1. Name of Association
The name of the Association shall be the Latrobe Valley Eight Ball Association Incorporated, in these Rules called the Association (also known and referred to as LVEBA or LV8BA).
2. Statement of Purpose
For the promotion of good fellowship amongst competitors and the advancement of the sport in general.
3. Not for Profit
3.1 No member of the Association shall be appointed to any salaried office or office of profit.
3.2 The assets and income of the Association shall be applied solely in furtherance of its above mentioned purpose.
3.3 The Association must not distribute any surplus, income or assets directly or indirectly to its members.
3.4 Sub-rule 3.3 does not prevent the Association from paying a member -
3.4.1 reimbursement for expenses properly incurred by the member; or
3.4.2 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.
4. Financial Year
The financial year of the Association is each period of 12 months ending on March 31st.
5. Alteration of the Rules
These Rules may only be altered by a Special Resolution (in accordance with the Act) passed at an Annual or Special General Meeting of the Association. Any alterations to these rules so passed shall not take effect until it has been lodged and approved by the Registrar of Incorporated Associations.
6.1 In these Rules, unless the contrary intention appears -
6.1.1 Annual Subscription - means the Association member’s registration fee;
6.1.2 Committee - consists of the Officers of the Association and three (3) Ordinary Members if any;
6.1.3 Committee Meeting - means a meeting of the Committee held in accordance with these Rules;
6.1.4 Committee Member - means a member of the Committee elected or appointed under these Rules;
6.1.5 General Meeting - means a General Meeting of the members of the Association convened in accordance with these rules;
6.1.6 Member - means a member of the Association;
6.1.7 Ordinary Member - means a member of the Committee who is not an Officer of the Association under sub-rule 26.1;
6.1.8 Relevant Documents - means the records and other documents, however compiled, recorded or stored that relate to the incorporation and management of the Association;
6.1.9 Season - refers to the Associations winter competition and/or summer competition where applicable;
6.1.10 Special Resolution - means a resolution that requires not less than three quarters (75%) of the members present and voting at a General Meeting vote in favour of the resolution;
6.1.11 The Act - means the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012;
6.1.12 The Regulations - means regulations under the Act;
6.1.13 Written or In Writing – means and includes electronic email, written and printed letter or fax.
6.2 In these Rules, a reference to the Secretary of an Association is a reference -
6.2.1 if a person holds Office under these Rules as Secretary of the Association - to that person; and
6.2.2 in any other case, to the Public Officer of the Association.
7. Eligibility for Membership
7.1 Membership shall be open to those who support the purposes of the Association, and agree to comply by the Rules, policies and decisions of the Association.
7.2 To apply to become a member of the Association, a person must -
7.2.1 complete the Association’s written application form; and
7.2.2 lodge the written application form with the Secretary of the Association.
7.3 As soon as practicable the Secretary must refer the written application submitted to the Committee.
7.4 Membership shall be at the discretion of the Committee, the Committee must -
7.4.1 decide by resolution whether to accept or reject the written application; and
7.4.2 notify the applicant of its decision as soon as practicable after the decision is made; and
7.4.3 no reason need be given for the rejection of a membership.
7.5 If an application for membership is approved by the Committee, that person shall then -
7.5.1 become an honorary member of the Association upon playing his or her first competitive match in the Association; and
7.5.2 as an honorary member of the Association become a registered member of the Association upon payment to the treasurer of the annual subscription.
7.6 A right, privilege, or obligation of a person by reason of membership of the Association -
7.6.2 is not capable of being transferred or transmitted to another person; and
7.6.3 terminates upon the cessation of membership whether by death or resignation or otherwise.
8. Register of Members
8.1 The Secretary must keep and maintain a register of members containing -
8.1.1 the name, address, telephone number and email address of each member; and
8.1.2 the date on which each member’s name was entered in the register.
