Here you’ll find information about how to nominate – and vote – for General Meeting Voter and Activism Leadership Committee positions coming up in July.

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. All Amnesty members are eligible to stand for election and to vote for their region’s Activism Leadership Committee. You can get in touch with your committee through your regional president.

Activism Leadership Committees are elected through online and postal elections to be held in July/August 2019. Terms are for 2 years, which are staggered – this means that half of the Activism Leadership Committee will be elected for two years in an even year, with the other half being elected in odd years.  As this is the first year of the new system, half of the ALC will be elected for two years, with the other half elected for one year. Those who get the most votes will be appointed for 2 years, with the remaining half appointed for one year.

How to nominate

Here’s how:

  1. Download your nomination form today.
  2. Send your completed nomination form, together with a 200 word bio and a picture of yourself in jpeg format to katie.wood@amnesty.org.au by 10 July 2019.  
  3. Please note that the 200 words you send will be copied and pasted directly onto a dedicated webpage, by the time the elections open on 24 July 2019. No amendments will be made before being published.  

General Meeting Voters - get your voice heard!

General Meeting Voters are members elected by their region to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting in October 2019. 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 from 16 to 64. This means that more people can participate in setting the strategic direction of our work for greater human rights impact.

How to nominate

Here’s how:

  1. Download your nomination form today!
  2. Send your completed nomination form, together with a 200 word bio and a picture of yourself in jpeg format to katie.wood@amnesty.org.au by 10 July 2019.  
  3. Please note that the 200 words you send will be copied and pasted directly onto a dedicated webpage, by the time the elections open on 24 July 2019. No amendments will be made before being published.  

Remember! A candidate must receive at least 5 votes to qualify to be a GMV.

Nominations for General Meeting Voters and Activism Leadership Committee positions will be open from 21 June – 10 July.

Members can vote from wherever they are

Instead of electing General Meeting Voters and Activism Leadership Committee members (formerly Branch Committees) at a Branch Annual General Meeting in an Action Centre as happened in the past, members can elect General Meeting Voters and their regional Activism Leadership Committee members from wherever they are, either by mail or online.

The elections for both positions  will be held from 24 July – 6 August and results will be announced on 15 August.

When is the AGM?

The AGM will be held over the weekend of 13 October in Sydney.  All elected GMVs will be funded to attend the AGM. We will also be holding an Activism Forum and a Human Rights Conference on 12 October, details of which will be available soon.

Key dates:

21 June Call for nominations for GMV and ALC positions (any member can nominate)
10 July Close nominations for GMV and ALC positions
24 July Voting opens for GMV and ALC members (all members can vote)
6 Aug Voting closes for GMV and ALC positions
15 Aug Election results are announced

The 64 elected GMVs will be funded to travel to Sydney to attend the AGM in October

Sep TBC Annual General Meeting notice is sent to all members
13 October AGM, where GMVs vote on resolutions and elect Board members