Here you’ll find information about General Meeting Voters, Activism Leadership Committees and the Annual General Meeting.
Nominations for the 2020 General Meeting Voters and Activism Leadership Committee members were called on 9 March 2020 and closed on 27 April 2020. Elections were held between 13 – 27 May 2020.
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.
Here are the candidates who were elected for 2020.
Biographies of GMVs elected in 2019 are available here. Their term ended on 5 June 2020, when the 2020 GMV election results were announced.
Number of General Meeting Voter positions available for each region in 2020:
As per the Constitution, the number of General Meeting Voters is based on the number of members in each region as at 31 March 2020:
- ACT/Southern New South Wales: 7
- New South Wales: 14
- Queensland/Northern New South Wales: 9
- South Australia/Northern Territory: 7
- Tasmania: 6
- Victoria: 14
- Western Australia: 7
Up to three reserve positions are available.
Term of position: The position is until the announcement of the 2021 GMV election results and the primary commitment is around the time of the Annual General Meeting.
Activism Leadership Committees - Lead local human rights activism!
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. Biographies and pictures of the current 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.
In 2020, fewer nominations than available positions were received. This means that all 2020 ALC candidates are appointed to their respective ALCs. The constitution requires that we announce the results of both the ALC ‘elections’ and the GMV elections at the same time, so that announcement took place on 5 June 2020.
Number of Activism Leadership Committee positions available in each region in 2020:
Term of position: Where there are class A and class B positions to fill, candidates with the most votes will be appointed in class B (for two years from 2020).
2020 Key governance dates
9 March Call for nominations of ALC members and GMVs
27 April Close of nominations for GMV and ALC members
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
Frequently asked questions
The Annual General Meeting in 2020 will be held virtually. Please note all GMVs and others wishing to attend must fund their own attendance.
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 try to arrange for 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?
There is no need to print or scan if you don’t have access to a printer or a scanner. You can send three separate emails with similar language to the nomination form, two from your nominators and one from you, the nominee. It is also fine to send three separate forms, one signed by the nominee, one signed by the nominator and one signed by the supporting nominator.
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 member to be 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 email@example.com
[Last updated 8 September 2020]