14th Annual

Associations Forum National Conference

15 - 16 July 2019, National Convention Centre Canberra


Established in 2006, the Associations Forum National Conference is Australia's best-attended conference for the association sector.

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Adrienne Picone

Chief Executive Officer, Volunteering Australia

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Lyn Goodear

Chief Executive Officer, Australian HR Institute

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Penny Cornah

Executive Director, Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland

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Ruben Mackellar

Communications Officer, Osteopathy Australia

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Tim Sheehy

Director General, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

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Sean Rooney

Chief Executive Officer, Leading Age Services Australia

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Greg Hughes

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Building

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Jonathan Smithers

Chief Executive Officer, Law Council of Australia

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Katherine Raskob

Chief Executive Officer, Fundraising Institute Australia

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Value for Money

Representatives of Member Organisations: $1,100

Representatives of Non-Member NFP Organisations: $1,540

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Session highlights

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Association Transformation: Evolution or Revolution

Associations need to stay relevant and current, hence they often need to make major changes to their structure, management, offerings or purpose. This panel will discuss how to identify when significant changes are required, including seeking independent advice...

Susan Hull, Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors

Andrew Gosbell, Chief Executive Officer, General Practice Registrars Australia

Alice Evans, Chief Executive Officer, True Relationships and Reproductive Health

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Working with Bureaucracy & Regulators

Associations invariably need to work in conjunction with Government authorities. Whilst most have a healthy relationship and mutual understanding, more reciprocal knowledge is always valuable...

Deborah Jenkins, Deputy Commissioner, Small Business, Australian Taxation Office

Mick Keogh, Deputy Chair, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Kate Carnell, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

Michael Campbell, Deputy Fair Work Ombudsman - Operations

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Associations and Credentialing, Certification and Accreditation

Offering professional credentials is a valued member service and a source of revenue and reputation for the association. This panel will discuss...

Lyn Goodear, Chief Executive Officer, Australian HR Institute

Rachel Freeman, Professional Services and Education Manager, Australian Diabetes Educators Association

Rob Thomason, Executive Director, VETASSESS

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Successful Association Advocacy Stories

Members want their association to have position statements and to fight for them through subtle or forceful lobbying. This session will examine best strategies, practices and top tips for successful advocacy...

Peter Strong, Chief Executive Officer, Council of Small Business Organisations Australia

Jonathan Smithers, Chief Executive Officer, Law Council of Australia

Peter Strong, Chief Executive Officer, Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia

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Recruiting and Welcoming New Members

Membership is the life blood of most associations, being one of the most significant income generators and the primary purpose for the organisation...


Jim McElwain, Executive Director, Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc

Tamra Costello, Director, QLD Council of Parents and Citizens' Association

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Merging a Federal Association into One: Sagas and Successes

Federations of different entities with nearly identical purposes often embark on a merger into one body.

Chair: Adrian Hart, Manager - Client Services, Associations Forum

Nello Marino, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Podiatry Association

Dr Matthew Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Chiropractors Association

Michelle Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Australia

Nello Marino, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Podiatry Association

Michelle Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Australia

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