For The Perth Linux Users Group Incorporated
Name of Association
- The name of the Association is
- Perth Linux Users Group Incorporated
Objects of Association
- In these rules, unless the contrary intention appears:-
- "Committee meeting"
- means meeting referred to in rule 15 (1);
- "Committee member"
- means person referred to in paragraph (a), (b), (c),
(d) or (e) of rule 10 (1);
- "financial year"
- has the meaning given by section 3 (1) of the Act, a
reference in that section to:-
- "an incorporated association" or "the association" being
construed as a reference to the Association; and
- "the Committee" being construed as a reference to the
- "general meeting"
- means meeting convened under rule 16;
- means member of the Association;
- "ordinary resolution"
- means resolution other than a special resolution;
- "special resolution"
- has the meaning given by section 24 of the Act;
- "the Act"
- means the Associations Incorporation Act 1987;
- "the Association"
- means the Association referred to in rule 1;
- "the Chairperson"
- in relation to the proceedings at a Committee meeting or
general meeting, the person presiding at the Committee meeting or
general meeting in accordance with rule 11; or
- otherwise than in relation to the proceedings referred to in
paragraph (a), the person referred to in rule 10 (1) (a) or, if
that person is unable to perform his or her functions, the Vice
- "the Committee"
- means the Committee of Management of the Association
referred to in rule 10 (1);
- "the Secretary"
- means the Secretary referred to in rule 10 (1) (c);
- "the Treasurer"
- means the Treasurer referred to in rule 10 (1) (d);
- "the Vice-Chairperson"
- means the Vice-Chairperson referred to in rule
10 (1) (b).
- "in writing"
- means via Australia post or in an email carbon copied to
at least one committee member.
Powers of Association
- The objects of the Association are:-
- To educate interested parties about the features of the Linux computer
operating system. To facilitate discussion about the Linux computer
operating system, and to share Linux resources amongst interested
- The property and income of the Association shall be applied solely
towards the promotion of the objects of the Association and no part of that
property or income may be paid or otherwise distributed, directly or
indirectly, to members, except in good faith in the promotion of those
Qualifications for membership of Association
- The powers conferred on the Association by section 13 of the Act are
subject to the following additions, exclusions or modifications:-
Register of members of Association
- Membership of the Association is open to:-
- Any person expressing an interest in the objectives stated in clause 3
- A person who wishes to become a member shall attend meetings, place
their name and other required details on the register of members and pay
any dues required.
Subscriptions of members of Association
- The Secretary shall on behalf of the Association keep and maintain the
register of members in accordance with section 27 of the Act and that
register shall be so kept and maintained at his or her place of residence.
- The Secretary shall cause the name of a person who dies or who ceases
to be a member under rule 7 (3), 8 (1) or 9 to be deleted from the register
of members referred to in subrule (1).
Resignation of members of Association
- The members shall from time to time at a general meeting determine the
amount of the subscription to be paid by each member.
- Each member shall pay to the Treasurer, annually on or before 1 July or
such other date as the Committee from time to time determines, the amount
of the subscription determined under subrule (1).
- Subject to subrule (4), a member whose subscription is not paid within
3 months after the relevant date fixed by or under subclause (2) ceases on
the expiry of that period to be a member, unless the Committee decides
- A member is a financial member for the purposes of these rules if his
or her subscription is paid on or before the relevant date fixed by or
under subrule (2) or within 3 months thereafter.
Expulsion of members of Association
- A member who delivers notice in writing of his or her resignation from
the Association to the Secretary or another Committee member ceases on that
delivery to be member.
- A person who ceases to be a member under subrule (1) remains liable to
pay to the Association the amount of any subscription due and payable by
that person to the Association but unpaid at the date of that cessation.
Committee of Management
- If the Committee considers that a member should be expelled from
membership of the Association because of his or her conduct detrimental to
the interests of the Association, the Committee shall communicate, either
orally or in writing (including electronic mail), to the member.
not less than 30 days before the date of the committee meeting referred to
in paragraph (a).
notice of the proposed expulsion and of the time, date and place of
the Committee meeting at which the question of that expulsion will be
particulars of that conduct,
- At the Committee meeting referred to in a notice communicated under
subrule (1), the Committee may, having afforded the member concerned a
reasonable opportunity to be heard by, or to make representations in
writing to, the Committee, expel or decline to expel that member from
membership of the Association and shall, forthwith after deciding whether
or not so to expel that member, communicate that decision in writing to
- Subject to subrule (5), a member who is expelled under subrule (2) from
membership of the Association ceases to be a member 14 days after the day
on which the decision so to expel him or her is communicated to him or her
under subrule (2).
