Call for Expressions of Interest

Blind Citizens Australia: NSW/ACT State Division Committee Members

Background:

At the 2017 Annual General Meeting of Blind Citizens Australia (BCA), the constitution was amended to allow for the creation of state divisions. State divisions do not replace local branches, but provide state-wide oversight to help promote the work of BCA and to support, engage and grow its membership.

Since 2016, BCA and Blind Citizens NSW (BCNSW) have been building closer working relationships to reduce duplication and share resources for the benefit of people who are blind or vision impaired in NSW and the ACT. The two organisations are now moving towards the consolidation of BCNSW into BCA. The consolidation was endorsed at the 2017 BCA AGM, but the final decision as to whether this will proceed rests with the members of BCNSW and will be voted on at the BCNSW General Meeting on 2 December. Assuming the consolidation goes ahead, BCNSW will become the first state division to be created by the BCA board.

BCNSW State Division Committee:

In accordance with the “State Division Guidelines” state divisions are to be governed by a state division committee of six (unless the board decides it should be larger).

The guidelines state:

“Each State Division Committee, led by the State Division chair, is responsible for the governance and operation of the State Division including ensuring that:

  • regular State Division Meetings are held and appropriately conducted;
  • all State Division records are properly kept and stored;
  • communication channels between the State Division and the Chief Executive Officer and Board are open and professional; and
  • all BCA policies and procedures are properly followed.”

The BCA board has approved an amendment to the “State Division Guidelines” to allow for the inclusion of ACT members in the NSW state division. In addition to the six committee members appointed from NSW, the committee will include one member residing in the ACT.

The BCA Board will appoint the first committee who will serve up to the BCA annual general meeting in 2019. At this time, a postal vote will be held to elect the next committee. The chair of the first committee will also be appointed by the BCA board from among the committee members.

Call for Expressions of Interest:

The BCA board is calling for expressions of interest from full members of BCA (or people who are blind or vision impaired willing to become members of BCA), residing in NSW and the ACT to join the BCNSW state division committee. Assuming BCNSW members vote for the consolidation of BCNSW into BCA at the BCNSW AGM on 2 December. At its face-to-face board meeting to be held on 9 and 10 December the BCA board will then appoint the state division committee from expressions of interest received.

If the consolidation does not proceed, members who have expressed interest will be advised that the committee will not be formed at this time but will be given the option of their expression of interest being kept on file in case a state division is created in the future.

How to Express Interest:

Before submitting an expression of interest, members should familiarise themselves with the State Division Committee position description to ensure they have the required skills and understand the responsibilities of being a committee member. To express interest, please provide a statement of no more than 300 words outlining what you will bring to the committee and why you should be considered. Please also include a declaration that you:

  • Are a full member of BCA residing in NSW or the ACT, or are willing to become a BCA member assuming the consolidation goes ahead
  • Have read the committee member position description.

Please send your expression of interest in Word or text format to emma.bennison@bca.org.au by 5:00PM on Friday, 1 December. If you need assistance to submit your expression of interest, please call 1800 033 660.