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Partner News: ICC Sydney offers EventSafe operating solutions for event organisers

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has recently launched the ICC Sydney EventSafe Operating Framework, an industry leading set of operating principles that will enable the venue to safely run events in an environment transformed by the Coronavirus pandemic. The launch signals the readiness of Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment centre to recommence running face-to-face events, in line with the…

Palliative Care Victoria announces new CEO

Palliative Care Victoria, has announced the appointment of Adjunct Associate Professor Violet Platt as its new CEO, effective from 22nd June 2020. Most recently, Ms Platt worked as the Co-Director and Director of Nursing at WA Department of Health, where she was responsible for the strategic development of the WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network. Within this role, she also led the development of national and state-wide cancer reforms. Ms Platt has over 30 years’ experience…

Music licensing in Australia

APRA AMCOS is keen to enlist the help of fellow associations to spread the facts about music licensing in Australia and is already in close contact with hundreds of membership bodies. APRA AMCOS is a national membership organisation, the trading name of APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) and AMCOS (Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society). This almost century-old music rights organisation grants licences for the live performance, broadcast,…

Red tape reduced for QLD charities and incorporated associations

There's more welcome news for QLD incorporated associations - changes will reduce red tape and improve internal governance for the more than 22,900 incorporated associations in Queensland, including the 3,750 that have registered as charities. These law changes were introduced by Queensland Parliament on 16 June 2020 with the passing of the Associations Incorporation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020. The legislation governing associations has not undergone substantial…

Retail Drinks Australia CEO departs

Retail Drinks Australia has announced that Chief Executive Julie Ryan, has provided notice of her intention to step down as the leader of the national industry body that advocates and supports liquor retailers in order to pursue further career goals in the commercial sector.As the founding leader of the organisation, Ms Ryan steered its transition from the Australian Liquor Stores Association in October 2018 to the new-look industry body of today.She is cited as the leader…

AMCA announces new Executive Director

Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contractors'​ Association of Australia (AMCA) has announced that Adrian Shackleton has commenced as AMCA Queensland and New South Wales. Mr Shackleton joins the AMCA after five years with Services Trades College Australia, where he was General Manager and Company Secretary, and has worked in the construction…

Partner News: Running an Online AGM: A Verdant Management Case Study

At Verdant, we often get asked to help our clients with governance matters and during COVID-19 we were tasked with pivoting a live AGM to an online one. We want to share with you just how the Verdant team made this happen as it may help you move your event online, but first, let’s set the scene: The client has members in Australia and New Zealand They were looking to pass a special resolution at the AGM They had cancelled their face-to-face AGM in March…

New Zealand announces return of business events

On 3 June 2020, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the long-awaited return of mass gatherings. Due to New Zealand's success in eliminating COVID-19, mass gatherings of any size will be back on the table as of next week, with many business events professionals praising this decision. Conventions and Incentives…

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