AWAHS Membership

Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service is a community controled organisation.

Full membership enables Aboriginal clients of AWAHS to have their vote as to who represents the view of the community on the AWAHS Board of Members.

What does it mean to be a member of AWAHS?

Becoming a Member of AWAHS means you are entitled to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting. Members are also eligible to attend and observe any Board of Governance (BOG) meeting. Any member of AWAHS is also eligible to apply to represent their community on the BOG.

Who is eligible to apply for membership?

Aboriginal community members can apply for membership.
Non-Aboriginal community members can apply for accociate membership.

How do I apply to become a member?

Application for Membership requires the applicant to fill out an “Application for membership” including nomination by two current members of the accociation. Click on the links below to to download an application form or ask AWAHS reception for an application form.

Annual membership fee is $2.00 and must be paid within 28 days of advice from the BOM of acceptance of membership application and thereafter by 30th of June each year.

What is Nomination?

Each applicant for membership is to be nominated by two current members of the Association.

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AWAHS Membership Guidelines

AWAHS is governed by a Voluntary Board of Governance comprised of Aboriginal Community members.

If you would like to have your say as to how the organisation is governed then you need to become a member of the organisation.

Members;

Members have attendance, speaking and voting rights at Extraordinary General Meetings and Annual General Meetings of the Association.

Associate Members;

(i) Associate members have both attendance and speaking rights at Extraordinary General Meetings and Annual General Meetings of the Association but are not entitled to vote nor stand for election as office holders of the Association nor hold office as Board of governance.

(ii) However, associate members can be in attendance at Executive Meetings of the Association to provide advice but cannot participate in any vote of the Executive Committee upon which such advice has been given.

How to apply for Membership or Associate Membership

Membership.

A person is qualified to be a member of the AWAHS if, but only if:

(i)   the person is a natural person;

(ii)   the person is a member of the Aboriginal community;

(iii) the person has attained the age of 18 years;

(iv)   the person has been nominated for membership of the Association.

(v)   the nomination form has been lodged with the Secretary of the Association;

(vi)   the person resides within the boundaries of the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service Inc.

(vii) the person has been deemed to meet the criteria for membership of the Association by the Executive Committee;

(viii) Notwithstanding the pivotal nature of Aboriginal culture explicit within this Rules of association wherever mention is made throughout this document to Aboriginal persons nothing should be construed to mean the exclusion of Torres Strait Islander peoples and membership provisions apply to members of the Torres Strait Islander community living within the boundaries of the area serviced by the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service Inc.

Associate Membership

A person is qualified to be an associate member of the association if:

(i)   the person is a natural person;

(ii)   the person has attained the age of 18 years;

(iii) the person has been nominated for associate membership of the Association

(iv)   the nomination form has been lodged with the Secretary of the Association;

(v)   the person resides within the boundaries of the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service Inc.

(vi)   the person has been deemed to meet the criteria for associate membership of the Association by the Executive Committee;

(vii) the nomination has been recommended by the Executive Committee to be considered by members at a General Meeting of the Association; and

(viii) associate membership has been approved by members at the said meeting.

Processing of Membership and Associate Membership Applications

(i)   The person nominated must be over 18 years of age residing within boundaries of the Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service Inc.

(ii)    be lodged with the Secretary of the Association and in the manner prescribed in Appendix 2 of the Rules.

(iii) As soon as practicable after receiving a nomination for membership the Secretary must refer the nomination to the Executive Committee which shall determine whether the applicant meets the criteria for membership or associate membership and whether it approves or rejects the nomination and whether it recommends that the application proceed for consideration at a General Meeting of the Association;

(iv)   Where the Executive Committee determination is not to recommend that a nomination for membership or associate membership proceed for consideration at a General Meeting or Annual General Meeting the Secretary must notify the nominated person in writing of that determination within 21 days;

(v)   Following consideration of a membership or associate membership nomination by members at a General Meeting or an Annual General Meeting the Secretary shall notify the applicant in writing within twenty one (21) days of the meeting advising.

· acceptance as a member or associate member of the Association; or

· unsuccessful nomination as a member or associate member of the Association; or

· deferral of decision;

(vi)   Upon acceptance into membership or associate membership the Secretary must, subject to Clause enter the nominee’s name in the register of members and, on the name being so entered, the nominee becomes a member or associate membership of the Association; and

(vii) Upon a nominee being accepted into membership or associate membership the Secretary shall request $2 sum payable outlined in Rule 14 within the period of 28 days after receipt by the nominee of the notification.

Members at a General Meeting or an Annual General Meeting of the Association, and Executive Committee members in the course of their duty, may at their discretion refuse any nomination for membership deemed not to have met the criteria for membership or not recommended that it proceed for consideration at a General Meeting and the Association need assign no reason for such refusal;

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