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Dubai welcomes international associations after historic law change

International associations have been given the go-ahead to open regional headquarters in Dubai in a move which could turn the emirate into a 'gateway to the Middle East' for not-for-profit organisations. Until now the legal framework made it almost impossible for international associations to establish themselves in Dubai. That's because organisations wanting to set up in the city-state had to have boards consisting entirely - or mainly - of United Arab Emirates (UAE) nationals. But…

Australian Institute of Management announces merger

A new chapter of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) will be formed following the announcement of a merger between their Queensland/Northern Territory and New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory divisions. Members showed strong support for the historic merger at the Annual General Meeting on 30 May 2013 in a unanimous vote. The merger, which was nine months in the making, is the first step in a process that aims to unite the remaining AIM divisions across Australia. The…

Associations concerned about work-related self-education expenses cap

Members of Associations Forum are concerned following Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan's recent announcement of his plans to introduce a $2000 cap on work-related self-education expense deductions. Following the announcement, a number of members contacted Associations Forum to express their concerns and seek more information. General Manager of Associations Forum, John Peacock, has responded by writing to the Treasurer on behalf of near to 500 member associations. The following…

Governance implications from Associations Forum Board Survey 2013

John Peacock, General Manager of Associations Forum, comments on what we can learn from the statistics and trends in the 2013 Associations Forum Board Survey.   Although there are numerically more associations incorporated under the Associations Incorporation legislation of the Australian states and territories, the organisations completing the survey are evenly balanced between the Associations Incorporation Acts…

NSW Government terminates negotiations with Sydney Harbour Expo

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has been advised by Infrastructure NSW that it has terminated negotiations with Sydney Harbour Expo for the creation of temporary exhibition facilities at Glebe Island. The temporary facility was proposed to cater for displaced exhibitions during the three-year closure of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre while a major redevelopment takes place at Darling Harbour. Project Director for the redevelopment, Tim Parker, has…

South Australian Farmers Federation dissolved

The South Australian Farmers Federation (SAFF) has been dissolved and a new umbrella group known as Primary Producers SA has launched. At a recent meeting in Adelaide, the members voted to disband the 123-year-old organisation and change the Constitution. The new body will consist of different commodity groups in the farming industry as opposed to individuals. President Roger Farley said he hoped farmers would embrace the new model. "It is a bit of a sad day but…

New guide for NFP annual and financial reporting

A raft of legislative and regulatory change has served as the basis for the latest installment of Enhancing Not-for-Profit Annual and Financial Reporting, a publication by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (the Institute) for the not-for-profit (NFP) sector. Enhancing Not-for-Profit Annual and Financial Reporting is the fourth edition of the publication to be launched since 2006, and offers guidance to NFP entities in the compilation of financial and annual…

Free TV Chairman resigns

According to The Australian, Jeffrey Browne, managing director of Channel Nine, tendered his resignation in an email to the Free TV Australia Board on Tuesday 16th April 2013. This follows reports from The Australian on Monday 15th April 2013 that a group of networks with seats on the Board was planning to oust Browne for perceived bias towards his own channel. "To assist a fresh start, I now resign the position of Chair. I do so acknowledging this will be construed…

One strong voice for newsagents

The QNF and ANF Boards said the vision and purpose of the merger is to strengthen the position of Queensland newsagents by delivering more consistent and effective outcomes, developing a stronger united voice and enhancing the strength and influence of the ANF. Chairman of the QNF Board, Rod Bradley said there had never been a better time to be a part of a strong professional industry lobby group. “It is vital for individual newsagents to unite under one national body to address…

Swimming pool & spa associations in court battle

Disagreement between associations representing Australia’s swimming pool and spa industry has resulted in court action. At the core of the dispute is the decision by the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of NSW, one of five state-based members of the federated national body, to rebrand itself with the business name Swimming Pool & Spa Alliance. On 17 December 2012, SPASA Victoria issued a media statement strongly objecting to the formation of the…

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