Committee Nomination Form

The nomination form at the bottom of this page can be used to nominate yourself or someone else for one position on the AABAT Committee. Please see ‘about the association‘ page for more information about AABAT and the committee structure.

This year (every two years) all positions are open for re-election including one of the international representative positions which run to an alternative schedule. We will be actively looking for some new people to join the committee. We look for two people to hold/ share each regional representative role.

Committee Roles and Responsibilities

Regional representatives

The role of the regional representatives is varied, with the common aim to support the associations intended actions at a local level. Key roles of the regional rep position include; connecting and carrying local networks of practitioners and organisations and promoting the association and membership. This has taken a number of forms including one off or regular events, workshops or PD. Regional reps are also involved in various working groups such as developing ethical practice guidelines, BAT training programs and helping with the development of the annual Forums.

Responsibilities

  • Fulfil a two-year tenure.
  • To participate in committee meetings (held at least bi-monthly).
  • To host one or two committee meetings over the two year tenure.
  • To create a manageable plan to connect practitioners in your region during your tenure in line with the intended actions of the association.
  • Solicit content and contribute to the AABAT E-newsletter.
  • Attend, support the development of and participate in each annual forum.
  • Attend, support the development of and participate in committee gathering every two  years.

International representatives

The role of the international representatives are to maintain a close relationship with the international adventure therapy community, to represent Australian views and experiences in the international adventure therapy arena, and be a conduit between international adventure therapy and Australian adventure therapy via active membership on the AABAT committee.

International Representatives also hold a position on the Adventure Therapy International Committee (ATIC). The election cycle for international representatives is 3 years and it is anticipated that reps will fulfil a six year term to maintain continuity in representation.

Responsibilities

  • Be an active member on the Adventure Therapy International Committee (ATIC) for a minimum of 3 years (with an expectation of 6 years)
  • Feedback information from ATIC to AABAT via active membership on the AABAT committee for that time.
  • Work with the International co-representative to best represent Australian interests in the international arena.
  • Work towards a sustainable and ‘rolling’ Australian ATIC membership through mentoring and/or appropriate hand-over to new a Australian representative prior to the end of their 6-year term.
  • To participate in committee meetings (held at least bi-monthly).
  • Solicit content and contribute to the AABAT E-newsletter.
  • Attend, support the development of and participate in each AABAT annual forum.
  • Attend, support the development of and participate in each AABAT annual committee gathering.

Office bearers

Office bearers of the association do not stand apart from the rest of the committee. They hold additional specific roles that relate to the administration of the association and its reporting and governance requirements.

General responsibilities:

  • Fulfil a two-year tenure.
  • To participate in committee meetings (held monthly).
  • To host one or two committee meetings over the two year tenure.
  • Attend, support the development of and participate in each annual forum.
  • Attend, support the development of and participate in each annual committee gathering.

Chair

As Chairperson of the committee, your role is to assure that the committee fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of AABAT Inc. It is hoped that the chairperson will fulfill two two-year terms and in the second be mentoring a replacement who is nominated at the AGM.

The chairperson should have a working knowledge of the breadth of the Bush Adventure Therapy field in Australia. They should have an understanding of AABAT, the intended actions of the association and the structure of the AABAT committee.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide direction to the committee.
  • Chair meetings of the committee.
  • Work with the office bearers and representatives to produce an annual report.
  • Call and host annual general meetings.
  • Call special meetings if necessary.
  • Arrange for Deputy to Chair meetings in the absence of the Chair.
  • Recommend committee chairperson with an eye to future succession.
  • Work with the committee to recruit new committee members.
  • Facilitate the development of overall long and short term goals and priorities for the association on behalf of the membership, the field of practice and the participants who would use the services of member organisations.
  • Ensure committee members receive agenda and minutes of meetings in a timely manner.
  • Reflect any concerns membership have in regard the role of the committee or its actions.
  • Annually focus the associations attention on matters of organisational governance that relate to its own structure and reporting requirements.

Deputy Chair

The role of deputy chair is  briefly described but vital as a support to both the office bearers and representatives in their roles. In addition to filling in for the Chair in their absence, the deputy chair would also have a good working knowledge of the field, the association and its broad functions.

Responsibilities:

  • Stand in for the chairperson in their absence
  • support the office bearers with their specific duties
  • Periodically consult with committee members on their roles and help them assess their progress.
  • support the regional representatives in pursuing the intended actions of the associaiton locally within their regions.
  • Work with the committee to recruit new committee members.
  • Reflect any concerns membership have in regard the role of the committee or its actions.

Secretary

The associations secretary is usually the first administrative point of call for legislating bodies such as Consumer Affairs Victoria and ASIC nationally.

Responsibilities:

  • lodging an annual statement with us within a month after the annual general meeting
  • applying to us to change the association’s name or rules

Notifying consumer affairs of:

  • a change to the association’s registered address
  • their appointment as secretary or any changes to their details
  • a special resolution to wind up the association or distribute its assets
  • dealing with requests to restrict access to information in the association’s register of members.

The secretary must:

  • agree to be named or appointed secretary
  • be at least 18 years old
  • live in Australia.

Treasurer

The main role of the treasurer is financial administration. AABAT inc. does not employ staff, so the treasurer has to do the banking, depositing cash and cheques, paying the bills and tracking income and expenditure throughout the year. You need to be on top of your finances so the organisation knows how well it is tracking against the budget and how to respond if unexpected problems arise. Usually the Deputy Chair has a role in supporting the treasurer with logistics of their role.

Responsibilities:

  • Keep up-to-date records as well as an audit trail for all transactions (consider setting up an audit committee and appointing an external auditor)
  • Protect the organisation against fraud and theft, ensuring safe custody of money, and prompt banking
  • Make sure the board understands its financial obligations
  • Make sure the organisation complies with tax regulations, such as GST, payroll tax and fringe benefits tax
  • Review all internal processes and reporting methods at least annually.

Committee Nomination Form

 

The position being nominated for.

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