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Scouts NSW appoints first female CEO

The Scouts NSW Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer Jane Siebum – the organisation’s first ever female CEO. Having been appointed to the role on an acting basis in December 2018 following the departure of Andrew Smith AM, Jane was officially announced as the CEO on Friday March 29, becoming the highest ranked member of the professional staff…

TEQSA Appointment Welcomed By Independent Tertiary Education Sector

The appointment of Emeritus Professor Joan Cooper as a Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has been welcomed by the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET), the peak body representing the independent tertiary education system. Professor Cooper has direct knowledge of the strengths and challenges of all parts of Australia’s diverse higher education sector, particularly independent higher education providers. With…

New Executive Line-up for the AACB

With the unanimous support of its Board, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Matthews, CEO of the Canberra Convention Bureau, as its new President. Mr Matthews said, “I thank the Board for their support and plan to continue the great work that has already been achieved, noting a united vision for the future.” “AACB and the network that it represents has a powerful…

Tourism New Zealand Famil in Conjunction with Associations Forum National Conference 2019

Tourism New Zealand and Associations Forum are giving you the opportunity to discover New Zealand as the perfect destination for your next conference. Your bespoke itinerary will give you the opportunity to visit Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand and experience the exciting infrastructure developments taking place. You will then travel to Canberra to attend the 14th Annual Associations Forum National Conference.Dates: 10-16 July 2019

Resignation of AAA CEO

Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA) Chief Executive Officer, Richard Munro has tendered his resignation to pursue new opportunities, after eight years at the AAoA. Commenting on Munro’s departure, the President of the AAoA, Mr Julian Clark said, “On behalf of our Board and members, we want to acknowledge and thank Richard for his years of service, contribution and leadership to both the industry and our organisation over his tenure.” “Mr Munro has grown the membership,…

Right-of-Use Assets of Not-for-Profit Entities

The Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) has issued AASB2018-8 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Right-of-Use Assets of Not-for-Profit Entities to provide a temporary option for not-for-profit lessees to measure a right-of-use asset arising under “concessionary leases” at initial recognition. Concessionary leases have been defined as those leases that have significantly below-market terms and conditions principally to enable an entity to further its objectives. The…

Get more impact from conference speakers: ensure they are trained and ready.

From Catherine McGrath a conference hosting expert and Association specialist. Are your speakers prepared for your next conference? Sometimes this is the last question we ask, but it should be a priority. Sadly, too often conference presentations lack focus and strategy. Too often the chance to engage an audience is missed. Speakers don’t usually ask: does this presentation work for…

Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO Announces Resignation

After 7.5 years, Melbourne Convention Bureau has announced the departure of Karen Bolinger, Chief Executive Officer of the MCB. Karen has contributed significantly during her time, and she will finish on 5 April 2019 to take some well-deserved time off before exploring other opportunities.Under Karen’s guidance the MCB team has delivered the most successful years on record, and with the support of Visit Victoria, the 18/19 period is expected to deliver its highest ever economic…

ADCA and Blockchain Australia merger plans

ADCA and Blockchain Australia have announced a plan to merge the two organisations to create a stronger and consistent voice advocating for the blockchain community in Australia. Traditionally, ADCA's focus has been on businesses utilising or investigating blockchain technology - from start-ups to SME's and through to corporates - and it has worked with regulators and policy makers to create a positive environment for blockchain-based innovation. Blockchain Australia has built…

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