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News from March 2023

Hardware Australia and TABMA Join Forces

The Board of TABMA and Hardware Australia are thrilled to announce that their members voted to change the TABMA Australia name and constitution to allow for a positive merger with Hardware Australia into a single Association to represent the timber and hardware industry.On Monday 3 April 2023, TABMA and…

Partner News: ICC Sydney raises bar for sustainable and innovative events

ICC Sydney is distinguished by its diverse team of passionate professionals, enabling better collaboration, innovation and service excellence. Its commitment to diverse and accessible event experiences that make a difference, stretches from creating culturally inclusive events through connections with Australia’s First Nations people, to providing accessible facilities and services, to reducing the environmental footprint of events while leaving a positive social impact. More…

ACC Australia elects new National President

The Association of Corporate Counsel Australia (ACC Australia) has appointed Mei Ramsay as new National President. Ms Ramsay succeeds previous President Justin Coss and will serve for two years. She has served on the ACC Australia board since 2015 and was also former Chair of the ACC Australia GC100…

Partner News: Planning your Melbourne conference just got easier 

The latest edition of the popular Melbourne e-Guide is out now! This immersive e-Guide is designed to connect business event planners with inspiring new and undiscovered experiences across Melbourne. Access special features such as: Unique new venue offerings for conferences First class VIP experiences at iconic venues  How to weave your conference program around Melbourne’s major events…

Major aged care provider merger announced

Two of Australia’s leading aged care providers – BaptistCare NSW & ACT and Baptistcare WA – are to merge to create one of the largest not-for-profit operators in the country. In a joint statement announcing the move, Baptistcare WA chief executive officer Amanda Vivian and BaptistCare NSW & ACT CEO Charles…

Energy Networks Australia appoints CEO

Energy Networks Australia (ENA) is delighted to announce Dominique van den Berg as the new ENA Chief Executive Officer. Ms van den Berg brings an international career spanning more than twenty years in the energy sector, including leading BG Group’s operations in South and East Asia, Shell’s energy transition…

Luke Bowen appointed inaugural CEO of Cattle Australia

The board of Directors of Cattle Australia are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Luke Bowen as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer. Born and raised in Western Australia, and his early work career in South Australia and subsequently with the Indigenous Land Corporation, Luke is currently head of…

ESSA releases new National Workforce Profile Report

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has developed a National Workforce Profile Report which provides a range of new insights into its accredited exercise professionals, utilising data from the 2022 member renewal process. Anita Hobson Powell, ESSA CEO, said the industry was in a growth phase with the…

New Leadership Team at Forestry Australia

The Board of Forestry Australia has announced that Dr Michelle Freeman has been elected President and Jim Wilson has been elected Vice President of the professional association for forest scientists, professionals, managers and growers.  Retiring President, Bob Gordon applauded the move stating he was delighted…

Significant changes to paid parental leave

"Parliament's passing of the Paid Parental Leave Amendment (Improvement for Families and Gender Equality) Act 2023 introduces significant changes to the Government's paid parental leave scheme to financially support new parents in caring for infant children while being absent from work. The Bill…

MTAA appoints interim CEO

The Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) board has appointed Geoff Gwilym as interim CEO. He replaces Richard Dudley, who retired in December 2022. Mr Gwilym is the CEO of the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) and will act in both roles until the MTAA selects…

FIA appoints Ben Cox FFIA as chair of the FIA Board

Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Cox FFIA as the new chair of the FIA Board. The term is for three years and starts on 23 February 2023. Ben has dedicated his career to changing the lives of others through…

ICOMIA appoints Darren Vaux President

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has voted to appoint Darren Vaux as President. Darren welcomed the confirmation at a special general meeting and made clear his ongoing commitment…

Partner News: West is Best for business at Doltone House

The newest Doltone House venue is located in Western Sydney and is buzzing in 2023 in Sydney’s fast-growing area for business. With large spaces and free parking Doltone House Western Sydney provides a great alternative for associations looking for a cost-effective venue that delivers outstanding service and renown quality of food and beverages. The venue comprises three newly renovated…

ATO announces changes to working from home deductions

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has refreshed the way that taxpayers claim deductions for costs incurred when working from home. The changes better reflect contemporary working from home arrangements. Assistant Commissioner Tim Loh explained that taxpayers can choose one of two methods to claim working…

96% Yes vote for Accomodation Australia merger with new CEO announced

The Australian Electoral Commission advised that Accommodation Association of Australia’s members have voted overwhelmingly (96%) in favour of the amalgamation with Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA). Respected accommodation sector stalwart Michael Johnson will be the first CEO of the new peak accommodation…

Partner News: ASIS International Boosts Engagement with a Community Upgrade

ASIS International is a global community of security practitioners with 34,000 members, in 150+ countries, from virtually every industry. Their online community, ASIS Connects, is a valued resource and learning hub. Security professionals can share insights, discuss best practises, network, and ultimately strengthen global ties within the security profession (something that benefits citizenry around the world). 

ODMA CEO Finola Carey to step down

The Optical Distributors & Manufacturers Association (ODMA) has announced that Chief Executive Finola Carey will leave the organisation at the end of April to take up semi-retirement. Ms Carey has served as Chief Executive of ODMA since 2010 and has spent a collective 27 years in the organisation, having previously served as Executive Director…

AFA & FPA members vote YES to merger

Members of the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) and Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) have voted in favour of the proposed merger of the two associations at Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs) in Sydney on Tuesday, 28 February 2023. Across all resolutions, an average of 96.5 per cent of AFA votes and 96.7 per cent of FPA votes were in favour.  The merger proposal…

Partner News: New Year’s Resolution at SMC

Sydney Masonic Centre look forward to starting each New Year with enthusiasm and excitement for what lies ahead. SMC have just completed upgrades to the Audio-Visual offering in the Grand Lodge, a 600-seat tiered auditorium. The new rear drape line and truss will provide for multiple projection screen options, whilst allowing for the inbuilt stage to be utilised to its full extent. This will reduce set up times, increase…

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