ALS Company Member and Board elections 2021

This page was last updated 6 July 2021

 

The ALS is in the process of electing Company Members and Directors for the period 2021-2024.

Following community meetings in the Northern and Western Regions, ALS Company Members have been appointed for those Regions.

A meeting to select Company Members in the Central South Eastern Region was postponed due to the current COVID-19 outbreak and restrictions. We are hoping to reschedule this meeting as soon as possible, subject to COVID and other arrangements. This webpage is regularly updated – please check back here and on ALS social media pages for the latest information.

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Northern Region

A community meeting to vote for Company Members took place on 26 June 2021 in the Northern Region.

Following this, the ALS admitted to Company Membership the following people from the Northern Region:

  • Jason Allan
  • Avery Brown
  • Helen Brown
  • Theresa Cox
  • Mark Davies
  • Robyn Davies
  • Andrew Hegedus
  • Patricia Laurie
  • Susan Leys
  • Charles Lynch

You can view the biographies of the confirmed Company Members along with other applicants from the Northern Region here.

Thank you to all community members who participated in the election process and had their say in the governance of community-controlled legal services.

 


Western Region

A community meeting to vote for Company Members took place on 26 June 2021 in the Western Region.

Following this, the ALS admitted to Company Membership the following people from the Western Region:

  • Robert Carroll
  • Keshia Keed
  • Raymond Keed
  • Valda Keed
  • Fiona Mackay
  • Elaine Ohlsen
  • Dorothy Whyman
  • Hewitt Whyman
  • Lorraine Wright

You can view the biographies of the confirmed Company Members along with other applicants from the Western Region here.

Thank you to all community members who participated in the election process and had their say in the governance of community-controlled legal services.

 


Central South Eastern Region

Postponement

Due to the COVID outbreak and restrictions imposed, the ALS had to postpone the community meeting scheduled in Redfern on Saturday 26 June 2021 to elect ALS Company Members for the Central South Eastern Region.

We are hoping to hold the meeting as soon as possible subject to COVID and other arrangements and we will keep you informed. We apologise for any inconvenience and note that the safety of you and your family and all of our communities is paramount.

What to expect at the community meeting

Once the postponed community meeting is confirmed, all eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18+ and residing in the Central South Eastern Region will be invited to participate in a meeting.

To vote you will have to show current photo identification that states you:

  • are over 18; and
  • live within the Region in which you’re voting.

Please click here to view the map of ALS Regions. You must vote in your relevant Region. Voting in a Region in which you do not reside is not permitted.

You can view the applicants for Company Membership in the Central South Eastern Region here.

 


Frequently asked questions

The applicants

View applicants in the Central South Eastern Region here.

 

Why vote in the ALS Company Member election

This is a terrific opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW and the ACT to have a say in relation to community-controlled legal services.

Our Company Members 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.

 

Who is eligible to vote in the ALS Company Member election

Adult Aboriginal people in NSW/ACT are eligible to vote in the Company Member election. However, you may ONLY vote in the Region where you ordinarily live.

If you wish to vote, you will need to do so in person and MUST bring photo ID to evidence that you are over 18 and live within the Region you are voting in.

 

What will happen at the Company election meeting

The meeting will be opened and the facilitator will provide an outline of the process before eligible community members will be invited to vote. ALS staff members will be there to assist.

Eligible community members will be able to vote for up to a maximum of 10 applicants only. If you vote for more than 10 applicants, your ballot will be invalid. The 10 applicants with the greatest number of votes will be considered in accordance with the terms of the ALS Constitution.

 

Meeting locations

In line with the ALS Constitution, the ALS causes a meeting to be held within each relevant Region, to which adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons residing in the Region are invited by public notice.

 

What is an ALS Company Member?

ALS Company Members are elected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from NSW and the ACT who are eligible to be admitted by the Board to ALS Membership for three-year terms.

Under the ALS Constitution, there can be up to 10 Company Members from each of the following Regions:

  • Northern Region
  • Western Region
  • Central South-Eastern Region.

ALS Company Members have a key role in the governance of the ALS. They are required, amongst other things, to:

  • comply with the Constitution of the ALS;
  • act in a manner that is not prejudicial to the ALS; and
  • comply with the policies and procedures of the ALS.

Under the ALS Constitution, an ALS 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.

 

Who is eligible to become a Company Member

Please note that nominations for Company Membership have now closed.

To be eligible to be accepted for Company Membership you must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who:

  1. is over 18 years of age;
  2. has lived within the region you have nominated to be a member of for a period of 1 year immediately preceding the date of your application for Membership;
  3. is not a 'Prohibited Person' (as defined in the ALS Constitution and set out below); and
  4. has not been an ALS employee in the last 3 years.

A person is not eligible to be a Company 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:

  1. convicted of an indictable offence that was dealt with on indictment; or
  2. declared bankrupt under the Bankruptcy Act 1996(Cth); or
  3. convicted of an offence of dishonesty, including fraud; or
  4. convicted of any other offence which has resulted in a term of imprisonment for a period of 6 months or more.

 

How ALS Directors are chosen

To be considered and selected as a Director on ALS Board, you must first be admitted as a Company Member. Both Company Members and Directors serve for a period of three years. 

Once ALS Company Members from each Region are admitted into membership by the Board, the members from that Region appoint 4 of the Members to be Directors of the ALS. 

 

The role of the ALS Board 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.

 

Election term of Company Members and Directors

As stated above, both ALS Company Members and Directors are elected for a period of three years.

The new term is from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2024.

 

For more information, see:

https://www.alsnswact.org.au/governance 

https://www.alsnswact.org.au/about 

https://www.alsnswact.org.au/annual_report_2019_20 

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