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Governance

WILPF Australia is an incorporated association under the ACT Associations Incorporation Act 1991.

Under its Constitution, WILPF Australia accepts its obligations under the League’s International Constitution, By-Laws and Rules of Procedure.

The original Constitution for the WILPF Australian Section was recommended at the WILPF Section meeting on 25 June 1994. The latest amendment was proposed at the WILPF Section Triennial meeting (May 2012) and finalised on 24 December 2012 in accordance with a ballot of members

As an incorporated association, WILPF Australia is a legal entity with a number of capabilities:

  • liability is limited, provided management committee members follow accepted business and community standards;
  • the association has the capacity to enter into and enforce contracts, including generally the power to hold, acquire and deal with property in its own name;
  • the association can receive funds in its own right; and
  • the association can have perpetual succession - it continues regardless of changes in its membership.

Persons vested with the management of affairs of an incorporated association (the Board) have certain duties and obligations. Disclosure and governance requirements of incorporated associations include:

  • holding annual general meetings;
  • keeping accounting records;
  • preparing a statement of accounts;
  • auditing;
  • lodging annual returns.
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Edith Greene Balch, founding member of WILPF and Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1946.

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