The conversion of Orienteering Australia to a company limited by guarantee was unanimously agreed by a Special General Meeting held on Monday night. As part of the change, a new Constitution for Orienteering Australia has been adopted. The changes will take effect when OA’s new registration has formally been accepted by ASIC, which is expected to happen within the next few weeks.
Orienteering Australia has now taken the same legal form as most other national sporting organisations, following the governance recommendations of Sport Australia. The change does not appreciably alter the relationship between OA and the State Associations and will have only a limited effect on the day-to-day operation of orienteering in Australia.
One change which will occur is the Board will be elected as a group of independent directors, who will then elect a Chair and portfolio directors (such as High Performance, Finance and Technical) from amongst their number, rather than those positions being directly elected. The first election for the new Board will take place at the AGM at Easter. A 9-year term limit has also been introduced for Board members. The current President and Director (Finance), Blair Trewin and Bruce Bowen, have reached this term limit and will be ineligible to stand for election to the new Board. A formal call for nominations for Board members will be issued shortly.
OA would like to thank the State Associations, and the external members of the governance working group, Melissa Gangemi and Robert Spry, for seeing this process through to its completion.
Link to the new Constitution (subject to minor editing to complete and update details)