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Association Awards recipients and Association Hall of Fame inductees announced

The recipients of the 2020 Association Awards and Associations Hall of Fame inductees were announced during the online 15th Associations Forum National Conference on 14-16 December 2020.

Association of the Year 2020 accolade was awarded to Restaurant and Catering Australia (RCA), the leading national association that represents restaurants, cafes and catering businesses in Australia. RCA’s response to COVID-19 and their insistent advocacy for their industry throughout such a challenging year truly justifies this merit.

For the first time, a runner up as Association of the Year 2020 was announced. The runner up in a close decision was Leading Aged Services Australia, which had provided exemplary leadership and services to members under pressure.

Association Achievement of the Year 2020 was awarded to Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute for their innovative FireWaterMap-a-thon. The Map-a-thon focused on bushfire preparedness and assisted in the mapping of static water infrastructure.

Australian Marketing Institute was awarded the Association Turnaround of the Year 2020 award for completely transforming its finances, culture and strategy after being on the verge of closure in 2018.

For their long and exemplary service to associations, the following outstanding individuals were inducted into the Associations Hall of Fame: Paul Naylor, Julie Satur, Rob McGuirk, Sally Sinclair and Thomas Kaufhold.

The Association Awards and Hall of Fame give due recognition for the excellence and accomplishment by associations and outstanding individuals. The four award categories acknowledge different areas of achievement in the sector.

John Peacock, Chief Executive Officer of Associations Forum, says that the Association Awards have had record applications this most difficult of years, with severe impacts on revenue and association resources. “Associations Forum is proud to play a role in honouring achievement and contribution through the Association Awards and Hall of Fame as associations are an often unsung and under-recognised sector of society.” said Mr Peacock.

Judges were Julian Ledger and Lynnette Pinder. “What’s coming through most strongly is validation of why associations are so important. The award submissions highlight how quickly this has been achieved and with flexibility and innovation supporting members’ needs” said Mr Ledger.

Associations Forum would like to thank this year’s Association Awards and Hall of Fame sponsor, Lasercraft, the Association Achievement of the Year sponsor, SMC Conference and Function Centre and the Association Turnaround of the Year sponsor, Clade Solutions.

Associations Forum would also like to acknowledge the shortlisted finalists for each award category:

Turnaround of the Year

  • Australasian Sonographers Association
  • Migration Institute of Australia

Achievement of the Year

  • Australian Dental Association NSW
  • Australian Pipelines and Gas Association
  • Down Syndrome Association of NSW
  • Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia
  • Master Builders Queensland
  • Myotherapy Association Australia
  • Pharmacy Guild of Australia
  • Speech Pathology Australia
  • Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia

Association of the Year

  • Australian Dental Association NSW
  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Dawn House Incorporated
  • Governance Institute of Australia
  • Leading Age Services Australia
  • Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association of Australia
  • Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia
  • Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operations Council


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