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AASW Elections 2022

Message from the Returning Officer - 29 September 2022

The Returning Officer has declared the following results of the 2022 AASW National Elections.

3 Year Term Directors (3 Positions):

  • Dr Fotina Hardy 415 votes - Elected
  • Julianne Whyte 315 votes - Elected
  • Jessica Russ-Smith 246 votes - Elected
  • Chris Hannan 207 votes
  • Peter Young 199 votes
  • Bruce Hart 165 votes
  • James Newton 124 votes
  • Craig Klement 119 votes
  • Voula Kallianis 118 votes
  • Jade Cronan-Thompson 91 votes

1 Year Term Director (1 Position):

  • Chris Hannan 133 votes - Elected
  • Susan Teder 132 votes
  • Bruce Hart 115 votes
  • James Newton 84 votes
  • Jade Cronan-Thompson 71 votes
  • Jessica Russ-Smith 188 votes*

*Due to Jessica Russ-Smith being elected as a 3 Year Term Director, they have been exhausted from the 1 Year Term Director election.

Terms of office for National Board Directors will commence at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 10 November 2022.

Congratulations to all candidates who participated in this year’s elections.

Thank you to all members who voted.

Director Duties and Responsibilities

The roles and responsibilities of Directors are vital to effective governance on behalf of our members.

AASW is a public company limited by guarantee and regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (“ASIC”). Duties, responsibilities and liabilities of individual Board Directors are specified under the Corporations Act 2001. Under this Act, Directors of companies have a legal duty to act in the best interests of the company. This includes:

The broader strategic environment provides the focus for any Board. For example, it sets the organisation’s goals, and oversees the way the resources are managed, ensuring that it can achieve those goals.

The core functions of a Board include:

  • Determining, reviewing and maintaining the vision, purpose and values of the organisation
  • Approval of annual budgets
  • Risk oversight including compliance with legal obligations (e.g. ASIC, Taxation, Superannuation and Workplace Health & Safety)
  • Supporting effective engagement with key stakeholders.

Other duties that are specific to the Board of the AASW are outlined in the Board Charter available on the AASW website under the “Governance” tab. This document also describes the governance model for the whole of the AASW, including delegation of certain operational roles and responsibilities to AASW management. You may be required to participate in certain Board Committees such as the Finance, Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, National Ethics Committee, the Standards & Assessment Committee, the People and Culture Committee or any other Board sub-Committee that the Board may establish from time to time.

The Australian Institute of Company Directors has identified nine principles of good governance that it believes apply to not-for-profit companies, such as the AASW. To learn more about the broader context of the roles and responsibilities of directors, go to: AICD Good Governance Principles and Guidance for NFP Organisations.

Terms of office

Terms of office for Branch Management Committee positions commence on 1 November 2022 and terminate on 31 October 2024. The terms of office for the Branch Management Committee Vice President roles for each of the Northern Territory and Tasmania will terminate on 31 October 2023.

The terms of office for Director roles with a three-year term will commence from the conclusion of the AGM at which their election is declared, for a period of 3 years. The term of office for the Director role with a one-year term will commence from the conclusion of the AGM at which their election is declared, for a period of one year.

  • Three (3) Board Directors vacancies – three-year terms each
  • One (1) Board Director vacancy – one-year term
  • One (1) Branch Management Committee President role per branch
  • Five (5) Branch Management Committee members per branch
  • One (1) Branch Management Committee Vice- President role for each of the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

Terms of office for Branch Management Committee positions commence on 1 November 2022 and terminate on 31 October 2024. The terms of office for the Branch Management Committee Vice President roles for each of the Northern Territory and Tasmania will terminate on 31 October 2023.

The terms of office for Director roles with a three-year term will commence from the conclusion of the AGM at which their election is declared, for a period of 3 years. The term of office for the Director role with a one-year term will commence from the conclusion of the AGM at which their election is declared, for a period of one year.

Candidates who are successful in being elected to the Board of Directors are advised that the first meeting of the new Board is expected to take place after the Association’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 10 November 2022. At the time of writing, it is probable that this meeting will be held by videoconference or webinar. However, candidates may be required (and should be prepared) to attend the AGM and the Board meeting in person.

Important Election Dates

  • Nominations open – Thursday 11 August 2022
  • Nominations close – 12 noon (AEST) Thursday 25 August 2022
  • Declaration of Nominations by Returning Officer – Friday 26 August 2022
  • Record date for eligibility to vote – Friday, 9 September 2022
  • Voting opens – 9:00am (AEST) Wednesday 14 September 2022
  • Voting closes – 8:00pm (AEST) Wednesday 28 September 2022
  • Declaration of Ballot by Returning Officer – Within 24 hours of polls closing
  • Notification of results on AASW website – As soon as possible after candidates have been informed of the outcomes but in any case, no later than 5:00pm AEST, Friday 30 September 2022.
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