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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…

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…
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