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Largest consultation with Australian charities has commenced

New data indicates that Australians are volunteering less than they were two years ago. The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission estimates that the number of volunteers in Australia dropped from 3.3 million in 2020 to 2.9 million in 2021.This week the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, Dr Andrew Leigh MP, announced the nation’s largest consultation with Australian charities had commenced, with sector representatives meeting to discuss how to…

ARA has has released its Reconciliation Action Plan to increase opportunities for First Nations businesses, entrepreneurs, and job seekers.

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has released its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), outlining its initiatives to increase opportunities for First Nations businesses, entrepreneurs, and job seekers. The ARA joins a network of over a thousand corporate, government, and NFP organisations that have made a formal commitment to reconciliation through the RAP program. The ARA action plan includes a number of initiatives to foster deeper relationships with Aboriginal…

Developing a new a National Strategy for Volunteering

Over the past year Volunteering Australia has been leading the development of the first National Strategy for Volunteering in a decade. The National Strategy will be designed and owned by the volunteering ecosystem and will provide a blueprint for a reimagined future for volunteering in Australia. The first half of 2022 focused on talking to stakeholders from across the volunteering ecosystem about the current state of volunteering, pressing challenges, and aspirations for the future. These…

PETAA Celebrates 50 Years

Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) is a leading association for primary educators in Australia, and one of the largest. 2022 marks a major milestone for the association, the celebration of 50 years of PETAA.  First formed in 1972, they have grown from humble beginnings to become a trusted source of resources, reference texts, professional development courses, and more for primary teachers across Australia. Over the past 50 years, PETAA has grown and changed…

Australian Institute of Project Management Rebrands

Project management has rapidly grown in Australia and is radically transforming the way we do business and deliver strategic initiatives across all industries, becoming an essential skill in all professions. At the forefront of corporate change, growth, and innovation, the project profession contributes close to 30% of Australia’s GDP.   Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has a commitment to drive professional excellence by bringing people and ideas together for…

Appointment of acting Charities Commissioner

Deborah Jenkins has been appointed as the acting Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, following the resignation of Dr Gary Johns, effective 31 July. ACNC Assistant Commissioner Ms Anna Longley welcomed the appointment saying, “Everyone at the ACNC looks forward to welcoming Ms Jenkins on August 1, and working closely with her throughout her time here.” The Albanese Government has appointed Ms Deborah Jenkins as the acting Commissioner of the…

ASL announces new Chair, Dr Melinda Muth

The Australian Scholarships Foundation, which operates under the registered charity Australian Scholarships Limited (ASL), develops leaders for a better society by enabling professional development opportunities and thought leadership to increase the effectiveness of not-for-profit organisations. The ASL directors were unanimous in appointing Dr. Muth, and the Australian Scholarships Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, 

Consult Australia announces Change of Leadership

Nicola Grayson is leaving Consult Australia on Friday 19 August 2022 after leading the organisation for three years, growing the organisation’s profile and influence and steering the organisation through the uncertainties of the pandemic. The Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Jonathan Cartledge as the new CEO of Consult Australia commencing on Monday 12 September 2022. Rowenna Walker, President of Consult Australia said, “We congratulate Nicola Grayson for her achievements…

New AMA President and Vice President elected at AMA National Conference

The AMA has elected a new President, Professor Steve Robson and Vice President, Dr Danielle McMullen. The election, at the AMA’s National Conference on 30 July 2022, follows the conclusion of the two-year terms of President Dr Omar Khorshid and Vice President Dr Chris Moy. Professor Robson is a senior specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and has been in practice in Canberra for 20 years. Professor Robson first joined the AMA in 1984 as a medical student in Queensland.…

ARM Hub Awarded Approved Research Institute Status

Robotics, AI, and design-led manufacturing centre the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub has been awarded approved research institute (ARI) status – a first for the Australian manufacturing ecosystem. ARI approval is awarded by the federal government to not-for-profit organisations undertaking scientific research of value to Australia which had a suitably qualified research committee. ARM Hub CEO Associate Professor Cori Stewart said: “We are the only…

Partner News: The MCG tour has always been a must do when in Melbourne

Experience the highlights of the Members Reserve, into the Long Room, down to the boundary and changerooms, and inside the Ron Casey Media Centre.  MCG Events are now expanding the popular experience, with a series of elevated tours that each feature and focus on a unique element of the MCG. www.mcgevents.com.au

Partner News: Property Council New Zealand increase member satisfaction with Upbeat.

Property Council New Zealand (PCNZ) has partnered with Professional Advantage (PA) in their digital transformation by implementing Upbeat Membership, an Association Management System (AMS) by PA. Upbeat, a Microsoft Dynamics 365 based membership platform, provides a 360-degree view of your organisation and enables you to streamline operations, improve data quality, increase member satisfaction,…

Wes Lambert appointed Director of prominent foodservice industry association

The Australian Foodservice Advocacy Body (AFAB) has appointed a new Director, Wes Lambert. Wes has extensive experience advocating for hospitality, making a strong impact over his career as an outspoken campaigner for the industry, especially during the recent challenges of lockdowns and restrictions. “Wes’ impressive track record as a champion of our industry makes him an excellent addition to our Board and he will be at the forefront of our advocacy with government and industry…

New AMA Federal Council achieves gender target

The Australian Medical Association’s new Federal Council, which begins its term on Monday 1 August, will meet its gender target for the first time. The target, set in 2019 is 40 per cent female, 40 per cent male and 20 per cent flexible.   Outgoing AMA President, Dr Omar Khorshid said recent strategies to see more women in AMA leadership roles were clearly working.  "The AMA has acted to ensure there is better representation of women in its leadership roles with a review last year…

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