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Member Resources

Associations Forum regularly undertakes practical surveys which are used by the associations and charities sector as standard reference points and are free to members that participate. 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 call 02 9904 8200 or email


Association Board Survey 2021

The Association Board Survey, which has been conducted annually since 2008, examines a number of questions including Board composition and association governance. We have observed some interesting trends in association governance over the years relating to Board sizes and the duration Board members are serving.

Key Findings

  • Presidents/Chairs of Boards are increasingly being elected by Boards. 
  • The number of female Directors on Boards has increased slightly. 
  • The average number of face-to-face Board meetings scheduled this year has increased and the average number of online meetings has decreased, indicating Boards are slowly returning to face-to-face meetings. 
  • The percentage of associations surveyed that allocated funds for directors’ professional development has decreased.
  • The number of organisations that pay directors’ fees, other than expense reimbursements, continues to decrease.

The 16-page Association Board Survey 2021 can be purchased for $200 (NFP organisations only). 


Association Membership and Services Survey 2021

Membership and member services are fundamental to associations and charities, and the main challenge for these organisations is to provide services that members deem essential or highly valuable. All associations changed how they serviced their members during the COVID-19 crisis last year, reflected in the changed statistics in Association Forum's 12th annual membership and services survey.

Key Findings

  • During the COVID-19 crisis, a majority of membership-based organisations offered some sort of financial relief to paying members 
  • Member retention rates remain strong, professional associations were the only group that saw a decrease in member retention rates
  • Emails, phone calls and social media are still considered to be the most effective channels to retain and regain members
  • Budget restraints continue to be the most common reason given as to why members do not renew their membership

The 12-page Association Membership and Services Survey Report 2021 can be purchased for $200 (NFP organisations only).


Associations Salary Survey 2021

Wentworth Advantage and Associations Forum are in the 13th year of producing a dedicated salary resource for professionals and Board members in the association sector. The comprehensive 90-page report highlights salary and employment trends throughout the associations sector and identifies emerging market trends and business changes. There are twelve positions examined in detail in the report.

Key Findings

  • Changes in remuneration were more modest than in previous years, regardless of whether salaries rose or fell. 
  • HR Manager positions received the largest total salary package increase. 
  • Policy Managers recorded the largest total salary package decrease.

The 90-page Associations Salary Survey 2021 can be purchased for $190 (NFP members) and $490 (NFP non-members). 


Association Events Survey 2020 - COVID-19 Special Edition

The Association Events Survey aims to explore the events that associations are running, how they are being produced, and the trends within the association events sector. As associations are considered to be the second largest sector of the events industry, this survey will be of interest to both associations and those working in the events sector. This special edition of the Associations Events Survey sheds light on the impact of COVID-19 on association events. 

Key Findings

  • Almost half of the survey respondents reported a decrease in hours worked on events
  • A majority of the survey respondents utilised Zoom to run their virtual events
  • Over half of the survey respondents reported a shift to running events online. Other respondents stated they were running hybrid events, had canceled their face-to-face events, or had made plans to resume face-to-face events once restrictions had lifted.  

The 10-page Association Events Survey Report 2020 can be purchased for $200 (NFP organisations only).


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