The name of the incorporated association is “Star Chorale Incorporated”.
The purposes of the association are—
- To promote a high standard of choral music;
- To maintain a choir or choirs;
- To present choral or other music to the public, whether by means of live performances, the sale of recordings or otherwise;
- To foster a musical connection within the wider community associated with Methodist Ladies’ College ACN 003 036 979;
- To honour the traditions of the Star Chorale, a choir formed by the amalgamation of the MLC Old Collegians’ Club Choir and the MLC Male Voice Choir, both founded under the vision, leadership, guidance and baton of Jane Elton Brown OAM (the Director of Music of Methodist Ladies’ College for many years).
The financial year of the Association is each period of 12 months ending on 31 December.
In these Rules—
absolute majority, of the Committee, means a majority of the Committee members currently holding office and entitled to vote at the time (as distinct from a majority of Committee members present at a Committee meeting);
Chairperson, of a general meeting or Committee meeting, means the person chairing the meeting as required under rule 46;
Committee means the Committee having management of the business of the Association;
Committee meeting means a meeting of the Committee held in accordance with these Rules;
Committee member means a member of the Committee elected or appointed under Division 3 of Part 5;
disciplinary appeal meeting means a meeting of the members of the Association convened under rule 23(3);
disciplinary meeting means a meeting of the Committee convened for the purposes of rule 22;
disciplinary subcommittee means the subcommittee appointed under rule 20;
financial year means the 12 month period specified in rule 3;
general meeting means a general meeting of the members of the Association convened in accordance with Part 4 and includes an annual general meeting, a special general meeting and a disciplinary appeal meeting;
member means a member of the Association;
member entitled to vote means a member who under rule 13(2) is entitled to vote at a general meeting;
special resolution means a resolution that requires not less than three-quarters of the members voting at a general meeting to vote in favour of the resolution;
the Act means the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 and includes any regulations made under that Act;
the Registrar means the Registrar of Incorporated Associations.
(1) Subject to the Act, the Association has power to do all things incidental or conducive to achieve its purposes.
(2) Without limiting subrule (1), the Association may—
(a) acquire, hold and dispose of real or personal property;
(b) open and operate accounts with financial institutions;
(c) invest its money in any security in which trust monies may lawfully be invested;
(d) raise and borrow money on any terms and in any manner as it thinks fit;
(e) secure the repayment of money raised or borrowed, or the payment of a debt or liability;
(f) appoint agents to transact business on its behalf;
(g) enter into any other contract it considers necessary or desirable.
(3) The Association may only exercise its powers and use its income and assets (including any surplus) for its purposes.
(1) The Association must not distribute any surplus, income or assets directly or indirectly to its members.
(2) Subrule (1) does not prevent the Association from paying a member—
(a) reimbursement for expenses properly incurred by the member; or
(b) for goods or services provided by the member—
if this is done in good faith on terms no more favourable than if the member was not a member.
PART 3—MEMBERS, DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES AND GRIEVANCES
The Association must have at least 5 members.
8 Who is eligible to be a member?
A person is eligible to become a member of the Association if the person is
- willing to participate as a singer in any choir formed by the Association; or
- otherwise prepared to assist in the activities of the Association.
(1) To apply to become a member of the Association, a person must submit a written application to the Association stating that the person—
(a) wishes to become a member of the Association; and
(c) agrees to comply with the Association’s Rules.
(2) The application must be signed by the applicant.
10 Acceptance or rejection of application
(1) The Secretary may accept an application for membership, but if the
Secretary believes that the application should be rejected, it must be
referred to the Committee for decision.
(2) The Secretary must notify the applicant of the decision on the
application as soon as practicable after the decision is made.
If an application for membership is accepted, the Secretary must as soon as practicable enter the name and address of the new member and the date of acceptance in the register of members.
A person becomes a member of the Association, and, subject to rule 13(2),is entitled to exercise his or her rights of membership from the date on
which the application is accepted.
12 Annual subscription and fee on joining
(1) Before the end of each financial year the Committee must determine—
(a) the amount of the annual subscription (if any) for the following financial year; and
(b) the date for payment of the annual subscription for that following financial year.
(2) The Committee may also determine
additional fees payable for attendance at choir rehearsals.
(3) The rights of a member (including the right to vote) who has not paid the annual subscription or applicable rehearsal fees by the due date are suspended until the subscription is paid.
(1) A member of the Association who is entitled to vote has the right—
(a) to receive notice of general meetings and of proposed special resolutions in the manner and time prescribed by these Rules; and
(b) to submit items of business for consideration at a general meeting; and
(c) to attend and be heard at general meetings; and
(d) to vote at a general meeting; and
(e) to have access to the minutes of general meetings and other documents of the Association as provided under rule 75; and
(f) to inspect the register of members.
