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DIN deadline fast approaching - director identification number mandatory from 30 November

The final deadline to obtain a director identification number (DIN) is creeping up on us. Directors of Australian companies (whether registered under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006) appointed on or before 31 October 2021 must have applied for a DIN by no later than 30 November 2022. Directors appointed after 31 October 2021 should already have a DIN. Please…

DASSH Celebrates 20 Years

The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities is celebrating 20 years of representation, collaboration and connection this year. From its early beginnings up until 2022 voluntary Boards have worked hard to represent our members from a grassroots level to the very highest levels of government. Presidents and Board members have gone on to hold leadership positions within the tertiary education sector, not only representing the disciplines of arts,…

Direct Selling Australia has new CEO

The board of directors for Direct Selling Australia (DSA) announced the appointment of Geoff Mulham as the organisation’s new chief executive officer.  Mulham has held multiple CEO positions across industries, including two decades within the direct selling channel.  “I’m thrilled to be joining the DSA and look forward to working with our members to provide pro-active representation, advocacy, and promotional support,” Mulham said. “I am a passionate voice for our industry, and…

ASUM welcomes the election of their new President, Alison Deslandes

A sonographer based in Adelaide, Ms Deslandes has actively served on the ASUM Board of Directors for 4 years. The Australasian Society For Ultrasound In Medicine (ASUM) welcomes the election of their new President, Alison Deslandes, following their recent AGM. She has previously worked as a sessional lecturer, examiner and research assistant at the University of South Australia and a specialist and tutor sonographer at Royal Adelaide Hospital. Prior to these…

Retail profitability returns to pre-Covid levels

Economic insights report by the National Retail Association has been released.   Retail profitability in Australia has bounced back to pre-Covid levels for the first time since the pandemic began, the economic insights report released by the National Retail Association has been revealed. The figures show the sector’s profits have increased by 4.9 percent year on year for the June quarter, following a significant hit to the sector in mid-2021 that led to many retailers…

Ricegrowers' Association of Australia has appointed new president

Murrami-based rice grower and livestock farmer Peter Herrmann has been named the new president of the Ricegrowers' Association of Australia (RGA). Mr Herrmann was welcomed into the new role in early September, following former RGA president Rob Massina announcing his intentions to step down earlier this year. Mr Herrmann, whose family settled in the MIA following world war one, said he was committed to representing the community's interests. "The challenges in water continue…

Solar Power And The Australian Not-For-Profit Opportunity

Players in Australia’s solar energy and EV arena should be paying special attention to not-for-profit (NFP) organisations says the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA). While not-for-profit, Australia’s NFP sector is big business – $176 billion worth. It also has a significant role to play in emissions reduction. Established in 2014, ICDA  is the best-practice governance…

Challenges in handling the unscheduled public holiday, known as the Queen’s Day, this week.

The Australian Retail Association (ARA) has called on states and territories to clarify trading conditions for the September 22 bank holiday. What will the Queen’s public holiday mean for your business? Many small businesses are facing challenges in handling the unscheduled public holiday, known as the Queen’s Day, on Thursday, September 22, 2022. Following Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Thursday, September 22, the Queen’s…

New RACGP President to support General Practice

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has announced its new President-Elect Dr Nicole Higgins. Dr Higgins will officially take on the role at the conclusion of the RACGP’s 2022 Annual General Meeting on Thursday 24th November, when current President Adj. Professor Karen Price’s two-year term comes to an end. Dr Higgins has worked across the depth and breadth of general practice in urban and rural Australia, and owns a teaching practice in Mackay, regional…

Blockchain Australia Announces New CEO

The Board of Blockchain Australia is proud to announce the appointment of Laura Mercurio as the next CEO of Blockchain Australia, effective Monday 12th of September 2022. Blockchain Australia is Australia’s peak industry body that represents Australian businesses and business professionals participating in the digital economy through blockchain. Laura Mercurio’s appointment as CEO is timely as we head into a period of significant regulatory and policy consultation that will shape…

MFAA Appoints New CEO

Following an extensive search, the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce Anja Pannek has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Association. Ms Pannek replaces the retiring Mike Felton, who has led the Association since 2016. An experienced leader in financial services, Ms Pannek has a proven track record of leading successful businesses within the third-party channel, particularly in her most recent long-term role as CEO of PLAN…

Australian Macadamias welcomes new CEO

Australia’s macadamia industry is delighted to welcome Clare Hamilton-Bate to the role of Chief Executive Officer following the departure of Jolyon Burnett last month after 14 years at the helm. Clare comes to the position with a background…

FPA and AFA are exploring a merger of the two financial associations

The Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) and the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) have agreed in principle to explore a merger between the two associations, with a goal to create a united voice for the financial advice profession. The boards of the two associations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and will seek feedback from their members before inviting them to vote on the proposal. After the period of consultation, it is expected that members of both…

The merger between the print industry’s big two associations PVCA and TRMC is complete

The merger between the industry’s big two associations PVCA and TRMC is complete, with a new board appointed, which has IVE CEO Matt Aitken as the first president of the new ‘superbody’. With the widespread support of the industry, the Print & Visual Communication Association of Australia (PVCA) held its first merged board meeting, voting in new officer bearers and preparing the strategy to move forward as a united industry body.Matt Aitken, CEO, IVE Group was voted…

Partner News: D2L’s expertise in digital learning helps make a positive association impact

D2L Brightspace Helps Associations Turn Professional Development Into Competitive Advantage   D2L’s expertise in digital learning helps make a positive impact for associations. A global learning technology company, D2L is continuing to make an impact on national and regional associations by delivering high-quality educational experiences for learners, educators and administrators through its innovative Learning…

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