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LGAQ CEO Retires After 29 Years

One of the most prominent figures in Queensland’s public life for nearly 30 years, Greg Hallam AM, is about to call it quits, writes Craig Johnstone. This week marks a significant turn of the wheel in local politics, not just for Queensland but for all of Australia’s 537 councils, really. One of the sector’s best advocates, Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam, is retiring after 29 years in the job. The former econometrician (don’t ask…

ASM Global’s Group Director Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

ASM Global’s Group Director of Convention Centres for the Asia Pacific region and ICC Sydney CEO, Geoff Donaghy has been selected for induction into the United States based Event Industry Council’s (EIC) prestigious Hall of Leaders.Donaghy’s lifetime achievements as a business events industry leader have been recognised by the global industry association which champions event professionals and event industry excellence.Harvey Lister AM, Chairman and Chief Executive of ASM…

WALGA President to Stand Down from 1 December

WA Local Government Association President Mayor Tracey Roberts has announced she will resign from the role from Wednesday, 1 December.At a Special State Council meeting held yesterday Mayor Roberts stated "with Local Government elections this weekend, I have decided to resign and allow a transition to new leadership at WALGA from the next State Council meeting in December."“I have greatly enjoyed my roles with WALGA, starting in 2012 as a State Councillor, followed by Deputy…

Timeline Confirmed for Introduction of Director Identification Number

What is a Director Identification Number?A Director Identification Number (Director ID) is a unique, 15-digit identifier, given to a Director (or someone who intends to become a Director) who has verified their identity with the Australian Business Registry Service (ABRS). Designed to help prevent the use of false or fraudulent Director identities, Directors (or those who intend to become a Director) must apply for their own Director…

Partner News: Investing based on your principles

Nexia Australia is a full service accounting and advisory firm and a long-standing partner of the Association Forum. In this member article Nexia Financial Adviser Victoria Habra discusses sustainable investing.Sustainable investing Sustainable investing is known by many names – some people call it socially responsible investing, ethical, impact, or principles-based investing. Whatever the title, the fundamental principles are the same. It is an investment…

ACCI pushes for the return of international travel

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Australia’s largest business association, pushes for the return of international travel to address skill shortages, and allow the return of international education and tourism to boost the economy. With vaccination rates rapidly rising around the country and domestic reopening plans starting to take effect, focus must shift towards clarifying plans for the resumption of international travel. “Although the Prime Minister’s…

PCA Board announces new CEO

The Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Fraser as their new CEO.The PCA Board are looking forward to working with Greg to further advance their mission of adding value to members by promoting and supporting all forms and aspects of protected cropping and advanced technological growing systems in Australian Horticulture. Chair of Protected Cropping Australia, Nicky Mann, stated that after an extensive recruitment process, that…

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners appoints new CEO

Paul Wappett has been appointed the CEO of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), after an extensive national search. A lawyer by profession, Paul's previous positions have included being the CEO of the Australian Institute of Business from 2018 to 2021 and Open Universities Australia from 2012 to 2018. He’s also held legal and commercial roles at CPA Australia, the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Mobil Oil Australia, and law firm Clayton Utz. Paul was the…

Wine Australia welcomes new CEO

Wine Australia welcomes the appointment of its new CEO Dr Martin Cole, commencing 15 November 2021. Dr Cole joins Wine Australia from the University of Adelaide, where he is the Head of School, Agriculture, Food and Wine. Wine Australia Chair Dr Michele Allan said, “We are delighted to welcome Dr Cole as the new CEO, after what’s been a highly competitive recruitment process, and know that he’ll be a great asset to the Australian grape and wine community and our levy payers. “Along…

Partner News: Think Business Events pivots two association showcase events from hybrid to virtual format.

When both the Dietitians Australia Conference and the Australasian Diabetes Congress were initially scheduled for 2021, there was no hesitation to plan these events to be delivered in a hybrid format - offering both in-person and virtual options... Wishful thinking led to a quiet confidence that in-person delivery would be available to us and other conference organisers Australia-wide for the remainder of 2021 and beyond.Unfortunately, due to the ongoing restrictions and safety…

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