Constitution

Constitution of the Australian College of Tropical Medicine Incorporated

14 June 2001 (amended 10 June 2001)

INDEX

1. NAME
2. DEFINITIONS
3. OBJECTS
4. MEMBERSHIP
5. MEMBERSHIP FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
6. BRANCHES
7. STANDING COMMITTEES AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
8. EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
9. COLLEGE COUNCIL
10. MEETINGS OF THE COLLEGE COUNCIL AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
11. SECRETARIAT
12. PUBLICATIONS
13. COMMON SEAL
14. CODE OF ETHICS
15. EXPULSION
16. GENERAL MEETINGS
17. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
18. INCOME AND PROPERTY OF COLLEGE
19. FINANCE
20. AUDIT
21. DISSOLUTION
22. CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
23. NOTICES
24. AFFILIATED ORGANISATIONS
25. COLLEGE AWARDS AND HONOURS
26. AFFILIATION OF THE COLLEGE, COLLEGE COMMITTEES WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS
27. DOCUMENTS
1. NAME

The name of the Association is “The Australasian College of Tropical Medicine
Incorporated”, hereinafter referred to as “the College”, or “A.C.T.M.”.
2. DEFINITIONS

In these rules, unless the contrary intention appears -

2.1 “Australasian” shall mean Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia,
and the Western Pacific.

2.2 “College” shall mean “The Australasian College of Tropical
Medicine Incorporated”

2.3 “College Council” and “Council” shall mean the Council
of Management of the College as duly elected or appointed under the rules of
this Constitution;

2.4 “Executive Council” shall mean the executive members of the College
Council as duly elected or appointed under the rules of this Constitution;

Any reference to the “Executive Council” shall be acknowledged to
refer to a Management Committee as defined under the provisions of the Associations
Incorporation Act 1981″.

2.5 “financial member” means a member who has paid the annual subscription
fee for the year or the portion of the year that is the current financial year
at that time;

2.6 “financial year” means the first day of May in one year until
the thirtieth day of April, the following year;

2.7 “General Meeting” shall mean a meeting of the members of the
College convened under Rule 16.

2.8 “Annual General Meeting” shall mean a meeting of the members
of the College under Rule 17.

2.9 “Month” means a calendar month;

2.10 “member” printed in lower case type refers to all members of
the College irrespective of the type of membership or grade of membership;

2.11 “MEMBER” printed in upper case type means a member of the College
awarded the grade of MEMBER of the College;

2.12 Words importing the gender of a person include the feminine gender and
the masculine gender;

2.13 “Branch” shall mean a Branch of the College established and
approved by the College Council;

2.14 For the purpose of determining eligibility for membership of the College,
“tropical medicine” shall include tropical health, tropical hygiene,
tropical public health, and other fields related to “tropical medicine”;

2.15 “In Person” shall mean present at the meeting in person or by
electronic or other means approved by the Executive Council.
3. OBJECTS

3.1 The objects of the College are:

(a) Encourage continuing education and the exchange of knowledge in tropical
medicine;

(b) To collaborate with other organizations in conducting activities of mutual
concern, interest and direction in tropical medicine;

(c) To promote research in tropical medicine;

(d) To strive for professionalism and competence among its members and those
specializing in and entering into the field of tropical medicine;

(e) To maintain an historical collection relevant to the development of tropical
medicine in Australasia.

3.2 For the purpose of giving effect to the foregoing objects, the Council
subject to these rules:

(a) may hold periodical meetings of its members;

(a)(ii) To invest and deal with the money of the College not immediately required
in such manner as may from time to time be thought fit, subject where applicable
to Regulation 32(14) of the Collections Regulations 1975.

(b) shall receive subscriptions from members;

(c) shall administer the affairs of the College;
(d) shall issue charters to Branches after having approved the Constitution
and Rules of such bodies;

(e) shall admit members to the various grades of member;

(f) shall cause the College to be incorporated;

(g) may employ such persons as the College sees fit upon the terms and conditions
as to remuneration or otherwise as the College sees fit;

(h) may purchase, lease, or hire such accommodation, furniture, fittings, and
equipment for carrying out the objects of the College;

(i) may apply for and accept money by way of grant, gift, bequest or otherwise
for any one or more of the objects of the College;

(j) may undertake or direct or grant sums of money out of the College’s funds
for research or study or the promotion of the objects of the College;

(k) may invest the funds of the College not immediately required in such securities
as may be determined from time to time;

(l) shall cause to be paid from the Funds of the College all the expenses of
and incidental to the affairs of the College Council;

(m) shall publicise the activities of the College;

(n) may borrow moneys on such terms and conditions (including the payment of
interest) as the College sees fit;

(o) may register the College under any appropriate law of Australia or any
of the States and Territories thereof;

(p) may authorize any person or persons on its behalf to sign and execute letters,
documents and writings of all descriptions including, inter alia, the signing
and endorsing of cheques, deposit slips, withdrawal forms and other documents
relating to finance, and, in general to represent the College;

(q) may appoint committees, boards and co-opt persons to committees and delegate
powers to them but always subject to the Council’s control and recall;
(r) may grant pensions, allowances and gratuities to employees or former employees
of the College or to dependants of such persons, whether by way of remuneration
or bonus, and provide a benevolent or similar fund for such purpose;

