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.

The 14th Annual Associations Forum National Conference will be held on 15-16 July 2019 at the National Convention Centre Canberra. 

Hundreds of senior executives, Board members, and experts in their field will gather to lead discussions on the key issues affecting the associations, charities and not-for-profit sector. 

For general enquiries, please call the team on 02 9904 8200 or email admin@associations.net.au.

Please contact our Partnerships team on 02 9904 8200 or email partnerships@associations.net.au for any sponsorship enquiries.

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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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Representatives of Member Organisations: $990 ($1,100 after 10 May)

Representatives of Non-Member NFP Organisations: $1,320 ($1,540 after 10 May)

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Session highlights

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The Latest in Technology for Associations and Charities

From CRM systems to event apps: how do you decide which ones you should use and how much to pay for them? Labour costs and the advantages of automation are both...

Katherine Raskob, Chief Executive Officer, Fundraising Institute Australia

Nicholas Bradshaw, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Osteopathy Australia

Madeleine Culbert, Chief Executive Officer, NSW division of the Institute of Public Administration Australia

Phoebe Tan, Senior Manager, International Strategy & Projects, AusIMM

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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

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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

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Driving Innovation in Your Association: Creating New Value!

This session will enable participants to design and lead their innovation strategy and effectively test, select and implement innovations. Danny Samson will present practical and useful frameworks for how industry and professional associations can most effectively evaluate... 

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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. This session will investigate:

  • The importance of inducting and onboarding new members
  • Whether using a member committee is an advantage or disadvantage
  • Top tips on recruitment strategies

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. This panel will examine:

  • Building the case for change and consulting over many months
  • The best time to undertake a restructure
  • The crucial role members play and how to market a vote for change

Nello Marino, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Podiatry Association
Dr Matthew Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Chiropractors Association
Michelle Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Australia

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