The HACSU Branch Committee of Management (BCOM) is seeking a suitably qualified and committed member to be appointed to a casual vacancy as an ‘Ordinary Member’.
The vacancy arises as a consequence of current member Matt Osborne, a Residential Support Worker, resigning due to other commitments.
HACSU thanks Matt for his contribution to strong governance and strategic direction as a member of the Union's Committee of Management. Matt’s extensive skills and knowledge of the disability sector has been invaluable to advancing members’ interests in the strategic industrial and policy activities of the union.
The BCOM is responsible for overseeing the sound and ethical governance and strategic direction of the Union, similar to a company board. BCOM members have an obligations under the Union’s rules and the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act to exercise their duty at all times with care and diligence, in good faith and in the best interest of the organisation.
There are at least six full day time meetings of the BCOM per year.
The BCOM consists of 15 members (7 Officers and 8 Ordinary members) who are proportionately representative of Disability, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Sector workers across city and regional workplaces, occupational groupings and with a gender balance reflective of the membership. We work together to further the interests of all HACSU members across Victoria.
The BCOM is elected every four years through elections conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). However, when a casual vacancy occurs after the first 12 months of the term, the BCOM may appoint a suitably qualified member to fill the casual vacancy for the remainder of the term, which ends around August 2018.
The BCOM is now seeking to fill the casual vacancy created by Matt’s resignation via an expression of interest (EOI) process. Any financial member with not less than three months financial status has the right to seek a position on the committee, however the BCOM does have a preference to appoint an activist member working in non-government disability services to maintain the current representative mix.
A Nomination Committee has been established to consider EOI’s and make a recommendation to the BCOM to appoint to the casual vacancy. The recommendation will be based on a range of factors including governance knowledge, industry skills, experience, and union involvement.  This is in addition to maintaining appropriate representative mix.
If you are interested in taking up an unpaid voluntary role in the governance of the Union, please lodge an expression of interest through the following process.
Interested members should acquaint themselves with the requirements of the role and the rules of the union, in particular Part C – Branch Organisation.
Please email your EOI to  - Applications close at COB Friday 2nd March 2018.
Expressions of Interest should, at the minimum, cover the following areas:

  • Occupation
  • Employer
  • Delegate/Union experience and knowledge of professional and workplace issues affecting members.
  • Key areas of union interest
  • Any previous experience with Boards or Committees of Management.
  • Current resume

The person appointed will be required to undertake mandatory training in union governance.
Enquiries should be directed to Lloyd Williams, State Secretary, on 9340 4100.