Nominations for the Adelaide University Sport and Fitness Board are now open for 2021-2023 positions!
The AUSF Board oversees the strategic direction of operations of Adelaide University Sport and the Fitness Hub as well as sporting opportunities at the University of Adelaide. The Board consists of eight club representatives, one university representative and the AUSF General Manager. Under the Board structure, each Board member holds their position for two terms but the election of these positions are staggered to ensure consistency of operations. This year, four board members will 'retire' but those stepping down may seek re-election. Of the four positions to be filled this year, at least one must be filled by a full-time student of the University of Adelaide in order to meet the constitutional requirements. Which requires us to have at least two Board members as full-time students on the Board at any time. The election of these Board positions shall be appointed by the Sports Council at its meeting immediately following the AGM on Monday, 10th of May. Board portfolios will be decided at the first meeting of the new Board on Monday, 14th of June.
Nominees for all Board positions must provide the following
- Provide the contact details of two referees, who are active members of their club, and would support the application.
- Provide details on the skills and experience that they would bring to the role.
- Provide an outline their experiences with sport and recreation.
- Outline motivations for seeking election to the AUSF Board.
- One portrait photo of themselves
Nomination Due Date
All Board nominations are due Friday, 30th April 2021.
The information provided will be distributed to club delegates in advance of the Sports Council meeting.
Board members are to regard their role on the AUSF Board with the same seriousness as a position on a commercial board. Board members will the same responsibilities, albeit to a smaller organisation and with somewhat less scrutiny than a multi-national company, however, with no less attention to care and diligence in all matters relating to the board.
Board members must exercise their power and discharge of duties in the best interests of the organisation, and for a proper purpose. This means Board members are to do what you expect anyone else to reasonably do in your place by paying attention to the matters being discussed at AUSF Board meetings, reading the papers carefully prior to the meeting and ask about anything they do not understand or seems out of place. If Board members have a material personal interest in a matter, they must declare the conflict of interest, abstain from voting on the matter and ask that the abstention be recorded in the minutes.
We encourage and expect board members to exercise sound judgement when making decisions based on the facts presented to them. If a board member attends meetings regularly, ensures good financial reporting practices are in place, defines situations where current policies are deficient, understands the Board’s core work and keeps abreast of all governance issues, then rational decisions should have been made and a duty of care, appropriately taken.
As Board members come from different clubs, it is imperative that they always act in the interests of the organisation as a whole and not try to gain an advantage for their club/sport as a consequence of being a board member.
The board is the primary link between the organisation and the broader University community, in particular, our affiliated clubs. The staff members assist in strengthening this link.
The board represents the interests of Adelaide University Sport, the Fitness Hub and is the key body in seeking stakeholder views on all matters of relevance to the organisation.
The board supports and upholds the rights of all of our clubs in being regarded as an important part of the social fabric of the university and being able to compete on an even playing field with other community clubs, no matter which sport.
Board meetings are held on a Monday night, normally the first Monday of every month, beginning at 5:15pm and lasting for approximately 1.5 hours. There are 11 board meetings held per year, with no meeting scheduled for January. Board members are also strongly encouraged to attend quarterly Sports Council meetings, which also occur on a Monday night commencing at 6pm approx and lasting for approximately 1.5 hours. However, if urgent business arises, a further Council meeting may be held. Board and Council papers are distributed the week prior to each meeting and generally require 30 minutes of reading time.
For further information, contact us on 8313 5403 or Philippa.Moore@adelaide.edu.au.