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ACS National Elections 2022/2023 – Call For Nominations

 

Nominations are called for the six positions of:

(1) President;

(2) Vice President (Membership Boards);

(3) National Congressional Representative (4 positions);

as the terms of the incumbents expire on 31 December 2021.

 

Nomination forms, which include eligibility and selection criteria and information on the roles, are here:

All positions are part of Management Committee, which is the governing body of the Society. Members of Management Committee are ‘responsible persons’ under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Act and as such have an obligation to abide by appropriate governance standards. Accordingly, successful candidates prior to taking office will be required to sign a declaration relating to disqualifying offences.

All positions are also part of the ACS Congress, which is an advisory and electoral body.

The terms for all positions are two years, commencing on 01 January 2022 and end on 31 December 2023.

 

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

Criteria for selection is taken from the ACS Rules and ACS National Regulations, and the relevant clauses are specified below. Applicants should review the criteria in the Rules and Regulations prior to nominating.

  • Only members of the Professional Division are eligible for election or appointment to Congress or as Branch Office Bearers (National Regulation 2.13.2). The Fellows, Senior Members and Members, together, but excluding members classified into the special categories of Honorary Fellow and Honorary Member (unless the Honorary Member was a member of the Professional Division before classification as an Honorary Member), comprise the Professional Division.
  • To be eligible for a National Office Bearer position (ie President or a Vice President position) you are required to have been a Congress member, other than a Co-opted Congress Member, for at least 1 year within the 5 years immediately preceding the election or appointment (ACS Rules 8.4.3), unless exempted from compliance by Congress in its absolute discretion. (ACS Rule 8.4.3(b)).
  •  To be eligible for the position of President, you must have served at least 2 years on Management Committee (ACS Rule 8.4.3(c)(iii)). The current President and the Immediate Past President are ineligible to stand for the position under ACS Rule 8.4.3 (c) (i).
  • If you are applying for a Vice President position the ACS National Office will seek Board Endorsement from the relevant Board on your behalf (endorsement from a majority of the relevant Board is required for the Nomination to be valid); you will be notified of the outcome.  All correspondence relating to Board Endorsements will remain confidential (ACS Rules 8.4.3 (d)).
  • If you are applying for National Congress Representative position, note that you must either be a current Congressional Representative, or a person who has been elected to become a Congressional Representative but is yet to commence their term (ACS Rule 10.4.4).
  • Under ACS Rule 10.4.1, Congress must elect, as a National Congressional Representative, one of the Congressional Representatives from each Branch with membership that includes a number of members entitled to vote at general meetings of the Society greater than 25% of the total number of members entitled to vote at general meetings of the Society, calculated at the end of the month preceding the election. This report will be calculated based on the Membership Numbers at 31 October 2021 and will be published no later than 10 November 2021. Based on previous years, New South Wales and Victoria Branch are most likely to meet that criteria.
  • All nominees for ACS elected member positions must have completed the ACS induction program to be eligible to contest the position. This program will include receiving the ACS Elected Member Handbook, available from the ACS Website, and completed the ACS Workplace Health and Safety Training for Elected Members, and the ACS Responsibilities of a Director presentation. Links to the induction program can be obtained from [email protected] and must be completed by 5pm AEDT on 22 November 2021, prior to the National Elections at Congress.
  • Applicants may be expected to make a short presentation to Congress, either virtually or by pre-recorded video, in support of their candidacy.

 

 

HOW TO NOMINATE

Complete the relevant nomination form and email it to [email protected], along with a digital profile photo of yourself for use in the election and a statement of your goals and your qualifications (suitability) for the position.

Nominations will close at 5.00pm (AEDT) on Monday 8 November 2021.

 

ELECTION

The positions are elected by Congress and elections will be held on Tuesday 23 November 2021 during an online Congress meeting. The Candidate Statement and photo will be provided to Congress in advance, as part of the electoral process.