- A member who is expelled under subrule (2) from membership of the
Association shall, if he or she wishes to appeal against that expulsion,
give notice to the Secretary of his or her intention to do so within the
period of 14 days referred to in subrule (3).
- When notice is given under subrule (4)
- the Association in a general meeting may, after having afforded the
member who gave that notice a reasonable opportunity to be heard by, or
to make representations in writing to, the Association in the general
meeting, confirm or set aside the decision of the Committee to expel
that member; and
the member who gave that notice does not cease to be a member
unless and until the decision of the Committee to expel him or her is
confirmed under this subrule.
- The affairs of the Association shall be managed exclusively by a
Committee of Management consisting of-
all of whom shall be members of the Association elected to membership of
that Committee at an annual general meeting or appointed under subrule (9).
Any one office bearer may hold more then one office simultaneously, with
the exception of the chairperson whom may not also be the Vice-Chairperson.
- a Chairperson;
- a Vice-Chairperson;
- a Secretary; and
- a Treasurer;
- At the commencement of the first annual general meeting to be held
after the incorporation of the Association under the Act-
- if the Committee consists of an even number of members, half of
that number, which half, or
- if the Committee consists of an odd number of members, the integral
number of members nearest to, and exceeding, half of that odd number,
the members comprised in which integral number, shall be chosen by
ballot, shall cease to be Committee members, but shall be eligible for
re-election to membership of the Committee.
- Subject to subrule (5), a person is not eligible for election to
membership of the Committee unless a member has nominated him for election
by delivering notice in writing of that nomination, signed by:-
- the nominator; and
- the nominee to signify~ his or her willingness to stand for
election, to the Secretary not less than 28 days before the day on
which the annual general meeting concerned is to be held.
- Subrule (6) do not apply to or in relation to a person who is eligible
for re-election under subrule (2)
- A person who is eligible for election or re-election under this rule
may at the annual general meeting concerned.
- propose or second himself or herself for election or re-election;
- vote for himself or herself.
- The Secretary shall ensure that notice of all persons seeking election
to membership of the Committee is given to all members when notice is given
to those members of the calling of the annual general meeting at which that
election is to be held.
- If the number of persons nominated for election to membership of the
Committee does not exceed the number of Vacancies in that membership to be
- the Secretary shall report accordingly to; and
- the Chairperson shall declare those persons to be duly elected as
members of the Committee at, the annual general meeting concerned.
- When a casual vacancy within the meaning of rule 14 occurs in the
membership of the Committee-
- the Committee may appoint a member to fill that vacancy; and
- a member appointed under this subrule shall:-
- hold office until the commencement of; and
- be eligible for election to membership of the Committee at the
next following annual general meeting.
- Subject to this rule, the Chairperson shall preside at all general
meetings and Committee meetings.
- In the event of the absence from
- a general meeting of:-
a member elected by the other members present at the general meeting;
- the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson; or
- both the Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson,
- a Committee meeting of-the Chairperson,
- the Vice-Chairperson; or
- both the Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson, a Committee
member elected by the other Committee members present,shall preside
at the general meeting or Committee meeting, as the case requires.
- The Secretary shall
- coordinate the correspondence of the Association;
- keep full and correct minutes of the proceedings of the Committee and
of the Association;
- comply on behalf of the Association with:-
- section 27 of the Act in respect of the register of members of the
- section 28 of the Act in respect of the rules of the Association;
and (iii) section 29 of the Act in respect of the record of the
officeholders, and any trustees, of the Association;
- have custody of all books, documents, records and registers of the
Association, including those referred to in paragraph (c), other than those
required by rule 13 to be kept and maintained by, or in the custody of, the
- perform such other duties as are imposed by these rules on the
Casual vacancies in membership of Committee
- The Treasurer shall
- be responsible for the receipt of all moneys paid to or received by, or
by him on behalf of, the Association and shall issue receipts for those
moneys in the name of the Association;
- pay all moneys referred to in paragraph (a) into such account or
accounts of the Association as the Committee may from time to time direct;
- make payments from the funds of the Association with the authority of a
general meeting or of the Committee and in so doing ensure that all cheques
are signed by two Committee members other than himself or herself,
- comply on behalf of the Association with sections 25 and 26 of the Act
in respect of the accounting records of the Association;
- whenever directed to do so by the Chairperson, submit to the Committee
a report, balance sheet or financial statement in accordance with that
- have custody of all securities, books and documents of a financial
nature and accounting records of the Association, including those referred
to in paragraphs (d) and (e); and
- perform such other duties as are imposed by these rules on the
Proceedings of Committee
- A casual vacancy occurs in the office of a Committee member and that office
becomes vacant if the Committee member
- resigns by notice in writing delivered to the Chairperson or, if the
Committee member is the Chairperson, to the Vice-Chairperson;
- is convicted of an offence under the Act;
- is permanently incapacitated by mental or physical ill-health;
- is absent from more than:-
- 3 consecutive Committee meetings; or
- 3 Committee meetings in the same financial year, of which he or
she has received notice without tendering an apology to the person
presiding at each those committee meetings; or
- ceases to be a member of the Association.
