ALARA Inc is a voluntary association incorporated in the State of Queensland, Australia, and under Queensland's Associations Incorporation Act 1981.
ALARA governance is by members and for members' interests, through a Management Committee elected each year at the Association's Annual General Meeting. Records of decisions are kept in its official minutes, and the Annual General Meeting receives reports from its President, the appointed auditor and its annual accounts.
Members from all over the world give their time, skills, energy and knowledge to progress the work of the association as a whole, or their particular region or area of interest by taking a turn on the committee or by being involved in local or other association organising activities. Membership is in four categories - Individual, Organisational, ex-Offico and Life. Life membership is awarded from time to time for outstanding service to the work of the association, while ex-Offico membership is awarded in exchange for services supplied to ALARA.
Of recent years (2006- present) the relatively informal governance has been gradually codified into regularly reviewed policy documents, to create transparency and accountability, and to enact action research and action learning and document the resulting knowledge.
Current governance is enacted by a three-pronged approach:
an Executive to deal with day to day matters and keep the activity on track;
a Working Group Committee with project leadership for the web, publications, marketing and management, streams, conferences and congresses represented and ensuring that all the functions are drawn together and operate synergistically to achieve the ALARA Strategic Plan; and
a Management Committee (the Executive and Working Group together) meeting electronically up to eleven times a year, as well as occasional face-to-face meetings to provide for extended discussion around issues, projects and action implementation.
The following Governance resources are available to members - the generic World Congress Agreement is uploaded at the bottom of the page along with other files
Constitution/Rules of Association
Special Interest Groups Policy
Reporting to Annual General Meetings
Between AGMs reporting via the Action Plan
Other Key Governance Resources
Citation to Pam Swepson's History review
Swepson,P., Dick,B., Zuber-Skerrit,O., Passfield,R., Carroll,A-M., Wadsworth,Y. (2003) A History of the Action Learning, Action Research, and Process Management Association (ALARPM): From Brisbane (Australia) to the World through Inclusion and Networks. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 16(4), 237-281.
Archived Documents and Decision Making
Balls in the Air
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