Requirements for Executive Management Committee (EMC) members 

  • All EMC members must be a member of the AHDA association.  
  • All EMC members should uphold the expectation that “the business and operations of an incorporated association shall be controlled by a management committee”. 
  • All EMC members should discharge the following duties: 
    • to act bona fide in the interests of the association; 
    • to exercise powers given to them for their proper purpose; 
    • to ethically conduct oversight with their discretionary powers; 
    • to avoid conflicts of interest; and 
    • to exercise care, diligence and skill on behalf of the organization. 
  • EMC members have a 2-year tenure with the possibility of renewal for an additional 2-year term. 

Liability of Executive Management Committee members 

  • Liability for the debts of the association is limited. 
  • Property of the incorporated association can be taken to satisfy liabilities incurred at the committee’s direction, but the members of the EMC  are not personally liable. 
  • EMC members may be criminally liable for their misdeeds under the Associations Incorporations Act. Failure to comply with the provisions of the Act or regulations can bring a fine. 
  • Where fraud or misappropriation is involved, then Section 55 of the Act makes EMC  members liable to a jail sentence. 

Specific responsibilities 

  • The EMC is responsible for purchasing insurance to protect the assets and resources of the organisation in respect of damage to property, death  or bodily injury occurring on the property of the association. (AHDA has traditionally purchased public liability insurance, which  is due in July of each year.) 


  • The EMC generally meets bi-monthly, but they must meet at least every four months and have a quorum (as prescribed by the rules) in order to officially record a meeting. 
  • The EMC is empowered to appoint a president, treasurer, or secretary within 14 days of the office becoming vacant. 

Duties of office bearers 


The president is broadly empowered to act in an executive fashion to make decisions and to act for the benefit of the AHDA organization and membership. Specifically, the president: 

  • will call meetings of the EMC to conduct the business of the organization and prepare an agenda for that meeting 
  • will ensure that all offices of the EMC are filled in a timely fashion with suitable AHDA members who will advance the goals of AHDA 
  • will act to ensure that the monetary resources of the organization are safely protected, and to take appropriate measures to gather sufficient funds to support the financial good health of the organization 
  • will ensure that conferences are scheduled and conducted on a regular basis to enact one of the basic functions of AHDA, namely to promote collegial contact and transfer of scholarly information among members 
  • will ensure that regular newsletter issues are disseminated to AHDA members to convey timely and important information of broad interest to the society, e.g., job openings, local conferences, grant offerings, etc.  


The secretary is charged with the responsibility of recording the contents of meetings of the EMC and documenting other actions (e.g., expenditures of AHDA funds) performed by the president of the EMC on behalf of the AHDA organization. Specifically, the secretary: 

  • will attend all EMC meetings (in person or remotely) 
  • will record in an accurate fashion all relevant discussions and actions performed by EMC members and visitors during official meetings 
  • will retain all meeting notes for historical reference and to share these notes at appropriate times with EMC members for future decisions 
  • will work with the EMC to find a safe and permanent fashion of archiving all meeting notes for future use 


The treasurer discharges the responsibility of monitoring the location and amount of AHDA financial and property resources. The treasurer will act on behalf of the AHDA organization to protect these resources and to ensure that they are spent and used for the appropriate goals of the AHDA organisation. Specifically, the secretary: 

  • will attend all EMC meetings (in person or remotely) 
  • will ensure that the financial resources of the organization are deposited in a reputable bank within Queensland 
  • will monitor the status of the funds to ensure that they are spent by appropriate actions of the EMC for appropriate goals of the AHDA organization 
  • will work with the EMC to take actions to judiciously and ethically increase the funds in order to meet financial responsibilities of the organization (e.g., financially underwrite the conferences) 
  • will make appropriate corporation filings within Queensland to meet state requirements 

Communication Director 

The general role of the communication director is to facilitate communications between the EMC and the AHDA membership. Specifically, the communication director: 

  • will attend all EMC meetings (in person or remotely) 
  • will compose, edit, and disseminate a regularly scheduled newsletter to communicate organization actions with the AHDA membership 
  • will facilitate all efforts by the EMC to solicit ideas from the membership for AHDA actions (e.g., locations for the conference) 
  • will provide useful and interesting content for the membership through the newsletter or other means 
  • will assist the EMC with using data about members to make decisions about outreach, membership dues, logistics about conferences and other AHDA organization matters 

Junior Members at Large (1 in Australia, 1 in New Zealand) 

Junior Members at Large are Early Career researchers (i.e., PhD candidate, Postdoctoral Fellow within 3 years of attaining their PhD). The chief role of a Junior Member at Large is to support the EMC in its communication with the AHDA membership and facilitate the advancement of the reach of AHDA.  Specifically, the junior members at large:  

  • will attend all EMC meetings (in person or remotely) 
  • will act as a webmaster to update the AHDA website 
  • will assist the communication director in reaching new AHDA members and enhancing the social media presence of AHDA 

Regional Representatives 

The chief role of a regional representative is to be a conduit between the EMC and the society members in their region (i.e., encouraged to actively distribute information to regional members and forward relevant information back to the EMC in a timely fashion). 

  • Individuals can self-nominate to serve in this capacity 
  • Self-nominations will be approved by the EMC to serve in this role 
  • Are expected to attend the AGM either in person or digitally  
  • Are invited to and encouraged to attend bi-monthly EMC meetings 
  • Identify potential new members and facilitate their involvement in the organisation 

Financial Year 

The financial year runs from 1 May to 30 April. 

Annual General Meeting 

  • must be held within 6 months of the close of the financial year (i.e., by 31st October) 
  • must have a quorum (specifically 4 out of the 6 EMC members) 
  • must have its contents and discussions communicated to the AHDA membership within 3 months of the date of the meeting