Society governance

Constitution of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society

The key objectives of the Society are:

(1) to support and disseminate the most up-to-date and policy relevant research on Asia and the Pacific;

(2) to enhance the quality of public policy in Asia and the Pacific and

(3) to link stakeholders in public policy to improve the quality of public policy decision making in Asia and the Pacific.

Article 1 Asia and the Pacific Policy Society

1.1 The name of the Society shall be the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society, hereinafter referred to as ‘the Society’.

Article 2 Objectives of the Society

2.1 The objectives of the Society shall be to:

  1. Position the most up-to-date and policy relevant research on Asia and the Pacific within the mainstream of public policy.

  2. Enhance the quality of public policy in Asia and the Pacific.

  3. Link stakeholders in public policy across disciplines on key economic, political science, governance, development and environmental issues in Asia and the Pacific.

Article 3 Membership and benefits

3.1 Membership requires a commitment to work on the objectives of the Society.

3.2 All members of the Society shall be subject to the obligations and duties applicable to membership of the Society.

3.3 The rights and privileges of a member of the Society shall not be transferable to any other person.

3.4 The categories of membership of the Society shall consist of: 1. Fellows; 2. Members; 3. Such other grades of membership as are determined from time to time by the President of the Society.

3.5 The decision as to who will qualify to be a Fellow or Member will be made by the President of the Society.

3.6 To qualify for nomination to the Society as a Fellow, a person must have made:

  1. An exemplary and distinguished contribution to the advancement of policy research in Australia, Asia and the Pacific; and

  2. A contribution to the advancement of the Society; or Current and past presidents of the Society are automatically Fellows of the Society. Fellows of the Society may use the designation and honorific APPSF (Asia and the Pacific Policy Society Fellow).

3.7 To qualify for admission to the Society as a Member, a person must belong to at least one of these categories:

  1. An employee of a government organisation in Australia, Asia or the Pacific;
  2. An employee of international organisation or non-governmental organisation;
  3. A scholar and/or researcher in a university, think-tank or a research agency;
  4. A member of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies editorial team;
  5. A past contributor to Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies journal ;
  6. An alumnus or alumna or visiting fellow of the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University.
  7. A PhD or Master’s student.
  8. Engaged in the public policy process at any level.
  9. Members of the public interested in public policy debate, discussion and ideas.

3.8 Any eligible person shall become a part of the Society on signing their name to the official membership list of the Society and confirmation by the President of the Society. Fellows and Members may have their membership revoked if the President of the Society considers that they membership brings the Society into disrepute.

3.9 There shall be no joining fee charged for any category of membership of the Society, but an annual membership fee may be payable if decided by the President of the Society.

3.10 Membership benefits include:

  1. Priority access to papers in Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies journal;
  2. Priority access to Advance, the magazine of Crawford School of Public Policy, and also the Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies’ policy briefs series, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies’ policy papers series and Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies’ working papers series;
  3. Priority invitation and special rates to Society-run events; and
  4. Access to the Society’s network of policymakers and researchers.
  5. A regular email with Society news and offers.

Article 4 Society governance

4.1 The Society Committee is responsible for the governance and management of the Society, including the performance of its functions and the exercise of its powers.

4.2 The Committee shall consist of the following members:

  1. The Society President, who must be a Society Fellow and staff member of The Australian National University and shall be elected by Fellows and Members of the Society for a period of four years. Presidency of the Society is renewable;

  2. The Executive Director of the Society, who must be a Society Fellow and staff member of The Australian National University, and is appointed by the President of the Society; and

  3. The Administrative Officer of the Society, who will be appointed by the President of the Society.

4.3 The President has the overall responsibility for the affairs of the Society including advancing the objectives of the Society. The President shall Chair all meetings of the Society.

4.4 The Executive Director is responsible for the successful operation of the Society’s affairs and for the growth and development of the Society in accordance with the Society’s objectives and is answerable to the President of the Society.

4.5 The Administrative Officer is responsible for keeping the administrative records of the Society, including the official membership list and is answerable to the Executive Director of the Society.

4.6 The Society shall hold an annual general meeting each year, in conjunction with the Society’s annual conference.

4.7 The general meeting will consist of all fellows, members and associates of the Society.

Article 5 Management of finances

5.1 The finances of the Society shall be managed by the Executive Director of the Society and are subject to general ANU financial and administrative policies and procedures, including the Delegations of Authority and purchasing policy and procedures (principle 2 of policy Special Purpose Funds https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_000464 )

Article 6 Amendments to the constitution

6.1 Amendments to this constitution may be made at an annual general meeting or an extraordinary general meeting of the Society with the approval of the President of the Society and also a majority of Fellows and Members.

Article 7 Dissolution of the Society

7.1 The Society may be dissolved by the President of the Society

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