Orthoptics Australia (OA) is a single-entity, not-for-profit organisation incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee under Australian (federal) law. In line with the legal requirements and obligations of this structure, the OA Board of Directors has full responsibility for the operations of the organisation and is able to delegate as it sees fit in order to ensure the organisation achieves its objectives.
The OA Board of directors hold significant responsibilities, both individually and collectively. Importantly, the Corporations Act requires all directors to act in the best interests of all members of the organisation. They must declare conflicts of interest which can arise by their connections both outside and within the organisation, including any other role they hold within the organisation such as Branch Chair, Conference Convenor and the like.
During 2019 OA embarked on a significant governance review which included the:
Development of a Board Charter, outlining the role, responsibilities and expectations of the OA's Board of Directors, both individually and collectively
Terms of Reference for all OA Committees and working parties etc.
Together with internal policies and procedures these documents recognise the history of the association while providing strong foundations for the future, enabling OA to capitalise on opportunities and better serve the needs of our members.
The Structure of OA is:
The Constitution was adopted by the OA members at the AGM in 2019 and came into effect when registration was transferred to ASIC on 13 March 2020.
Bylaws have been developed to support the Constitution.
OA's Board Charter outlines the role, responsibilities and expectations of the OA Board of Directors.