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  • 17 May 2018 12:55 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

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    Written by John Shackleton

    This is what a client said recently when I simply asked how you doing? He looked extremely up tight so I followed with a couple more questions:

    Exactly what’s stressing you?

    I listened carefully as he listed about 10 things, poor cash flow in the business, demanding clients, his teenage kids, the increase in traffic etc etc. So I asked him:

    Are those things stressing everyone?

    After a short pause he relaxed a little and came back with:

    No I suppose that many of those things are just getting to me right now. My mind is making these things into a big deal and I’m getting all wound up about them. How do I stop my mind from making mountains out of mole hills?

    We are all guilty of this, we let our mind make small things into big things so that we can worry about them! Here’s an example: someone cuts us up in traffic so we lean on the horn, flick them a rude sign and shout at them. That’s often not the end of it either, we carry the incident around with us all day, we think about it over and over again and tell everyone about it. We ask ourselves questions like How can I teach that guy a lesson. How can I stop it happening again? Why do things like this always happen to me? Sometime we find ourselves still dwelling on the situation days or even weeks later.

    Animals don’t react to stress like that. When attacked by a lion, a herd of wilder beast will experience massive stress and run around in a total panic. Eventually one of them gets caught (extremely stressful for that one!) but the rest of the herd immediately go back to what they were doing before - eating grass.

    After explaining this to my client he angrily said:

    So you’re saying all I need to do is let go of things and stop getting wound up about them. Exactly how am I supposed to do that?

    I explained that it’s not as simple or as easy as that. I told him that his current mental habits were stopping him from using that strategy especially when under pressure. By reacting blindly to an stressful stimulus in the past, we’ve programmed a mind habit. In a stressful situation, by the time we consciously decide to ‘let things go’, it’s too late, we’ve probably been stressing for a long period already and re affirmed the bad habit several times!

    The solution for us all is to put a gap between stimulus and response and the way to do that is to practice Mindfulness. The meditation practices that are taught within mindfulness give our mind another option, another path to follow when things get stressful. Having a choice is all we need to stop reacting blindly to anything that presses our stress button. It won’t happen immediately but after a few weeks of mindfulness practice you’ll find yourself observing the stimulus and choosing your response.

    The first time this happened to me it was quite funny. Someone cut me up in traffic and after avoiding an accident, I stopped the car and laughed out loud, not my normal reaction! I wasn’t laughing at the other driver or his thoughtless behaviour, I was laughing at my own lack of reaction. It felt as though I’d broken free from a lifetime habit, I felt I no longer had to react blindly to what was happening to me. For the first time I felt that I had a choice in how I behaved to that stimulus.

    This choice provides us with the opportunity to display self control. It provide us with the chance to not put our foot in our mouth when we get upset. It frees us from the compulsive desire to react that same old way to the same old stimuli.

    Don’t think that mindfulness will instantly change your behaviour for ever, I don’t think there is anything that does that! The very least that will happen is you will have the time to see the behavioural choices that are open to you. We might not always choose the right path but at least we now have a choice and this means that sometimes we’ll choose correctly.                John Shackleton                         02 1366 669

  • 15 May 2018 2:50 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Round 2 Topic: Incorporated Societies & membership organisations across the spectrum

    What makes an Incorporated Society the best option?  With the proposed changes to the Incorporated Societies Act and the generational differences in the importance of belonging to an organisation relevant for all membership based organisations.

    We invite you to take a couple of hours out of your day to connect with others in the industry to discuss high level topics of real importance, develop new relationships and gain critical information. Attending this AuSAE event is also a great opportunity to connect with leaders from associations, charities and other not-for-profits. You will get the opportunity to discuss current workplace challenges and other issues of importance.

    Guest Speaker - Sandra Kirby, Chief Executive, Physiotherapy New Zealand

    Sandra took on the role of CEO for Physiotherapy New Zealand in October 2017 following nine years as CEO of Arthritis New Zealand.  Both organisations had Incorporated Society status with about the same number of members and similar time since incorporation. 

    Sandra has been working in public health management for over 20 years across Crown Entity, health charity and now professional membership organisation.  She is passionate about engaging people in health policy and ensuring organisations are set up to meet current and future needs.  This has meant embracing change management and how to communicate change in the not-for-profit sector.  

    Auckland l Thursday 21 June 11:30am - 2:00pm

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    Wellington l Tuesday 26 June 11:30am-2:00pm

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  • 15 May 2018 9:27 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Attending the AuSAE Conference & Exhibition (ACE) 2018 gives you a chance to make invaluable networks with a diverse range of professionals from different associations and not for profits.

    Check out below what other not for profit organisations will be attending ACE 2018 in Adelaide (as of 14 May). We thank these organisations for registering to ACE, some of which are sending up to three staff members! Register Today.

