AuSAE Vision Association Management is recognised as a unique form of human endeavour and is practised in New Zealand & Australia at the highest levels of excellence.
AuSAE will lead in creating an environment, in New Zealand & Australia, in which Association Management is duly recognised and respected as a profession. AuSAE will lead in the development of professional, competent association managers.
AuSAE addresses the interests of New Zealand's & Australia's top executives from business, professional, technical, trade, sporting and welfare associations. We also have members from religious, educational and other interest associations and from various non profit financial institutions.
The Australian association industry is a distinct non profit market sector, estimated at having an annual spend of between $27 billion and $43 billion (depending on the definition of an association). As non-profit organisations, associations have unique financial, administrative and political problems and the success of an association often comes down to the effectiveness of its executive management. AuSAE was created to provide support, networking services, up to date industry information and generally increase the effectiveness and skills of association managers. It is not exclusively for CEOs, but also provides membership for existing and aspiring association executives.
Structure of AuSAE
AuSAE is a national organisation with chapters in each state & New Zealand. The national office is located in Melbourne. On a national level, AuSAE provides news and industry information through this website as well as book sales. It also coordinates membership administration and maintains a comprehensive national database. The office is also a focal point for enquiries from interested parties.
Each state chapter provides opportunities to attend networking functions, seminars and other events such as industry trade fairs. AuSAE functions regularly attract high profile speakers from the supporting professions, local and national government and service industries. Members are encouraged to meet, compare and draw on experience and knowledge and discuss universal industry problems and issues.
History of AuSAE
The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) began in 1954 during a conference in Victoria now known as the Australian Administrative Staff College. Originally called the Secretaries Club after the organisation in the UK, the name was changed to Society of Association Executives in 1961. Societies were formed in New South Wales in 1967, Western Australia in 1969 and Queensland in 1984. Initially membership was restricted to Chief Executives of appropriate associations. The foundation membership consisted of 25 members. After the membership criteria was extended in the 1960s to include other Senior Executives membership has grown rapidly over the years to well over 500 members.