(s) may purchase, apply for or otherwise acquire copyrights, privileges, exemptions,
certificates, licences, patents, trademarks or the like which may be deemed
necessary or convenient for any or all of the objects of the College, and transfer
and otherwise deal with the same;

(t) may enter into any arrangement, or agreement, or become a member of, or
subscribe to or affiliate with, any professional or educational organization,
having objects altogether or in part similar to those of the College;

(u) may print, or publish, or assist in, or promote the printing of any newspapers,
periodicals, books, monographs, articles, leaflets, brochures, or other literary
undertaking, or produce, or publish, or assist in or promote the production
of any film, electronic tape, whether sound or visual, and video material and
slides, that the College Council may think desirable for the promotion of the
objects of the College and distribute such publications as the College Council
sees fit;

(v) may apply the capital and income of the funds and property of the College
or any part thereof, subject to such trusts (if any), for or towards the objects
of the College;

(w) shall insure against all risks, liabilities, and eventualities as may seem
advisable and apply the proceeds of any claim under any insurance in such manner
for such purpose as it sees fit;

(x) shall do all such other lawful things as are incidental or conducive to
the attainment of those objects or any of them; and

(y) may carry out any one or more of those objects independently or exclusively
of the remaining objects; and

(z) may carry out all or any of those objects in any part of Australasia or
elsewhere; (aa) shall be the sole authority for expressing and presenting the
views of the College nationally and internationally;

 

4. MEMBERSHIP

4.1 Membership of the College is open to all persons who meet the requirements
of membership irrespective of race, colour, creed, ideology, religion, sex or
political beliefs;

4.2 Every application for membership shall be in writing and on such forms
as the College Council may from time-to-time prescribe;

4.3 Each application shall be accompanied by a recent curriculum vitae and
list of published and unpublished papers and technical contributions;

4.4 Up till and including 31 December 1991 each application should be accompanied
by the names, addresses and telephone numbers of two (2) professional referees.
Thereafter each applicant for membership shall be nominated and seconded by
two (2) financial members of the College, neither of whom shall be Affiliate
Members but at least one of whom shall be a Fellow of the College.

4.5 The following shall be the grades of membership of the College:

(a) Members eligible to vote at College meetings and on College matters;

(i) Fellow;

(ii) MEMBER;

(iii) Associate Member;

(b) Non-voting Members;

(i) Affiliate Member;

(ii) Honorary Fellow;

(iii) Honorary Member;

(iv) Sustaining Member;

4.6 The following shall be the types of membership of the College:

(a) Ordinary membership – may be conferred upon payment of the annual subscription.

(b) Life Membership – may be conferred upon payment of the first of five (5)
equal instalments of the prescribed Life Membership subscription, less any subscriptions
already paid which are authorised to be deducted by the College Council. The
amount shall be determined by the College Council. Upon payment of the prescribed
membership fee the Member shall be deemed a Life Member;
(c) Pro-rata Life Membership – may be conferred upon payment of the first of
five (5) equal instalments of the prescribed Life Membership subscription, less
any subscriptions already paid which are authorised to be deducted by the College
Council. Each instalment shall be paid annually and the amount shall be determined
by the College Council. Upon payment of the final instalment the Member shall
be deemed a Life Member;

(d) Retired Membership – may be conferred upon any member who can demonstrate
to the satisfaction of the College Council that he or she is no longer in regular
employment; whereupon that member shall only be required to pay membership subscriptions
equivalent to Affiliate Membership but will nevertheless retain all the rights
of the grade of membership held immediately prior to becoming a retired member.

(e) Affiliate Membership – shall be open to students in an approved tropical
medicine or related programme, or Persons interested in tropical medicine.

(f) Sustaining Membership – shall be open to companies and other organisations
satisfying the requirements of by laws established by the College Council.

4.7 Foundation membership may be granted up to and including the 31 December
1991, and these members may be referred to as Foundation Fellow, Foundation
Member, Foundation Associate Member, or Foundation Affiliate Member;

4.8 The College Council shall prescribe the terms and conditions in connection
with the admission of persons to the various grades and types of membership
of the College, which will include academic qualifications, experience and significant
contributions to tropical medicine, and/or the fulfilment of a programme of
training prescribed by the College Council;

4.9 The College Council shall prescribe the procedure for processing of membership
applications, appoint or elect members of a Membership Committee, Board of Censors
or other body to process membership applications, appoint or elect a Chairman
of the Membership Committee or Chief Censor to adjudicate on and present applications
for membership to the College Council for approval;

4.10 All Fellows, MEMBERS, and Associate Members, whether Foundation members
or not, shall have voting rights and be eligible for election to the College
Council;
4.11 Any member having the grade of Honorary Fellow, Honorary Member, Fellow,
Member, or Associate Member, may use the following initials or post-nominals
after their name to indicate membership of the College, i.e. F.A.C.T.M. (Hon)
or FACTM (Hon), M.A.C.T.M. (Hon) or MACTM (Hon), F.A.C.T.M. or FACTM, M.A.C.T.M.
or MACTM, and A.A.C.T.M. or AACTM;