    Association of Corporate Counsel, Asia Pacific

    Association of School Business Administrators


    Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists

    Australian College for Emergency Medicine

    Australasian Sonographers Association

    Australia & New Zealand Gastro Oesophageal Surgery Association

    Australian and New Zealand Hepatic, Pancreatic and Biliary Association

    Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators

     Australian & New Zealand Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society 

    Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented

    Australian Association for the Teaching of English

    Australian Association of Graduate Employers 

    Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc

    Australian Boarding Schools Association

    Australian Dental Association 

    Australian Dental Industry Association 

    Australian Diabetes Educators Association

    Australian Education Union 

    Australian Institute of Architects


    Australian Institute of Conveyancers SA

    Australian Institute of Credit Management

    Australian Marketing Institute  

    Australian Medical Association

    Australian Medical Association of Queensland

    Australian Medical Association Tasmania 

    Australian Physiotherapy Association

    Australian Podiatry Association

    Australian Society for Microbiology


    Australian Veterinary Association

    Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association 

    Bus and Coach Association New Zealand 

    Caravan and Camping Industries Association of SA

    Caravan Industry Association Victoria
    Civil Contractors Federation

    Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

    Diabetes Research WA
    Early Childhood Intervention Australia (NSW/ACT)

    Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland


    Financial Services Federation  

    Fitness Australia

    General Practice SA  Girl Guides South Australia 
    Healthcare Financial Management Association

    Horizon Foundation

    Independent Brewers Association 

    International Association of Facilitators
    Law Society of SA 
    National Online Retailers Association

    National Retail Association 

    National Disability Practitioners NSW Touch Footbal 

    Optometry Australia 

    Optometry South Australia

    Parenting Research Centre

    Parkinson's Queensland Inc

    Pharmaceutical Society of Australia 

    Project Management Institute - Adelaide Chapter 
    Queensland Justices Association

    Queensland Law Society
    Real Estate Institute of Victoria
    Refrigerated Warehouse and Transport Association of Australia 

    Scouts ACT  Scouts Australia 

    Scouts NSW

    Scouts NT  Scouts SA 

    Scouts TAS

    Scouts VIC  Scouts WA

    SMSF Association

    Sports Medicine Australia

    Statistical Society of Australia 
    Suicide Prevention Australia

    Summit Health

    Swimming Pool & Spa Association 

    The Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association 

    The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation 

     The Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA  

     The Mathematical Association of Victoria 

    The Pharmacy Guild of Australia  

    The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

    The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia

    Unfiltered  Victorian Caravan Parks Association

    The Victorian Healthcare Association  

    Victorian Music Teachers Association

    Welding Technology Institute of Australia 

  • 08 May 2018 8:23 AM | Brett Jeffery (Administrator)

    Last week, a Wellington-based association was hacked by scammers through their emails.

    The association received a legitimate invoice by email from one of their members and was approved by the CEO and forwarded to the accounts department. Between the CEO and Accounts, the banking details were changed and the accounts clerk changed the bank accounts details to the new ones. Payment was made and it went to an offshore account.

    A great procedure to have in place, is that if any bank account details are changed that they are confirmed verbally by phone before any change is made in your financial package. It would be wise to apply this procedure to your business.

    In this instance, if that procedure had been implemented, the association would not have lost a significant sum of money.

  • 07 May 2018 2:04 PM | Brett Jeffery (Administrator)

    The Accounting Income Method (AIM), the new pay-as-you-go option for managing provisional tax through accounting software, is now available for small businesses with an annual turnover of under $5 million.

    With AIM, you pay provisional tax only when your business makes a profit. AIM will suit businesses that are growing, new, have irregular or seasonal income, or find it difficult to forecast their income accurately. AIM makes managing cash flow simpler because provisional tax payments are based on a business’ actual results.

    Here’s how you can start using AIM in the current tax year:

    • If you have a balance date of 31 March and file GST every month, you will need to pay your first provisional tax instalment by 28 May 2018.
    • If you pay GST every two or six months, or if you’re not registered for GST, your first filing deadline for AIM is 28 June 2018.

    Software providers MYOB, Reckon and Xero are offering AIM in their tax management accounting packages. MYOB is also providing AIM to their business customers. You’ll find more information on their websites.

    Talk to your software provider or tax agent about whether AIM is right for your business. Visit for more information or take a look at the free webinars on AIM at

  • 23 Apr 2018 4:41 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Kia ora

    I hope you’ve had a fantastic April and a strong start to the new financial year.