- The Committee shall meet together for the dispatch of business not less
than twice in each calendar year and the Chairperson may at any time
convene a meeting of the Committee.
- Each Committee member has a deliberative vote.
- A question arising at a Committee meeting shall be decided by a
majority of votes, but, if there is an equality of votes, the person
presiding at the Committee meeting shall have a casting vote in addition to
his or her deliberative vote.
- At a Committee meeting all Committee members must be present
- Subject to these rules, the procedure and order of business to be
followed at a Committee meeting shall be determined by the Committee
members present at the Committee meeting.
- A Committee member having any direct or indirect pecuniary interest
referred to in section 21 or 22 of the Act shall comply with that section.
Quorum in proceedings at general meetings
- The Committee
- may at any time convene a special general meeting;
- shall convene annual general meetings within the time limits
provided for the holding of annual general meetings by section 23 of
the Act; and
- shall, within 30 days of:-
- receiving a request in writing to do so from not less than 5
members, convene a special general meeting for the purpose
specified in that request; or
- the Secretary receiving a notice under rule 9 (4), convene a
special general meeting for the purpose of dealing with the appeal
to which that notice relates.
- The members making a request referred to in subrule (1) (c) (i) shall
- state in that request the purpose for which the special general
meeting concerned is required; and
- sign that request.
- If a special general meeting is not convened within the relevant period
of 30 days referred to-
- in subrule (1) (c) (i), the members who made the request concerned
may themselves convene a special general meeting as if they were the
- in subrule (1) (c) (ii), the member who gave the notice concerned
may himself convene a special general meeting as if he or she were the
- When a special general meeting is convened under subrule (3) (a) or (b)
- the Committee shall ensure that the members or member convening the
special general meeting are supplied free of charge with particulars of
all members; and
- the Association shall pay the reasonable expenses of convening and
holding the special general meeting.
- Subject to subrule (8), the Secretary shall give to all members not
less than 14 days notice of a general meeting and of any motions to be
moved at the general meeting.
- A notice given under subrule (5) shall specify
- when and where the general meeting concerned is to be held; and
- particulars of the business to be transacted at the general meeting
concerned and of the order in which that business is to be transacted.
- In the case of an annual general meeting, the order in which business
is to be transacted is:-
- first, the consideration of the accounts and reports of the
- second the election of Committee members to replace outgoing
Committee members; and
- third, any other business requiring consideration by the
Association in a general meeting.
- The Secretary shall give to all members not less than 21 days
notice of a general meeting at which a special resolution is to be
proposed and of any other motions to be moved at that general meeting.
- The Secretary may give a notice under subrule (5) or (8) by
- serving it on a member personally; or
- sending it by post to a member at the address of the member
appealing in the register of members kept and maintained under
section 27 of the Act.
- When a notice is sent by post under subrule (9) (b), sending of
the notice shall be deemed to be properly effected if the notice is
sufficiently addressed and posted to the member concerned by ordinary
Minutes of meetings of Association
- At a general meeting 30 members present in person or by proxy
constitute a quorum.
- If within 30 minutes after the time specified for the holding of a
general meeting in anotice given under rule 16 (5) or (8)-
- as a result of a request or notice referred to in rule 16 (1) (c)
or as a result of action taken under rule 16 (3) a quorum is not
present, the general meeting lapses; or
- otherwise than as a result of a request, notice or action referred
to in paragraph (a), the general meeting stands adjourned to the same
time on the same day in the following week and to the same venue.
- sending an email
- If within 30 minutes of the time appointed by subrule (2) (b) (c) for
the resumption of an adjourned general meeting a quorum is not present, the
members who are present in person or by proxy may nevertheless proceed with
the business of that general meeting as if a quorum were present.
