Blind Citizens NSW Makes Historic Decision

At a Special General Meeting held in Sydney on Saturday 2 December, the members of Blind Citizens NSW (BCNSW) voted in favour of the two resolutions required to consolidate BCNSW into BCA. BCA has congratulated members of BCNSW on this historic decision which will ensure that people who are blind or vision impaired in NSW and the ACT benefit from 150 years of collective advocacy experience, whilst retaining the strong, local community connectedness which has been central to the success of BCNSW for over a century. BCNSW members also spoke in support of the consolidation, both in terms of the benefits to people who are blind or vision impaired and the consolidation of limited resources to reduce duplication and maximise the impact for members across the state.

Graeme Innes was appointed as President of the interim BCNSW Management Committee with responsibility for winding up the organisation and transferring BCNSW operations and assets to BCA. Graeme indicated that members of BCNSW would have their membership transferred to BCA but that they could opt out if they did not wish to become BCA members.

BCA President, John Simpson, welcomed BCNSW staff to the BCA team and said that a top priority would be to transfer their employment to BCA. A NSW state division has now been created by the BCA board. When the board meets in Melbourne next weekend it will appoint the NSW state division committee which will join with key stakeholders for a planning day in mid February.


Live streaming of the Blind Citizens NSW AGM – Saturday 2nd December

On Saturday 2nd December, members of BCNSW will meet for their Annual General Meeting. Listen live using one of the links below if you cannot attend in person.
A Special General Meeting will also be taking place to decide whether or not the organisation should consolidate with Blind Citizens Australia and proceed as one organisation (read further details here).

Meeting schedule:
10:30 AM – Special General Meeting
11:00 AM – Annual General Meeting

Live streaming links:
Winamp, iTunes
Windows Media Player
Real Player

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Blind Citizens Australia will hold its 42nd Annual General Meeting in Melbourne on Friday 13 October 2017. Join us at the Novotel Glen Waverley, 285 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley, at 7:00PM. The meeting will be followed by a welcome dinner as part of the 2017 National Convention. Visit our Events page or read more here to find out everything you need to know about the AGM.

2017 National Convention – Registration Now Open

Blind Citizens Australia is excited to be hosting its 2017 National Convention in Melbourne from 13 – 15 October. Visit our Events page or follow this link to find out everything you need to know about the program, how you can get involved, and how to register.


Statement from Blind Citizens Australia Leadership Development Forum, July 2017

Statement from Blind Citizens Australia Leadership Development Forum, July 2017

Blind Citizens Australia held its first ever leadership development forum in Melbourne from 7th to 9th July 2017. The forum brought together 50 key members of the organisation, including directors, staff, presidents of local branches, emerging leaders and others with key roles in the organisation, for a weekend of working sessions and presentations from 15 speakers.

The objectives of the forum were to build leadership skills, increase BCA’s capacity to engage with marginalised and isolated people, and to begin the process of establishing a cohesive network to provide peer support to the organisation’s leaders.

Read the full statement from the Leadership Development Forum.