8.2 The Register is available for inspection free of charge by any member upon request.
8.3 A member may make a copy of entries in the register upon request.
8.4 Register requests are at the discretion of the Committee. The Committee may request that the members request be in writing and if so must include the following -
8.4.1 state clearly the information required to be inspected and or copied; and
8.4.2 state clearly the purpose for which the information is going to be used; and
8.4.3 must be addressed to the Committee and dated with the members name and signature making the request; and
8.4.4 must be submitted to the Secretary of the Association either in person, by mail or email.
9. General Rights of Members
9.1 A member of the Association who is entitled to vote has the right -
9.1.1 to receive notice of General Meetings and of proposed Special Resolutions in the manner and time prescribed by these Rules; and
9.1.2 to submit items of business for consideration at a General Meeting; and
9.1.3 to attend and be heard at General Meetings; and
9.1.4 to vote at a General Meeting; and
9.1.5 to have access to the minutes of General Meetings and other documents of the Association; and
9.1.6 to inspect the register of members upon request (ref rule 8).
10. Membership and Match Fees
10.1 There shall be no entry fee.
10.2 Annual Subscription Fee -
10.2.1 shall be set by resolution, by the members present and voting at the Annual General Meeting; and
10.2.2 for honorary members of the Association are due and payable following the first (1) match played in the Association; and
10.2.3 for registered members of the Association are due and payable on the date of the Annual General Meeting.
10.3 Team Affiliation Fees -
10.3.1 shall be set by the Committee at the start of each season; and
10.3.2 are due and payable to the Association by each competing team at the date nominated by the Committee for the closing of team entries for each season.
10.4 Team Match Fees -
10.4.1 shall be set by the Committee at the start of each season; and
10.4.2 are due and payable to the Association by each team for all matches drawn to play in the home and away competition, following each match.
11. Termination of Membership
11.1 A person shall cease to be a member of the Association -
11.1.1 thirty (30) days after the Annual General Meeting unless the annual subscription, which became due on the date of the Annual General Meeting, has been paid, or
11.1.2 if any fees are outstanding for more than thirty (30) days after becoming due; or
11.1.3 if the Secretary is notified in writing of the resignation of that person. The Secretary must record in the register of members the date on which the member ceased to be a member.
11.2 A team or any of its team members shall be ineligible to compete in any Association competition (including representative teams) if any team fees are outstanding for more than thirty (30) days after becoming due.
12. Annual General Meetings
12.1 The Committee must convene an Annual General Meeting of the Association to be held within one (1) month after the end of each financial year.
12.2 The Committee may determine the date, time and place of the Annual General Meeting of the Association.
12.3 The notice convening the Annual General Meeting must specify that the meeting is an Annual General Meeting.
12.4 The ordinary business of the Annual General Meeting is as follows -
12.4.1 to confirm the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and of any Special General Meeting held since then; and
12.4.2 to receive and consider the annual report of the Committee on the activities of the Association during the preceding financial year; and
12.4.3 to receive and consider the financial statements of the Association for the preceding financial year submitted by the Committee in accordance with Part 7 of the Act; and
12.4.4 to elect Officers of the Association and the Ordinary Members (if any) of the Committee; and
12.4.5 to confirm or vary the amounts (if any) of the annual subscription and annual affiliate subscription.
12.5 The Annual General Meeting may also conduct any other business of which notice has been given in accordance with these Rules.
13. Special General Meetings
13.1 In addition to the Annual General Meeting, any other General Meetings may be held in the same year.
13.2 All General Meetings of the Association, other than an Annual General Meeting are Special General Meetings.
13.3 The Committee may, as required, convene a Special General Meeting of the Association.
13.4 If, but for this sub-rule, more than fifteen (15) months would lapse between Annual General Meetings, the Committee must convene a Special General Meeting before the expiration of that period.
13.5 No business other than that set out in the notice under rule 16 may be conducted at the Special General Meeting.
14. Special General Meeting held at request of Members
14.1 The Committee must, on the request of members representing not less than twelve (12) of the total number of members, and in accordance with sub-rule 14.2, convene a Special General Meeting of the Association.