4.12 The Honorary Secretary shall, on behalf of the College keep and maintain
a register of members in accordance with this Constitution and the register
shall be so kept and maintained with the administrative records of the College.
Branches may be permitted by the College Council to maintain separate registers,
which shall be reconciled with the national register of members, from time-to-time,
as deemed necessary by the College Council;

4.13 As soon as practicable, upon admission of a member, written notice shall
be given to that person and request will be made for any outstanding fees, and
a copy of the College’s Constitution will be forwarded to that member;

4.14 A member shall not have voting rights nor any other privileges of membership
until payment of outstanding fees.

4.15 A member of one grade of membership may make an application for up-grading
of their membership status on the application form prescribed by the College
Council. The applicant shall pay a Reclassification Fee equivalent to the Application
Fee, determined by the College Council; applications for upgrading of membership
shall be determined in the same manner as applications for conferral of membership.

4.16 A person whose membership has been rejected or whose membership has been
terminated may within one (1) month of receiving notification thereof lodge
with the Honorary Secretary written notice of his/her intention to appeal against
the decision of the College Council.

4.17 Upon receipt of a notification of intention to appeal against rejection
or termination of membership the Honorary Secretary shall convene within three
(3) months of receipt by him/her of such notice, a general meeting to determine
the appeal. At any such meeting the applicant shall be given the opportunity
to fully present his/her case and the College Council or those members thereof
who rejected the application for membership or terminated the membership subsequently
shall likewise have the opportunity of presenting its or their case. The appeal
shall be determined by the vote of the members present at such a meeting.
4.18 Where a person whose application is rejected does not appeal against the
decision of the College Council within the time prescribed by these rules or
so appeals but the appeal is unsuccessful, the Honorary Secretary shall forthwith
refund the amount of any fee paid.

 

5. MEMBERSHIP FEES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

5.1 The Application Fee, Reclassification Fee, Annual Subscription and Life
Membership Subscription payable by members of the College shall be such amount
as the College Council shall from time-to-time prescribe;

5.2 All annual subscriptions and all pro-rata Life Membership subscriptions
shall become due and payable in advance on the first business day of each financial
year.

5.3 If the subscription of a member shall remain unpaid for a period of two
months after it becomes due, then the member may after a notice of default as
has been sent to him by the Honorary Secretary or Honorary Treasurer of the
College have membership suspended until all arrears have been paid.

5.4 A financial member at any material time is a member who is not then indebted
to the organisation in respect of annual subscription or levy or other payment
whatsoever.

5.5 Only those members who are financial members at the time shall be entitled,
subject to the lawful procedure of the meeting, to speak or vote upon any motion
at any general meeting of the organisation.

6. BRANCHES

6.1 Members resident within a State or Territory of Australia, or within another
country, may, with the consent of the College Council establish a Branch of
the College in that State or Territory or other country provided that no such
application shall be approved unless the application is supported by the minimum
number of members prescribed by the College Council from time to time as being
necessary to establish a Branch.

6.2 Where a Branch is established each member of the College whose address
in the Register of Members is within the area of a Branch shall be a member
of that branch for so long as the member’s address remains within the area of
that Branch. No member shall be a member of more than one branch at any one
time;

6.3 Branches shall make rules for their area of administration, provided that
those rules:

(a) do not conflict with the objects of the College, or any other provision
of this Constitution;

(b) are approved by the College Council; and

(c) comply with any by-laws relating to Branches.

6.4 Members of a Branch may establish chapters in the prescribed manner and
in accordance with any by-laws relating to chapters and branches.
7. STANDING COMMITTEES AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS AND FACULTIES

7.1 Members of the College may, with the consent of the College Council, establish
special interest groups or standing committees, and faculties of the College;

7.2 The Council may make by-laws prescribing the conditions of eligibility
for membership of special interest groups, standing committees and faculties
and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the number of such groups
to which a member may belong at any one time;

7.3 Special interest groups and standing committees and faculties shall make
rules for their governance, provided that those rules:

(a) do not conflict with the objects of the College or with any other provision
in this Constitution;

(b) are approved by the College Council; and

(c) comply with any by-laws relating to special interest groups, standing committees,
and faculties.
8. EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

8.1 The College shall have an Executive Council comprising the President, the
Vice President, the Honorary Secretary, and the Honorary Treasurer together
with either the Immediate Past President or the President Elect. The Executive
Officer shall also be an ex-officio non-voting member of the Executive Council;

8.2 Apart from the President, Immediate Past President and the Executive Officer,
all members of the Executive Council shall be elected by, and from among, the
members of the College in the prescribed manner and, subject to these rules,
shall hold office for the time prescribed in the Constitution;

8.3 The President shall hold office for a period of two years;

8.4 A person who has held office as President shall, for a period of one year
after expiration of this term, hold office as the Immediate Past President;

8.5 At the end of the first year in office of the President, members of the
College shall at the Annual General Meeting of the College, elect a President
Elect who will succeed the President at the end of the latter’s second year
in office;

8.6 The Honorary Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer shall be elected by members
of the College at the Annual General Meeting on alternate years and shall each
serve for a period of two years;

