From Frank Hinton, President, ACETA
ACETA Forum – delivers knowledge from a broad platform, through various media and in seminars and workshops at industry events. A significant initiative is member webinars such as the recent 4 part series on understanding the RCM product compliance legislation. Specialist webinars benefit all members’ particularly smaller companies who would otherwise engage consultants in dealing with mandatory issues. We believe the aggregate financial benefit could be in excess of $2,000.
Advertising – is delivered in various forms, most prominently in your permanent presence on the ACETA web site, where members depict their enterprise in 100 words, including a web site link. This is the one and only focussed industry wide presentation and could be valued in the order of $2,500.
Insurance – is realised in collective advocacy for members, including lobbying government as was the case during the Digital Dividend process and now its maintenance, ongoing vigilance and negotiation with government when necessary. ACETA is now engaged with ACMA in representing the collective interests of its constituency in dealing with the new all-important RCM product compliance regime. Remember governments listen to ‘industry peak bodies’, ACETA is your ‘peak body’, you never know what’s around the corner and when you need a voice, inestimable priceless.
Manufacturers Manifesto – is the platform to unify and resource the creative sector, facilitating increased export activity and employment. The priority steps are Unify, Share and Lobby, including negotiations to prioritise entertainment technology for an agreed period and share export promotion, exposure and funding. The measure of success will be realised in the level of industry involvement, currently inestimable and priceless.
Production of Resource Material – including publications such as the ‘ACETA Careers Guide’ will evolve relative to need. All materials are available to members and have value as a resource. These documents could be valued in the hundreds of dollars or more if and when put to good use.
Product Compliance – has been addressed in the relationship and formal agreement with the leading Australian test laboratory, Comtest. ACETA members now have access to consultation, product compliance management services and testing on preferential terms and conditions. In consideration of the new product compliance regime this initiative is of significant benefit and its value for an ACETA member will be anywhere from $2,000 and far beyond.
Safety and Well Being – along with ethical behaviour is robustly promoted by ACETA, a position manifest in its Constitution/Industry Guidelines and practised in the Accreditation program. ACETA identifies and discourages the import of knock-off, unsafe/non-compliant technology and IP theft. ACETA supports and discusses well-being issues, including hearing and mental health. The benefit for a member is associated with, and realised in accreditation.
Skills Shortage – is currently addressed in an Aptitude Test Program currently under development. Once implemented, ACETA members will have access to a data base containing information on individuals seeking employment, who have successfully completed the ACETA Entertainment Technology Aptitude Test. Based on employment agency fees a saving from $2,500 per new employee could be realised.
Trade Event Reform – resonates across the entertainment technology industry. Imperatives vary amongst stakeholders; however the expressed desire of industry participants for one all-encompassing annual event remains definitive and constant. ACETA is dealing with the available options; due the challenging landscape, progress is slow but constant. In the not-to-distant-future you may see the ACETA logo directly or indirectly associated with such an event and there will indeed be member benefits, including savings commencing around $400 – thousands contingent on the level of event participation.
Benefits are not limited to the above described examples. Membership offers personal & organisational development opportunity conserves financial outgoings and represents a form of insurance. We could estimate membership delivering the smallest organisation a benefit upwards of say, $20,000 and the larger company’s a six figure sum. Figures are speculative and contingent on the manner in which an organisation views membership, participation is the key. If you avail yourself of the numerous opportunities and even get directly involved, advantages will be abundant. Thanks for joining or are considering membership in this group of equals, we hope you enjoy and prosper.