14.2 The request for a Special General Meeting must -
14.2.1 be in writing; and
14.2.2 state the business to be considered at the meeting and any resolutions to be proposed; and
14.2.3 include the names and signatures of the members requesting the meeting; and
14.2.4 be given to the Secretary.
14.3 If the Committee does not cause a Special General Meeting to be held within one (1) month after the date on which the request is given to the Secretary, the members making the request, or any of them, may convene a Special General Meeting of the Association.
14.4 A Special General Meeting convened by members under sub-rule 14.3 -
14.4.1 must be held within 3 months after the date on which the original request was made; and
14.4.2 may only consider the business stated in that request.
14.5 If a Special General Meeting is convened by members in accordance with this rule, it must be convened in the same manner, so far as possible, as a meeting convened by the Committee and all reasonable expenses incurred in convening the Special General Meeting must be refunded by the Association to the persons incurring the expenses.
15. Special Business.
All business that is conducted at a Special General Meeting and all business that is conducted at the Annual General Meeting, except for business conducted under the rules as ordinary business of the Annual General Meeting, is deemed to be special business.
16. Notice of General Meetings
16.1 The Secretary of the Association (or, in the case of a Special General Meeting convened under sub-rule 14.3, the members convening the meeting) must give to each member of the Association –
16.1.1 at least twenty-one (21) days' notice of a General Meeting if a special resolution is to be proposed at the meeting; or
16.1.2 at least fourteen (14) days' notice of a General Meeting in any other case.
16.2 The notice must -
16.2.1 specify the date, time and place of the meeting; and
16.2.2 indicate the general nature of each item of business to be considered at the meeting; and
16.2.3 if a Special Resolution is to be proposed -
184.108.40.206 state in full the proposed resolution; and
220.127.116.11 state the intention to propose the resolution as a Special Resolution.
16.3 No business other than that set out in the notice convening the meeting may be conducted at the meeting.
16.4 A member intending to bring any business (including nomination of candidates for election) before a General Meeting must notify in writing, or by electronic transmission, the secretary of that business, who must include that business in the notice calling the next General Meeting.
17. Quorum at General Meetings
17.1 No item of business may be conducted at a General Meeting unless a quorum of members is present.
17.2 The quorum for a General Meeting is the presence of fifteen precent (15%) of the members entitled to vote under these rules.
17.3 If, within half an hour after the appointed time for the commencement of a General Meeting, a quorum is not present -
17.3.1 in the case of a meeting convened by, or at the request of members under rule 14 the meeting must be dissolved; and
17.3.2 in any other case the meeting shall stand adjourned to a date not more than twenty-one 21 days after the adjournment. 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.
17.4 If a quorum is not present within 30 minutes after the time to which a General Meeting has been adjourned under sub-rule 17.3.2, the members present at the meeting [being not less than five (5)] may proceed with the business of the meeting as if a quorum were present.
18. Presiding at General Meetings
18.1 The President, or in the President’s absence, the Vice-President, shall preside as Chairperson at each General Meeting of the Association.
18.2 If the President and the Vice-President are absent from a General Meeting, or are unable to preside, the members present must select one of their number to preside as Chairperson.
19. Adjournment of General Meetings
19.1 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.
19.2 Without limiting sub-rule 19.1, a meeting may be adjourned -
19.2.1 if there is insufficient time to deal with the business at hand; or
19.2.2 to give the members more time to consider an item of business.
19.3 No business may be conducted on the resumption of an adjourned meeting other than the business that remained unfinished when the meeting was adjourned.
19.4 Notice of the adjournment of a meeting under this rule is not required unless the meeting is adjourned for fourteen (14) days or more, in which case notice of the meeting must be given in accordance with rule 16.
20. Voting at General Meetings
20.1 On any question arising at a General Meeting of the Association -
20.1.1 subject to sub-rule 20.3, each member who is entitled to vote has one vote; and
20.1.2 all votes must be given personally; and
20.1.3 except in the case of a Special Resolution, the question must be decided on a majority of votes.
