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Constitution Review

Seeking Expressions of Interest - Constitution Review Committee

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is currently reviewing our constitutions to bring them in line with legislation and current best practice.

We are calling for expressions of interest from Mardi Gras Members to join a committee that will help provide feedback and suggest changes to the constitutions.

The committee will guide us in updating the constitutions to reflect the expectations of members in Mardi Gras’ governance. In addition, the committee will receive legal expertise to be guided by best practice constitutions for charitable organisations.

Through the Company Secretary, the committee will submit recommended constitutions to the Board and its committees for consideration to be put to the members for adoption.

Expressions of interest will close 22 July 2021.

What is a constitution?

A constitution outlines the fundamental principles and current legislation that dictate how an organisation is governed.

Why does the constitution need to be updated?

Put simply, our constitutions reference legislations that no longer exist or have been amended. These changes need to be incorporated to bring the constitutions in line with the modern governance standards for a charitable organisation.

It is also an opportunity to make suggestions that bring the Board’s responsibilities in line with best practices.

What is required of the committee?

We are seeking for 7-10 engaged members to attend weekly online meetings, starting in July until the end of August, to provide input on the constitutions.

This volunteer committee will require members to be active participants in the decision-making process, so we are looking for people who are passionate about Mardi Gras and reflecting the views of our diverse LGBTQI+ community in any changes to the constitution.

The full roles and responsibilities of committee members can be found in the following terms of reference here.

If you are interested in being part of the Constitution Review Committee, please complete the expression of interested form here.

The EOI process is overseen by the People and Nominations Committee, and successful applicants will be contacted via email aiming for the first meeting the week of 26 July 2021.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact company.secretary@mardigrasarts.org.au

Thank you in advance for your involvement with and support of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

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