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 email@example.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.
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