The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) is the leading association for current and future association and not-for-profit (NFP) leaders in Australia and New Zealand.
We are focused on fostering a strong and robust association sector in Australia and New Zealand through providing professional development, support and networking opportunities for existing and emerging leaders.
Through AuSAE, access the support and tools required to help you achieve the goals of your not-for-profit organisation and invest in your career development.
As a not-for-profit organisation, AuSAE has a unique understanding of the opportunities and challenges association professionals face and we utilise the knowledge to strengthen the wider industry.
In 2011 the Australian Society of Association Executives merged with Associations New Zealand to become the Australasian Society of Association Executives.
In 2014, AuSAE celebrated its 60th year anniversary, and since then has continued to experience a period of unparalleled growth where it is expected to reach significant milestones including its largest ever membership peak. Now is an ideal time to become a part of this exciting history.
Past Presidents of Australasian Society of Association Executives
Toni Brearley is our Chief Executive Officer
With 10 years experience in the not for profit sector, Toni brings a depth of skills and experience to the AuSAE team. Having held senior positions in sector peak bodies and community service organisations, Toni has particular expertise in stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications and policy development.
And we’ve also put on some incredible events
From multi-day conferences with expert presenters to informal lunch meetings led by your peers, we have a variety of programs to meet help you do your job better and improve your association.
NFP organisations exist for a purpose other than to make a profit and are very different from government and business. Common types of NFP organisations include: associations (professional or trade), charities, churches, sporting clubs, cooperatives, foundations, environmental groups, schools, societies, NGOs (non-government organisations) and trade unions. You may also hear the NFP sector referred to as the “Third Sector” or the “Community Sector”.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data released in July 2014, the 58,000 active NFPs in Australia employ over one million people, turn over more than $107 billion, have $175 billion in assets and contribute around 4 per cent to GDP. The sector has grown 40 per cent in six years, outperforming most industry sectors [source].
A place where you belong, connect with others, advance your career and be inspired
If you are passionate about your career in the association sector, AuSAE provides a full suite of educational and networking opportunities that focus on the evolving trends and challenges facing the industry; connect with like-minded leaders and invest in your career in associations. AuSAE welcomes all association professionals, from presidents and CEOs, specialist managers to entry-level coordinators, and everyone in between.
Vision and Mission
An association sector that is valued and recognised
To foster a strong and robust association sector in Australia and New Zealand through the professional development, support and networking of existing and emerging association leaders