The management and control of the AMA is in the first instance, exercised by the Council at an Annual General Meeting. The Association’s day-to-day activities between the Annual General Meetings are administered by a Board of Management under the general direction and review of the Council.
The Council consists of the AMA President and two delegates from each State or Territory member organisation, meeting in any General Meeting, normally just the Annual General Meeting. The role of the Council is to agree on broad policy directions for the Board, to review Board recommendations and endorse where necessary Board decisions. Each member association has the same voting rights as another, regardless of size.
The Board consists of an Executive Committee of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and up to six Board members elected from nominees from AMA member clubs. The Board is responsible for the administration of the Association’s affairs. It is required to act within the Constitution and under any directions given by Council.
A completely new Constitution of Australian Masters Athletics Inc. was adopted at AGM in Melbourne in September 2002. Minor changes were made to the Constitution at the 2003 and 2004 AGMs. ( See Governance Policies below ).
Australian Masters Athletics Inc. is an incorporated body under Australian Law in the Australian Capital Territory. The Public Officer is Jan Banens, residing in the ACT.
AMA Inc.’s financial year ends on 30th June each year, and audited accounts are circulated to Council members at the Annual General Meeting. AMA derives income from affiliation fees from member clubs, levies on competitors at AMA championship events, sponsorship, as well as interest on its accounts.
The payment of affiliation fees from member clubs is on a per capita basis of their athletes. The amount and method of payment of these affiliation fees is determined periodically by Council at an Annual General Meeting. AMA has also established a levy on competitors at AMA Championship events to provide funds required for Council travel and accommodation costs, and to enable the Association to assist States and Territories holding such events.
The Council agreed on a 5-year Strategic Plan for the organisation for the period 2004-2009. It identified the key issues and set future directions for the Association together with strategies and actions necessary to achieve its objectives (see elsewhere on this website). A review was conducted in 2007.
Policy Documents (in PDF):
- Constitution (revised 2016)
- By-Laws (revised 2016)
- AMA Anti Harrassment Discrimination Policy (revised 2007)
- AMA Disability Policy
- AMA Risk Management Policy
- AMA Hot Weather Policy
- Under the AMA Inc Constitution, the Board of Directors is charged with the ensuring that AMA Inc. complies with all the obligations that have been introduced under various pieces of legislation in recent years. These include:
- Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth)
- Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cwlth)
- Disability Discrimination Act 1975 (Cwlth)
- Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cwlth)
- Supporting Legislation enacted by each State & Territory
- Occupational Health and Safety Legislation from each State
For more information and links to equal opportunity and anti-discrimination legislation visit the Play by the Rules website.