from the CEO

Linda P Gaunt
Chief Executive Officer

New Member Benefit – Employsure

As a membership association we continually review our member benefits to ensure usefulness and relevance to our members. It is therefore always a great pleasure to be in the position to introduce a new member benefit.
At MEA we are delighted to announce that we have entered into an arrangement with Employsure Pty Ltd to provide employment/HR advice to MEA members.
Employsure are workplace relations specialists and will be providing a telephone advice service to enable members to make confident and informed decisions in respect to managing staff and to minimise the risk of disputes and disruption to the business.
This advice service is included in the membership package for company members and is available 24 hours per day, 365 days a year to provide advice on any employment/HR related matters, no matter how routine or complex.
There is also no limit to the number of times a member can use the service.

For more information please call us at MEA on (02) 99295400.


from the Chair of the Board 2013 MEA Conference

Simon Baggs
MEA Chair of the Board




I am constantly impressed with the MEA delegates’ innate energy and dedication to attend all the sessions, all the social events and then kick on at Club MEA, day after day.
The camaraderie that builds through the conference is a wonderful thing and perhaps that is one of the most alluring things about MEA – the sense of family, belonging and friendship.
Since arriving home from Darwin I keep finding myself saying ‘In Darwin I heard…’ and it is only now that I realise just how much great information, ideas and inspiration I gained from the Darwin MEA conference.
Others in the industry have relayed how they are putting new ideas into practice and how many new contacts they made.
Attending the MEA conference is an investment in time and money but I think in Darwin we all received significant dividends.

The value of your association membership

Gone are the days when business owners and individuals joined their industry or professional association because they felt they should or for “networking opportunities”. that was a Baby Boomer paradigm.
Today, and more than ever before as we are lead by younger generations, it is critical that all associations deliver high-level and useable value to their entire membership. Associations must deliver real dollar value that members now demand as opposed to the value they think their members need.
Through research it is evident that there are two categories of association members: the first is what many leaders would see as the most desirable. This group belongs to their association and support it with attendance no matter what. This group is dying off.

The second group is more discerning. They are basically saying: “I will join your association if you can show me how this will assist me or my business?” Whilst at MEA we appreciate and enjoy the membership of the first group we challenge ourselves in an ongoing way to attract and retain members that fall into the second group.

In the upcoming months MEA will be entering into the membership evaluation process with a cross-section of members. This process will be shared openly with our membership in order for members or prospective members to see the financial benefit of their association membership.
The process will also ensure that we are providing to you real value that assists the ROI in your business.
At MEA we currently offer many member benefits including:

  • An Annual National Conference
  • Education through the Australian Events Academy
  • Professional Development
  • Accreditation Programs
  • Recognition Programs
  • Y MEA
  • State and National Awards Program
  • 24 hour, 354 day per year Employment/HR Advice
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Sponsorship Opportunities (to showcase your business)
  • Lobbying/Advocacy through MEA
  • Lobbying/Advocacy through the Business Events Council (BECA)
  • Complimentary Webinars
  • Mentoring Programs

The small sample of our benefits above provide you “with the tools to make it happen”.
Despite tough economic times membership associations such as MEA should be able to grow and maintain membership by offering members leadership, advice, a sense of belonging, an opportunity to do business and the ability to meet with like-minded individuals.

As a take-away we offer the following advice:
How can association members stay resilient during tough economic times?
As job losses soar and the media continues to report on falling stock prices and rising foreclosures, many people may react to the economic climate with a flood of strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty. Yet, people generally adapt well over time to life-changing situations and stressful conditions.
What helps some people “bounce back” while others continue to feel overwhelmed?

Resilience. Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, which is vital in these high-stress times. Resilience is a learned skill that can help carry you through the current work problems you may encounter.
The current economic situation is a major stressor for many people. With constant reminders from newspapers, television and the internet, it’s hard to avoid the doom and gloom narrative about the economy.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed when you seem to be surrounded by bad news that impacts your family situation or that you fear may do so in the future. However, you can handle stress in positive ways and implement tactics to help you better manage and develop your resilience. Seeing this difficult situation in a positive light can help you build and utilise your resilience.

Stay tuned for MEA’s suite of Resilience Seminars – available soon.