- The Chairperson may, with the consent of a general meeting at which a
quorum is present, and shall, if so directed by such a general meeting,
adjourn that general meeting from time to time and from place to place.
- There shall not be transacted at an adjourned general meeting any
business other than business left unfinished or on the agenda at the time
when the general meeting was adjourned.
- When a general meeting is adjourned for a period of 30 days or more,
the Secretary shall give notice under rule 16 of the adjourned general
meeting as if that general meeting were a flesh general meeting.
- At a general meeting
- an ordinary resolution put to the vote shall be decided by a
majority of votes cast on a show of hands; and
- a special resolution put to the vote shall be decided in accordance
with section 24 of the Act.
- A declaration by the Chairperson at a general meeting that a resolution
has been passed as an ordinary resolution thereat shall be evidence of that
fact unless, during the general meeting at which the resolution is
submitted, a poll is demanded in accordance with subrule (9).
- At a general meeting, a poll may be demanded by the Chairperson at the
general meeting or by three or more members present in person or by proxy
and, if so demanded, shall be taken in such manner as the Chairperson
- If a poll is demanded and taken under subrule (9) in respect of an
ordinary resolution, a declaration by the Chairperson of the result of the
poll is evidence of the matter so declared.
- A poll demanded under subrule (9) on the election of a person to
preside over a general meeting or on the question of an adjournment shall
be taken forthwith on that demand being made.
Voting rights of members of association
- The Secretary shall cause proper minutes of all proceedings of all
general meetings and Committee meetings to be taken and then to be entered
within 30 days after the holding of each general meeting or Committee
meeting, as the case requires, in a minute book kept for that purpose.
- The Chairperson shall ensure that the minutes taken of a general
meeting or Committee meeting under subrule (1) are checked and signed as
correct by the Chairperson of the general meeting or Committee meeting to
which those minutes relate or of the next succeeding general meeting or
Committee meeting, as the case requires.
- When minutes have been entered and signed as correct under this rule,
they shall, until the contrary is proved, be evidence that-
- the general meeting or Committee meeting to which they relate (in
this subrule called "the meeting") was duly convened and held;
- all proceedings recorded as having taken place at the meeting did
in fact take place thereat; and
- all appointments or elections purporting to have been made at the
meeting have been validly made.
Proxies of members of Association
- Subject to these rules, each member present in person or by proxy at a
general meeting is entitled to a deliberative vote.
- A member which is a body corporate may appoint in writing a natural
person, whether or not he or she is a member, to represent it at a
particular general meeting or at all general meetings.
- An appointment made under subrule (2) shall be so made by a resolution
of the board or other governing body of the body corporate concerned-
- which resolution is authenticated under the common seal of that
body corporate; and
- a copy of which resolution is lodged with the Secretary.
- A person appointed under subrule (2) to represent a member which is a
body corporate shall be deemed for all purposes to be a member until that
appointment is revoked by the body corporate or, in the case of an
appointment in respect of a particular general meeting, which appointment
is not so revoked, the conclusion of that general meeting.
Rules of Association
- A member (in this rule called "the appointing member") may appoint in
writing another member who is a natural person to be the proxy of the
appointing member and to attend, and vote on behalf of the appointing
member at, any general meeting.
Common seal of Association
- The Association may alter or rescind these rules, or make rules
additional to these rules, in accordance with the procedure set out in
sections 17, 18 and 19 of the Act.
- These rules bind every member and the Association to the same extent as
if every member and the Association had signed and sealed these rules and
agreed to be bound by all their provisions.
Inspection of records, etc. of Association
- The Association shall have a common seal on which its corporate name
shall appear in legible characters.
- The common seal of the Association shall not be used without the
express authority of the Committee and every use of that common seal shall
be recorded in the minute book referred to in rule 18.
- The affixing of the common seal of the Association shall be witnessed
by any two of the Chairperson, the Secretary and the Treasurer.
- The common seal of the Association shall be kept in the custody of the
Secretary or of such other person as the Committee from time to time
Distribution of surplus property on winding up of Association
- A member may at any reasonable time inspect without charge the books,
documents, records and securities of the Association.
- If, on the winding up of the Association, any property of the Association
remains after satisfaction of the debts and liabilities of the Association
and the costs, charges and expenses of that winding up, that property shall
- to another incorporated association incorporated under the Act; or
- for charitable or benevolent purposes, which incorporated
association or purposes, as the case requires shall be determined by
resolution of the members when authorizing and directing the Committee
under section 33 (3) of the Act to prepare a distribution plan for the
distribution of the surplus property of the Association.