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Thursday May 16, 2019

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019 (whistleblower legislation) received assent on 12 March 2019 and will come into effect as of 1 July 2019. This new Act provides a unified, strengthened whistleblower protection regime. As the Act applies to all public and large proprietary companies, it is likely to impact many Australian not-for-profit organisations and associations. AES spoke to Andrew McLeish, the Managing Director of Stopline, to get a better understanding of the new Act. Stopline is Australia’s ...
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Thursday May 16, 2019

Managing a not-for-profit association can have its ups and downs but there are rewards for leaders who are able to facilitate change. New leaders in any association, from the President through to the Executive Officer, are often in the spotlight. The best way to win the acclaim of the members whilst in this spotlight is to achieve the goals and objectives of the association.  But be warned, there are many instances when the new job suddenly becomes a nightmare and you really ...
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Tuesday April 30, 2019

Most associations hold events or conferences for their members. In some instances, the annual conference may be the only activity an association conducts for their members, and is one of the main reasons members join the association. The problem is, conferences often tend to be viewed as a stand-alone event—rather than holistically integrated into the association’s overarching remit of activities. As a result, many conferences fail to consider the needs of members and are therefore not as successful as they could ...
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Tuesday April 30, 2019

Managing an association or a not-for-profit organisation carries significant risk of liability to both individuals and the organisation itself. In different circumstances, board members and senior managers can be held personally liable for a failure to act or their actions. As an association or a not-for-profit organisation, investing in a comprehensive insurance policy is something that cannot be overlooked. As an association or a not-for-profit organisation, investing in a comprehensive insurance policy is something that cannot be overlooked. David Federici (Director of ...
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Wednesday April 10, 2019

Association Executive Services (AES) recently commenced work on a project for the South Gippsland Shire Council. The project includes the development of a Good Governance Toolkit. The Toolkit will be an online governance resource, designed to empower the business community in South Gippsland by helping local associations effectively and efficiently manage and grow their membership base. South Gippsland’s business and tourism associations rely heavily on the commitment of volunteers to undertake initiatives that benefit the business community. From time to time, ...
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Tuesday April 09, 2019

Tapping Into New Forms Of Funding Charities and fund raising drives are in the news constantly. The majority of us receive constant requests for donations for worthy causes. However, most not for profit organisations and industry associations are not charities. As such, they rely very heavily on government funding, membership subscriptions and payment for services to remain viable. While the idea of accessing government funding, or any other type of grant, might seem like a long-shot or a pipedream, there is a ...
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Wednesday March 27, 2019

Most not-for-profit Boards and Committees are made up of volunteer members. As such, it can be difficult to encourage members to join your association’s Board or Committee—everyone is time poor these days. But, having a diverse, experienced Board offers many benefits to an association. Volunteer Board members bring with them a range of skills, abilities, expertise and experience, all of which contribute to the overall management of the association. Yet, on the rare occasion, Boards sometimes find themselves with members who ...
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Wednesday March 13, 2019

Are you about to send out your membership renewals? If you are, then be prepared for your association to come under scrutiny from your members. Regardless of how much growth you may have experienced in the past year, members who are undecided as to whether to renew their membership will critically assess whether your association is doing a good job. If your association has not been delivering on the services promised, or your board of directors or staff have not engaged ...
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Tuesday February 26, 2019

In my many years of experience reporting to, providing advice to, and being a member of, not-for-profit Boards, one of the most common issues I’ve experienced is a lack of understanding when it comes to governance.   There is a perception that governance encompasses only the legal obligations of a Board, Committee, or Council. However, whether it is an association, a not-for-profit, or a commercial business, governance should encompass everything that a Board, Committee, or Council requires to deliver sound, informed ...
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Monday February 25, 2019

We recently spoke with Genevieve Newton (Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Music Teachers’ Association) about her experience with the AES Best Practice Association and Not for Profit Benchmarking Self-Assessment. In her role as Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association (VMTA), Genevieve first used the AES benchmarking tool a few years ago. According to Genevieve, “I used the tool independently of our Board and found it very helpful. The self-assessment revealed that we fell somewhat short of meeting best practice. ...
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Monday February 11, 2019

