The Association of the Year Award™ will be presented to an exemplary association that has achieved overall excellence. Associations nominating for an award may also enter other awards.

The Award will be presented ONLINE at the National Conference on 14-16 December 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be notified in advance and are expected to have an appropriate representative during the conference should they need to accept the award.

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* Association Details:

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* Approving CEO or Chair/President:

Please submit a submission statement (800 words or less) explaining why you consider your association to be the Association of the Year. You may address all or any of the relevant areas below:
  • Clear mission/purpose and related Strategic Plan- state the process for and frequency of updating the Plan and demonstrate the association’s success in meeting its goals
  • Governance- describe and comment on the appropriateness and effectiveness of the association's governance structure
  • Success, achievements and innovations in the areas of membership, education, events, communications and/or member services
  • Policy and advocacy- effectiveness in representing the interests of the sector or cause, and in influencing government and regulatory stakeholders.
  • Public and sector awareness- is your association known in areas beyond its immediate membership and stakeholders?
  • Finances- comment on the association’s financial health and sustainability.
  • Leadership and organisation culture – comments on the association’s leadership and organisation culture. Who or which part/s of the association contributes to leadership of the association (e.g. Board, CEO, members), and to what degree? Describe the culture of teamwork between the Board, the staff and members.
  • Any other information that you think is relevant in demonstrating excellence.

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* Please upload your submission statement (800 words or less).

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You may also upload up to 3 supporting documents. Suggested documents include:
  • strategic plan
  • constitution
  • annual report
  • audited finances (if not in annual report)
  • research or survey results that corroborate your statement.

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* Supporting Document 1

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* Supporting Document 2

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* Supporting Document 3

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