Proposed New Constitution

Members are invited to comment or ask questions about the proposed new Constitution.

AHTA is a not-for-profit incorporated association under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Qld) and is currently governed by the the Incorporation Associations Act QLD and ASIC.  The AHTA operates under a Constitution (Own Rules) and By-Laws Version 24

Associations that are incorporated under the Queensland Act can only operate in other states and territories by registering with Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) as a registered Australian body and obtaining an Australian Registered Business Number (ARBN). 

The alternative and proposed option is to transfer its incorporation to a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).  AHTA is an association with members from and activities across Australia. It is, therefore, more appropriate for AHTA to be incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) as a company limited by guarantee.  

The Management Committee is therefore proposing that AHTA transfer its legal structure from being an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee. The new Constitution will be written to comply with the requirements of a company limited by guarantee. 

Changing the Association's mode of incorporation from an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee does not alter the Association's legal status or identity. It is still the same entity with the same assets and liabilities, and any existing contracts will continue unaffected.  

The aim is to have a new constitution for approval or otherwise by the members at the 2021 AGM. Leading up to the 2021 AGM, members will be consulted on the proposed changes and have the opportunity to comment and provide feedback. A Discussion Paper outlining the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) constitution review project, including the reasons for the review, the process and timeline and a summary of the proposed changes for the new Constitution has been circulated to members for comment by 29 January. Stage 1 of the consultation has concluded. Stage 2, a draft of the new Constitution will be circulated to members for comment in March 2021.

The following schedule is proposed to develop the new Constitution: 

Discussion Paper available to members End November 2020 
Member forums/teleconferences if required Thursday 21 January 2021 
Deadline for feedback on Discussion Paper Friday 29 January 2021 
Draft Constitution available to MC Feb 2021 
Draft Constitution available to members March 2021 
Member forums/teleconferences if required April 2021 
Deadline for submission of comments on the draft May 2021 
Final draft endorsed by COM June 2021 
Notice of Annual General Meeting – motion to pass a special resolution to adopt new Constitution Mid-July (6 weeks before AGM) 
Annual General Meeting held at the National Conference – members to vote on new Constitution 26-29 August 2020 at (Conference) AGM 

The ABN of the AHTA is: 72 874 453 636