26 March 2021
The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT is commencing the process of electing new Company Members and Directors as required every three years under the ALS Constitution.
This is a great opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW and the ACT to play a critical role in community-controlled legal services.
Our Company Members and Directors will help guide our organisation into the future at an exciting time, as we mark 50+ years since the first Aboriginal Legal Service opened its doors in Australia.
We are currently accepting applications for ALS Company Members. If you would like to apply, please fill out the application package and return it to [email protected] by 23 April 2021.
To request a hard copy of this application package, please email [email protected]
In order to be considered as a Director on our Board, you must first be elected as a Company Member. Both Company Members and Directors serve for a period of three years. Please note that these are volunteer roles, but expenses are covered for attendance of ALS meetings and official functions.
For more information, continue reading below.
What is a Company Member?
The ALS has 30 Company Members. The Company Members are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from NSW and the ACT who are elected to the ALS Membership for three-year terms to represent their communities.
Under the ALS Constitution, 10 Company Members are elected from each of the following areas:
- Northern Region
- Western Region
- Central Southern Eastern Region.
What is the role of Company Members?
Company Members have a key role in the governance of the organisation. Under the ALS Constitution, the role of a Company Member is to:
- participate in the appointment of Directors; and
- facilitate communication between Aboriginal communities and the ALS, including by facilitating communication between the traditional owners of the Region and the organisation
How are Company Members selected?
Anyone who is interested in becoming a Company Member must complete the Application for Membership and return it to the ALS by 23 April 2021. Depending on the number of applicants for a Region, an election may be held to decide who the ALS Company Members will be for 2021-2024.
Who is eligible to become a Company Member?
Applications for Membership of the Company for each Region are open to:
- any eligible adult Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who resides in that region for a period of 1 year immediately preceding the date of the person's application for Membership; and
- throughout their Membership term.
A person is not eligible to be a Member if they are a “Prohibited Person” as defined in the Constitution. A “Prohibited Person” is a person that has, within the last 5 years, been:
- convicted of an indictable offence that was dealt with on indictment; or
- declared bankrupt under the Bankruptcy Act 1996 (Cth); or
- convicted of an offence of dishonesty, including fraud; or
- convicted of any other offence which has resulted in a term of imprisonment for a period of 6 months or more.
Please also note that to apply for membership you must:
- ensure you complete ALL sections of the application form
- sign the form
- complete the statutory declaration AND have your signature properly witnessed
- return the completed application form, properly signed and witnessed statutory declaration and a short biography about yourself
How can I become an ALS Director?
To become a Director, you must first be selected as a Company Member. The ALS has 12 Directors (four from each region) who make up our Board. The Directors for each Region are selected by the Company Members for that Region.
What is the role of Directors?
The ALS Board of Directors is responsible for:
- the overall governance and strategic direction of the ALS;
- the management of the business of the Company, through the CEO;
- overseeing ALS policies and procedures;
- reporting to Members; and
- overseeing the performance of the CEO.
How are Directors elected?
Once the Company Members have been decided, the 10 Company Members for each region will elect four Directors for that Region.
How long are Company Members and Directors elected for?
Both Company Members and Directors are elected for a period of three years. The current term for Company Members and Directors finishes on 30 June 2021. The new term goes from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2024.
For further information, please call ALS reception on (02) 9213 4100.