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Notice of TSA’s Annual General Meeting 2020 and proposed changes to the TSA Constitution

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All members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Tuberous Sclerosis Australia Inc. which, in accordance with Fair Trading NSW COVID-19 guidelines, will be held via zoom on Sunday 11 October at 3pm.

If you would like to attend the AGM, please send an email to [email protected] and we will send you the link to the meeting.

Proposed changes to TSA’s Constitution

At the meeting several changes to TSA’s Constitution will be proposed. These are a result of a review by the TSA committee of several of our governance policy and practices. The proposed changes include:

  • Adding flexibility so that a Committee Member that meets specific eligibility criteria may have their term extended beyond 10 years, for a further period of up to three years. (The eligibility criteria are set out in the TSA Governance Policy). Election and re-election occur at the Annual General Meeting.
  • Changing the requirement that a member cannot be nominated to the position of President unless they have been a member of TSA for three (3) years to one (1) year.
  • In accordance with Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) guidelines, removing the need for minutes of meetings to be signed by the Chairperson.
  • Clarifying that one of the purposes of the Annual General Meeting is to receive and consider the financial statements which are required to be submitted to members under Section 48 of the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (not section 26(6) as previously specified).
  • Clarifying that Regional Contacts will be appointed upon recommendation of the Annual General Meeting, and the consent of those appointed.
  • Changing the requirement for five members to be present in person at a general meeting to also include being present by digital means.
  • Updating certain typos and incorrect cross-references in the previous version of the Constitution.

A full listing of the proposed changes can be found at:  TSA – Special Resolution – AGM 11 October 2020

A copy of the revised constitution showing proposed changes

Why are these changes important?

These proposed changes are designed to best manage an appropriate balance of committee members with some TSA history and experience and new members. It also recognizes that because TSC is a rare disease, there is a relatively small pool of people that could, and may want to be involved with the governance of TSA from the TSC community.

What does this mean for you, our members?

The TSA Committee is committed to getting the best skilled people available on the committee based on the needs of TSA. These proposed changes will allow us the flexibility to get the right mix of experience to continue to grow TSA as a well governed organisation with a view to providing more services for the TSC community.

Separate to the constitutional changes, we are also proposing updating our governance policy to reflect minor changes in practice and to manage both the recruitment and retention of committee members to make sure we have the ideal balance between experience and freshness, and the skills needed at each stage of TSA’s journey.

If you have any questions on these changes please contact us.

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