20.2 In the case of an equality of voting on a question, the Chairperson of the meeting is entitled to exercise a second or casting vote.
20.3 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.
20.4 A member is not entitled to vote at a General Meeting unless all money due and payable by that member to the Association have been paid, other than the amount of the annual subscription payable in respect of the current financial year.
20.5 This rule does not apply to a vote at a disciplinary appeal meeting conducted under rule 53.
Voting by proxy is not permitted at General Meetings of the Association.
22. Special Resolutions
22.1 A Special Resolution is passed if not less than three quarters (75%) of the members present and voting at a General Meeting vote in favour of the resolution. Special Resolutions include -
22.1.1 a resolution to alter the Name, the Statement of Purpose and the Rules of the Association; and
22.1.2 a resolution to alter the By-Laws of the Association; and
22.1.3 a resolution to dismiss a member of the Committee; and
22.1.4 a resolution to wind up the Association in accordance with rule 47.1; and
22.1.5 a resolution to distribute the surplus assets of the Association in accordance with rule 47.4; and
22.1.6 any other resolution required by the Act to be a Special Resolution.
23. Poll at General Meetings
23.1 If at a meeting a poll (where votes are cast in writing e.g. secret ballot) is demanded by three (3) or more members on any question -
23.1.1 the poll must be taken at the meeting in the manner determined by the Chairperson of the meeting; and
23.1.2 the Chairperson must declare the result of the resolution on the basis of the poll.
23.2 A poll demanded on the election of the Chairperson or on a question of an adjournment, must be taken immediately.
23.3 A poll demanded on any other question must be taken at such time before the close of the meeting as the Chairperson may direct.
24. Manner of Determining & Recording Resolutions
24.1 Subject to sub-rule 23.1, the Chairperson of a General Meeting may, on the basis of a show of hands, declare that a resolution has been -
24.1.1 carried; or
24.1.2 carried unanimously; or
24.1.3 carried by a particular majority; or
24.1.4 lost -
24.2 An entry to that effect in the minute book of the Association is conclusive proof of that fact, without proof of the number or proportion of the votes recorded in favour of, or against, that resolution.
25.1 Shall control and manage the business and affairs of the Association; and
25.2 May, subject to these Rules, the Act and the Regulations, exercise all such powers and functions as may be exercised by the Association other than those powers and functions that are required by these Rules to be exercised by General Meetings of the members of the Association; and
25.3 The Committee shall consist of -
25.3.1 the Officers of the Association; and
25.3.2 three (3) Ordinary Members if any. each of whom shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Association in accordance with these rules; and
25.4 May establish subcommittees consisting of members of the Association with terms of reference it considers appropriate.
26. Office Holders
26.1 The Officers of the Association shall be -
26.1.1 a President;
26.1.2 a Vice-President;
26.1.3 a Treasurer; and
26.1.4 a Secretary.
26.2 Subject to these Rules, the Act and the Regulations, have the power to perform all such acts and things as appear to the Officers of the Association to be essential for the proper management of the business and affairs of the Association; and
26.3 The provisions of rule 28, so far as they are applicable and with the necessary modifications, apply to and in relation to, the election of persons to any positions referred to in sub-rule 26.1 & 27.1; and
26.4 Each Officer of the Association shall hold office for a two (2) year term but is eligible for re-election. The Officers of the Association term will be staggered as follows -
26.4.1 President and Treasurer election’s will be held one year; and
26.4.2 Vice-President and Secretary the following year.
26.5 In the event of a casual vacancy in any office referred to in sub-rule 26.1 -
26.5.1 the Committee may appoint one of its members to the vacant office; or
26.5.2 a member of the Association may also be appointed to fulfil such vacancy; and
26.5.3 the member appointed may continue in office up to and including the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting next following the date of the appointment in accordance with sub-rule 26.4.
