THE CONSTITUTION OF THE NATURAL HEALTH SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA

 An Incorporated Association

Under the Associations Incorporation Act, 2009

 Date of Incorporation: 2 July 1997

 (Formerly a public company limited by guarantee)

CONTENTS
Part 1
Preliminary
Definitions
Part 2
Objects
Part 3
Membership
Membership qualifications
Nomination for membership
Cessation of membership
Membership entitlements not transferable
Resignation of membership
Honorary life membership
Register of members
Fees and subscriptions
Financial year
Patron
Members’ liabilities
Resolution of internal disputes
Disciplining of members
Right of appeal of disciplined member
Part 4
The committee
Powers of the committee
Composition and membership
Election of committee members
Election of office bearers
General secretary and manager

Treasurer
Casual vacancies
Removal of a committee member
Meetings and quorum
Delegation by committee to sub-committee
Voting and decisions
Part 5 General meetings
Annual general meetings – holding of
Annual general meetings – calling of and business at
Special general meetings – calling of
Notice
Procedure
Presiding member
Adjournment
Making of decisions
Special resolution
Voting
Appointment of proxies
Part 6 Branches
Branches 

Part 7 Miscellaneous
Insurance
Funds management
Trust fund
Alteration of objects and rules
Common seal
Custody of books
Inspection of books
Service of notices
Indemnity
Appendix – Form of appointment of proxy

 

PART 1 – PRELIMINARY

                              

  1. Definitions

 

ordinary member” means a member of the Society who is not a committee member;

 

“public officer” means the person who is appointed as the Society’s public officer in the Society’s application for registration:

 

family group” means a group of two or more persons consisting of:

a man and a woman legally married to each other and their children under the age of 18 years;

a man and a woman living together as husband and wife on a bona fide domestic basis and their children under the age of 18 years; or

a single parent and his or her child or children under the age of 18 years

 

secretary, general secretary” means the person employed at the head office of the Society or the public officer of the Society;

 

committee” means the national committee of management as distinct from a branch committee;

 

special general meeting” means a general meeting of the Society other than an annual general meeting;

 

the Act” means the Associations Incorporation Act 2009

 

the Regulation” means the Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016.

 

 

 

 

PART 2 – OBJECTS  

    Objects

 

 

The Principles of Natural Health shall be:

 

 

                              

 

 

 

 

 

PART 3 – MEMBERSHIP

 

Membership qualifications

A person Is eligible qualified to be a member of the Society if, but only if, the person is interested in the attainment of improved levels of personal and family health and of community health generally and willing to subscribe to the Principles of Natural Health as set out in Part 2, clause 2(2)(a).

 

Nomination for membership

 

Cessation of membership

A person ceases to be a member of the Society if the person:

 

Membership entitlements not transferable

A right, privilege or obligation which a person has by reason of being a member of the Society:

 

Resignation of membership

 

Honorary life membership

The Committee may admit any member to honorary life membership with the Society in recognition of distinguished services rendered to the Society. An Honorary Life Member shall be entitled to receive the literature of the Society and to attend meetings with the right to participate in debate and to vote. The Committee shall determine the procedure whereby it shall examine all proposals that come before it and determine whether any proposed member shall be awarded honorary life membership.

 

Register of members

 

Fees and subscriptions

 

Financial year

The financial year of the Society and of branches shall begin on the 1st day of July and shall end on the 30th day of June the following year.

 

 Patron

The Committee may elect a patron who shall hold office until death or resignation provided that the Committee may by resolution remove the Patron from office. The Patron may attend the Annual General Meeting of the Society and meetings of the Committee, but shall not in that capacity exercise a vote on any matter at such a meeting.

 

Members’ liabilities

The liability of a member of the Society to contribute towards the payment of the debts and liabilities of the Society or the costs, charges and expenses of the winding up of the Society is limited to the amount, if any, unpaid by the member in respect of membership of the Society as required by clause 10.

 

Resolution of internal disputes

Disputes between members (in their capacity as members) of the Society are to be referred to a community justice centre for mediation in accordance with the Community Justice Centres Act 1983.

 

Disciplining of members

 

Right of appeal of disciplined member

 

 

PART 4 – THE COMMITTEE

 

Powers of the committee

The committee is to be called the national committee of the Society, and subject to the Act, the Regulation and this Constitution and to any resolution passed by the Society in general meeting:

 

CompositionConstitution and membership

Election of committee members

 

Election of office bearers

As soon as practicable after the election of Committee members and no later than one month after that election, the Committee shall meet to elect the office-bearers from amongst the members of the Committee as specified in clause 18(2).

 

General Secretary and Manager

 

Treasurer

It is the duty of the Treasurer of the Society to ensure:

 

Casual vacancies

For the purpose of this Constitution, a casual vacancy in the office of a member of the committee occurs if the member:

 

Removal of a committee member

 

Meetings and quorum

 

Delegation by committee to sub-committee

 

Voting and decisions

 

 

PART 5 – GENERAL MEETINGS  

   

Annual general meetings – holding of

 

Annual general meetings – calling of and business at

 

Special general meetings – calling of

 

Notice

 

Procedure

 

Presiding member

Adjournment

 

Making of decisions

 

Special resolution

 

Voting

 

Appointment of proxies

 

 

PART 6 – BRANCHES  

   

Branches

 

 

 

PART 7 – MISCELLANEOUS  

   

Insurance

 

Funds management

 

Trust fund

 

Alteration of objects and rules

The statement of objects and this Constitution may be altered, rescinded or added to only by a special resolution of the Society.

 

Common seal

 

Custody of books

Except as otherwise provided by this Constitution, the public officer must keep in his or her custody or under his or her control all records, books and other documents relating to the Society.

 

Inspection of books

The records, books and other documents of the Society must be open to inspection, free of charge, by a member of the Society during normal business hours.

 

Service of notices

 

 Indemnity

 

 

 

APPENDIX

(Rule 38(2))

 

FORM OF APPOINTMENT OF PROXY

 

 

I,  ………………………………………………………………………………..

(full name)

 

 

of  ………………………………………………………………………………..

(address)

 

 

being a member of …………………………………………………………………..

(name of incorporated association)

 

 

hereby appoint ……………………………………………………………………..

(full name of proxy)

 

 

of  ………………………………………………………………………………..

(address)

 

 

being a member of that incorporated association, as my proxy to vote for me on my behalf at the general meeting of the Society (annual general meeting or special general meeting, as the case may be) to be

 

held on the…………. Day of …………………….. 20……….. and at any adjournment of that meeting.

 

 

*My proxy is authorised to vote in favour of/against (delete as appropriate) the resolution (insert details).

 

*To be inserted if desired.

……………………………………………… Dated …………………

(Signature of member appointing proxy)

 

……………………………………………… Dated …………………

(Signature of Witness)

 

 

NOTE: A proxy vote may not be given to a person who is not a member of the Society