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Navigating event cancellations

The association and not-for-profit sector has encountered a number of unforeseen issues since the greater impacts of coronavirus were felt globally. Along with mass redundancies across all sectors, many associations have been forced to cancel major conferences, meetings and events.  The following notes have been drafted by Matt Crouch Legal and cover a few considerations about the legal implications of event cancellations, which was discussed in a webinar…

ATO economic response for NFP's

Finance

ATO has outlined upcoming cash flow boosts in response to the economic impact of coronavirus.  Your NFP is eligible if you: employ staff held an ABN on 12 March 2020 and continue to be active have an aggregate annual turnover of less than $50 million (generally based on prior year turnover) made eligible payments that you are required to withhold from (even if the amount you need to withhold is zero). Charities registered with…

Workplace laws and government support during coronavirus

Operations, Workplace Laws

Associations Forum has gathered a list of essential resources from various authorities that provide answers to frequently asked questions.  Australian workplace laws regarding coronavirus. Fairwork has issued a list of important Government information about coronavirus, the workplace and the obligations to employees under the Fair Work Act. This information is designed to help employers navigate the obligations during the coronavirus crisis and answer some of the frequently asked…

Early access to superannuation

Finance

The Federal Government has announced measures regarding superannuation in order to provide further support to Australians who have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Early access to superannuation Usually, superannuation benefits can only be accessed once an individual meets a condition of release. The Government is temporarily allowing individuals affected by the Coronavirus early access of up to $10,000 from their superannuation balance for the 2019/2020…

Holding AGMs during COVID-19

Governance

UPDATE: Associations that are incorporated under the NSW Associations Incorporation Act that wish to postpone their AGM, or whose constitution does not provide for the holding of virtual AGMs can apply to NSW Fair Trading for an extension using Form A11. The fee will be waived. Click here to view.…

Stimulus Incentives for Not-for-profits

Finance

As part of a second stimulus package in response to the economic support through the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Federal Government has now included support for Australia's charity and not-for-profit sector. Below is a summary of measures included in the new plan: Support for Not-for-profits: Not-for-profits…

Relief for directors from insolvency

Finance

The Federal Government announced that directors would be exempt from personal liability for trading while insolvent for six months as part of its response to COVID-19. The economic impacts of the Coronavirus and health measures to prevent its spread could see many otherwise profitable and viable businesses temporarily face financial distress. It is important that these businesses have a safety net to make sure that when the crisis has passed they can resume normal business…

Board succession planning

Strategic Planning

Directors are temporary custodians of the association they serve. Part of their responsibility is to ensure the existence of a succession plan to enable continued good governance. Associations Forum’s Denys Correll provides some tips to help you with your succession planning.

External Reviews improve associations

Strategic Planning

By John Peacock, CEO, Associations ForumIndependent expert analysis of an association via an External Review allows a fresh perspective that will boost the effectiveness of an association. One of the magical aspects of associations is that many of them are very much the same - yet also completely different. Certainly, the causes pursued are distinct, ranging from avocados to banking, construction, dentistry, education and…

Survey Reports

Associations Forum undertakes practical surveys every year which are used by the associations and charities sector as standard reference points and are free to members that participate. Members who do not participate in our surveys can purchase the report for a discounted rate. Our surveys include Associations Salary Survey, Board Survey, Membership and Services Survey, and Association Events Survey. For more information or to purchase a copy of any of our survey reports please…

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