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ARA continues to dominate the retail media landscape

At the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), we are thrilled to share the remarkable impact and reach of our media coverage throughout the Christmas and Boxing Day period.   Our dedication to providing insightful commentary, tireless advocacy and accurate retail trade information has led to a significant media presence, setting us apart as the leading retail association in Australia. 

Women in Defence Association launches in Western Australia

The Women in Defence Association (WiDA) announced its official launch in Western Australia, aiming to provide a platform for women in the defence sector to connect and create tangible change together. The establishment of WiDA reflects a significant step forward in delivering action, accountability and meaningful change towards achieving gender diversity and inclusivity within the defence industry. WiDA is dedicated to fostering…

The Australian Coffee Traders Association on bringing itself closer to the coffee community​​​​​​​

The Australian Coffee Traders Association details how it intends to bring the association closer to the coffee community. November 2023 was a busy month for the Australian Coffee Traders Association (ACTA). The association invited members and non-members to its annual Golf Day on 3 November at Oatlands Golf Course, followed by its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 23 November. The annual Golf Day included an Ambrose competition,…

The NFP Year Ahead – 2024

The NFP Year Ahead – 2024 As we head into new year organisations are expected to navigate a range of increasingly difficult challenges. These include regulatory complexity, geopolitical risk and the blurred line between board and management, as well as rapidly evolving expectations of corporate accountability and stakeholder engagement. Based upon an environmental scan of a number of…

Can a member request motions to be included in the AGM Agenda?

Companies limited by guarantee are a common legal structure for not-for-profit organisations in Australia. Members play an important governance role in holding the board accountable. To this end, members hold certain rights, including the right to call general meetings and to propose resolutions. Under section 249D of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), members holding at least 5% of the…

STA CEO Misha Schubert to take up new role

After four stellar years as Science & Technology Australia's CEO, Misha Schubert has announced her resignation in the new year to take up another major CEO opportunity. STA President Professor Mark Hutchinson said it was with deep sadness that the Board of STA had accepted her resignation. "In her four years as CEO, Misha has taken STA to new heights as an influential policy advocacy voice that is highly respected across the breadth of the Parliament and policymaking,"…

Appointment of Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch CEO, Ilsa Hampton​​​​​​​

The ADAVB is pleased to announce that Ilsa Hampton has been appointed to the position of CEO. Ilsa is an experienced health sector leader who has held senior executive and CEO roles across multiple member associations. Her previous roles include CEO of Optometry Victoria/SA, where she drove positive change within the organisation including delivering the OMEGA23 - World Congress of Optometry here in Melbourne. Prior to that, Ilsa was CEO at Meaningful Ageing Australia…

WIOA appoints new CEO

The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA), is delighted to announce the appointment of Dean Barnett as their new Chief Executive Officer. Dean took over the role on Monday 31st July 2023, and brings over 30 years of water industry experience, previously leading the Intelligent Water Networks Program on behalf of the Victorian and Tasmanian water industry, in addition to previous Board, Management and Executive roles. "We would also like to acknowledge…

Speech pathologists champion phonics and increased presence in schools as key to addressing Australia's reading crisis

In response to the alarming findings unveiled by the Grattan Institute's report on Australia's literacy crisis, Speech Pathology Australia is stepping forward to advocate for a national evidence-based phonics approach and more certified speech pathologists in schools. With one-third of Australian children struggling to read proficiently, the dire implications of this challenge underscore the urgent need for evidence-based interventions. As specialists in language development and communication…

Osteopathy Australia appoints new President and Vice President & Changes to Board

Changes to the Board of Directors at Osteopathy Australia Dr Michelle Funder (Osteopath) has stepped down as the dedicated President from the Osteopathy Australia Board, after six years. Michelle Funder concluded her tenure with Osteopathy Australia after completing two full terms of service. Michelle’s leadership as President, and continuing role on our New Course Committee been instrumental in steering Osteopathy Australia…

Meals on Wheels Queensland loses almost 50 per cent of its volunteers

Charity provider Meals on Wheels has reported an almost 50 per cent decline in volunteers for its Queensland branch since the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals on Wheels Queensland chief executive Evan Hill told 9news.com.au the charity had lost 4500 volunteers since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. "We have seen a decline in the number of volunteers across the state since the pandemic…

Michael Ebeid AM appointed as new Screen Australia Chair

The Hon. Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke today announced the appointment of Mr Michael Ebeid AM as the new Chair of the Screen Australia Board, and the reappointment of Ms Megan Brownlow as Deputy Chair. Michael Ebeid AM will take over from outgoing Chair Nicholas Moore AO whose third term ends on 30 March 2024. Michael was initially appointed to the Screen Australia Board on 14 July 2023 and brings to the role extensive experience from the media,…

