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Membership Renewal – Strategy and Planning

As we approach the end of the financial year 2022/2023, many associations are preparing to launch their annual membership renewal campaign. Our advice for these membership renewals and those for the rest of the year (including anniversary memberships) is to focus on three key things. We must remember that most of all, this is not…

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Employee or Contractor? What’s the difference and why is it important.

In light of last month’s recent two High Court rulings (see FairWork link below for details), it’s essential that Associations review their current employment contracts and independent contract agreements. The penalties for misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor can be severe. Previously, classifying was determined by the relationship between the individual and the employer,…

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OFTA Leading the way in the Oceanic Film and Television Industry

The Oceanic Film and Television Association (OFTA) is excited to announce its official launch date, 22.2.22. OFTA commenced to empower individuals within the Film and Television Industry through education and enhancement. Lucinda Bruce one of the Founding Board members said “The need for a self-sustaining industry within Australia is evident. One of our primary goals…

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Corporations Act has been changed – Virtual and Hybrid AGM’s

Yesterday the Corporations Amendment (Meetings and Documents) Bill 2021 was passed. The amendment was to establish a permanent mechanism to allow companies and registered schemes to hold hybrid meetings and use technology to execute, sign and share company and meeting related documents. The changes were welcomed to suit and meet the requirements of the current…

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ACNC Reporting Thresholds are changing – 1/7/22

The ACNC are changing the levels of reporting thresholds for the financial years commencing 1st July 2022 as per the table below.  The changes will soon see thousands of charities re-classified – particularly from medium-sized to small – with their reporting obligations to the ACNC to change so they more appropriately match the size of…

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COVID-19 Government Assistance for Business – Handy Links

Business.gov.au has one handy webpage with links for all COVID-19 related financial assistance for businesses in all states and territories. If you need to check business support grants, hardship schemes, disaster payments or other funding measures in your state, visit Business.gov.au COVID-19 financial support for small business webpage. Information, eligibility and types of available aid are…

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Industry Recognition – Top 5

The Association Specialists has recently been recognized by Spice Magazine as one of the top 5 best event management companies in Australia. Spice Magazine is the go-to news source for the events industry and each year they recognize the best service providers and suppliers in the events industry, as voted by their readers. “It was…

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Come join us and Get Local! New dates 15-16 February 2022

The Association Specialists are proud to be partnering with Get Local, a national business events exhibition which will bring the business events industry together in a flexible and engaging format Get Local will showcase suppliers, destinations & product for meetings, events, conferences, incentives & group business travel across Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific.   It will…

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Cyberattacks on the rise

As we become totally operational in the digital sphere, cyber security and cyber risk mitigation has never been more prevalent as it is today. In 2018, the direct cost associated with cybersecurity for Australian business was $29billion per annum. Associations and small businesses can sometimes lack the resources required to implement a dedicated IT department…

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TAS Thought Leadership- Finance Paper

As associations wrap-up their financial year to 30th June 2020 and the ongoing uncertainty from theCOVID-19 pandemic continues to leave many associations unsure of their immediate outcomes, thefocus of the Board on financial management is of even greater importance than normal. This paperaims to provide some guidelines for where Boards should focus their thinking and…

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TAS Thought Leadership Series- Membership Renewals

As we near the end of the financial year 2019/2020, many associations are preparing to launch their annual membership renewal campaign. Typically, this has been a roll-out of much of the same messaging and strategies of previous years, but the unwelcome appearance of COVID-19 means this must change for 2020/2021. In particular, our advice for…

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