27. Ordinary Members of the Committee
27.1 The Ordinary Members of the Association may be if any -
27.1.1 a Scorer; and
27.1.2 a Publicity Member; and
27.1.3 one (1) other Ordinary Member.
27.2 Subject to these rules, each Ordinary Member of the Committee shall hold office until the Annual General Meeting next after the date of election but is eligible for re-election.
27.3 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.
27.4 In the event of a casual vacancy in any office referred to in sub-rule 27.1 -
27.4.1 the Committee may appoint one of its members to the vacant office; or
27.4.2 a member of the Association may also be appointed to fulfil such vacancy; and
27.4.3 the member appointed may continue in office up to and including the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting next, following the date of the appointment.
28. Election of Officers and Ordinary Committee Members
28.1 Nominations of candidates for election of Officers of the Association or as Ordinary Members of the Committee must be -
28.1.1 made in writing, signed by two members of the Association and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate (which may be endorsed on the form of nomination); and
28.1.2 delivered to the Secretary of the Association not less than fourteen (14) days before the date fixed for the holding of the Annual General Meeting; and
28.2 A candidate may only be nominated for one Office of the Association, or as an Ordinary Member of the Committee, prior to the Annual General Meeting.
28.3 If insufficient nominations are received to fill all vacancies on the Committee, the candidates nominated shall be deemed to be elected and further nominations may be received at the Annual General Meeting.
28.4 If the number of nominations received is equal to the number of vacancies to be filled, the persons nominated shall be deemed to be elected.
28.5 If the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies to be filled, a ballot must be held.
28.6 The ballot for the election of Officers of the Association and Ordinary Members of the Committee must be conducted at the Annual General Meeting in such manner as the Committee may direct.
29. Vacancies on the Committee
29.1 The office of an Officer of the Association, or of an Ordinary Member of the Committee, becomes vacant if the Officer or Ordinary Member -
29.1.1 is absent without leave from all meetings of the Committee held in a period of four (4) months; or
29.1.2 resigns from office by notice in writing given to the Secretary; or
29.1.3 ceases to be a member of the Association; or
29.1.4 is dismissed by two-thirds (75%) majority of members present and voting at a Special General Meeting called to discuss the dismissal; or
29.1.5 becomes insolvent under administration within the meaning of the Corporations Act.
30. Removal of a Committee Member
30.1 The Association in General Meeting may, by Special Resolution, remove any member of the Committee before the expiration of the member’s term of office and appoint another member in his or her place to hold office until the expiration of the term of the first-mentioned member.
30.2 A member who is the subject of a proposed Special Resolution referred to in sub-rule 30.1 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.
30.3 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.
31. General Duties of the Committee
31.1 As soon as practicable after being elected or appointed to the Committee, each Committee member must become familiar with these Rules (Constitution), By-Laws of the Association and the Act. The Committee -
31.1.1 is collectively responsible for ensuring that the Association complies with the Act and that individual members of the Committee comply with these Rules (Constitution) and the By-Laws of the Association; and
31.1.2 Committee members must exercise their powers and discharge their duties with reasonable care and diligence; and
31.1.3 Committee members must exercise their powers and discharge their duties -
18.104.22.168 in good faith in the best interests of the Association; and
22.214.171.124 for a proper purpose.
31.1.4 Committee members and former Committee members must not make improper use of -
126.96.36.199 their position; or
188.8.131.52 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; and
31.1.5 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.
32. Meetings of the Committee
32.1 Committee must meet periodically during the year, being not less than four (4) times in each year, at such dates, times and places as the Committee may determine.
32.2 Special Meetings of the Committee may be convened by the President or four (4) other members of the Committee.
33. Notice of Committee Meetings
33.1 Written notice of each Committee Meeting must be given to each member of the Committee at least two (2) business days before the date of the meeting, unless a majority of the members agree that a meeting should be held with a shorter period of notice.
33.2 Written notice must be given to each member of the Committee of any Special Meeting, specifying the general nature of the business to be conducted and no other business may be conducted at such a meeting.
