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Partner News: PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport - transforms with Major Refurbishment

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport is Melbourne's premier airport hotel, with its unrivalled location as the only hotel connected to Melbourne Airport via a sky bridge, it is the perfect place to host your next meeting or event. In May 2024, the hotel completed a major transformation, further elevating its reputation as a premier meeting and accommodation venue. Boasting an impressive 1000-square-metre dedicated meeting and events…

Partner News: Looking for a reason to host your next international association conference in Sydney?

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) is offering funding support of up to $80 per international delegate via The Sydney Meetings Fund, a program designed to help offset a portion of costs for association conferences and meetings hosted in Sydney.  Reasons to host your event in Sydney:  Host a conference that is recognised for leadership, locally and internationally. Inspire new ideas…

Partner News: Revise Recruitment Launches Quarterly Newsletter for the Peak Bodies, Memberships and Associations Sector

Revise Recruitment is thrilled to announce the release of our new quarterly newsletter, a curated collection of insights and resources tailored specifically for professionals in the peak bodies, memberships, and associations sector. Our March edition is out now, and we invite you to join our growing community of readers who are staying ahead of industry trends and developments ready for…

Australian Retailers Association & National Retail Association announce amalgamation plans

Retail peak bodies, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and the National Retail Association (NRA) have announced a proposed amalgamation, which will once approved by their respective members create a single unified body representing the $420 billion sector. The two not-for-profit organisations have signed a heads-of-agreement for the amalgamation proposal and will commence collaboration immediately for the greater…

ACNP to manage $50m scholarship program for nurse and midwives

The Albanese Labor Government is investing in Australia’s health workforce by upskilling our nation’s nurses and midwives through a new $50.2 million scholarship. The Primary Care Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Program will provide 1,850 postgraduate scholarships over four years for registered nurses and midwives to become nurse practitioners and endorsed midwives in primary and aged care settings. The funding…

Budget looks over the horizon but inflation means tough times to linger

"The Federal Budget lays out a long term but relatively modest ambition to develop new national industrial capabilities mainly based around clean energy, but makes it clear that the economy will grind through the year ahead with no material improvement in business conditions, unemployment continuing to grow and our fiscal position deteriorating," Innes Willox Chief Executive of the national employer…

Insights on Membership Retention and Growth: A Survey of NFP Associations

The Association Forum’s survey of over 100 NFP Association CEOs and Leaders has shed light on the nuanced approaches to membership retention and growth. While some strategies enjoy widespread support, others reveal a divide in opinion. Here’s a look at the findings: Quality Over Quantity: Rethinking Member Numbers With only 18% agreement,…

FCA CEO exits, interim boss announced

  The Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) has appointed Tanya Robertson as interim CEO effective immediately. This follows the departure of outgoing Matthew Monaghan, who left the organisation for personal reasons, and finished with the FCA today. Robertson has a strong track record of involvement in the FCA and the franchising…

Motorcycling Queensland farewells CEO Kim Rowcliffe

  The MQ Board undertook an extensive, 12-month strategic review of the products and services MQ provides to members, based on Member feedback. This reflected the Board’s desire to address the expectations of members, government and stakeholders by improving…

Announcing ACORN's new Board Chair

Caroline Louise Johnson is a perioperative nurse (Anaesthesia and PACU) with over 15 years of experience and is currently employed at Calvary Health Care Tasmania. Her career has focused on ensuring the highest standards of patient care and safety and she has contributed to various projects aimed at improving perioperative nursing practices within the organisation. She is passionate…

Lack of funding leaves sensitive charity data exposed

A lack of funding to help charities deter cyber attacks is putting donors’ data and sensitive information about millions of Australians at risk, the not-for-profit sector warns. Peak bodies the Community Council for Australia, Australian Council for International Development, Fundraising Institute Australia and Public Fundraising Regulatory Association warned their members being targeted by criminal networks. Community Council for Australia Chair Tim Costello said: “The…

Business groups demand smaller wage increases for workers

Business groups have demanded the government cap any increase to the minimum wage at two per cent, in a bid to bring down inflation and avoid worsening unemployment. Smaller companies struggling to stay afloat say they've been left 'short-changed' in the federal government's third budget.  "Small business at the moment is being strangled by rising red tape and increased input costs," Andrew McKellar, chief executive of…

ESSA appoints Danielle Smith as new CEO

ESSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle Smith as its new CEO. Danielle is an experienced and highly decorated CEO who shares in ESSA’s passion for exercise and sports science. Her career spans more than 25 years across a range of industries including sport, major events, management consulting, chartered accounting and consumer products. She joins us from the Melbourne Storm Group, where she was the inaugural…

Bowls Queensland appoints new Board 

The Board of Bowls Queensland had a sequence of meetings last night to fill the casual vacancy on the Board and ratify the positions held. Brian Marshall (centre) has been appointed as the President, Wendy Wilson (left) appointed as Vice President and Sunshine Coast District President Graham Tanis (right) has been appointed to fill the casual vacancy. Each of these appointments take on the term of their new position. Bowls Queensland BoardPresident:…

AustStab appoints new CEO

AustStab, the Australian Pavement Recycling and Stabilisation Association has announced the appointment of Tanja Conners as its new CEO. Commencing July 15, Conners has plenty of experience to bring to the role, including her former role as the COO at the Australian Flexible Pavement Association, where she served for eight years. AustStab says the appointment signifies a new direction for the organisation,…

Partner News: Life Sciences Summit achieves breakthrough in Wellington

With an aim of creating better government understanding of the biotech sector, New Zealand’s Life Science Summit had a positive breakthrough in just its second year. Held in Wellington’s new convention and exhibition centre Tākina, more than 300 biotech thought leaders converged on New Zealand’s capital Wellington for the summit. As a place where collaborative research, policy and innovative…

Partner News: Moreton Hire offers personal tours and discussion on ‘behind the build’ at AFNC

  Have you ever wondered how business events, exhibitions and national conferences are built and who the supplier and service providers are behind them? Moreton Hire is one of Australia’s most trusted business event suppliers, and has been building meetings, conferences, exhibitions, and events of large and small scale for 55 years. As a long-time partner of Association Forum, they are the…

Partner News: New Zealand Arinex famil wows Australasian associations

Association executives from across Australia have been impressed by the conference opportunities across the Tasman following an Educational event organised by Tourism New Zealand and Arinex. Three new convention centres have increased New Zealand’s capacity for association events - Te Pae Christchurch Convention…

Home insurance costs spike, with parts of Australia at risk of becoming uninsurable

In California and Florida, getting home insurance is becoming an almost impossible task. It's either unaffordable or in some cases not being offered at all, with insurance companies pulling out in droves. The combination of climate-fuelled natural disasters coupled with increasing populations often living in risky areas is threatening the global insurance industry. This isn't theoretical for Australians.…

How Foodservice Suppliers Association Australia are supporting its members in 2024

As a member-based association, we are a reflection of our membership and as such walk side by side with them among the challenges they face. These challenges have been varied in recent times including disruptions in the supply chain, changes in consumer behaviour, and getting regulation ready. We are committed to enhancing our collaboration with industry stakeholders, connecting industry to share knowledge, and partnering with agencies that help prepare our members…

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