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The Association Specialists Expand into Vibrant Melbourne

Media Release: 6 May 2019 Acquiring two expert Association Management businesses in Melbourne, The Association Specialists add expertise and infrastructure to service the local market The Association Specialists (TAS) are fast becoming Australia’s leading provider of association management services, having secured two Melbourne based businesses, expanding their footprint and strengthening their expert team locally. Earlier…

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Associations Leading Ladies – Christine Pope

For this second part in our ‘Associations Leading Ladies’ series, I had the opportunity to ask Christine Pope a few questions and pick her brain on the topics of leadership, association management and her early inspirations. Christine Pope Non-Executive Director and Treasurer, Australian Traditional Medicine Society Christine is an experienced natural medicine professional who is…

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Your Guide to Not-for-Profit Governance

Express 2-Hour Governance Board Education Course Due to the ever-changing complexity of the legal framework in the Not-for-Profit (NFP) sector, it is necessary for officers, directors and those who interact with Boards to stay relevant and up-to-date with current regulations. To help facilitate this, The Association Specialists collaborated with the Governance Institute of Australia to…

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Why your Association needs a Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

“A well-developed business continuity plan can provide the association with a roadmap for maintaining revenue streams, continued operations and customer service during times of crisis” – Associations Forum It is essential for associations to have a Business Continuity Plan in place in case of any potential disruptions. If your organisation doesn’t have a system in…

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Are you paying a fair fee?

“No matter how you spin it, there’s something seriously smelly about an industry that survives on kickbacks and commissions. Claiming you act for your client but getting paid by people who want you to flog products to that client, is the sort of behavior that is rightly seen as corrupt.” Annette Sampson, Sydney Morning Herald…

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Are you likely to lose your website?

How to ensure that your website is safely under your control Getting a website up and running is a big job and involves a lot of individuals with their fingers in the proverbial pie, from web developers to domain name registrars, board members to website hosting companies. As with any process this large, the chance…

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Using social media to generate a buzz for your event

By Mel Kettle, Social Media Expert for Associations Quite a few event organisers I’ve been speaking with have shared how much more difficult it is to get people to register these days. There are so many options these days, so you really want your event to stand out. Social media can be a great help…

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Why events are a powerful marketing and business development tool for sponsors

By Richard Woodward Events are a powerful marketing and business development tool for engaging audiences, building brand awareness, communicating brand messages, engaging employees, building relationships, differentiating from your competition and driving sales. However you must ensure that your prospect fully understands the power of events as a medium —compared to other opportunities such as television,…

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Association Management Systems Paper – April 2018

Introduction: Over the past 10 years The Association Specialists has been involved with some 100+ associations.  During this time, we have witnessed many different methodologies and approaches undertaken by these associations in regard to Association Management Systems.  We thought it might be both of interest and useful to highlight our major considerations and the potential…

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Privacy Policy

The Association Specialists is committed to upholding your privacy as a valued client, prospective client, stakeholder or user of the The Association Specialists services.  As a client-based organisation, its business operations include collecting, storing, processing and transacting data relating to its clients and prospective clients. The Australian Specialists operates globally and has in place, general…

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Bitesized Summary of the Managing Conflicts of Interest Guide by the ACNC

Associations can be complex organisations, and like anything involving us human beings they can have messy, chaotic, problematic personalities. Thus, conflicts of interest are an often-encountered fact of doing business, which, if left unmanaged can grow into serious problems. To help busy board members, directors, governors, trustees and responsible persons understand exactly what conflicts of…

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Incorporated Association or Company Limited by Guarantee

Consultancy

When starting a Not-for-profit organisation understanding the various structures and choosing the optimal one for your needs can be a difficult and confusing process. The following document aims to summarise the advantages and differences between the two most popular structures- incorporated associations and companies limited by guarantee.   What is an Incorporated Association? It is…

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What’s Hot in the Association Conference Sector in 2018?

Event Management

It’s been a busy 12 months of conferences and the TAS team have enjoyed a diverse array of events this year. From colleges honouring ancient traditions to emergency medics taking over a big top, 2017 has been all about engagement and, as these top trends for 2018 show, it’s a theme that is set to…

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Is your association ready for the upcoming privacy law changes?

If you’ve been reading the biz news or scrolling through LinkedIn lately you will be aware that the Privacy Act is changing in 2018. What you may not know is how this is likely to affect your association. Here is a summary of the changes to the Act and an overview on what the implications…

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