34. Quorum for Committee Meetings
34.1 Any four (4) members of the Committee (two (2) of whom must be Officers of the Association) shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of the business at a meeting of the Committee.
34.2 No business may be conducted unless a quorum is present.
34.3 If within thirty (30) minutes of the time appointed for the meeting to be held, a quorum is not present -
34.3.1 in the case of a special meeting - the meeting lapses;
34.3.2 in any other case - the meeting shall stand adjourned to a date no later than fourteen (14) days after the adjournment and notice of the time and place to which the meeting is adjourned must be given in accordance with rule 33.
34.4 The Committee may act notwithstanding any vacancy on the Committee.
35. Presiding at Committee Meetings
35.1 At meetings of the Committee -
35.1.1 the President or, in the President’s absence, the Vice-President presides; or
35.1.2 if the President and the Vice-President are absent, or are unable to preside, the members present must choose one of their number to preside.
36. Voting at Committee Meetings
36.1 Questions arising at a meeting of the Committee, or at a meeting of any sub-committee appointed by the Committee, shall be determined on a show of hands or, if a member requests, by a poll taken in such manner as the person presiding at that meeting may determine.
36.2 Each member present at a meeting of the Committee, or at a meeting of any sub-committee appointed by the Committee (including the person presiding at the meeting), is entitled to one vote and, in the event of an equality of votes on any question, the person presiding may exercise a second or casting vote.
Voting by proxy is not permitted at Committee Meetings of the Association.
38. Conflict of Interest at Committee Meetings
38.1 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.
38.2 The member -
38.2.1 must not be present while the matter is being considered at the meeting; and
38.2.2 must not vote on the matter.
38.3 This rule does not apply to a material personal interest -
38.3.1 that exists only because the member belongs to a class of persons for whose benefit the Association is established; or
38.3.2 that the member has in common with all, or a substantial proportion of, the members of the Association.
39. Minutes of Meetings
39.1 The Secretary of the Association must ensure that minutes are taken and kept of each meeting of the Association -
39.1.1 General Meetings;
39.1.2 Committee Meetings;
39.2 The minutes must record the following -
39.2.1 the names of all persons present at these meetings; and
39.2.2 the business considered at the meeting; and
39.2.3 any resolution on which a vote is taken and the result of the vote; and
39.2.3 any material personal interest disclosed under rule 38.
39.3 In addition, the minutes of each Annual General Meeting must include -
39.3.1 the financial statements submitted to the members in accordance with sub-rule 12.4.3; and
39.3.2 the certificate signed by two (2) Committee members certifying that the financial statements give a true and fair view of the financial position and performance of the Association; and
39.3.3 any audited accounts and auditor's report or report of a review accompanying the financial statements that are required under the Act.
40. Notice Requirements
40.1 Except for the requirement in rule 16, any notice that is required to be given to a member, on behalf of the Association, under these Rules may be given by -
40.1.1 delivering the notice to the member personally; or
40.1.2 sending it by prepaid post addressed to the member at that member’s address shown in the register of members; or
40.1.3 facsimile transmission; or
40.1.4 electronic transmission (official league website and email).
40.2 Any notice required to be given to the Association or the Committee may be given -
40.2.1 by handing the notice to the Secretary of the Association; or
40.2.2 by sending the notice by post to the registered address of the Association; or
40.2.3 if the Committee determines that it is appropriate in the circumstances -
184.108.40.206 by email to the email address of the Association or the Secretary; or
220.127.116.11 by facsimile transmission to the facsimile number of the Association.
41.1 The common seal of the Association must be kept in the custody of the Secretary.
41.2 The common seal must not be affixed to any instrument except by the authority of the Committee and the affixing of the common seal must be attested by the signatures of two (2) members of the Committee or, of one (1) member of the Committee and of the Public Officer of the Association.
42. Registered Address
42.1 The registered address of the Association is -
42.1.1 the address determined from time to time by resolution of the Committee; or
42.1.2 if the Committee has not determined an address to be the registered address - the postal address of the Secretary.
