Event Details

Reviewing Your Own Constitution Successfully

  • 20 Mar 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
  • Brisbane, Australia

Reviewing Your Own Constitution Successfully

This event is run by Answers for Associations. To register visit www.answers.net.au

Ensure your constitution is effectively serving your association by learning practical skills, and obtaining useful tools, that will enable you to undertake your own constitutional review.

Did you know that in June 2007 Incorporated Associations legislation brought in sweeping changes that mean any association with an older constitution should have reviewed and adopted a new one?  Of course there’s ample opportunity to engage legal professionals but not every association may have the budget or it could be one area where your organisation can reallocate those funds with a bit of DIY. 

Office of Fair Trading has provided a simple template that will work for almost every type of organisation but it can be hard to start the review process on your own, there can be a temptation to delegate the responsibility to subcommittee which will often delay the process (sometimes by months or years) and there’s a few “tweaks” that will make even the model rules better for your association that you should consider.  If your Board or staff have been thinking about changing your constitution but doesn’t know where to start; if you are having trouble agreeing on change or understanding what some of the changes will mean in your particular organisation; if you are currently not incorporated or thinking about changing your legal structure; here is your chance to resolve all the challenges in one workshop.

Simply bring a copy of your old constitution along and we will review it during the workshop, discussing various options for your association to consider in a step by step guide.  We will discuss what those amendments would mean in practice and give you the confidence and knowledge you’ll need to explain it to others as well as take you step by step through how to have the new rules properly adopted and even help to complete the paperwork necessary to advise the changes to Office of Fair Trading (for incorporated associations) or to ASIC (for companies limited by guarantee).   Attendance at the workshop also includes the opportunity to ask as many questions as you want and have access to advice via email or mobile after the workshop in case things get difficult.

The session is excellent for small staff or volunteer organisations seeking the insights and tools to effectively undertake this work themselves where they can and outsource only where they need to.

This session can be run as an in-house workshop tailored to your organisation. Please contact the speaker for more information.


Leisa Donlan, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Rotational Moulders Australia. Email leisadonlan@rotationalmoulding.com * Mobile +61 414 932 095

Leisa Donlan holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Association Executives with twenty-five years experience in the profit for purpose sector. Leisa began working in the competitive fuel industry as an analyst and quality manager until joining the third sector. 

In 1999 Leisa was awarded the Australian Association Executive of the Year for her work with the Association of Rotational Moulders Australasia, an industry trade organisation, representing members around the world. As Chief Executive Officer of ARMA Leisa has led the organisation to increase its membership by over 400% to become the largest association for the process in the world. In 2003 she took over the global organisation and based it in Queensland to develop a business plan and manage the start up until handing over to the new European office in 2008.  

For the past fifteen years Leisa has presented to thousands of associations and their Boards or committees ranging across sports clubs and community groups including Queensland Rugby League, Gymnastics Queensland, Surf Life Saving Queensland & Meals on Wheels Queensland., industry & professional bodies, indigenous communities and for all levels of Government. Her experience with these clubs and committees has resulted in a wealth of real world solutions to share with you.  

Leisa regularly provides interviews for radio and television on non-profit management and her other specialist areas, she is a regular contributor to four international magazines and presents across the globe.


  • Brisbane – Wednesday 20 March


10am-4pm (arrive at 9.30 for tea, coffee and networking)


City Center Location, To Be Advised 


Association Professional

  • Until 31 Dec - $360
  • From 1 Jan - $540
Association Professional & AuSAE Member
  • Until 31 Dec - $290
  • From 1 Jan - $390
  • Until 31 Dec - $140
  • From 1 Jan - $190


  1. Concessional Rates - Concessional rates are available to professionals from nonprofits with a turnover less than $200,000 per annum or those flying to attend the event. Please email info@answers.net.au to request this rate.
  2. AuSAE Rate – By registering at the discounted rate for AuSAE members, you are giving permission for your details to be shared to the extent necessary to verify your membership status.
  3. Limited Registration - Registration at the event is only available to staff and volunteers currently working for an association. There is no exhibition at the event and no registration options are available for suppliers wishing to promote their product. Limited sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact info@answers.net.au for more information about these.
  4. Substitutions & Cancellations - Delegates may nominate an alternative person from their same organisation to attend the event in their place at any time at no extra charge. However one registration cannot be shared amongst multiple delegates.
  5. Payments - All bookings must be paid in full to guarantee registration. Once payment has been received, an email confirmation and a receipted invoice will be sent. If payment is not made at the time of booking, registration will be provisional and can be cancelled.
  6. Speakers Views - Views expressed by the event speakers are their own. We cannot accept liability for advice given, or views expressed, by any speaker at the event or in any material provided to delegates by our guest speakers.
  7. Photography & Filming - For promotional purposes, there may be photography and video production taking place during the event. Delegates who do not wish to be filmed or recorded should advise the organisers by email to info@answers.net.au prior to the event. By registering for this event, you authorise us to take photos at the event. You further agree that we are the owner of the copyright and photographs and that they may be used for any purpose we consider appropriate, including publicity, education or other activities and may earn income for our own benefit.
  8. Cancellations and Refunds – You can cancel your registration and receive a refund (less a $50AUD administration fee) anytime up to 21 days prior to an event. After that time refunds are not available. If cancelling within 21 days of the event you can choose either a credit or to transfer your registration to someone else.  All credits expire at the end of 2019 so must be used on events running in the 2019 calendar year.
  9. Data Protection - By registering for this event, you consent to having your name and organisation distributed to event attendees. They may also be provided to event sponsors. If you wish to opt out, email info@answers.net.au.
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