Constitution And Rules Of The Ethnic Communities’ Council Of Victoria Incorporated
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The following information regarding different types of membership and the process for applying for membership is an extract from the constitution. Click here to find out how to become a member.
3.1 Ordinary Membership: Any organisation whose primary object is either of an ethnic or multicultural focus and whose aims and activities are not inconsistent with the attached Statement of Purposes may become a member, provided that such an organisation is duly admitted to membership in accordance with the provisions of these Rules and in its own right registered under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981.
3.2 Associate Membership: Any organisation with an interest in ethnic or multicultural issues (but this not being their primary focus) and whose aims and activities are not inconsistent with the attached Statement of Purposes may be duly admitted to membership in accordance with the provisions of these Rules.
3.3 Individual Membership: Individuals who abide with the attached Statement of Purposes may be duly admitted to membership in accordance with the provisions of these Rules.
Application For Membership
4.1 An organisation or individual seeking membership to the Association in respect of either category in clause 3 shall be admitted to membership upon:
(a) submitting a written application for membership as provided in sub-clause 4.2 hereof; and
(b) admission as a member as approved by the Association at a Council Meeting.
4.2 An application of an organisation or a person for membership of the Association:
(a) shall be made in writing in the form set out in Appendix 1; and
(b) shall be lodged with the Secretary of the Association.
4.3 As soon as is practicable after the receipt of an application the Secretary shall refer the nomination to the Board of Directors.
4.4 Upon an application being referred to the Board of Directors, the Board of Directors shall consider the application and make recommendations to the Council whether to approve or to reject the nomination.
4.5 Upon an application being approved by the Council the Secretary shall, with as little delay as possible, notify the applicant in writing that he/she/it has been approved for membership of the association and request payment within the period of 28 days after receipt of the notification of the sum payable under these Rules and the first year’s membership fee.
4.6 The Secretary shall, upon payment of the amount referred to in sub-clause 4.5 within the period referred to in that sub-clause, enter the applicant’s name in the register of members kept by him/her and, upon the name being so entered, the applicant becomes a Member of the Association.
4.7 A right, privilege, or obligation of a person or organisation by reason of his/her/its membership of the Association: -
(a) is not capable of being transferred or transmitted to another person or organisation;
(b) terminates upon the cessation of his/her/its membership whether by death or resignation or otherwise.
4.8 An ordinary member organisation shall within 14 days of being notified of its approval for membership forward to the Secretary of the Association the name, address, and occupation of the person (delegate) who is to represent the member organisation at meetings of the Association.
An associate member shall within 14 days of being notified of its approval for membership forward to the Secretary of the Association the name, address, and occupation of the person (delegate) who is to represent the member organisation at meetings of the Association.