8.7 The Vice-President, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer, may be re-elected
to that office upon the expiration of his/her term of office for a further term
of twenty-four (24) months, but no member of the Executive Council shall be
eligible for more than three (3) consecutive terms of office in the same office
bearer position, and shall not be eligible for any further re-election to that
office for one term or twenty-four (24) months, whichever is longer;

8.8 In the case of the President, while a person may be elected as President
more than once, these terms shall not be consecutive, requiring a period of
one term or twenty-four (24) months before re-election;

8.9 The office of a member of the Executive Council shall become vacant if
he or she:

(a) resigns the office in writing;

(b) ceases to be a financial member of the College;

(c) becomes of unsound mind; or

(d) becomes bankrupt,

(e) becomes deceased, or

(f) is removed from office at a general meeting.

and the Executive Council shall appoint a member of the College to fill that
office for the balance of the term of office of the previous officer;

8.10 The President shall be the spokesperson for the College and shall, unless
absent, chair the Annual General Meeting, General Meetings, meetings of the
College Council and meetings of the Executive Council;

8.11 In the absence of the President, the Vice President shall be the spokesperson
for the College and chair meetings of the College. In the absence of both the
President and Vice President, an Executive Council member elected by the Executive
Council shall chair meetings of the College;

8.12 The Honorary Secretary shall give notice of meetings and keep the records
of the College membership and business and ensure adherence to the Rules and
by-laws of the College. Further the Honorary Secretary shall cause full and
accurate minutes of all questions, matters, resolutions and other proceedings
of every Executive Council Meeting, College Council Meeting and general meeting
to be entered in a book to be open for inspection at all reasonable times by
any financial member who previously applies to the Honorary Secretary for that
inspection. For the purposes of ensuring the accuracy of the recording of such
minutes, the minutes of every Executive Council meeting shall be signed by the
Chair of that meeting or the Chair of the next succeeding Executive Council
meeting verifying their accuracy. Similarly, the minutes of every general meeting
shall be signed by the Chair of that meeting or the Chair of the next succeeding
general meeting: Provided that the minutes of any annual general meeting shall
be signed by the Chair of that meeting of the Chair of the next succeeding general
meeting or annual general meeting.

8.13 The Honorary Treasurer shall be responsible for, and advise on, the financial
management and financial policy of the College;

8.14 The Immediate Past-President and President Elect shall alternately, and
ex officio, be members of the Executive Council with full voting rights. The
Past President shall serve during the first year in office of the new President
while the President Elect shall serve in the last year of office of the President;

8.15 The Executive Officer, if any, shall be responsible to the Executive
Council for the management of the Secretariat and for other such duties as may
be set out in this Constitution, prescribed in any by-laws or specified by resolution
of the Executive Council but shall not have voting rights;

8.16 The Executive Council shall, subject to the direction of the College Council,
manage the affairs of the College and represent the College Council and the
College in all matters related to the College.

8.17 In the event of a motion being proposed for removal from office of a member
of the Executive Council at a general meeting, the member shall be given the
opportunity to fully present his/her case and the question of removal shall
be determined by the vote of the members present at such a general meeting,
or by proxy.

8.18 There shall be no appeal from a decision to remove a member from the Executive
Council taken at a general meeting but notice of the proposal to remove the
member from the Executive Council shall be given at the same time as notice
of the general meeting is given to all members.

8.20 These changes to Section 8 of the “Constitution of the Australasian
College of Tropical Medicine Incorporated – 10th January 1994″, shall take
effect from the Election of Office Bearers, ACTM AGM 1998/99.
9. COLLEGE COUNCIL

9.1 The College shall have a Council comprising:

(a) the members, for the time being, of the Executive Council;

(b) seven (7) Councillors elected by and from among the members of the College
at each Annual General Meeting. Each Councillor shall hold office until the
next Annual General Meeting. Each Councillor may be re-elected to that office
upon the expiration of his term of office for a further term, but shall not
be eligible for more than five (5) consecutive terms of office and shall not
be eligible for any further re-election to that office for one term or twelve
(12) months, whichever is longer;

(c) one (1) representative elected by and from the members of each Branch of
the College, and

(d) one (1) representative elected by and from the members of each standing
committee of the College;

(e) one (1) representative elected by and from the members of each faculty
of the College;

9.2 Representatives of Branches, Standing Committees and Faculties shall hold
office until the next Annual General Meeting. Each Representative on Council
may be re-elected to that office upon the expiration of his term of office for
a further term, but shall not be eligible for more than five (5) consecutive
terms of office and shall not be eligible for any further re-election to that
office for one term or twelve (12) months, whichever is longer;

9.3 The office of a member of the College Council shall become vacant if he
or she:

(a) resigns the office in writing;

(b) ceases to be a member of the College;

(c) becomes of unsound mind; or

(d) becomes bankrupt

and the College Council shall appoint a member of the College to fill that
office for the balance of the term of office of the previous officer;

9.4 The Council shall have the power to create and disband committees whether
or not they are constituted by the members of the Council and may prescribe
the method of operation of such committees and seek advice as it sees fit from
any individual or organisation;

9.5 The Council shall have the power by ordinary resolution to make, amend
or rescind by-laws regulating the operation of the College or prescribing any
matter or thing permitted or required by or under this Constitution to be prescribed
provided that they do not conflict with this Constitution, and such by-laws
shall continue in force until rescinded or amended by the Council;

9.6 Policy of the College shall be determined by the College Council;

9.7 The College Council may elect representatives or nominees of the College
to membership of, or representation on, other bodies.
10. MEETINGS OF THE COLLEGE COUNCIL AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

10.1 The College Council shall meet at six times per calendar year and at least
one of its meetings shall be held not less than one (1) month prior to the Annual
General Meeting.

