My best wishes to all ACA members, volunteers and colleagues

You will have noticed some changes to recent editions of the journal. The C&M committee, with full support of the Board, has appraised the content of the journal and decided to modernise and refresh this key source of technical and member information.

The ACA has moved more social and informative stories that had previously been published in the journal to the ACA website, to enable more timely publishing of member, branch and ACA stories.

This provides a two-fold benefit and marries neatly into the organisation’s strategic focus to improve its IT and website interactions – it ensures the journal is actually a journal, containing peer reviewed articles, technical information, analysis and higher level, academic papers, as well as driving members to the website to read branch updates, reviews of social gatherings and timely stories and advertising for technical group events, the Conference and branch events.

You will also note that to receive a printed version of C&M in the mail, you must ‘opt in’ via the ACA website. C&M will continue to be published digitally on the ACA website for members and be available at any time.

We want to make the website an attractive and interesting place to visit. Many hours have been spent by the ACA improving the IT offering to members – for example, the content of the website, branch news and stories and publishing information that members will want to access. If you have an interesting news story you want members to see, please email us and we’ll publish it on the website.

Our training program continues to be solidly booked for courses offered in 2019. The demand for our CIP and CP courses continues to grow, so if you are wishing to book yourself or a staff member into one of our training courses, contact us sooner rather than later to ensure you secure your place. The organisation had a 27% increase in attendees at our ACA training courses in 2018. Training continues to be a very important member service offered by the ACA.

Our membership was quite stable in 2018, with approximately
1,850 members recorded at the end of the year. Pleasingly, we recorded an upswing nationwide in January and February 2019 – I reported to the Board in March that we had just over 2,000 members as at the end of February 2019.

The ACA Technical Events program has seen three events completed to May 2019. The yearly program kicked off with a very successful day-long event in Melbourne – the Concrete Structures and Buildings technical event – followed by the Protective Coatings and Applications and the Water and Waste Water Treatment technical events.

I wanted to highlight the International Symposium that the ACA is hosting in Melbourne on 24 – 25 July 2019. This event – Advances in Corrosion Science and Corrosion Engineering – will celebrate the significant contributions of six ACA legends – Les Boulton, Bruce Hinton, Brian Kinsella, Brian Martin, Greg Moore and David Nicholas. There will be 15 International and Australian speakers presenting along with plenty of opportunities for networking and an Awards dinner. Please save the date and make every effort to honour these great men and make the event a huge success.

The annual report had been published on the ACA website

The Board met for the first time this year in early March, having received reports from our two Board committees – the Audit Finance and Risk Committee and the Governance Committee. The Board is renewing the Education and Training Committee to provide more support to the current members of that committee. This committee will now be more formally constituted and report to the Board, acknowledging the place that education and training plays in the success and development of our organisation.

I’m pleased to report that the ACA is working well with the ACA Foundation under the leadership of new Foundation chairman, Ian Godson. The ACA is providing in-kind secretarial, IT and back office support to the Foundation. The Board has made it clear that the Foundation is an integral part of the Australasian corrosion community and urges members to support its core mission of advancing corrosion mitigation through education with scholarships, bursaries and awards for academic excellence.

The NACE Corrosion 2019 Conference was held in Nashville, Tennessee in March this year. The ACA Chairman and I represented the Board and members at the conference. The ACA exhibited at the event and participated in a range of meetings between our two organisations.

As always, thanks to all our members, volunteers, supporters and stakeholders for the continued support of your industry association. We exist to deliver services and value to our members. I am available to take a call at any time should wish to discuss any matters pertaining to the ACA.

Richard Reilly
ACA Chief Executive Officer