Dietitians Australia welcomes the appointment of Magriet Raxworthy as incoming Chief Executive Officer

Dietitians Australia welcomes the appointment of Magriet Raxworthy as the incoming Chief Executive Officer of Dietitians Australia, following a unanimous decision from its board of directors. Dietitians Australia is the peak industry body for dietetic and nutrition professionals, representing 9000 members in Australia and overseas. “Magriet brings a wealth of knowledge in healthcare business management, policy influence and innovation, which aligns with our strategic…

Australia's peak social workers' association announces first Torres Strait Island board director

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has announced the appointment of Muriel Wymarra, a Torres Strait Islander woman born and raised in Gimuy (Cairns) as an Ordinary Director of the Association. The announcement means three of the board positions hail from Aboriginal backgrounds whilst Ms Wymarra becomes the first member to represent the Torres Strait Islander community. In a statement, the AASW said the appointment of Ms Wymarra "further diversifies the Board" as…

One million ‘Introduction to AI’ scholarships available to Australians

Artificial intelligence (AI) ‘scholarships’ are now on offer to one million Australians, in a bid to increase the nation’s literacy of a technology estimated to be worth $4 trillion to the economy by the early 2030s.  The free 'Introduction to Artificial Intelligence' microskill course is provided by the National AI Centre (NAIC),…

ADIA hosts Women in Dentistry Breakfast to recognise changing face of industry

The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) will hold a Women in Dentistry Breakfast as part of its Sydney International Dental Conference, with guest speaker Olympian and Doctor Jana Pittman. To be held at ICC Sydney on March 23, the breakfast event will recognise and celebrate the growing female representation in the dental industry. Just…

Ports Victoria appoints new CEO

The Victorian Government has welcomed the appointment of a new CEO for Ports Victoria.  Craig Walker has been appointed to the position and will commence in his new role in February 2024. Victorian Minister for Ports and Freight, Melissa Horne, said that Mr Walker’s appointment will bring extensive leadership and experience to the commercial ports role.  In previous positions, Mr Walker has held various advisor roles within government and as Chief…

Governology makes submission into NFP Inquiry

Governology, a law firm specialising in legal and governance advice to associations and charities, has recently made a submission to a Commonwealth Government inquiry into not for profits. Some of the points in the submission included: The disparate Associations Incorporation Acts in each state and territory add unnecessary complexity to the governance of associations. A more consistent national framework…

All DGR Categories are now administered by the ATO

On 1 January 2024, the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Registers Reform new measure comes into effect, transferring administrative responsibility of 4 unique DGR categories from 4 other government departments to the ATO. The changes also repeal provisions that require each of the 4 government departments to maintain a separate register. Currently, we're responsible for administering 48 of the 52 DGR categories. From 1 January 2024 we'll be responsible for administering…

Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia rebrands as the Australian Wild Game Industry Council

The Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia (KIAA) is proudly announcing its transformation into the Australian Wild Game Industry Council (AWGIC). The change reflects the industry’s commitment to the expansion of its national membership base, representing the interests of wild game meat and skin processors throughout Australia. As the peak representative body for the commercial industry, AWGIC will bring together the…

Australia's peak social workers' association appoints first Aboriginal president  

The Australian Association of Social Workers has appointed Bigambul woman Linda Ford as the first Indigenous president in the association's history. Ms Ford brings experience and expertise to her new role, having served on the Association (AASW) Board since 2017, demonstrating "strong leadership and a deep commitment to social work", the organisation said on Wednesday. Ms Ford said that as the first Aboriginal President of AASW, she is "honoured and excited to…

Wine Industry Suppliers Association (WISA) CEO resigns

We wish to inform you that Cameron Hills has resigned from his role as Executive Officer of the Wine Industry Suppliers Association, with his last day scheduled for Friday, February 16th. On behalf of the WISA Management Committee, we extend our best wishes to Cameron as he embarks on his future endeavours and express our gratitude for his contributions to our Association and the broader industry. As we transition during this period, the Management Committee will temporarily assume the…

Vegetable growers allege 'non-binding' agreements with supermarkets create oversupply and waste

Every year Australians waste about 7.68 million tonnes of food — that's about 312 kilograms per person. And Australia's supermarket duopoly could be making waste worse, according to peak vegetable grower groups. "Our biggest customer is the rubbish bin," one vegetable grower recently told the ABC. They said they didn't want to be identified for fear of retribution from Coles and Woolworths. "The supermarket…