10.1a The Executive Council shall meet at least once each calendar month and
at least one of its meetings shall be held not less than one (1) month prior
to the Annual General Meeting.

10.2 The date, place and time of each meeting of the College Council shall
be determined by the College Council itself, or in the absence of any such determination,
by the Executive Council.

10.3 The Honorary Secretary shall notify the College Council members of the
place, day and time for the holding the College Council meeting and the nature
of the business to be transacted thereat, not less than seven (7) days before
the date of the meeting;

10.3a The Honorary Secretary shall notify the Executive Council members of
the place, day and time for the holding of each Executive Council meeting and
the nature of the business to be transacted thereat, not less than two (2) days
before the date of that meeting.

10.4 At every meeting of the College Council a simple majority of the number
equal to the current number of voting members elected and/or appointed to the
College Council shall constitute a quorum.

10.5 Each Council member has one vote at a meeting either In Person or by proxy
and in the case of an equality of votes the motion shall be lost;

10.6 The Honorary Secretary shall convene meetings of the Executive Council
at the request of the President or not less than two (2) members of the Executive
Council;

10.7 Three (3) members of the Executive Council shall constitute a quorum of
the Executive Council;

10.8 Each Executive Council member shall have one vote at a meeting of the
Executive Council either In Person or by proxy and in the case of an equality
the motion will be lost.

11. SECRETARIAT

11.1 The Office of the College shall be located in Australia, and shall be
referred to as the College Secretariat;

11.2 The Council shall appoint a person, with or without remuneration, to be
the Executive Officer of the College.
12. PUBLICATIONS

12.1 The College may publish journals, including an official journal of the
College, textbooks, monographs, position papers or other publications approved
by the College Council;

12.2 The Council shall appoint an Editorial Committee, which will advise the
Council on these publications, the establishment of an Editorial Board and the
appointment of an Editor;

12.3 The Council shall appoint the Editor of the Journal and other College
publications, or appoint sub-Editors for other College publications, who shall
at the time and for the duration of their appointment be and remain a member
of the College;

12.4 The College Council shall appoint such members of the College as it sees
fit to membership of an Editorial Board to assist and advise the Editor.
13. COMMON SEAL

13.1 The seal of the College shall be in the form of a rubber stamp, foil seal
or other form approved by the Executive Council; and the design of the seal
of the College shall be approved by the Executive Council;

13.2 The Common Seal shall be used only by the authority of the Executive Council
and every instrument to which the Seal is affixed shall be signed by two (2)
members of the Executive Council as evidence of that authority.

13.3 The Honorary Secretary shall keep a record of all documents to which the
Seal is affixed;

13.4 The College Council shall from time-to-time determine rules for the signature
and execution of documents and papers on behalf of the College.

 

14. CODE OF ETHICS

14.1 All members of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, by virtue
of their acceptance of membership of the College are bound by the Code of Ethics.
Any member who breaks the Code of Ethics may be expelled from the College, and,
if required by the College Council, shall surrender their certificate of membership;

14.2 The following is the Code of Ethics of the College:

(a) members must be responsible for ethical and professional conduct in relation
to patients, clients, employees, associates, the public and research;

(b) members must be responsible for professional competence in the performance
of all their professional activities;

(c) members shall protect the professional interests, reputation and good name
of the College and its members, or of any deserving professional organization
and its members which are also involved in tropical medicine or its associated
disciplines;

(d) members shall seek to continue their professional development, shall actively
assist in the professional development of new and existing members of the College,
and shall encourage the development of expertise among non-members working in
tropical medicine or its associated disciplines.
15. EXPULSION

15.1 Subject to this Rule, the Executive Council may expel a member from the
College if, in the opinion of the Executive Council, the member has been guilty
of conduct detrimental to the interests of the College;

15.2 Where the Executive Council expels a member from the College, the Executive
Officer shall, without undue delay, cause to be served on the member a notice
in writing:

(a) stating that the Executive Council has expelled the member;

(b) specifying the grounds for expulsion; and

(c) informing the member that if he or she so desires, he/ she may, within
fourteen (14) days after the service of the notice on him/her, appeal against
the expulsion as provided in sub-rule 15.4.
15.3 The expulsion of a member pursuant to sub-rule 15.1 hereof does not take
effect:

(a) until the expiration of fourteen (14) days after the service on the member
of a notice under sub-rule 15.2; or

(b) if the member unsuccessfully exercises his or her right of appeal under
sub-rule 15.4, until the conclusion of the general meeting convened to hear
the appeal, whichever is the later date, whereupon the Honorary Secretary shall
forthwith remove the name of the member for the Register of Members and the
member shall cease to be a member.

