Board of Governance FAQs

What is involved in being a Board member?

Board members attend quarterly Board meetings in person in Sydney. Youth Action covers all transport costs to attend. Meeting dates are determined by the Board and sessions run for approximately two hours. Other meetings as required may also occur.

Time commitments may change as roles or responsibilities evolve. Members are expected to take part in planning and evaluation days when needed.

Board members may participate in project advisory committees, public speaking at major events, meetings with relevant ministers and departments, speaking with the media, and involvement in monitoring/responding to government policies and proposals.

Who can be a member of the Board?

Board members are members of Youth Action and are representative of Youth Action’s membership base.

Youth Action has three membership types:

  • Organisational members.
  • Young people members aged 12 – 25
  • Individuals who work in the youth sector (26 years and over).

A single representative from an organisational member can be nominated to sit on the Board. Board nominees must be at least 18 years or older.

To find out more about how to become a member, please go to youthaction.org.au/membership.

How are nominations made?

Any member of Youth Action may nominate to be on the Board. Organisational members may nominate one individual that is involved in their work, either paid or unpaid. 

Youth Action will receive Board nominations electronically and via post. This can be done online, or sent via email or post. Details of nominations processes will be updated at youthaction.org.au/board_of_governance

How are Board Members elected?

Nominees for the Board are elected if they receive a majority of votes for the position that they nominate for. Each Youth Action member is entitled to one vote for each Board position.

Candidate information will be shared with all members prior to the AGM so that an informed decision can be made.

To vote, members should attend the Annual General Meeting and submit a vote in person.

If members cannot attend the AGM, they may:

  1. Complete an electronic proxy vote form before the AGM.
  2. Complete a hard copy proxy vote form and:
    • Scan and email it to: info@youthaction.org.au
    • Post it to: Youth Action, Suite 401 Level 4, 52-58 Williams Street Woolloomooloo NSW 2011.
  3. Nominate an attending member to submit a vote on their behalf.

Proxy voting forms will be made available two weeks before the AGM and must be received one day before the AGM so they can be included in the tally.

A Returning Officer will be appointed prior to the AGM from the Youth Action membership to tally the votes and manage the process in the AGM.