(2) A member is entitled to vote if—
(a) more than 5 business days have passed since he or she became a member of the Association; and
(b) the member’s membership rights are not suspended for any reason.
(3) If in the case of any particular member –
(a) the member has failed to pay the relevant rehearsal fees determined and charged by the Association (whether by instalments or otherwise) for any rehearsals of choral work mounted or arranged by the Association;
(b) the member has been prohibited from performing as a chorister by the Committee; or
(c) the member’s membership rights have been suspended for any reason,
the Committee may prohibit that member from attending those rehearsals or performing as a chorister in the performance of the relevant choral work.
(4) For the avoidance of doubt, a person who is not a member of the Association may not perform as a chorister in any choral performance mounted or arranged by the Association unless invited to do so by the Committee and on terms determined by the Committee.
The rights of a member are not transferable and end when membership ceases.
(1) The membership of a person ceases –
(a) on the member’s resignation;
(b) if the Committee so resolves once 8 weeks have passed since the member has been advised in writing that fees payable by the member are in arrears, unless by the time of that resolution all arrears have been paid; or
(c) on the member’s death.
(2) If a person ceases to be a member of the Association, the Secretary must, as soon as practicable, enter the date the person ceased to be a member in the register of members.
A member may resign by notice in writing given to the Association.
(1) The Secretary must keep and maintain a register of members that includes—
(a) for each current member—
(i) the member’s name;
(ii) the address for notice last given by the member;
(iii) the date of becoming a member;
(v) any other information determined by the Committee; and
(b) for each former member, the date of ceasing to be a member.
(2) Any member may, at a reasonable time and free of charge, inspect the register of members.
Division 2—Disciplinary action
19 Grounds for taking disciplinary action
The Association may take disciplinary action against a member in accordance with this Division if it is determined that the member—
(a) has failed to comply with these Rules; or
(b) refuses to support the purposes of the Association; or
(c) has engaged in conduct prejudicial to the Association.
(1) If the Committee is satisfied that there are sufficient grounds for taking disciplinary action against a member, the Committee must appoint a disciplinary subcommittee to hear the matter and determine what action, if any, to take against the member.
(2) The members of the disciplinary subcommittee—
(a) may be Committee members, members of the Association or anyone else; but
(b) must not be biased against, or in favour of, the member concerned.
(1) Before disciplinary action is taken against a member, the Secretary must give written notice to the member—
(a) stating that the Association proposes to take disciplinary action against the member; and
(b) stating the grounds for the proposed disciplinary action; and
(c) specifying the date, place and time of the meeting at which the disciplinary subcommittee intends to consider the disciplinary action (the disciplinary meeting); and
(d) advising the member that he or she may do one or both of the following—
(i) attend the disciplinary meeting and address the disciplinary subcommittee at that meeting;
(ii) give a written statement to the disciplinary subcommittee at any time before the disciplinary meeting; and
(e) setting out the member’s appeal rights under rule 23.
(2) The notice must be given no earlier than 28 days, and no later than 14 days, before the disciplinary meeting is held.
(1) At the disciplinary meeting, the disciplinary subcommittee must—
(a) give the member an opportunity to be heard; and
(b) consider any written statement submitted by the member.
(2) After complying with subrule (1), the disciplinary subcommittee may—
(a) take no further action against the member; or
(b) subject to subrule (3)—
(i) reprimand the member; or
(ii) suspend the membership rights of the member for a specified period; or
(iii) expel the member from the Association.
(3) The disciplinary subcommittee may not fine the member.
(4) The suspension of membership rights or the expulsion of a member by the disciplinary subcommittee under this rule takes effect immediately after the vote is passed.
(1) A person whose membership rights have been suspended or who has been expelled from the Association under rule 22 may give notice to the effect that he or she wishes to appeal against the suspension or expulsion.
(2) The notice must be in writing and given—
(a) to the disciplinary subcommittee immediately after the vote to suspend or expel the person is taken; or
(b) to the Secretary not later than 48 hours after the vote.
(3) If a person has given notice under subrule (2), a disciplinary appeal meeting must be convened by the Committee as soon as practicable, but in any event not later than 21 days, after the notice is received.
(4) Notice of the disciplinary appeal meeting must be given to each member of the Association who is entitled to vote as soon as practicable and must—
(a) specify the date, time and place of the meeting; and
(b) state— (i) the name of the person against whom the disciplinary action has been taken; and
(ii) the grounds for taking that action; and
(iii) that at the disciplinary appeal meeting the members present must vote on whether the decision to suspend or expel the person should be upheld or revoked.
