BIAT Constitution: Membership of the Association

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Extract from Brain Injury Association of Tasmania Constitution as amended 22 September 2004

5. Membership of the Association

(a)  The association will have 3 types of membership, namely:

(i)  Full membership;
(ii)  Associated membership; and,
(iii)  Honorary membership

(b)  There are 2 categories of Full membership, namely:

(i)  Category A: (member with an Acquired Brain Injury) – every person aged 18 years and over who has an acquired brain injury;
(ii)  Category B: (Support member) – any person over the age of 18 that is the partner, family member or primary carer of a person who has an acquired brain injury

(c)  There are 2 categories of Associated membership, namely:

(i)  Category C: (Organisational member) – any organisation that is interested in the objectives of the association;
(ii)  Category D: (Individual member) – any individual that is interested in the objectives of the association

(d)  There is one category of Honorary membership, namely:

(i) Category E: (Honorary Life member) – Honorary Life membership may be awarded, by a majority of the association’s members at a general meeting of the association, to any person who has, in the opinion of the committee, made a significant contribution to the advancement of the objectives of the association

(e) Each member of the association has the following rights:

(i)  to receive notice of, attend and vote at general meetings of the association;
(ii)  to be elected or appointed to the committee;
(iii)  to nominate (or second) eligible individuals for election to the committee; and,
(iv)  to receive information about the association’s activities

(f) Each organisational member may appoint a delegate to exercise its membership rights and may authorise its delegate to:

(i)  attend and participate in general meetings of the association;
(ii)  vote at general meetings of the association; and,
(v) nominate (or second) an eligible individual for election to the committee

(g)  An organisational member is responsible for any statement, action taken, or decision made on its behalf by its delegate

(h)  An organisational member must provide the committee with the name and address of its delegate. This notice must be in writing and signed by the member’s secretary, public officer or equivalent. No delegate may exercise the rights set out in clause 5 (f) until the notice has been received by the committee

(i)  An organisational member may at any time change its delegate by notification in writing given to the secretary of the association. The member must also advise its delegate of the change