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ACNC releases annual report

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) has released its annual report. More than 60 000 registered Australian charities are eligible for Commonwealth charity tax concessions and must go through the ACNC before being granted reductions. It is the second annual report of the ACNC and the first time the report has been submitted to Parliament.  ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM said she was proud of the work the ACNC had achieved in meeting the regulator’s legislative…

Association Crossover as NRMA welcome NSW Farmer's Association President to Board

The NRMA board will welcome a new director in the wake of Graham Blight’s exit. Mr Blight will reach his 12-year board term limit in early 2015, making way for NSW Farmer’s Associations and Liverpool Plains farmer Fiona Simpson. Mr Blight said local councils desperately needed more money from state and federal governments for road infrastructure, making Ms Simpson a good fit. Ms Simpson said her time at the NSW Farmer’s Association will affect her work at the NRMA and she will be prioritising…

Expansion approved as MCEC inducted into Hall of Fame

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has been inducted into the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame. This is the third year in a row MCEC has taken out the Business Tourism category.  "Taking out this prestigious award and being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a huge coup for MCEC and tops off our venue's most successful year in history," said MCEC chief executive, Peter King. 

Not-for-Profit Governance Study results revealed

After surveying more than 2 700 directors of not-for-profit organisations, the Australian Institute of Company Directors has released the findings of Australia’s biggest study on not-for-profit governance. The NFP Governance and Performance Study was conducted by research firm BaxterLawley and found that more than 30 per cent of not-for-profits have discussed mergers in the last 12 months in order to improve efficiency and expand services. “The results of our study show…

2015 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition now accepting proposals

Applications are now open for session ideas for the 2015 ASAR Annual Meeting and Exposition. Sessions of all shapes and sizes will be considered for an audience primarily made up of association CEOs/executive directors and senior executives, on the proviso that sessions are engaging and challenging.  The aim is to create a learning experience which will explore cutting edge approaches to tackling issues faced in functional areas of association management.  The 2014 Annual Meeting…

Brisbane Global Cafe

In the lead up to the G20 World Leaders Summit in Brisbane, the host city has released the official program for the Brisbane Global Cafe.  Designed to highlight the global nature of G20, the Brisbane Global Cafe will provide presentations and panels addressing five key themes about the future of life on Earth and will run 12-13 November. The themes include Improving Human Life, Tourism's New Frontiers, The Digital Age, Cities of the Future and Powering Future Economics.

AgriFood Skills Australia names Anwen Lovett as CEO

The Board of AgriFood Skills Australia has announced the appointment of Ms Anwen Lovett as the new Chief Executive Officer.Ms Lovett will replace retiring CEO, Arthur Blewitt, who is retiring from the position in mid-September having led the organisation since its inception 10 years ago.Ms Lovett is currently the Executive Manager of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) and has held senior roles at the Australian…

Yvonne Butler appointed AIPM CEO

Yvonne Butler has been named AIPM’s new CEO. Ms Butler has previously held several senior positions, providing her with deep industry knowledge, consulting experience and global management experience. Ms Butler is regarded as a thought leader in strategy, governance and risk management, and is widely respected in the business and project management community as well as in the government and not-for-profit sector. National President Dr Steve Milner praised Ms Butler’s appointment. “The Board…

Bicycle Tasmania merges with Bicycle Network

Bicycle Network has welcomed the addition of a Tasmanian contingent, following a merger vote on 18 September. Formerly known as Bicycle Tasmania, the newly re-named Bicycle Network Tasmania has made the jump to improve conditions for Tasmanian riders. Bicycle Network Tasmania President Di Elliffe was enthusiastic about the merger, especially given the long and supportive relationship the two associations have enjoyed. “Securing an ongoing advocacy position in Launceston will turbocharge…

Melbourne shines at 21st Annual World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia

The 21st Annual World Travel Awards Asia & Australasian, this year held in Delhi, India, has named Melbourne as Australasia's Leading Meetings and Conference Destination for the second year.  The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) also took our Australasia's Leading Meetings and Conference Centre for the third consecutive year.  Melbourne Convention Bureau's (MCB) chief executive, Karen Bolinger, said the award was testament to MCB's recent success. "[We have] secured…

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