HOW IS ACADA DIFFERENT FROM OTHER CAKE NETWORKS, GROUPS OR ASSOCIATIONS?
ACADA is a registered not for profit, incorporated association owned by our members. We do not profit from our members or any of the activities or benefits we provide. All profits generated by ACADA are reinvested to:
Provide benefits for ACADA members
To help promote our members
To provide extensive training opportunities for our members
To promote talented Australian cake and cookie artists nationally and internationally
To help promote and grow our industry, which in turn ensures everyone benefits, including our retail and corporate members.
ACADA owns and host Australia's Ultimate Australian Cake & Cookie Decorating Competition (the largest in Australia) to showcase our members work and to help them grow
ACADA owns, operates and hosts International Cake Show Australia (ICSA), Australia's only international standard Cake, Sweet & Cookie Show. It isn't your traditional trade show or commercial Cake Bake & Sweet show. It's very different. It's designed to:
Showcase the great talent we have within Australia to the world
Help our members raise their profile. Many ACADA members who have taught or demonstrated at ICSA have been invited to teach and demonstrate internationally
Enable our members to upskill. We understand how important continual training and learning is, and also that hands-on training can be expensive. ACADA flies the world's best cake and cookie artists and celebrity chefs to Australia to share their skills with our members. It's three days packed full of value-added learning opportunity. Over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the show there are in excess of 90 free demonstrations and between 15-20 hands-on workshops available.
To enable our members to meet, network and form lifelong relationships with highly experienced cake and cookie artists from around Australia and from around the world.
ICSA is also the ideal opportunity for our retail partners and corporate members to showcase their products.Tens of thousands of cake and cookie enthusiasts travel from all around Australia and from around the world to attend and to compete at this event.
CAKE DECORATING NETWORKS are usually privately owned, commercial entities that are profit driven. They profit from their membership fees and the services they provide. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, however it's important to understand they are a business, and in order to sustain their business and to pay their directors, they must generate a profit.
The Australian Cake Artists & Decorators Association Inc. (ACADA) is run very professionally, however it is a not for profit incorporated association, run by our industry for our industry and solely to benefit it's members. ACADA does not earn a profit or benefit from any service it provides. Because ACADA is a not for profit incorporated association we are able to source and provide products (such as our members' insurance) at a far lower cost than private entities.
ACADA members have access to affordable products and services. These include ACADA Members' low cost cake and cookie decorators public liability and product insurance. It's an excellent affordable product for home based decorators operating a part time business. The cost is $50 per year for $20m coverage and covers you for everything you need, not things you don't need! Unlike insurance offered by cake networks, ACADA Members' public liability insurance ISN'T A SHARED POLICY, each member who subscribes to ACADA Members' public liability insurance is covered for $20m, this amount doesn't reduce if another member makes a claim. Another difference and benefit of ACADA Members' insurance is that you will receive your certificate of currency directly from our Insurance Broker, in your name (or your business name), not ACADA's name. It's important to note that ACADA is not an insurance broker nor do we sell insurance or give insurance advice. The policy available exclusively to ACADA members is through one of Australia's most respected insurance brokers. The premium charged to you is at cost price.
CAKE GROUPS & ASSOCIATIONS are excellent and definitely worthy of consideration. Their membership however is usually on average of an older demographic and usually consists of exclusively home hobby cake decorators. They usually have monthly meetings which include a short demonstration. However you must usually also sit through a much longer branch meeting component which discusses the organisations business and finances. Membership fees are similar however they don't provide the extensive services or benefits offered by ACADA.
ACADA's finances are audited annually. ACADA is an incorporated association similar to other associations. This means we must abide by strict legislated compliance rules and in ACADA's case, not for profit rules. All members are welcome to attend ACADA committee meetings and welcome and encouraged to become committee or board members. The choice however is yours! The reason ACADA doesn't have monthly general meetings is because most of our members have busy lives and are time poor. Our membership is dispersed right across Australia. Although the majority of ACADA members live in cities, many members also live in remote and regional locations. Feedback from our members is that they are busy focusing on building their home hobby or full time businesses while balancing their family and other day to day responsibilities. They are time poor and don't have the time to attend the regular meetings which are often a constitutional requirement of other cake groups and associations.