43. Custody and Inspection of Books and Records
43.1 Except as otherwise provided in these Rules, the Secretary must keep in his or her custody or under his or her control all books, documents and securities of the Association.
43.2 All accounts, books, securities and any other relevant documents of the Association must be available for inspection free of charge by any member upon reasonable request.
43.3 A member may not make a copy of any accounts, books, securities and any other relevant documents of the Association unless specific authority has been granted by the Committee.
43.4 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.
43.5 The Committee must on request make copies of the rules of the Association available to members and applicants for membership free of charge.
44. Management of Funds
44.1 The funds of the Association shall be derived from annual subscriptions, team fees, donations and such other sources as the Committee determines.
44.2 Subject to any restrictions imposed by a General Meeting of the Association, the Committee may approve expenditure on behalf of the Association.
44.3 All funds of the Association must be deposited into the financial account of the Association no later than 5 working days after receipt.
44.4 All cheques, drafts, bills of exchange, promissory notes and other negotiable instruments must be signed by the Treasurer and one (1) other Officer of the Association.
44.5 All payments made by the Association in excess of twenty dollars ($20) shall be by cheque.
45. Financial Records
45.1 The Treasurer of the Association must -
45.1.1 collect and receive all moneys due to the Association and make all payments authorised by the Association; and
45.1.2 deposit all monies in a bank/credit union account held in the name of the Association; and
45.1.3 keep correct accounts and books showing the financial affairs of the Association with full details of all receipts and expenditure connected with the activities of the Association.
45.2 The Association must retain the financial records for 7 years after the transactions covered by the records are completed.
46. Financial Statements (Tier One (1) Association)
46.1 For each financial year, the Committee must ensure that the requirements under the Act relating to the financial statements of the Association are met.
46.2 Without limiting sub rule 46.1, those requirements include -
46.2.1 the preparation of the financial statements;
46.2.2 if required, the review or auditing of the financial statements;
46.2.3 the certification of the financial statements by the Committee;
46.2.4 the submission of the financial statements to the Annual General Meeting of the Association;
46.2.5 the lodgement with the Registrar of the financial statements and accompanying reports, certificates, statements and fee.
47. Winding Up
47.1 The Association may be wound up by Special Resolution of the members present and voting at an Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting convened for that purpose.
47.2 Members of the Association shall not be liable for any debts or liabilities of the Association (although not where they have deliberately broken the law).
47.3 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, but will be distributed to -
47.3.1 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 and which is not carried on for the profit or gain of its individual members.; or
47.3.2 a community or charitable organisation.
47.4 The body to which the surplus assets are to be given must be decided by Special Resolution.
48. Grounds for Taking Disciplinary Action & Resolution.
48.1 Subject to these Rules, if the Committee is of the opinion that a member has refused or neglected to comply with these Rules, or has been guilty of conduct unbecoming a member or prejudicial to the interests of the Association, the Committee may by resolution -
48.1.1 suspend that member from membership of the Association for a specified period; or
48.1.2 expel that member from the Association.
49. Disciplinary Resolution.
49.1 A resolution of the Committee under sub-rule 48.1 does not take effect unless -
49.1.1 at a meeting held in accordance with sub-rule 49.2, the Committee confirms the resolution; and
49.1.2 if the member exercises a right of appeal to the Association under this rule, the Association confirms the resolution in accordance with this rule.
49.2 A meeting of the Committee to confirm or revoke a resolution passed under sub-rule 48.1 must be held not earlier than fourteen (14) days, and not later than twenty-eight (28) days, after notice is given to the member in accordance with sub-rule 50.1.
