Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - APDG COMMITTEES, GENERAL

By Peter Sheehan APDG, ACT Chair

As one of the seven APDG Founding Directors I thought it was about time we dusted off the APDG constitution and updated it to reflect the way the APDG has grown.

My aim has been to retain the essential clauses that have helped our guild grow strong, update the out-of-date clauses and only add clauses that illustrate how our guild currently works and clauses that I think will help to ensure our guild continues to truely represent APDG members nationwide.

This draft has been read and discussed by some NSW Committee members but is still a work in progress.

Into the future I would like to see more Members as Directors. Especially  Committee Chairs, in their role as representatives of our states and territories and I would like to encourage any Members who wishes to represent a specific Sectors of our wider industry in Director meetings. Currently we have 4 Directors and there are 10 positions. This is important because it is APDG Directors who essentially manage the guild based on reports from committees.

All members are invited to read the below summary of the currently proposed changes and to peruse the PDF draft constitution that contains these changes HERE.

APDG constitution update DRAFT

APDG members are also invited to give feedback and make suggestions. The idea is to have a final draft version,  in which all feedback has been considered and which has been approved by the APDG Directors, ready to be accepted by APDG Members at the next AGM.

Please direct all suggestions or comments to:

Please don’t worry about commenting on the documents formatting or indexing problems, these will be fixed in the final draft.


A summary of the proposed changes.

Clause 2.4. In this clause the aims of the APDG have been updated to better reflect our current aims. Previously many of our aims were to establish things which have now been established.

Clauses 2.6 The APDG Terms of Membership have been added here. Previously these terms were only seen on the website where they were agreed to on signing up as a member..

Clause 3.2. (b) and © Here the age an APDG Director might reach has been lengthened from 72 to 95, reflecting the good health of many of our most respected members.

Clause 3.2 (d) (e) (f ) and (g) These four clauses are new. They are designed to help ensure that the mix of APDG Directors fairly represents all Australian states and territories as well as all the various Sectors within the wider industry represented by the APDG.

Clause 4.3 The titles Vice President and President here replace what was previously termed ‘General Managers’.

Clause 4.5 This is a new clause which introduces our Committees into our constitution. It limits one committee to each state or territory, outlines how they form, the role of the Committee Chair, how meetings occur and how the Committee Chair is elected.

Clause 4.6 A new clause which introduces our Subcommittees. It outlines how they form, the role of the Subcommittee Chair, how meetings occur and how the Subcommittee Chair is elected.

Clause 6.1 Is an amended clause on the calling of meetings . It now includes Committee Chairs and Subcommittee Chairs , it previously only read ‘Directors’.

Clause 6.11 The Quorum clause has been changed to read ‘one Member or the majority’ – to reflect the way the APDG votes. The clause used to read ‘one member or 20% whichever is the greater’. Which is difficult to understand.

Clause 9.1 (b) (ii) This clause has been adjusted to reflect the fact that we no longer ask Members to sign a piece of paper on joining. Accepting to abide by our constitution is now done when we join or renew online.

Clause 92 (d) (i) {C} This is a new clause which gives the Directors the power to cease a Membership for unethical conduct.

Clause 9.3 (a) (b) (c) and (d) These are new clauses which outline what our different membership types are able to do.

Clause 9.4 Is a new clause but these same standards of conduct used to be on the APDG website.

Clause 9.5 Is a new clause but these ways to manage disputes between members were previously listed on our website.

Clause 9.6 (a) (b) (c) and (d) are new. They outline the rules by which a member might be accredited and retain that accreditation status.





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