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Institute of Chartered Accountants merger to proceed

Members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA) and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) have overwhelmingly voted in favour of the proposal to amalgamate and create One New Institute.  Members of both Institutes voted throughout October on the proposal to create a single trans-Tasman Chartered Accountants Institute. The following results have been independently scrutinised…

Government scraps proposed cap on self-education

On 6 November 2013, the Treasurer, the Hon Joe Hockey MP, and the Assistant Treasurer, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, announced the former government’s proposal of a $2,000 cap on tax deductions for self-education expenses will be scrapped. Taxpayers will continue to deduct expenses according to the current rules, including textbooks as well as training and education courses. Associations Forum welcomed this…

Improving the governance of incorporated associations

Minister for Fair Trading Anthony Roberts today released a Discussion Paper which aims to improve governance in the 36,900 incorporated associations across NSW.  “Examples of incorporated associations in our communities include sporting clubs, musical societies, arts, crafts, cultural and community groups,” Mr Roberts said.  “Incorporated associations are generally run by volunteers and we need to make their work easier while also ensuring…

Integration of national mining representative groups

Statement from Andrew Michelmore, Chairman - Minerals Council of Australia and Ross Willims, Chairman - Australian Coal AssociationRepresentation of the mining industry nationally is to be streamlined through the integration of the Australian Coal Association (ACA) with the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).The decision to integrate the two organisations has been taken by member companies to ensure the industry is well positioned for the…

Yasser El-Ansary named as AVCAL CEO

AVCAL today announced the appointment of Yasser El-Ansary as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from 20 November 2013. Yasser is currently a senior executive at the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, where he is responsible for leadership of the organisation’s public policy and advocacy work with government, since joining in 2009. During the course of his career, Mr. El-Ansary has spent almost 20 years in a variety of business advisory roles with PwC, Rio Tinto…

Engagement vs Involvement

  Press Release from Survey Matters, www.surveymatters.com.au....This is the first in the article series and we thought it important to start with a discussion about the concept of membership engagement.  Engagement is, after all, the key to a successful membership organisation! What is membership engagement? Historically, member engagement has been viewed by associations as loosely equating…

Chartered Secretaries Australia to rebrand as Governance Institute of Australia

Chartered Secretaries Australia (CSA) will be renamed and rebranded the Governance Institute of Australia to more accurately reflect its role as the only professional association in Australia with a sole focus on the practice of governance in all organisations. At the General Meeting last Friday (20 September 2013) Members delivered a strong mandate for change with 81 per cent voting yes to the proposal. “We recognised at the outset that we needed to better align our goals and message…

Woodthorpe resigns from venture capital lobby group

A new CEO has been appointed, watch this space for an update. Lobby group the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Ltd (AVCAL) has hired recruiter Heidrick & Struggles to find a new chief executive after current boss Katherine ­Woodthorpe resigned from the post. AVCAL chairman John White, also a founding partner at mid-market private equity firm Next Capital, said the body was hopeful of finding a replacement by the end of the year and was…

National mining groups to combine

The Australian Coal Association (ACA) and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) have announced that they will combine to form a single representative body for the Australian mining sector. A statement said the decision to integrate the two organisations has been taken by member companies to ensure the industry is well positioned for the future.  It went on to say the move will ensure the mining industry has a clear voice in national policy debates on the economy, climate change…

Self-medication group introduces online induction program

The Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI) has launched an interactive online induction course for those working in the consumer health sector. A first-of-its-kind online resource, it is expected to become an industry standard, ensuring high levels of knowledge, compliance and Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) promotion across the sector. With five core learning modules, the ASMI Online Inudstry Induction Course will familiarise individuals and teams with healthcare regulations,…

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