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News from June 2022

Partner News: Sustainability is on the menu at CENTREPIECE

CENTREPIECE is proud to showcase their food and beverage selection which highlights the work of local producers. Event guests will experience some of Victoria's best culinary experiences, which have been created and curated using a paddock-to-plate philosophy. CENTREPIECE's experts have carefully selected sustainably sourced and premium ingredients from local producers, limiting the 'food miles' associated with your event. This sustainable approach to the menu is engrained in their operations…

Partner News: Conference planners meet the best of Darwin

A group of conference planners representing not-for-profit organisations, associations and societies recently discovered why the multi award-winning Darwin Convention Centre and the Top End of the Northern Territory present such strong appeal for business events. They were participating on the annual four-day ‘Meet Darwin’ gathering hosted by the Darwin Convention Centre in partnership with NT Business Events. A strong cultural theme throughout the program enabled a genuine connection…

Aruma appoints Dr Martin Laverty as new CEO

Dr Laverty, currently the Chief Executive of the Australian Medical Association, former Chief Executive of the Royal Flying Doctors of Australia, Catholic Health Australia and the NSW Muscular Dystrophy Association has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Australian not-for-profit and disability provider, Aruma. Dr Laverty…

Financial support for businesses, NFPs and community groups affected by floods

If your not-for-profit organisation has been affected by severe weather and flooding in NSW, there is financial support and other assistance you can apply for. Small Business Northern Flood GrantUp to $10,000 is available for eligible small businesses and not-for-profit (NFP) organisations in the Northern Rivers. You must have had a minimum 40% decline in turnover in March 2022 due to flooding. This grant is not available to businesses that have received the $50,000…

AWA celebrates its 60th year in 2022

The Australian Water Association (AWA) is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, in recognition of its founding in June 1962.“It’s been an incredible 60 years for the Association and for water management as a whole, and I’m look forward to seeing what lies ahead,” said AWA CEO Corinne Cheeseman.“Water management has dramatically transformed in this country over the past six decades, and AWA has been there for every step of the way.” AWA was formed as the…

New ADAVB President announced

The Australian Dental Association Victoria branch (ADAVB) welcomes their new President Dr Warren Shnider and the new ADAVB Branch Council following their recent branch elections. Dr Warren Shnider is a registered specialist in special needs dentistry. He is Head of the Integrated Special Needs Dentistry Unit at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and is in specialist private practice in Hawthorn. Dr Shnider is also Academic Lead, Special Needs Dentistry at La Trobe University and…

DSA CEO steps down

CEO of Direct Selling Australia (DSA), Gillian Stapleton will be stepping down at the end of 2022. After over 6 years at the helm Gill has decided it’s time to pursue new goals, both professionally and personally. Former Board Chair Adrian Ryan stated, “On behalf of the entire DSA Board, I offer my sincere thanks to Gill for her commitment and dedication during her tenure. She has led DSA through a period of significant change and growth and achieved a number of significant milestones…

AASB 2022-3 amendments to Australian accounting standards

AASB 2022-3 amends Australian illustrative examples for not-for-profit entities accompanying AASB 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers. The amendments insert Example 7A to illustrate for not-for-profit entities how AASB 15 applies to the recognition and measurement of upfront fees charged by the entity to its customers or members. The amendments do not change the…

AusAgritech Association appoints new committee to lead the peak body for the agritech sector

The Australian Agritech Association (AusAgritech) has formally announced the election of its new Committee for 2022-2023 after its inaugural Annual General Meeting last Friday after member voting. AusAgritech welcomed to the Committee returning members Andrew Coppin, Managing Director of Farmbot Monitoring Solutions, Lewis Frost, Chief Operations Officer at Ceres Tag, Matthew Pryor, General Partner at Tenacious Ventures and Fiona Turner, Co-Founder and CEO of Bitwise Agronomy. New additions…

Karen Hayes AM DSJ resigns from Guide Dogs Victoria

The Guide Dogs Victoria Board announces that CEO Karen Hayes AM DSJ has resigned and is leaving the organisation that she has led with great passion and energy for 10 years. Chairman Iain Edwards said Karen has made an incredible contribution to Guide Dogs Victoria, most notably putting in place a much-needed campus redevelopment program to meet the demands of the future. “Karen leaves a great legacy of modernising the organisation and having a genuine commitment to supporting Victorians…

Joel Fitzgibbon joins AFPA Board

Former Cabinet Minister and long serving Labor MP, The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon, will join the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Board as an independent non-executive director, Chair of AFPA, Greg McCormack announced today. Greg McCormack said, “I’m truly delighted to make this announcement. Joel brings to our organisation two extremely important attributes. He is a passionate supporter of forest industries right around Australia and understands intimately how we can assist the…

DBYD transforms to Before You Dig Australia

For over three decades, DBYD state and national entities have provided an essential service to their members and the industry, protecting utility assets and preventing harm to people. To ensure they remain relevant and provide the best possible service to their members, the combined DBYD boards came together to consider how to challenge the status quo. While they have a proud history, effective service, and enviable brand, they were challenged by members on their future focus and efficiency.…

Head of Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission to step down

The head of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission the Hon Dr Gary Johns has announced he will step down from the role at the end of July. Dr Johns said it has been a great privilege to serve as Commissioner, supporting charities to undertake their extraordinary work in communities across Australia. “I am proud to have led the Commission at a time when transparency and accountability in the sector, critical to maintain public support for charities, has been more…

Emeritus Professor Linda Worrall appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia

Speech Pathology Australia congratulates Emeritus Professor Linda Worrall on her appointment on the Queen’s Birthday as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division). Professor Worrall nomination was supported by Speech Pathology Australia and her selection is a fitting reward for her dedication and service to the speech pathology profession. Professor Worrall is a (retired) Professor Emerita of Speech Pathology at The University of Queensland in Brisbane and is the past Chair…

Disaster assistance extended for flooded Queensland small business and not-for-profit organisations

Low interest disaster assistance and essential working capital loans of up to $100,000 are now available to more small businesses and not-for-profit organisations following the latest round of devastating floods to inundate southern Queensland. The assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Senator the Hon Murray Watt said major flooding from several local catchments…

PRONIA celebrates 50 years

PRONIA, the association that empowers, advocates and cares for the Australian Greek community, launched its 50th anniversary year celebrations for 2022 with a special evening at the Hellenic Museum. The event was hosted by PRONIA’s president Ms Kris Pavlidis and the list of guests included dignitaries, community leaders, PRONIA’s co-founders, media representatives as well as PRONIA staff. PRONIA’s CEO Mrs Tina Douvos-Stathopoulos opened the event thanking everyone for their attendance…

Head of Australia's charity regulator to step down

The head of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) the Hon Dr Gary Johns has announced he will step down from the role at the end of July. Dr Johns said it has been a great privilege to serve as Commissioner, supporting charities to undertake their extraordinary work in communities across Australia. “I am proud to have led the Commission at a time when transparency and accountability in the sector, critical to maintain public support for charities, has been…

Partner News: Positive pipeline one year from Tākina opening

Bookings are flowing in for Wellington’s new purpose-built convention and exhibition centre, Tākina (www.takina.co.nz), as opening approaches.Construction is on track to open mid-2023 and conference organisers are locking in dates, with more than 60 conferences already penciled in at the central city venue.Among the lineup of events confirmed for Tākina is the 22nd International Sedimentological Congress (ISC) in 2026, expected to attract up to…

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