24 Conduct of disciplinary appeal meeting
(1) At a disciplinary appeal meeting—
(a) no business other than the question of the appeal may be conducted; and
(b) the Committee must state the grounds for suspending or expelling the member and the reasons for taking that action; and
(c) the person whose membership has been suspended or who has been expelled must be given an opportunity to be heard.
(2) After complying with subrule (1), the members present and entitled to vote at the meeting must vote by secret ballot on the question of whether the decision to suspend or expel the person should be upheld or revoked.
(3) A member may not vote by proxy at the meeting.
(4) The decision is upheld if not less than three quarters of the members voting at the meeting vote in favour of the decision.
Division 3—Grievance procedure
(1) The grievance procedure set out in this Division applies to disputes under these Rules between—
(a) a member and another member;
(b) a member and the Committee;
(c) a member and the Association.
(2) If a member has initiated a grievance procedure in respect of a dispute between the member and the Association, the Association must not take disciplinary action against any of the following persons in relation to the matter which is the subject of the grievance procedure until the grievance procedure has been completed—
(a) the member who initiated the grievance procedure ( complainant member );
(b) a member of the association appointed by the complainant member to act on behalf of the complainant member in the grievance procedure.
26 Parties must attempt to resolve the dispute
The parties to a dispute must attempt to resolve the dispute between themselves within 14 days of the dispute coming to the attention of each party.
(1) If the parties to a dispute are unable to resolve the dispute between themselves within the time required by rule 26, the parties must within 10 days—
(a) notify the Committee of the dispute; and
(b) agree to or request the appointment of a mediator; and
(c) attempt in good faith to settle the dispute by mediation.
(2) The mediator must be—
(a) a person chosen by agreement between the parties; or
(b) in the absence of agreement—
(i) if the dispute is between a member and another member—a person appointed by the Committee; or
(ii) if the dispute is between a member and the Committee or the Association—a person appointed or employed by the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria.
(3) A mediator appointed by the Committee may be a member or former member of the Association but in any case must not be a person who—
(a) has a personal interest in the dispute; or
(b) is biased in favour of or against any party.
(1) The mediator to the dispute, in conducting the mediation, must—
(a) give each party every opportunity to be heard; and
(b) allow due consideration by all parties of any written statement submitted by any party; and
(c) ensure that natural justice is accorded to the parties throughout the mediation process.
(2) The mediator must not determine the dispute.
29 Failure to resolve dispute by mediation
If the mediation process does not resolve the dispute, the parties may seek to resolve the dispute in accordance with the Act or otherwise at law.
PART 4—GENERAL MEETINGS OF THE ASSOCIATION
(1) The Committee must convene an annual general meeting of the Association to be held within 5 months after the end of each financial year.
(2) Despite subrule (1), the Association may hold its first annual general meeting at any time within 18 months after its incorporation.
(3) The Committee may determine the date, time and place of the annual general meeting.
(4) The ordinary business of the annual general meeting is as follows—
(a) to confirm the minutes of the previous annual general meeting and of any special general meeting held since then;
(b) to receive and consider—
(i) the annual report of the Committee on the activities of the Association during the preceding financial year; and
(ii) the financial statements of the Association for the preceding financial year submitted by the Committee in accordance with Part 7 of the Act;
(c) to elect the members of the Committee;
(d) to confirm or vary the amounts (if any) of the annual subscription and joining fee.
(5) The annual general meeting may also conduct any other business of which notice has been given in accordance with these Rules.
(1) Any general meeting of the Association, other than an annual general meeting or a disciplinary appeal meeting, is a special general meeting.
(2) The Committee may convene a special general meeting whenever it thinks fit.
(3) No business other than that set out in the notice under rule 33 may be conducted at the meeting.
32 Special general meeting held at request of members
(1) The Committee must convene a special general meeting if a request to do so is made in accordance with subrule (2) by at least 10% of the total number of members.
(2) A request for a special general meeting must—
(a) be in writing; and
(b) state the business to be considered at the meeting and any resolutions to be proposed; and
(c) include the names and signatures of the members requesting the meeting; and
(d) be given to the Secretary.
(3) If the Committee does not convene a special general meeting within one month after the date on which the request is made, the members making the request (or any of them) may convene the special general meeting.
(4) A special general meeting convened by members under subrule (3)—
(a) must be held within 3 months after the date on which the original request was made; and
(b) may only consider the business stated in that request.
(5) The Association must reimburse all reasonable expenses incurred by the members convening a special general meeting under subrule (3).
