Constitution review 2019 - webinar on 2 May


Members will recall the circulation of a Discussion Paper proposing updates to the Association’s Constitution in 2019.  The National President Christine Craik and Director Brooke Kooymans hosted a webinar on 5 March to explain the reasons and rationale for the proposals and responded to questions from Members. The proposals have been well-received and subject to Board approval, the Association is proposing to hold a General Meeting of Members at 4:00pm AEST, Friday 24 May 2019 for the purpose of voting on six Special Resolutions to update the Association’s Constitution.  For the special resolutions to pass, at least 75 per cent of the votes cast by Members must be in favour.

At the General Meeting, Members will be asked to vote on:

  1. Reducing the number of National Vice Presidents from two to one
  2. Director tenure: aligning Director’s tenure to the Association’s AGM and reducing the time a Director can be a Board member from 12 years to 3 x 3-year terms, a total of nine years (subject to standard, Member election processes and procedures)
  3. Insertion of transitional provisions to accommodate (1) and (2) above (if Members vote in favour of those resolutions)
  4. Greater flexibility in creating and retiring Board Committees and National Committees
  5. Removing the rule that permits a Director to appoint an alternate Director
  6. Numerous other administrative and ancillary changes that will align and strengthen the Association’s Constitution to better governance practice.

It is anticipated that the Notice of General Meeting will be circulated to Members on Wednesday 1 May 2019.

The National President and Director Brooke Kooymans will host a further half hour webinar on Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 7.00pm AEST to take any further questions or queries from Members on the proposals to update the Association’s Constitution.  Please save the date. Register for the webinar.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the Company Secretary, Geoff Bennett at