The Year Past Positions ACETA for a New Landscape of Opportunity
In April last year, ACETA engaged Stockdale ACS to handle the administration of our association, a role they were totally familiar with and one that has provided ACETA with an experienced and highly skilled back office.
This board decision has proven successful on many counts, conserving finances and elevating association potential, resulting in the arrangement continuing for the year ahead. In concert with our administration this short-term leadership model provides a simple and streamlined management structure, one that is as close as possible to the heart and mind of our constituents and the industry at its broadest.
The consequence of the organisational re-structure is evident on a number of counts, and has had a positive impact on finances due to significant cost saving and membership stability. Cash reserves have grown to a satisfactory level and it is planned to perpetuate this upward trend in the coming year, particularly in the realisation of membership growth. Due the fact there is no down side only benefits in participation, numerous organisations have expressed membership intent, in doing so membership growth will increase the capability and influence of ACETA even further. However, it is difficult getting many organisations over the line, due it seems, to a lack of understanding of what ACETA now offers and the benefit it delivers, despite the fact we have tried numerous traditional and contemporary communication mediums. This is an ongoing challenge and one we will endeavour to resolve as a matter of priority.
Supported by solid management, approved by the board and endorsed by membership, the following programs are now being actioned and signal we are set for a landmark period which will only be realised in participation growth.
THE INAUGURAL ACETA INDUSTRY CONVENTION will take place from the 4th through 6th of May 2018 utilising the impressive setting and facilities of the City of Wangaratta.
FOR THE CREATIVE / MANUFACTURING SECTOR Interaction has begun at state government level to be followed by engagement with the federal government ministries of trade, industry and small business.
MEMBER ACCREDITATION and CERTIFICATION PROGRAMMES will be established for both members and associate members based around commitment to safe and compliant practices.
MEMBER ADVERTISING in industry media and forums will commence once the accreditation / certification programs are established.
ACETA FORUM research has begun to expand the use of the mediums and forums at our disposal to more effectively disseminate information.
INSURANCE is a key role and not being a passive spectator, ACETA will intervene when the well-being of its constituency is undermined.
RESOURCE MATERIAL production is underway and the launch of an impressive and vital ‘Members Guide’ is imminent.
SKILLS SHORTAGE is being addressed in two streams, the ACETA Aptitude Test is in trial and an employment data base is set to be established.
TRADE EVENT REFORM is an ACETA agenda item under constant review.
In light of many new initiatives, it is now necessary to more accurately define member categories, particularly the differentiation between manufacturers and manufacturer’s representatives. In the next month members will be asked to complete a form that more accurately defines who they are and what they do, to ensure benefits are received where appropriate. At the same time, you will be asked to nominate your preferred medium in receiving communication from ACETA. Finally, we will also be asking; what subject matter you would like to see presented at the inaugural industry convention in May 2018.
So that wraps up the year past and hopefully tells the story of our industry aspirations moving forward.
All the best,