(1) The Secretary (or, in the case of a special general meeting convened under rule 32(3), the members convening the meeting) must give to each member of the Association—
(a) at least 21 days’ notice of a general meeting if a special resolution is to be proposed at the meeting; or
(b) at least 14 days’ notice of a general meeting in any other case.
(2) The notice must—
(a) specify the date, time and place of the meeting; and
(b) indicate the general nature of each item of business to be considered at the meeting; and
(c) if a special resolution is to be proposed—
(i) state in full the proposed resolution; and
(ii) state the intention to propose the resolution as a special resolution; and
(d) comply with rule 34(5).
(3) This rule does not apply to a disciplinary appeal meeting.
A member does not have the right to appoint a proxy for
any general meeting of the Association.
(1) A member not physically present at a general meeting may be permitted to participate in the meeting by the use of technology that allows that member and the members present at the meeting to clearly and simultaneously communicate with each other.
(2) For the purposes of this Part, a member participating in a general meeting as permitted under subrule (1) is taken to be present at the meeting and, if the member votes at the meeting, is taken to have voted in person.
(1) No business may be conducted at a general meeting unless a quorum of members is present.
(2) The quorum for a general meeting is the presence (physically or as allowed under rule 35) of 10% of the members entitled to vote.
(3) If a quorum is not present within 30 minutes after the notified commencement time of a general meeting—
(a) in the case of a meeting convened by, or at the request of, members under rule 32—the meeting must be dissolved;
(b) in any other case—
(i) the meeting must be adjourned to a date not more than 21 days after the adjournment; and
(ii) notice of the date, time and place to which the meeting is adjourned must be given at the meeting and confirmed by written notice given to all members as soon as practicable after the meeting.
(4) If a quorum is not present within 30 minutes after the time to which a general meeting has been adjourned under subrule (3)(b), the members present at the meeting (if not fewer than 3) may proceed with the business of the meeting as if a quorum were present.
37 Adjournment of general meeting
(1) The Chairperson of a general meeting at which a quorum is present may, with the consent of a majority of members present at the meeting, adjourn the meeting to another time at the same place or at another place.
(2) Without limiting subrule (1), a meeting may be adjourned—
(a) if there is insufficient time to deal with the business at hand; or
(b) to give the members more time to consider an item of business.
(3) No business may be conducted on the resumption of an adjourned meeting other than the business that remained unfinished when the meeting was adjourned.
(4) Notice of the adjournment of a meeting under this rule is not required unless the meeting is adjourned for 14 days or more, in which case notice of the meeting must be given in accordance with rule 33.
(1) On any question arising at a general meeting—
(a) subject to subrule (3), each member who is entitled to vote has one vote; and
(b) members may vote personally or by proxy; and
(c) except in the case of a special resolution, the question must be decided on a majority of votes.
(2) If votes are divided equally on a question, the Chairperson of the meeting has a second or casting vote.
(3) If the question is whether or not to confirm the minutes of a previous meeting, only members who were present at that meeting may vote.
(4) This rule does not apply to a vote at a disciplinary appeal meeting conducted under rule 24.
A special resolution is passed if not less than three quarters of the members voting at a general meeting vote in favour of the resolution.
40 Determining whether resolution carried
(1) Subject to subsection (2), the Chairperson of a general meeting may, on the basis of a show of hands, declare that a resolution has been—
(a) carried; or
(b) carried unanimously; or
(c) carried by a particular majority; or
and an entry to that effect in the minutes of the meeting is conclusive proof of that fact.
(2) If a poll (where votes are cast in writing) is demanded by three or more members on any question—
(a) the poll must be taken at the meeting in the manner determined by the Chairperson of the meeting; and
(b) the Chairperson must declare the result of the resolution on the basis of the poll.
(3) A poll demanded on the election of the Chairperson or on a question of an adjournment must be taken immediately.
(4) A poll demanded on any other question must be taken before the close of the meeting at a time determined by the Chairperson.
(1) The Committee must ensure that minutes are taken and kept of each general meeting.
(2) The minutes must record the business considered at the meeting, any resolution on which a vote is taken and the result of the vote.
(3) In addition, the minutes of each annual general meeting must include—
(a) the names of the members attending the meeting; and
(c) the financial statements submitted to the members in accordance with rule 30(4)(b)(ii); and
(d) the certificate signed by two Committee members certifying that the financial statements give a true and fair view of the financial position and performance of the Association; and
(e) any audited accounts and auditor’s report or report of a review accompanying the financial statements that are required under the Act.
Division 1—Powers of Committee
(1) The business of the Association must be managed by or under the direction of a Committee.
(2) The Committee may exercise all the powers of the Association except those powers that these Rules or the Act require to be exercised by general meetings of the members of the Association.