15.4 A member on whom a notice under sub-rule 15.2 is served may appeal against
the expulsion to a General Meeting by delivering, or sending by post, to the
Executive Officer, within fourteen (14) days after the service of that notice,
a requisition in writing demanding the convening of such a meeting for the purpose
of hearing his/her appeal;

15.5 Upon receipt of a requisition under sub-rule 15.4 the Executive Officer
shall forthwith notify the Executive Council of its receipt and the Executive
Council shall thereupon cause a general meeting of members to be held within
sixty (60) days after the date on which the requisition is received by the Executive
Officer;

15.6 At a general meeting convened for the purpose of this Rule:

(a) no business other than the question of the expulsion shall be transacted;

(b) the Executive Council shall place before the meeting details of the grounds
of the expulsion and the

Executive Council’s reasons for the expulsion;

(c) the expelled member shall be given an opportunity to be heard; and

(d) the members present shall vote by secret ballot on the question whether
the expulsion should be cancelled or confirmed.

 

16. GENERAL MEETINGS

16.1 The Honorary Secretary or Executive Officer shall convene a General Meeting
of the College when directed to do so by the Executive Council or the College
Council;

16.2 The Honorary Secretary or Executive Officer shall notify the members of
the place, day and time for the holding of the meeting and the nature of the
business to be transacted thereat not less than fourteen (14) days before the
date of the meeting;

16.3 No business shall be transacted at any General Meeting unless a quorum
of twenty (20) members is present at the commencement of such business;
16.4a Subject to paragraph 16.4(b) hereof and unless otherwise provided for
in these rules all questions arising at a General Meeting shall be determined
by a majority of votes on a show of hands and the declaration of the person
chairing the meeting that a resolution has been carried by a particular majority
or lost, shall be conclusive evidence of that fact without proof of the number
of votes recorded in favour of or against the resolution.

16.4b Each member or holder of a proxy in attendance at a general meeting shall
have the right to demand a poll on any question.

16.4c Every financial member present shall be entitled to one vote and in the
case

of an equality of votes the chairman shall have a second or casting vote:

Provided that no member shall be entitled to vote at any general meeting

if his annual subscription is in arrears at the date of the meeting.

16.5c Every financial member present shall be entitled to one vote and in the
case of an equality of votes the chairman shall have a second or casting vote:
Provided that no member shall be entitled to vote at any general meeting if
his annual subscription is in arrears at the date of the meeting.

16.5a All members of the College may vote in person or by proxy and on a show
of hands. Every person present who is a member or a representative of a member
shall have one vote and on a poll every member present in person or by proxy
shall have one vote.

16.5b At every general meeting all questions, matters or resolutions shall
be decided by a majority of votes and in the case of an equality of votes, the
motion shall be lost.

16.6a Every instrument appointing a proxy shall be in writing signed by the
appointer or his/her duly authorised attorney;
16.6b Where it is desired to afford members an opportunity of voting for or
against a resolution the instrument appointing a proxy shall be in the following
form or a form as near thereto as circumstances permit:-

 

THE AUSTRALASIAN COLLEGE OF TROPICAL MEDICINE

I, of

being a member of the above named College, hereby appoint

of

to vote for me on my behalf at the (annual) general meeting of

the College, to be held on

the day of 19 and

at any adjournment thereof.

Signed this day of , 19

Signature

This form is to be used *in favour of/

*against the resolution

*Strike out whichever is not desired. (Unless otherwise instructed, the proxy
may vote as he/she thinks fit.)
16.7 If the instrument appointing a proxy is not received at the office of the
College, or at such other place specified for that purpose in the notice convening
the meeting, at least forty-eight (48) hours before the time for holding the
meeting at which the person named in the instrument proposes to vote, it shall
not be treated as valid;

16.8 The College Council may determine from time-to-time by-laws for conduct
of General Meetings.
17. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
17.1 The College shall hold an annual general meeting within three (3) months
of the close of each financial year and all the provisions of Rule 16 relating
to General Meetings shall apply to Annual General Meetings;

17.2 The Annual General Meeting shall be specified as such in the notice convening
it;

17.3 The ordinary business of the Annual General Meeting shall be:

(a) to confirm the minutes of the last General Meeting

(b) to receive and consider reports (including financial statements where applicable)
from the Executive Council, branches, special interest groups, the Auditor and
Executive Officer of the Association on the activities of the College during
the preceding financial year;

(c) to hold elections for the College Council as for office bearer positions
direct in Rules 17.4 and 17.5;

(d) to appoint the Auditor;

17.4 At the Annual General meeting of the College, elections shall be held
to elect office bearers in accordance with the Constitution as outlined in Rules
8.2 to 8.8 and 9.1b;

17.5 The election of these officers shall take place in the following manner:

(a) Any two members of the College shall be at liberty to serve as an officer
of the College.

