The members of each Branch shall elect a Committee of no fewer than four members and not more than 20. The optimal number of committee positions is between 7 and 15. Nominees must be financial members of the Association and reside in the state or territory they are standing for election. Branch committee appointments will be for two year terms of office. Half committee elections occur annually. This also ensures SAC members have at least 12 months experience before being required to participate in AWA Board of Director Elections.
The committee election can be undertaken at a meeting of members or by electronic/web-based means. These elections should be completed by the end of September. Committee terms are for two years.
If the number of nominations for the branch committee is equal to or less than the number of required positions, then no election will be held and the nominees will take office unopposed.
The results of the Branch Committee election should be communicated to all members in that region as soon as possible after the election has been finalised.
There is no requirement for a Branch to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) as Branches are not separate legal entities and hence have no obligations under law to hold a formal AGM. Branches should avoid using the term Annual Members Meeting or AGM to avoid giving the impression that the Branch has some independent legal status.