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Nominations for the AVA Board are now open. Here are some tips and information to help you decide if joining the AVA Board might be right for you.

The AVA has nine directors: six are elected directly by the general membership and three are nominated and appointed by the three largest Special Interest Groups. (ACV, EVA and ASAV). Each director has a 3-year term, with a maximum of two consecutive terms. The President, Vice President and Treasurer are elected each year by the Board.

Nominations are invited for two elected positions on the Board of Directors for a 3-year term from May 2020.

What does the Board do?

The Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the AVA and ensuring the organisation effectively manages risks.

The Board appoints the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for managing the CEO’s performance. The CEO is responsible for managing the AVA’s employees and ensuring the Board’s strategy is put into action.

Directors have legal responsibilities for The Australian Veterinary Association Limited (ACN 008 522 852) under the Corporations Act 2001. These include ensuring that the AVA complies with all aspects of the law, risks are managed appropriately and all parts of the organisation are acting for the benefit of members.


Who should nominate?

There are several requirements for nomination. The first requirement is that candidates be a Full or Life member or Fellow of the AVA.

The Board is seeking candidates who have formal qualifications in Business and/or Corporate Governance under the provision of clause 21.2(b) in the constitution.

Secondly, candidates who have had prior experience as an executive office holder within a Special Interest Group, Division, Board Approved Group or Branch, as a member of the Policy Advisory Council or as a representative of another veterinary professional body recognised by the AVA are eligible to nominate.

With a lot of the work involving the AVA’s groups and committees, communication and teamwork are also key skills to bring to the AVA Board.


How do I nominate?

The Board has a Charter and a Code of Conduct that outline the expectations and operational details of the Board. All election candidates need to agree to abide by the Board Charter, the Code of Conduct and the AVA Constitution before their nominations are accepted.

You can request a copy of the Director’s information package (including the nomination form) from Peta Bortfield: or 02 9431 5064.

If you have questions, please contact Company Secretary, Michael Ghattas, on 02 9431 5041.

Nominations must be received by 12 March 2020.