(b) The nomination, which shall be in writing and signed by the member and
his proposer and seconder, shall be lodged with the Honorary Secretary at least
fourteen (14) days before the Annual General Meeting at which the election is
to take place;

(c) A list of the candidates names in alphabetical order, with the proposer’s
and seconder’s names, shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the office or
usual place of meeting of the College for at least seven (7) days immediately
preceding the Annual General Meeting;
(d) Balloting lists shall be prepared (if necessary) containing the names of
the candidates in alphabetical order, and each member present at the Annual
General Meeting shall be entitled to vote for any number of such candidates
not exceeding the number of vacancies;

(e) Should, there be an insufficient number of candidates nominated at the
commencement of such meeting, nominations may be taken from the floor of the
meeting.

17.6 In the case of election of Branch, Standing Committee and Faculty Representatives,
the nominee must be a member of that Branch, Standing Committee or Faculty.

17.7 Not withstanding the provisions of Rules 16.2 and 17.1, the Annual General
Meeting may transact special business of which not less than fourteen (14) days
notice is given to members;

17.8 The Council may determine by-laws for conduct of Annual General Meetings
from time-to-time.
18. INCOME AND PROPERTY OF COLLEGE

18.1 The income and property of the College, however derived, shall be applied
solely towards the promotion of the objects of the College and no portion thereof
shall be paid or transferred, directly or indirectly, by dividend, bonus, or
otherwise, to any member of the College;

18.2 Nothing in the provisions of sub-rule 18.1 prevents the payment in good
faith to an employee or member of the College, whether such employee or member
is a member of the Executive Council or otherwise, of:

(a) remuneration in return for services actually rendered to the College by
the employee or member or for goods supplied to the College, by the employee
or member in the ordinary course of business;

(b) interest at appropriate current bank overdraft rate on money lent to the
College by the employee or member;

(c) a reasonable and proper sum by way of rent for premises let to the College
by the employee or member; or

(d) the reimbursement to the employee or member of expenses actually incurred
on behalf of the College or in carrying on the affairs of the College.

19. FINANCE

19.1 True accounts shall be kept -

(a) of all sums of money received and expended by the College, including details
of the matter in respect of which the receipt or expenditure takes place; and

(b) of the assets and liabilities of the College

and, subject to any reasonable restrictions as to the time and manner of inspecting
them that may be imposed by the Executive Council for the time being, those
accounts shall be open to inspection by the members of the College;

19.2 The Executive Council shall cause to be kept general records, accounting
books, and records of receipts and expenditure connected with the operations
and business of the College in such form and manner as the Executive Council
may direct or as may be prescribed by law;

19.3 The Treasurer shall, on behalf of the College, receive all money paid
to the College and forthwith after the receipt thereof cause to be issued official
receipts;

19.4a The funds of the College shall be deposited in the name of the College
with a bank as the Executive Council may decide.

19.4b All monies received by the College shall be paid into the College account
as soon as practicable after their receipt.

19.5 All payments of one hundred dollars ($100.00) or more shall be made by
cheque drawn on the College’s account. The payment of sums less than one hundred
dollars ($100.00) may be made in cash where authorised by the Executive Council
or where they are made in accordance with by-laws relating to petty cash and
urgent expenditure.

19.6 The College Council may make by-laws providing for the manner in which
cheques are drawn on the College’s account and it may authorise persons who
are not members of the Executive Council to be signatories to the account providing:

(a) there shall be at least two (2) signatories required for cheques drawn on
the College’s account; and

(b) in the absence of a determination by the College Council concerning these
matters, the Executive Council may make provision for the manner in which cheques
are drawn on the College’s account.

20. AUDIT

20.1 At each Annual General Meeting of the College, the members present shall
appoint a person who is not a member of the College to be the Auditor of the
College;

20.2 The person so appointed shall hold office until the conclusion of the
Annual General Meeting next after that at which he or she is appointed and shall
be eligible for re-appointment;

20.3 If an auditor is not appointed at an Annual General Meeting the Executive
Council shall appoint a person who is not a member as auditor of the College
for the then current financial year of the College and that person shall be
eligible for re-appointment;

20.4 If a casual vacancy occurs in the office of Auditor during the course
of a financial year, the Executive Council shall appoint a person who is not
a member of the College as the Auditor and the person so appointed shall hold
office until the conclusion of the next succeeding annual general meeting following
his or her appointment and shall be eligible for re-appointment;

20.5 As soon as practicable after the end of each financial year the Honorary
Treasurer shall cause to be prepared a statement containing the particulars
of -

(a) the income and expenditure for the financial year just ended; and

(b) the assets and liabilities and of all mortgages, charges and securities
affecting the property of the College at the close of that year.

20.6 All such statements shall be examined by the Auditor who shall present
his/her report upon such audit to the Honorary Secretary prior to the holding
of the Annual General Meeting next following financial year in respect of which
such audit was made.

