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Holding AGMs during COVID-19


The following notes have been taken from an Associations Forum Governance Webinar, held on 28 April 2020, Chaired by Kathy Nguyen, Associations Forum. When considering your options for AGMs, you must ensure there is a reasonable opportunity for members to participate ie. hear speakers, make comments, ask questions or vote. Your options include: Postponing the AGM Holding a virtual AGM

Working from home: WHS safety laws

Workplace Laws

WHS laws still apply to businesses whose workers are required to work from home.  Employers must still ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their workers. The worker also has a responsibility to take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety, including complying with reasonable instructions given by the employer…

New resource to assist registered organisations

The Registered Organisations Commission has acknowledged difficulties complying with COVID-19 obligations, including restrictions on gatherings and other social distancing measures, and has advised in relation to meetings held via telephone or online technology. The ROC has issued a guidance note to assist registered organisations who are experiencing this challenge. Click…

Why it's time to update your Strategic Plan

Operations, Governance

COVID-19 has meant that business-as-usual has changed, at least for the remainder of this year. If you have an association Plan that was developed more than 4 weeks ago, it is likely that the focus of your action plan will have dramatically changed. This is not to say that your whole strategic plan has necessarily changed but you must review it,…

Consumer rights and COVID-19

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has highlighted the latest information on consumer rights, travel and event cancellations in relation to COVID-19. This can be of interest to associations and their members. Consumers are urged to remain patient, and where possible to contact the business or association by email or website, rather than…

Cut hours, stand down, or redundancy?


As COVID-19 devastates your members' businesses large and small, employers are being faced with a dreadful dilemma: should we cut hours, stand down staff or make people redundant?The reality is - no one wants to lay staff off. However, your desire to do the right thing and keep workers employed could backfire on you unless you are careful and get good advice pertinent to your particularly circumstances.Many employers believe that standing down employees is an easier or…

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