50. Notice to Member.
50.1 For the purposes of giving notice in accordance with sub-rule 49.2, the Secretary must, as soon as practicable, cause to be given to the member a written notice -
50.1.1 setting out the resolution of the Committee and the grounds on which it is based; and
50.1.2 stating that the member, or his or her representative, may address the Committee at a meeting to be held not earlier than fourteen (14) days and not later than twenty-eight (28) days after the notice has been given to that member; and
50.1.3 stating the date, place and time of that meeting; and
50.1.4 informing the member that he or she may do one or both of the following -
18.104.22.168 attend that meeting;
22.214.171.124 give to the Committee before the date of that meeting a written statement seeking the revocation of the resolution; and
50.1.5 informing the member that, if at that meeting, the Committee confirms the resolution, he or she may, not later than forty-eight (48) hours after that meeting, give the Secretary a notice to the effect that he or she wishes to appeal to the Association in General Meeting against the resolution.
51. Decision of Committee.
51.1 At a meeting of the Committee to confirm or revoke a resolution passed under sub-rule 48.1, the Committee must -
51.1.1 give the member, or he or she representative, an opportunity to be heard; and
51.1.2 give due consideration to any written statement submitted by the member; and
51.1.3 determine by resolution whether to confirm or to revoke the resolution.
52. Appeal Rights.
52.1 If at the meeting of the Committee, the Committee confirms the resolution, the member may, not later than forty-eight (48) hours after that meeting, give the Secretary a notice to the effect that he or she wishes to appeal to the Association in General Meeting against the resolution.
52.2 If the Secretary receives a notice under sub-rule 52.1, he or she must notify the Committee and the Committee must convene a General Meeting of the Association to be held within twenty-one (21) days after the date on which the Secretary received the notice.
53. Conduct of Disciplinary Appeal Meeting.
53.1 At a General Meeting of the Association convened under sub-rule 51.2 -
53.1.1 no business other than the question of the appeal may be conducted; and
53.1.2 the Committee may place before the meeting details of the grounds for the resolution and the reasons for the passing of the resolution; and
53.1.3 the member, or he or she representative, must be given an opportunity to be heard; and
53.1.4 the members present must vote by secret ballot on the question whether the resolution should be confirmed or revoked; and
53.1.5 A member may not vote by proxy at the meeting.
53.2 A resolution is confirmed if, at the General Meeting, not less than two-thirds (75%) of the members present vote in favour of the resolution. In any other case, the resolution is revoked.
54.1 The grievance procedure set out in this rule applies to disputes under these Rules between -
54.1.1 a member and another member; or
54.1.2 a member and the Association.
54.2 A member must not initiate a grievance procedure in relation to a matter that is the subject of a disciplinary procedure until the disciplinary procedure has been completed.
55. Parties Must Attempt to Resolve the Dispute.
The parties to the dispute must meet and discuss the matter in dispute, and, if possible, resolve the dispute within fourteen (14) days after the dispute comes to the attention of all of the parties.
56. Appointment of Mediator.
56.1 If the parties are unable to resolve the dispute at the meeting, or if a party fails to attend that meeting, then the parties must, within ten (10) days, hold a meeting in the presence of a mediator.
56.2 The mediator must be -
56.2.1 a person chosen by agreement between the parties; or
56.2.2 in the absence of agreement -
126.96.36.199 in the case of a dispute between a member and another member, a person appointed by the Committee of the Association; or
188.8.131.52 in the case of a dispute between a member and the Association, a person who is a mediator appointed or employed by the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (Department of Justice).
56.3 A member of the Association can be a mediator.
56.4 The mediator cannot be a member who is a party to the dispute.
56.5 The parties to the dispute must, in good faith, attempt to settle the dispute by mediation.
57. Mediation Process.
57.1 The mediator, in conducting the mediation, must -
57.1.1 give the parties to the mediation process every opportunity to be heard; and
57.1.2 allow due consideration by all parties of any written statement submitted by any party; and
57.1.3 ensure that natural justice is accorded to the parties to the dispute throughout the mediation process.
57.2 The mediator must not determine the dispute.
58. Failure to Resolve Dispute by Mediation.
If the mediation process does not result in the dispute being resolved, the parties may seek to resolve the dispute in accordance with the Act, otherwise at law.
And they all lived happily ever after…