20.7 In his or her report the Auditor shall state:

(a) whether he or she has obtained all required information;

(b) whether, in his or her opinion, the accounts are properly drawn up so as
to exhibit a true and fair view of the financial position of the College according
to the information at his or her disposal and the explanations given as shown
by the books of the College; and

(c) whether the rules and by-laws relating to the administration of the funds
of the College have been observed;

20.8 The Honorary Treasurer shall cause to be delivered to the Auditor a list
of all accounts, books and records of the College;

20.9 The Auditor:

(a) has right of access to the accounts, books, records, vouchers, and documents
of the College;

(b) may require from the employees of the College such information and explanations
as may be necessary for

the performance of his or her duties as Auditor;

(c) may employ persons to assist him or her in investigating the accounts of
the College; and

(d) may, in relation to the accounts of the College and subject to the approval
of the Executive Council, question any member of the Executive Council or any
employee of the College;

20.10 The Honorary Treasurer shall be responsible for ensuring the College
complies with all legal requirements concerning the lodgement of the annual
financial statements and other financial information.
21. DISSOLUTION

If the College shall be wound up in accordance with the provisions of the Associations
Incorporation Act 1981, and there remains, after satisfaction of all its debts
and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid to or distributed
among the members of the College, but shall be given or transferred to some
other institution or institutions having objects similar to the objects of the
College, gifts to which are allowable deductions under the provisions of Section
78(1)(a) of the Income Tax Assessment Act and which shall prohibit the distribution
of its or their income and property among its or their members to an extent
at least as great as is imposed on the College under or by virtue of Rule 28(10),
such institution or, institutions to be determined by the members of the College.”

22. CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

22.1 Subject to the provisions of the Association’s Incorporation Act these
Rules may be amended, rescinded or added to from time to time by a special resolution
carried at any General Meeting by a majority of at least three-quarters of the
votes cast by those members present in person or by proxy at the meeting: Provided
that no such amendment, recision or addition shall be valid unless the same
shall have been previously submitted to and approved by the Director-General,
Department of Consumer Affairs, Brisbane and the Honourable the Minister for
Consumer Affairs.

22.2 The Honorary Secretary shall give notice of the proposed amendment to
members not less than fourteen (14) days prior to the date of the General Meeting
at which any such amendment is to be considered;

22.3 Unless the Executive Council is of the opinion that an amendment is only
of a minor nature, the Honorary Secretary shall, following any amendment to
these Rules, provide to each member a copy of the amended Rules;
22.4 If these Rules are amended so as to affect the liability of members to
contribute towards the payment of debts and liabilities of the College or the
costs, charges and expenses of winding up the College, the Honorary Secretary
shall, within one month after the alteration, give notice of that alteration
in a newspaper circulating in Queensland, in addition to his/her obligations
under Rule 22.3.
23. NOTICES

Any notice required by these Rules to be given to any member may be served
either personally or by sending it through the post in a prepaid letter addressed
to the member at the address of the member last shown in the Register of Members.
24. AFFILIATED ORGANISATIONS

24.1 Any organisation which has objects similar to the objects of the College
may be granted recognition by the College as an affiliated organisation. An
affiliated organisation may represent itself as being affiliated with the College;
24.2 An application for recognition as an affiliated organisation shall be considered
and dealt with by Council, which may, in its absolute discretion, grant or refuse
to grant affiliation to the applicant organisation. Council may withdraw affiliation
at any time following which the organisation shall no longer be entitled to
represent itself as being affiliated with the College;

24.3 The Council may grant an affiliated organisation the right to appoint
a person, who need not be a member of the College, as a representative to the
Council, but any person so appointed:

(a) must at the time of appointment be and remain, for as long as he or she
is a representative of the Council, a member of the management or executive
committee, however styled, of that affiliated organisation;

(b) does not have the right to move or second motions or vote at Council Meetings;

24.4 The Executive Council may from time to time establish polices or recommend
to the College Council the enactment of by-laws for determining the affiliation
of other organisations within the College.
25. COLLEGE AWARDS AND HONOURS

25.1 The Awards and Honours Programme of the Australasian College of Tropical
Medicine is designed to:

(a) assist in recognizing members and non-members, who have made outstanding
contributions to the College and to Tropical Medicine;

(b) encourage students to perform with excellence in post-graduate training
and research in Tropical Medicine;

(c) show appreciation to visitors of the College; and

(d) be an integral part of the College Annual General Meeting and Annual Scientific
Meeting;

25.2 The Awards and Honours of the College, procedures for nomination, and
the timings of the presentations shall be determined by the College Council
from time to time.
26. AFFILIATION OF THE COLLEGE, COLLEGE COMMITTEES WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS

26.1 The College or a College committee may become affiliated with any organisation
which has similar objects to those of the College, and the College or College
Committee may represent itself as being affiliated with that organisation;

26.2 An application for affiliation of the College or a College Committee with
another organization shall be considered and dealt with by the College Council,
which may, in its absolute discretion, approve or refuse to approve affiliation
with another organisation. The College Council may withdraw affiliation at any
time in which event the College or College Committee shall no longer be entitled
to represent itself as being affiliated with the other organisation;

26.3 The College Council may nominate a member, who should be a member of the
other organisation, to be represented on the executive council, however styled,
of that other organisation, with which the College or the College Council is
affiliated;

26.4 The Executive Council may from time-to-time establish policies or recommend
to the College Council the enactment of by-laws for the determination of affiliation
with other organisations.
27. DOCUMENTS

27.1 The Executive Council shall provide for the safe custody of the books,
documents, instruments of title and securities of the College.