    With the recent spotlight on the “Association of the Commonwealth” I have been keenly observing the star power of the New Zealand Prime Minister on the international stage. Politics aside, from this side of the Tasman we are little bit in awe of the positive and authentic leadership your Prime Minister is demonstrating to the rest of the world.

    Staying on leadership, I am delighted that we are able to walk the walk and support our emerging association leaders by offering scholarship opportunities to the AuSAE LINC conference in Auckland in September. With the generous support of the NZICC, 10 individuals will have the opportunity to join the conference and access the premium professional development and networking opportunities the conference offers. To find out more or to apply please email for an application.

    Lastly, I am looking forward to joining you in Wellington on May 1 for the “Conference Engagement Symposium”. Conferences are such an important part of all of our businesses, and taking a day out to focus, and learn from industry leaders and one another will be invaluable. If you haven’t yet registered it’s not too late! Brett will be doing it all over again in Auckland on May 3 !

    Until next month

    Toni Brearley, Chief Executive Officer

  • 23 Apr 2018 3:38 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Happy April!

    The AuSAE team are in “conference lock-down” as we look forward to welcoming over 400 delegates in Adelaide next month at ACE 2018, the premium conference for association leaders in Australia and New Zealand ….. time is running out – have you registered?

    This years’ program has been curated to address some of the key challenges association managers are facing including engaging the next generation, re-thinking models of membership and delivering more with less.

    We have brought in speakers from outside the sector to dare you to think differently, and big picture thought leaders addressing technology, leadership and the continued need for human connection.

    The best learnings though I find, are from the conversations, interactions and connections made during the conference, that continue long after the taxi ride to the airport.

    I invite you to join us in Adelaide on May 28 – 30 and allow us to ignite your thinking!

    “We are hard wired to connect. When human beings who trust each other interact face to face, their capacity to have a positive cognitive effect on each other’s brain and body is something which no robot or screen has”. Dr Fiona Kerr, ACE Keynote Speaker.

    Until next month.

    Toni Brearley, Chief Executive Officer

  • 23 Apr 2018 10:26 AM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    Topic: How to Future-Proof your Association - Strategies for Success in a Digitally-Disruptive Landscape

    In this inspiring yet practical workshop, author, commentator and entrepreneur Bernadette Schwerdt digs deep into the world of disruptive innovation and reveals:

    • the four tech factors driving digital disruption that underpin the unprecedented growth experienced by billion-dollar startups like Uber, Snapchat etc and how to apply those principles to your association
    • how to identify what members really want and use low-cost funding tools to generate world-class ideas on a budget
    • the upcoming digital marketing trends that will impact all associations and NFPs
    • the top 3 essentials questions you must ask if your association is to stay relevant in a global economy
    • the surprising success strategies behind some of Australia’s most innovative and disruptive NFPs - what they do differently and how to profit from and leverage those strategies for success

    Guest Presenter: Bernadette Schwerdt

    Our guest presenter Bernadette Schwerdt is an author, speaker and digital marketing strategist. She is the director of the Australian School of Copywriting, a former advertising agency account director with the Young & Rubicam Group and a corporate trainer with over 26 years’ experience. 

    Her best-selling book, 'Secrets of Online Entrepreneurs’ documents the start-up stories behind Australia's most successful digital mavericks and reveals the strategies and processes that underpin their growth. The book’s popularity has seen it become a podcast and a 5-part documentary series for Fairfax Digital.

    Melbourne l Tuesday 26th June 10am- 4pm

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    Sydney l Wednesday 27th June 10am-4pm

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  • 20 Apr 2018 1:36 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

    On 17 April, Inland Revenue made changes to streamline business taxes. It’s part of the department’s commitment to create a modern tax system which is simple to use, makes it easy for everyone to get their taxes right, and fits as seamlessly as possible into people’s lives.

    You will have seen and heard about the changes over the last few months, but here’s a reminder of what’s now in place:

    • The new ‘My Business’ section in myIR, where you can now manage tax types like Fringe Benefit Tax and Gaming Machine Duty. For help navigating myIR, visit
    • The ‘Accounting Income Method’ (AIM), a new ‘pay-as-you-go’ method for managing provisional tax, is now available. Talk to your tax agent or software provider about whether AIM is right for your business, and go to for more videos and information.
    • Parliament has recently passed legislation which will require employers to file PAYE information every payday rather than monthly. This is voluntary from April 2018 and mandatory from April 2019. Find out more at

    As always, we will be working closely with Inland Revenue to support you and answer any queries about the changes.

    Visit for more information.

  • 19 Apr 2018 4:31 PM | Andrea Brown (Administrator)

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    Inclusive space, personable staff and process friendly - our $80 Day Delegate Package is designed with you in mind.  Whatever your conference needs in 2018 we have a creative solution for you. To check availability and pricing -

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