ACAud & HAASA Unite

The Australian College of Audiology (ACAud) and the Hearing Aid Audiology Society of Australia (HAASA) are excited to announce our decision to amalgamate.    This union represents a strong and strategic partnership to better serve and protect members, improve educational pathways, grow the workforce, and advocate for all hearing health clinicians. Both organisations have recognised the need for greater infrastructure and resources in the

AIDH appoints new CEO

The Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) Board is pleased to advise that Anja Nikolic will soon be joining the Institute as CEO. Anja has had an extensive career in membership organisations, working across Business Development, Conference/Events Management, Product, Member Services and Communications. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA); a national organisation with over 30,000 members. Anja…

RACGP names new CEO

After an extensive search for the right candidate, Georgina van de Water will take over as the RACGP’s chief executive officer. Ms van de Water will officially begin in her new role on 5 April, taking over from interim CEO Adjunct Associate Professor David Hillis, who will finish the day before. The appointment comes after former CEO Paul Wappett’s sudden departure from the college in November. RACGP Board Chair Dr Lara Roeske congratulated…

The Law Society of NSW appoints new CEO

The Council of the Law Society of NSW has approved the appointment of Kenneth Tickle as CEO of Australia’s largest legal profession membership organisation. Kenneth joined the Law Society in 2006 and has held a number of positions since that time including Chief Financial Officer and a decade as Chief Operating Officer. He has been Acting CEO since October last year. Mr Tickle’s longevity at the Law Society brings an unequalled depth of corporate knowledge to…

Damages awarded for discrimination against former Dogs Victoria committee member

A long serviceman of dog training, obedience and competitions has been reimbursed for damages after being unable to take a senior committee position because of a spent conviction. Life member of the Croydon and District Obedience Dog Club and Dogs Victoria, Frank Tipping, took the latter organisation to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for not allowing him to nominate for vice president due to his convictions. The now 84-year-old was in his…

Australian Constructors Association pushes toward net zero for construction industry

The Australian construction sector accounts for about 18.1% of Australia’s carbon footprint, according to a paper published in ScienceDirect titled 'The Carbon Footprint of Australia's Construction Sector' by Man Yu et al. The Australian Constructors Association (ACA) has recognised the need for organised, systemic reform in the construction industry to reduce the carbon impact of the sector and fulfil Australia’s net zero ambitions, today releasing a pivotal report detailing the subject. Multi-pronged…

NIBA announces new CEO

The National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) has announced its new CEO. Richard Klipin, formerly leader of the Financial Services Council of New Zealand (FSC), is taking on the role. “Richard comes to…

System-wide health sector reform on the agenda for medical leaders

Ahead of the meeting, the AMA released its pre-budget submissions on public hospitals and general practice, together with a submission proposing changes to address the current workforce crisis.   AMA President Professor Steve Robson said Australia had one of the best health systems in the world, but it was now under extraordinary pressure in many areas.   “Today’s meeting provides an opportunity for college and association leaders to get together and discuss in…

Unwind becomes the South Australian Games Association

The trade body aims to make South Australia the largest state games sector in the country. The games networking event, Unwind, has become the South Australian Games Association.  This trade body aims to offer game makers presentations, playtesting nights, and promotion opportunites for local professionals.  The nonprofit organization's committee includes chair Patrick Webb, vice chair Arthur Ah Chee, and treasurer Kirsty Parkin.   Meanwhile, Rachel Mesler will…

ASSOCIATIONS Magazine Releases 64th Edition

Associations Forum is pleased to publish the 64th edition of its bi-annual magazine, ASSOCIATIONS. Since its production in 2004, the magazine informs associations and not-for-profit organisations in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. It contains important news and updates across the industry, practical advice on association management issues and feature articles from association leaders. For the 64th Edition,…

RCPA welcomes Dr David Andrews as new CEO

The Board of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is pleased to announce the appointment of a successor to its long-standing Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Debra Graves, OAM. After a comprehensive executive search process, Dr David Andrews (PhD) will join the RCPA on 1 March 2024, working closely with Dr Graves and the team, before taking over the CEO role on Friday 29 March 2024. Dr Andrews is an experienced leader in specialist medical adult…

Wounds Australia appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Antcliff will join the organisation from the St Vincent de Paul Society in 2024. Peak health body Wounds Australia has appointed Jeff Antcliff as its new Chief Executive Officer, joining the organisation on 17 January 2024.   Mr Antcliff has had a long and diverse career in a range of sectors including health, retail and welfare support, most recently with leading charity the St Vincent de Paul Society. He described the new role as “a privilege”. “I’m truly…

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