(3) The Committee may—
(a) appoint and remove staff of or contractors to the Association; and
(b) establish subcommittees consisting of members with terms of reference it considers appropriate.
(1) The Committee may delegate to a member of the Committee, a subcommittee or staff, any of its powers and functions other than—
(a) this power of delegation; or
(b) a duty imposed on the Committee by the Act or any other law.
(2) The delegation must be in writing and may be subject to the conditions and limitations the Committee considers appropriate.
(3) The Committee may, in writing, revoke a delegation wholly or in part.
Division 2—Composition of Committee and duties of members
The Committee consists of—
(a) a President; and
(b) a Vice-President; and
(c) a Secretary; and
(d) a Treasurer; and
(e) no more than nine ordinary members elected under rule 53.
(1) As soon as practicable after being elected or appointed to the Committee, each Committee member must become familiar with these Rules and the Act.
(2) The Committee is collectively responsible for ensuring that the Association complies with the Act and that individual members of the Committee comply with these Rules.
(3) Committee members must exercise their powers and discharge their duties with reasonable care and diligence.
(4) Committee members must exercise their powers and discharge their duties—
(a) in good faith in the best interests of the Association; and
(b) for a proper purpose.
(5) Committee members and former Committee members must not make improper use of—
(a) their position; or
(b) information acquired by virtue of holding their position—
so as to gain an advantage for themselves or any other person or to cause detriment to the Association.
(6) In addition to any duties imposed by these Rules, a Committee member must perform any other duties imposed from time to time by resolution at a general meeting.
46 President and Vice-President
(1) Subject to subrule (2), the President or, in the President’s absence, the Vice-President is the Chairperson for any general meetings and for any Committee meetings.
(2) If the President and the Vice-President are both absent, or are unable to preside, the Chairperson of the meeting must be—
(a) in the case of a general meeting—a member elected by the other members present; or
(b) in the case of a Committee meeting—a Committee member elected by the other Committee members present.
(1) The Secretary must perform any duty or function required under the Act to be performed by the secretary of an incorporated association.
(2) The Secretary must
(a) maintain the register of members in accordance with rule 18; and
(b) keep custody of the common seal (if any) of the Association and, except for the financial records referred to in rule 70(3), all books, documents and securities of the Association in accordance with rules 72 and 75; and
(c) subject to the Act and these Rules, provide members with access to the register of members, the minutes of general meetings and other books and documents; and
(d) perform any other duty or function imposed on the Secretary by these Rules.
(3) The Secretary must give to the Registrar notice of his or her appointment within 14 days after the appointment.
(1) The Treasurer must—
(a) receive all moneys paid to or received by the Association and issue receipts for those moneys in the name of the Association; and
(b) ensure that all moneys received are paid into the bank account of the Association within 5 working days after receipt; and
(c) make any payments authorised by the Committee or by a general meeting of the Association from the Association’s funds; and
(d) ensure cheques are signed and electronic payments are authorised by at least 2 Committee members.
(2) The Treasurer must—
(a) ensure that the financial records of the Association are kept in accordance with the Act; and
(b) coordinate the preparation of the financial statements of the Association and their certification by the Committee prior to their submission to the annual general meeting of the Association.
(3) The Treasurer must ensure that at least one other Committee member has access to the accounts and financial records of the Association.
Division 3—Election of Committee members and tenure of office
49 Who is eligible to be a Committee member
A member is eligible to be elected or appointed as a Committee member if the member—
(a) is 18 years or over;
(b) is entitled to vote at a general meeting; and
(c) has been member of the Association for at
least six months.
It is expected that at least one member of the Committee will be a former student of Methodist Ladies’ College, but this does not limit the right of any member of the Association to be nominated, elected or appointed as a Committee member under these Rules.
50 Positions to be declared vacant
(1) This rule applies to—
(a) the first annual general meeting of the Association after its incorporation; or
(b) any subsequent annual general meeting of the Association, after the annual report and financial statements of the Association have been received.
(2) The Chairperson of the meeting must declare all positions on the Committee vacant and hold elections for those positions in accordance with rules 51 to 54.
(1) Prior to the election of each position, the Chairperson of the meeting must call for nominations to fill that position.
(2) An eligible member of the Association may—
(a) nominate himself or herself; or
(b) with the member’s consent, be nominated by another member.
(3) A member who is nominated for a position and fails to be elected to that position may be nominated for any other position for which an election is yet to be held.
(1) At the annual general meeting, separate elections must be held for each of the following positions—
(2) If only one member is nominated for a position, the Chairperson of the meeting must declare the member elected to that position.
