has completed a statutory review of the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (the Act). The outcomes of the review, together with a full copy of the report, can be found on the Associations legislation page on the Department’s website. The review, which was undertaken to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act…

oneworld partnership to benefit AIME visitors

Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced a global agreement designating oneworld® as its exclusive airline alliance partner for 19 events in 2016, including the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne, 23 – 24 February 2016. From December 2015 visitors to AIME will be able to make flight reservations via www.oneworld.com/events for travel to and from AIME 2016 in Melbourne, Australia, and receive discounted…

ACT moves to change definition of charity

In a move which has flummoxed the Community Council for Australia (CCA) but unfazed the Australian charity regulator, the ACT Government is moving to introduce its own definition of charity with the recent introduction into parliament of the Revenue (Charitable Organisations) Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. If passed, the legislation will block certain peak bodies and professional groups from claiming charitable status unless they qualify for an exemption. Whilst the CCA is concerned…

Boating Industry Association appoints National CEO

The Boating Industry Association of NSW & SA has today announced the appointment of Howard Glenn as National Chief Executive Officer.  Howard Glenn is no stranger to the industry having held key and senior roles in the marine divisions of the NSW Government since 2008.  He has specialised in getting the private and community sectors working together with governments on complex problems.  Howard has had an extensive executive career in government, non-government organisations and the private…

Conference wins bring $20 million boon to Brisbane economy

Brisbane Marketing and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) have worked in partnership to secure conferences worth more than $20 million for the city so far this financial year. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the 28 business events would bring in more than 11,000 delegates and create 35,000 delegate days for the city over coming years. “This is great news for Brisbane as these conferences support our venues and hotels and provide flow-on benefits to our hospitality…

Governance Institute appoints new President

Governance Institute of Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Pordage FGIA as its new national president for 2016. Mr Pordage has served on Governance Institute’s board since 2012 and held the position of vice-president immediately prior to his elevation to the presidency.  Despite being the Institute’s youngest presidential appointment at 39 years of age, Mr Pordage has had a distinguished 17-year career in governance.  He is currently company secretary for four listed…

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