National Council Nominations Open
2019 is a Museums Galleries Australia Election Year. We are calling for nominations for National Council.
Closing date: 14 February 2019
The National Council provides the vital representative platform for leadership of Museums Galleries Australia, and its members are the recognisable interface with the sector, on behalf of the hugely dispersed footprint of MGA membership around the country.
Council members bring expertise and experience, source opinion, listen to needs, develop and implement policy, and undertake the strategic governance of the organisation. In particular, they garner the intellectual and human resources that help the association continue to put together informed submissions to public inquiries affecting the sector, and continuing to provide effective advocacy to government on issues and conditions vitally affecting our museums and galleries, and the communities they serve.
Council needs representation from across the geographic spread of the country and covering the intellectual and practical diversity of disciplines and functions that make up the museums and galleries sector, as reflected in the Museums Galleries Australia membership. Membership include the full gamut of institutions embraced by the ICOM definition: Australia’s museums, galleries, herbaria, keeping places, historic houses and heritage sites, scientific collections in research institutions, botanical and zoological gardens, public non-exhibiting gallery spaces, and more.
The Council consists of the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and 6 ordinary members. All positions are open for nomination. Existing councillors must re-nominate. The current Presidents of the various State/Territory Branches, or their designated representative, are automatically members of Council.
Council service is honorary, with Councillors meeting their own individual expenses to attend the two annual Face-to-Face meetings. Other meetings and executive meetings take place via teleconference throughout the year.
A National Council Handbook is available.. Many frequently asked questions are answered, and more information on the roles and responsibilities of each position is outlined.
If you would like to nominate someone, or get someone to nominate you, please complete the nomination form, and return it (with candidate endorsement) to the National Office by 14 February 2019. Please note that the nominee, nominator and seconder all need to be current Museums Galleries Australia members at the time of nomination, voting and election.
Returning Officer and Chair of Museums Galleries Australia Nominations Committee