(4) If more than one member is nominated, a ballot must be held in accordance with rule 54.
(5) On his or her election, the new President may take over as Chairperson of the meeting.
53 Election of ordinary members
(1) The annual general meeting must by resolution decide the number of ordinary members of the Committee (if any) it wishes to hold office for the next year.
(2) A single election may be held to fill all of those positions.
(3) If the number of members nominated for the position of ordinary Committee member is less than or equal to the number to be elected, the Chairperson of the meeting must declare each of those members to be elected to the position.
(4) If the number of members nominated exceeds the number to be elected, a ballot must be held in accordance with rule 54.
(1) If a ballot is required for the election for a position, the Chairperson of the meeting must appoint a member to act as returning officer to conduct the ballot.
(2) The returning officer must not be a member nominated for the position.
(3) Before the ballot is taken, each candidate may make a short speech in support of his or her election.
(4) The election must be by secret ballot.
(5) The returning officer must give a blank piece of paper to—
(a) each member present in person; and
(b) each proxy appointed by a member.
(6) If the ballot is for a single position, the voter must write on the ballot paper the name of the candidate for whom they wish to vote.
(7) If the ballot is for more than one position—
(a) the voter must write on the ballot paper the name of each candidate for whom they wish to vote;
(b) the voter must not write the names of more candidates than the number to be elected.
(8) Ballot papers that do not comply with subrule (7)(b) are not to be counted.
(9) Each ballot paper on which the name of a candidate has been written counts as one vote for that candidate.
(10) The returning officer must declare elected the candidate or, in the case of an election for more than one position, the candidates who received the most votes.
(11) If the returning officer is unable to declare the result of an election under subrule (10) because 2 or more candidates received the same number of votes, the returning officer must—
(a) conduct a further election for the position in accordance with subrules (4) to (10) to decide which of those candidates is to be elected; or
(b) with the agreement of those candidates, decide by lot which of them is to be elected.
(1) Subject to subrule (3) and rule 56, a Committee member holds office until the positions of the Committee are declared vacant at the next annual general meeting.
(2) A Committee member may be re-elected, but a person who is the President may not be re-elected as President if that person has been continuously in office as President for the five years including the year in which the election is to be held, unless that person is so re-elected by a special resolution.
(3) A general meeting of the Association may—
(a) by special resolution remove a Committee member from office; and
(b) elect an eligible member of the Association to fill the vacant position in accordance with this Division.
(4) A member who is the subject of a proposed special resolution under subrule (3)(a) may make representations in writing to the Secretary or President of the Association (not exceeding a reasonable length) and may request that the representations be provided to the members of the Association.
(5) The Secretary or the President may give a copy of the representations to each member of the Association or, if they are not so given, the member may require that they be read out at the meeting at which the special resolution is to be proposed.
(1) A Committee member may resign from the Committee by written notice addressed to the Committee.
(2) A person ceases to be a Committee member if he or she—
(a) ceases to be a member of the Association; or
(b) fails to attend 4 consecutive Committee meetings (other than special or urgent Committee meetings) without leave of absence under rule 67; or
(c) otherwise ceases to be a Committee member by operation of section 78 of the Act.
(1) The Committee may appoint an eligible member of the Association to fill a position on the Committee that—
(a) has become vacant under rule 56; or
(b) was not filled by election at the last annual general meeting.
(2) If the position of Secretary becomes vacant, the Committee must appoint a member to the position within 14 days after the vacancy arises.
(3) Rule 55 applies to any Committee member appointed by the Committee under subrule (1) or (2).
(4) The Committee may continue to act despite any vacancy in its membership.
Division 4—Meetings of Committee
(1) The Committee must meet at least 4 times in each year at the dates, times and places determined by the Committee.
(2) The date, time and place of the first Committee meeting must be determined by the members of the Committee as soon as practicable after the annual general meeting of the Association at which the members of the Committee were elected.
(3) Special Committee meetings may be convened by the President or by any 4 members of the Committee.
(3) The Music Director of the choir operated by the Association is to be given notice of meetings of the Committee and (except in relation to any matters on which the Committee determines that the choir Music Director’s attendance is inappropriate) has ex officio a right to attend and to speak (but not to vote) at meetings of the Committee.
(1) Notice of each Committee meeting (other than a special Committee meeting convened under Rule 58(3)) must be given to each Committee member and the Music Director no later than 7 days before the date of the meeting. Notice of a special Committee meeting convened under Rule 58(3) must be given to each Committee member and the Music Director no later than 2 business days before the date of the meeting.
(2) Notice may be given of more than one Committee meeting at the same time.
(3) The notice must state the date, time and place of the meeting.
