CSA Constitution and By-laws for the CSA

CONSTITUTION

1 Name

The name of the Association shall be the Computer Science Association.

2 Definitions

The term computer science and information technology shall denote the science, technology, engineering and application of computers and allied technology.

The term higher education shall denote Australian universities, institutes of technology, colleges of advanced education, institutes of technical and further education, and similar Australian groups in the public sector, industry and commerce.

The term research institutes shall denote the CSIRO and Australian research organizations in the public sector, industry and commerce.

3 Purposes

The purposes for which the Association is established are:

4 The Executive Committee

5 The Officers of the Association

6 Meetings

7 The Annual Conference

The Association shall hold an Annual Conference. The Executive shall appoint a Convener to manage each Annual Conference. The organization of this conference shall be governed by the By-laws of the Association.

8 Finances

9 Publications

9.1

9.2

9.3

The Executive may establish official publications of the Association. The term publication shall be taken here to include both traditional print media and nontraditional electronic media.

The Executive shall have the power to appoint an editor or editors for any publication established and to set guidelines and conditions under which they are to operate.

No publication may be either implicitly or explicitly represented as an official Association publication except with the written approval of the Executive.

10 Membership

10.1

10.2

All members must accept the purposes of the Association described in Section 3.

Members are classified as one of the following three types -

    • Ordinary Member - any person who pays the prescribed membership fee.
    • Member Organization - any organization or institution (excluding libraries) which pays the prescribed organization membership fee. A member organization may appoint a representative who may speak and vote on its behalf.
    • Student Member - any person who is a registered student at a higher education institution, who is not in full-time employment, and who pays the prescribed student membership fee.

11 Revision and Amendments to the Constitution

12 Dissolution of the Association

The Executive shall have no power to dissolve the Association except by a ballot of all financial members. Proposals for dissolution shall conform to the rules of constitutional amendments. A simple majority of all financial members shall be required for dissolution of the Association. In the event of dissolution, all funds and property shall be used as directed by a General Meeting.

BY-LAWS

1 Nominations and Elections

2 Voting on Constitutional Amendments

Any financial member unable to be present at the AGM may request a postal vote for constitutional amendments that will be voted on at that Meeting. The request must be received by the Returning Officer no less than one month prior to the date of the Meeting. The actual postal vote must be received by the Returning Officer by the day before the AGM.

3 Voting

Except as provided in By-laws 1 and 2, voting shall be by show of hands, provided that a General Meeting may by show of hands require any vote to be by secret ballot.

4 The Annual Conference