Here you’ll find information about General Meeting Voters and Activism Leadership Committees.

Activism Leadership Committees

Activism Leadership Committees help motivate, coordinate and develop local human rights activism. They mentor and support activists and action groups, and participate in consultations on our vision, campaign priorities and policies. They are at the centre of our work promoting human rights. Activism Leadership Committees have up to 12 members.  In 2019, there were fewer candidates than the number of positions to be filled. As such, all 2019 candidates became members of their Region’s ALC on 16 August 2019.  Biographies and pictures of the ALCs are available here. Terms are for 2 years, which are staggered – this means that half of the Activism Leadership Committee are elected for two years in an even year, with the other half being elected in odd years.  As 2019 was the first year of the new system, half of the current ALC hold office for two years, with the remainder for one year. 

Find out more about the role and responsibilities of Activist Leadership Committee Members.

General Meeting Voters - get your voice heard!

General Meeting Voters (GMVs) are members elected by their region to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting. Only General Meeting Voters have the right to vote on resolutions to set Amnesty International Australia’s direction, for board members and for other key positions. Alongside changes to our Activism Leadership Committees, we increased the number of voting members in 2018. This means that more people can participate in setting the strategic direction of our work for greater human rights impact. Elections were held from 24 July – 11 August 2019 and results are available here.

Nominations for the 2020 General Meeting Voters and Activism Leadership Committee members will be called in March, with elections held in May. Stay tuned!

2020 Key governance dates

Nominations
9 March Call for nominations of ALC members and GMVs
27 April Close of nominations for GMV and ALC members

Voting
13 May Voting opens for GMV and ALC members
27 May Voting closes for GMV and ALC members
5 June  Election results announced and communicated to candidates

Annual General Meeting
22 May Call for Board member nominations
1 June  Deadline for Board nominations
8 June  AGM notice sent
26 June Deadline for resolutions going to AGM
18 July  Annual General Meeting held via videoconference, at which General Meeting Voters will vote on resolutions and for Board positions

Frequently asked questions

Becoming a General Meeting Voter or an Activism Leadership Committee member

Q1. I would like to be a General Meeting Voter but can’t attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year. What are my options?
Members who have been elected as a General Meeting Voter (GMV) but cannot attend the AGM can still give their proxy to another attending member (any member, not necessarily someone from the region that elected you as GMV).  Ideally this will happen in advance of the meeting.

Q2. I would like to be a General Meeting Voter but don’t know anyone I can ask to nominate me or second my nomination. What can I do?
You can get in touch with the company secretary who will be able to arrange two members to nominate you.

Q3: Can any member second my nomination for an Activism Leadership Committee or General Meeting Voter position?
Only a member in your Region can second your nomination.

Q4. I would like to nominate as a General Meeting Voter but don’t have access to a printer or scanner and so I cannot provide a signed copy of the nomination form to the company secretary. What are my options?
It is acceptable to send three separate emails with similar language to the nomination form, two from your nominators and one from you, the nominee.  We are exploring online interactive forms for this year to make this part of the process easier.

Q5. If I am a General Meeting Voter, how do I nominate a proxy?
You must be an elected GMV to appoint a proxy, and the person being nominated has to be a member. There is a sample form available for GMVs to use to appoint a proxy which must state the GMV and the person appointed as the proxy both give their consent. This form must be provided to the company secretary.

Q6. I am an elected GMV but I want to give my place to someone else – can I do that?
Only by appointing a proxy.

Q7. Can an Activism Leadership Committee co-opt a General Meeting Voter?
No, this is not permitted by the current provisions of the Constitution. 

Nominating for a Board position

Q8. How do I get a mover and seconder to nominate as a Board member if I don’t know any other members?The Nominations and Assessment Committee can find a mover and seconder for nominees.

Q9. Where do I send nomination forms?
The Company Secretary can receive nominations.

Q10: Do members elect the Board at the AGM?
No, only General Meeting Voters (approximately 55-64 members elected by their Region’s members) can vote at the AGM. However, any member or member of the public is welcome to attend the AGM (at their own cost).

Q11: I am confused by all the nomination processes (ALC, GMV, Board). Can you please explain?
As a member, you have the opportunity to engage and help shape the movement in different ways:

  • Joining your Region’s Activism Leadership Committee is a great way to engage in activism activities and be a leader in your Region
  • Nominating for a General Meeting Voter position means that, if elected, you will be one of the 55-64 elected members throughout the country who will elect Board members and vote on resolutions at the next AGM
  • Nominating for a Board position (which happens at a later stage than 1. and 2.) means that, if elected, you will join the ultimate leadership of Amnesty International Australia.  Please note that this process is managed by a Nominations & Assessment Committee, which is independent from the Board.

Any other questions, please feel free to email the Company Secretary at company.secretary@amnesty.org.au 

 

[Last updated 14 February 2020]