(4) If a special Committee meeting is convened, the notice must include the general nature of the business to be conducted.
(5) The only business that may be conducted at the meeting is the business for which the meeting is convened.
(1) In cases of urgency, a meeting can be held without notice being given in accordance with rule 59 provided that as much notice as practicable is given to each Committee member by the quickest means practicable.
(2) Any resolution made at the meeting must be passed by an absolute majority of the Committee.
(3) The only business that may be conducted at an urgent meeting is the business for which the meeting is convened.
61 Procedure and order of business
(1) The procedure to be followed at a meeting of a Committee must be determined from time to time by the Committee.
(2) The order of business may be determined by the members present at the meeting.
(1) A Committee member who is not physically present at a Committee meeting may participate in the meeting by the use of technology that allows that Committee member and the Committee members present at the meeting to clearly and simultaneously communicate with each other.
(2) For the purposes of this Part, a Committee member participating in a Committee meeting as permitted under subrule (1) is taken to be present at the meeting and, if the member votes at the meeting, is taken to have voted in person.
(1) No business may be conducted at a Committee meeting unless a quorum is present.
(2) The quorum for a Committee meeting is the presence (in person or as allowed under rule 62) of a majority of the Committee members holding office at that time.
(3) If a quorum is not present within 30 minutes after the notified commencement time of a Committee meeting—
(a) in the case of a special meeting—the meeting lapses;
(b) in any other case—the meeting must be adjourned to a date no later than 14 days after the adjournment and notice of the time, date and place to which the meeting is adjourned must be given in accordance with rule 59.
(1) On any question arising at a Committee meeting, each Committee member present at the meeting has one vote.
(2) A motion is carried if a majority of Committee members present at the meeting vote in favour of the motion.
(3) Subrule (2) does not apply to any motion or question which is required by these Rules to be passed by an absolute majority of the Committee. (4) If votes are divided equally on a question, the Chairperson of the meeting has a second or casting vote.
(4) Voting by proxy is not permitted.
(1) A Committee member who has a material personal interest in a matter being considered at a Committee meeting must disclose the nature and extent of that interest to the Committee.
(2) The member—
(a) must not be present while the matter is being considered at the meeting; and
(b) must not vote on the matter.
(3) This rule does not apply to a material personal interest—
(a) that exists only because the member belongs to a class of persons for whose benefit the Association is established; or
(b) that the member has in common with all, or a substantial proportion of, the members of the Association.
(1) The Committee must ensure that minutes are taken and kept of each committee meeting.
(2) The minutes must record the following—
(a) the names of the members in attendance at the meeting;
(b) the business considered at the meeting;
(c) any resolution on which a vote is taken and the result of the vote;
(d) any material personal interest disclosed under rule 65.
The Committee may grant a Committee member leave of absence from Committee meetings for a period not exceeding 3 months.
The funds of the Association may be derived from joining fees, annual subscriptions, donations, concert tickets, sales of recordings, fund-raising activities, grants, interest and any other sources approved by the Committee.
(1) The Association must open an account with a bank from which all expenditure of the Association is made and into which all of the Association’s revenue is deposited.
(2) Subject to any restrictions imposed by a general meeting of the Association, the Committee may approve expenditure on behalf of the Association.
(3) The Committee may authorise the Treasurer to expend funds on behalf of the Association (including by electronic funds transfer) up to a specified limit without requiring approval from the Committee for each item on which the funds are expended.
(4) All cheques, drafts, bills of exchange, promissory notes and other negotiable instruments must be signed by 2 Committee members.
(5) All electronic payments or transfers must be
authorised by at least two members of the
(5) All funds of the Association must be deposited into the financial account of the Association no later than 5 working days after receipt.
(6) With the approval of the Committee, the Treasurer may maintain a cash float provided that all money paid from or paid into the float is accurately recorded at the time of the transaction.
(1) The Association must keep financial records that—
(a) correctly record and explain its transactions, financial position and performance; and
(b) enable financial statements to be prepared as required by the Act.
(2) The Association must retain the financial records for 7 years after the transactions covered by the records are completed.
(3) The Treasurer must keep in his or her custody, or under his or her control—
(a) the financial records for the current financial year; and
(b) any other financial records as authorised by the Committee.
(1) For each financial year, the Committee must ensure that the requirements under the Act relating to the financial statements of the Association are met.
(2) Without limiting subrule (1), those requirements include—
(a) the preparation of the financial statements;
(b) if required, the review or auditing of the financial statements;
(c) the certification of the financial statements by the Committee;
(d) the submission of the financial statements to the annual general meeting of the Association;
(e) the lodgement with the Registrar of the financial statements and accompanying reports, certificates, statements and fee.
