In 2013 the National Assembly approved a new governance structure for the Association.
The first elections under this new governance structure took place in 2013/2014.
Following the elections the Australian Electoral Commission in their Post-Election Report identified a number of machinery matters that arose out of difficulty in the interpretation of some Rules. Also a number of other ambiguities were subsequently identified which also affect the election process.
Examples of the issues which were identified included the Returning Officer’s inability, due to an extra stage in the election cycle, to meet the dates specified in the Rules for the opening and closing of nominations etc. Another example was ambiguity over the number of National Assembly Members to be elected from the Professional Engineers Division Sub-Division due to the provision in the Rules that Sub-Division Presidents are automatic members of National Assembly.
In addition to machinery matters some Divisions proposed the alteration of the Term of Office for their Division Committees from one year to two years.
Therefore in order to facilitate the smooth conduct of the Association’s elections under the new structure National Assembly has approved the appropriate alterations to the Association’s Rules.
This was done by an electronic ballot of National Assembly conducted in accordance with Federal Rule 21.8 which closed at 5pm on Thursday 25th June 2015.
The National Assembly resolved as follows:
“The National Assembly of THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS, SCIENTISTS AND MANAGERS, AUSTRALIA (“APESMA”) hereby resolves that the proposed rule changes as detailed in Attachment “A” to the Memorandum of 10th June 2015 from the National President be approved by National Assembly.”
An Application has been made to the Fair Work Commission in accordance with Section 159(1) for the new Rules to be certified.