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But You Just Arrived?

By Admin | September 14, 2018

Mistakes to Avoid During Membership On-Boarding   With the recent hosting of our Strategic Board Series we have noticed the never-ending problems associated with membership. How do we keep people interested? How do we attract new members? We have some handy tips included here to stop your organisation from losing your members as soon as…

Are you affected by the EU General Data Protection Regulation?

By Admin | May 31, 2018

Board members are often involved in both their association and full time work, and it can often be difficult to keep up to date with pertinent information on what is happening in the sector and what new policies might affect your organisation. Therefore, we have written this guide to help summarise the new EU General…

Association Management Systems Paper – April 2018

By Admin | May 31, 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…

Privacy Policy

By Admin | May 31, 2018

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…

Conference Convenor – Duty of Care

By Admin | May 24, 2018

Whilst we acknowledge that conference committees are generally made up of volunteers motivated to provide benefits to members and third parties, the committee members need to be aware that they have an underlying duty of care to the organisation and members they are representing. Failure to meet the necessary duty of care could in extreme…

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

By Admin | March 20, 2018

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…

Incorporated Association or Company Limited by Guarantee

By Admin | March 20, 2018

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…

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

By Admin | January 10, 2018

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…

Is your association ready for the upcoming privacy law changes?

By Admin | November 8, 2017

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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