(1) The Association may have a common seal.
(2) If the Association has a common seal—
(a) the name of the Association must appear in legible characters on the common seal;
(b) a document may only be sealed with the common seal by the authority of the Committee and the sealing must be witnessed by the signatures of two Committee members;
(c) the common seal must be kept in the custody of the Secretary.
The registered address of the Association is—
(a) the address determined from time to time by resolution of the Committee; or
(b) if the Committee has not determined an address to be the registered address—the postal address of the Secretary.
(1) Any notice required to be given to a member or a Committee member under these Rules may be given—
(a) by handing the notice to the member personally; or
(b) by sending it by post to the member at the address recorded for the member on the register of members; or
(c) by email or facsimile transmission.
(2) Subrule (1) does not apply to notice given under rule 60 (notice of urgent Committee meetings).
(3) Any notice required to be given to the Association or the Committee may be given—
(a) by handing the notice to a member of the Committee; or
(b) by sending the notice by post to the registered address; or
(c) by leaving the notice at the registered address; or
(d) if the Committee determines that it is appropriate in the circumstances—
(i) by email to the email address of the Association or the Secretary; or
(ii) by facsimile transmission to the facsimile number of the Association.
75 Custody and inspection of books and records
(1) Members may on request inspect free of charge—
(a) the register of members;
(b) the minutes of general meetings;
(c) subject to subrule (2), the financial records, books, securities and any other relevant document of the Association, including minutes of Committee meetings.
(2) The Committee may refuse to permit a member to inspect records of the Association that relate to confidential, personal, employment, commercial or legal matters or where to do so may be prejudicial to the interests of the Association.
(3) The Committee must on request make copies of the rules available to members and applicants for membership free of charge.
(4) Subject to subrule (2), a member may make a copy of any of the other records of the Association referred to in this rule and the Association may charge a reasonable fee for provision of a copy of such a record.
(5) For purposes of this rule—
relevant documents means the records and other documents, however compiled, recorded or stored, that relate to the incorporation and management of the Association and includes the following—
(a) its membership records;
(b) its financial statements;
(c) its financial records;
(d) records and documents relating to transactions, dealings, business or property of the Association.
76 Winding up and cancellation
(1) The Association may be wound up voluntarily by special resolution.
(2) In the event of the winding up or the cancellation of the incorporation of the Association, the surplus assets of the Association must not be distributed to any members or former members of the Association.
(3) Subject to the Act and any court order made under section 133 of the Act, the surplus assets must be given to a body that has similar purposes to the Association, which is charitable at law, and which is not carried on for the profit or gain of its individual members.
(4) The body to which the surplus assets are to be given must be decided by special resolution.
These Rules may only be altered by special resolution of a general meeting of the Association.
78 Donations Fund
- The Association will establish and maintain a public fund to be known as the Star Chorale Donations Fund (in this Rule 78 and in Rules 79-83 referred to as “the Fund”).
- Donations will be deposited in to the public fund listed in the Register of Cultural Organisations.
- These moneys will be kept separate from other funds of the Association and will only be used to further the principal purpose of the Association.
- Investment of moneys in the Fund will be made in accordance with the guidelines for public funds as specified by the Australian Taxation Office.
- Donations Fund Committee
The Fund will be administered by a Fund Committee
appointed by the Committee of the Association. The
majority of the members of the Fund Committee must,
because of their tenure of some public office or their
professional standing have an underlying community
responsibility, as distinct from obligations solely in
regard to the cultural objectives of the Association.
- Prohibition of distributions to members of the Association
No moneys or assets in the Fund will be distributed to
members of the Association, except as reimbursement
of out of pocket expenses incurred on behalf of the Fund
or proper remuneration for administrative services.
- Proposed alterations to Fund provisions require Departmental approval
The Department responsible for the administration of
the Register of Cultural Organisations will be notified
of any proposed alterations or alterations to provisions
for the public Fund, to assess the effect of any
amendments on the public Fund’s continuing
Deductible Gift Recipient status.
- Specifications for receipts for donations.
Receipts for gifts to the Fund must state:
- The name of the public Fund and that the receipt is for a gift made to the public Fund;
- The Australian Business Number of the Association;
- The fact that the receipt is for a gift; and
- Any other matter required to be included on the receipt pursuant to the requirements of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
- Winding Up of the Donations Fund
In the event of the winding up or the dissolution of the public
Fund listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations, if there
remains, after satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any
property or funds, the property or funds must not be paid or
distributed amongst the members or former members of the
Association, but must be given or transferred to some other
fund, authority or institution having similar objects to the public
Fund and which is listed on the Register of Cultural