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HACSU Committee of Management Vacancy… interesting, rewarding, democratic!


HACSU Committee of Management Vacancy… interesting, rewarding, democratic!

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 Disability Development & Support Officer member Bernadette Gambin resigning due to work and family commitments. HACSU BCOM thanks Bernadette for her contribution where Bernadette always ensured the interests of all members were well served by good governance standards and, in particular, utilised her extensive Disability skills and knowledge to advance the interests of members working in the sector. Bernadette’s intellect, commitment and expertise will be missed.

The HACSU BCOM is a Board of 15 members’ (7 Officers and 8 Ordinary members) who are proportionately representative of Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol and Disability Sector workers, 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 responsible for overseeing the sound and ethical governance of the business of the Union, similar to a company board.  Members of the Union’s BCOM have 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.

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 seeking to fill the casual vacancy 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. The BCOM has established a Nomination Committee 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.

Expression of Interest 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 14 July 2017.

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.

The BCOM holds at least six full day meetings per year; paid time release may be available, subject to the EBA that applies to the member.

Enquires should be directed to Lloyd Williams, State Secretary, on 9340 4100.