The General Assembly

Standard Page - 22 July, 2008
The General Assembly is fundamental to the effective governance of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. The Board are obliged to empower the General Assembly by:
  • communicating effectively with members
  • providing ready access to balanced and understandable information about the organisation and corporate proposals
  • making it easy to participate in general meetings.

Role and responsibility of a General Assembly member

General Assembly members are the voting members of the organisation. They promote the objects of Greenpeace and who agree to accept the powers and obligations set out in the Constitution of Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

This is a voluntary role that participates in oversight of the organisation through the Annual General Meeting, any extraordinary general meetings or postal ballots.

General Assembly members do not participate in the day to day operations or decision making. However they can exercise their power via a vote at the Annual General Meeting on important decisions that affect the direction of the company (for example, changes to the Constitution) or express their level of satisfaction with the management of the company and the achievement of its objectives.

The main responsibilities of the General Assembly are:

  • election of the Board members
  • supervision of Board performance
  • acceptance of the Annual Report of Greenpeace Australia Pacific
  • appointment of the external auditor.

The Constitution sets the number of General Assembly members as the number as determined by the Board, but shall be no fewer than 50 people.

Commitment

The commitment of a General Assembly member is to:

  • examine the documentation sent to you for the AGM and any other extraordinary meetings that may arise
  • remain informed of Greenpeace Australia Pacific performance and activities against objectives Board
  • attend the Annual General Meeting and other General Meetings that may arise
  • cast your vote in person, by post or by appointing a proxy on any matters presented
  • pay the membership fee of $25.

At times the Board may engage the General Assembly to assist in recruitment of new General Assembly members and/or Board members via a search committee. This is not a time consuming role but it is vital to the continued existence of the organisation.

General Assembly members pay a membership fee of $25 per year. It is also important for you to know that under the Greenpeace Australia Pacific Constitution, the General Assembly member is subject to a limited liability in the event of winding up the company, but this liability is capped at $5.

Composition of General Assembly

General Assembly members bring a wide range of skills, experience and knowledge to Greenpeace. These are some of the attributes we look for:

  • An enthusiasm and passion for the environment and a commitment to its preservation.
  • An understanding of the difference between governance and management.
  • An understanding of financial management principles.
  • Strategic and business planning and implementation skills.
  • An understanding of the Australian legal and/or political landscape.
  • Ability to interpret the vision and strategy for future growth of the organisation.
  • Integrity and vision.
  • Willingness to make a positive contribution.

Do you want to become a General Assembly member?

If you wish to join the General Assembly, please complete the following forms:

Please also include an abbreviated CV (including competencies and qualifications) in support of your application.

Please post these documents to the:

Company Secretary
Greenpeace Australia Pacific
GPO Box 3307
Sydney NSW 2001

Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted to inform you of the outcome.

Successful candidates will be put to the General Assembly for election at the next general meeting provided the Company Secretary receives your application for membership at least 21 days before the meeting.