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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,…

EEAA launches 'The Power of Exhibitions'

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has launched an advocacy campaign titled The Power of Exhibitions, which aims to build awareness about the role of exhibitions and events in driving business and economic development. Organisers, venues and suppliers from around Australia attended an industry briefing in Sydney on Tuesday 13 August with NSW Deputy Premier, Andrew Stoner. EEAA President Domenic Genua said the campaign would help build awareness…

AMA appoints new Secretary General

The Executive Council of the Federal Australian Medical Association (AMA) has appointed Ms Anne Trimmer as Secretary General of the Federal AMA. Ms Trimmer is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA). Prior to joining the MTAA, Anne had an extensive career in the legal profession, practising law as a commercial partner of a major Australian law firm. Anne has held several leadership positions in professional and educational…

Federal Government delays $2000 self-education salary cap

The Federal Government announced on Friday 2 August 2013 that it will defer its decision to cap deductions on self-education expenses at $2000. The Government announcement on the deferral was in the Economic Statement, Page 34 -“The Government has decided to defer the introduction of the $2,000 cap on work related education expense deductions until 1 July 2015. This will allow for further consultation on how best to target excessive claims while ensuring the impact on university enrolments…

ASAE members head Down Under for Associations Forum conference

American senior association executives exchanged ideas and insights into the international association landscape with their Australian counterparts in Sydney recently as part of a week-long study tour. Eight American delegates were brought to Australia as members of the American Society of Associations Executives (ASAE), a membership organisation of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners that represents 10,000 organisations. The…

Cap on work-related education expense deductions must be reversed

Associations Forum and its members have called on the Treasurer to reverse the government’s decision to impose a cap on self-education expenses.  At a meeting in Canberra this week, Associations Forum represented its 460 member organisations along side 20 peak professional bodies in opposition to the cap. Following the meeting, Associations Forum sent a submission to the Treasury outlining why the cap should be reversed, based on feedback from members. “There is unity among…

ACNC governance standards introduced

The new governance standards for charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) came into effect on 1 July 2013. The standards apply to all organisations registered or wishing to register with the ACNC, except for Basic Religious Charities. "This will provide assurance to the community that if a charity is registered with the ACNC, it commits to these straightforward standards," said Acting Commissioner Murray Baird. Those charities…

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…

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