It saddens me to hear of any association experiencing financial crisis. Unfortunately though, financial crisis occurs all too often in the not-for-profit sector—associations are often forced to lay off staff, restructure or move into smaller, cheaper office space. Within an association, these types of changes have serious consequences. For example, research tells us that very few associations develop proper procedure manuals. So, when staff are retrenched, they take with them all the operational knowledge of the organisation, as well as the ...
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Tuesday January 29, 2019

At one of our recent AES member meetings, the issue of membership—particularly member retention and growth—was discussed. Most associations realised their membership was either failing to grow or, even worse, declining. As such, there needs to be a simultaneous focus on both member retention and member growth, which can often be difficult with limited resources. So, we thought it was time to really delve into this area, to share some of the do and don’ts of growing association membership that we’ve ...
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Friday November 09, 2018

Has Your Association Lost Its Focus? Is It Time to Revisit Your Strategic Plan? Associations can be very dynamic organisations. They can bring together like minded members to share information, ideas, and best practice processes within their industry or area of interest. Modern society has prospers as result of this type of collaboration; it has instigated breakthroughs in science, changed societies values, and influenced government policies. An effective member association can serve the community in any number of ways. So then, what do ...
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Wednesday August 01, 2018

Recognising the achievements of members at high profile awards events or ceremonies is a huge part of the culture of many Australian not-for-profits, particularly associations.     Award ceremonies give associations the opportunity to recognise and promote their members, employees and volunteers through the allocation of awards for various services, deeds or contributions. A properly managed award process can be a very valuable asset for an association as it enhances the members’ sense of belonging and helps promote an association’s brand.   Awards often ...
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Wednesday July 25, 2018

Have you recently been appointed to a leadership role within a not-for-profit association? Congratulations!    Managing an association can be a highly rewarding and exciting experience. There are some fantastic opportunities within not-for-profit associations for leaders who can steer their organisation in the right direction, helping their organisation achieve its goals and objectives. As with any leadership role, managing a not-for-profit association can have its ups and downs. There are often several challenges that association leaders need to be aware of, and address, if ...
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Wednesday July 04, 2018

  In Australia, an exemption from income tax is available for qualifying not-for-profit organisations, including associations formed for certain purposes. If an organisation is exempt from income tax, it does not have to lodge income tax returns or pay income tax. Where a full exemption is not available, special rules may apply to determine a not-for-profit’s taxable income and rates of tax. This exemption does not extend to other potential tax obligations such as GST, PAYG withholding and Fringe Benefits Tax; each of which must be considered ...
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Thursday June 21, 2018

Operating Outside Your State of Incorporation?  Headed by Nick Koerbin, the AES team spent an exciting couple of days at the Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) conference in Adelaide at the end of May. We’d like to thank all those who visited our exhibition booth. Whilst at the AuSAE conference, we received some interesting questions related to the governance and risk management of associations. As such, we thought we ask our legal advisor John Crosby to answer some of the main ...
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Thursday June 21, 2018

Leading and managing associations can be very complex, particularly for association Presidents. There are various stakeholders to manage (usually with competing interests) and legal requirements to abide by, the not-for-profit sector presents unique challenges of its own, and you must ensure that you’re delivering value to your members. In today’s article, we take a look at some of the most common challenges faced by association Presidents, along with some ideas on how to overcome these challenges.   Legal Considerations    According to AES Consultant John ...
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Thursday June 21, 2018

Every member-based organisation needs the resources, procedures and processes to support effective decision-making and provide outcomes that deliver excellent services to members. Without this focus, your organisation's service delivery will fall short, and you'll likely waste both resources and time. As an association or not for profit leader it is critical to understand the complexities of running an organisation. Even the simple goals, like increasing membership numbers, can be complicated. You need to have streamlined systems in place to reduce complexity ...
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Thursday June 21, 2018

Australia’s association conference industry is worth billions of dollars, with many conferences attracting both interstate and international attendees. According to Andrew Hiebl (CEO, Association of Australian Convention Bureaux), the importance of business events, including association conferences, to the Australian economy has received significant recognition in the Federal Government’s tourism policy. “The Honourable Steven Ciobo MP (Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) recently announced Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program, which will see an investment of $12 million across the next three ...
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