THE CONSTITUTION OF 
GRAMEEN SUPPORT GROUP AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED

Part 1 – Preliminary
     Definitions
     (1) In these rules:
Commissioner means the Commissioner of the Office of Fair Trading
Inc. is the abbreviation of Incorporation
GSG means Grameen Support Group, Australia Incorporated
Support Group or Group mean Grameen Support Group, Australia Incorporated
         Grameen means Grameen Bank in Bangladesh
Ordinary member means a member who is not an office-bearer of the organization, as referred to in rule 4.1 and who is referred to in rule 3.2
Life-Member means a member as referred to rule 3.4
Member means both Ordinary Member and Life-Member
Membership means  both ordinary membership and life-membership
Committee means the Executive Committee of Grameen Support Group Australia Incorporated
General Secretary means:
The person holding office under these rules as General Secretary of the Grameen Support Group, Australia Incorporated
Special General Meeting means a general meeting of the organization other than an Annual General meeting
The act means the Associations Incorporated Act 1984 & Act 2009.
The Regulation means the Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999.                                                                                                                                        
     
     (2) In these rules:
(a) a reference to a responsibility includes a reference to a power, authority and duty, and
(b) a reference to the exercise of a responsibility includes;  the responsibility is a duty, a reference to the performance of the duty.

(3)The provisions of the Interpretation Act 1987 apply to and in respect of these rules in the same manner as those provisions would so apply if these rules were an instrument made under the Act. 

          Part 2 
     1.   Name, Type  And Location

1.1	Name:  Grameen Support Group Australia Incorporated  
1.2	Organization Type:  Voluntary, benevolent, Non-profit, broad-based community organization in Australia. 
1.3	Location: The Headquarters of the organization shall be in Sydney
                                                                                   
         2.  Aims And Objectives
2.1  The members of the group believe that it is possible to make the world free from poverty, illiteracy  and disease. 
2.2  Grameen Bank has shown the world how to eradicate poverty. The Group has the conviction that the Grameen- way is the best available method  to day to eradicate  poverty  from the world by individual and group initiatives along with governmental policies.
2.3  The Group wants  to assist and support  Grameen for its microcredit, educational, health and such other programs to help those who want to help themselves. 
2.4  To promote and disseminate  Grameen’s  concept  and proven programs of poverty-free world to the wider community. 
2.5 To have free flow of information and communication with other similar organizations with a view to furtherance of the concept and the achievement of poverty-free world.                                                                                                                                           
2.6 The Support Group does not have any legal and financial relationship with Grameen Bank; it has though conceptual affinity with Grameen Bank.
         
          3.  Membership            
 3.1   Membership is open to anyone who subscribes to the aims and  objectives of  the group.
 3.2   Any person willing to be a member of the group shall have to write to the General  Secretary in a prescribed form (appendix, page 7).  And  on approval by the majority of the Executive Committee, be eligible to be an Ordinary Member.                                                                                                                                                                          
3.3  The membership will commence as soon as the payments of ’Membership Admission Fee’ of $10.00 and  ‘Annual  Membership Fee’  of $ 10.00, in total $20.00 are paid.
3.4  Anyone who has  already opened account or will open  account with Grameen Bank, for the cause of poverty removal and who make a donation of minimum $50.00  shall be considered to be Life- Member if applied for the membership in a prescribed form.  Ordinary Member and Life-Member have equal voting rights. 
3.5  Annual Membership Fee for a ‘Life-Member’ is voluntary.
3.6 The amount of Annual Membership Fee  may be changed by the  Executive Committee on approval at the General Meeting . 
3.7 Membership  period from July of the current year to June of the following year.
3.8 The General Secretary will maintain a record of memberships with address, phone number, emails and date of membership.
3.9  Ordinary Membership may be cancelled for non-payment of ‘annual fee’.
3.9 (1) also membership can be cancelled if any activity detrimental to the aims and objectives of the organization.  In such cases, upon receiving a complaint from any member, the General Secretary  shall raise the matter in the  Executive Committee Meeting.  A notice of complaint to be served to the relevant  member at least two weeks prior to convening  such a meeting to allow the member to make a written submission or be personally present in the Executive Committee Meeting to rebut the allegations.  The decision of the Executive Committee shall have to be approved at the following  General Meeting. 
3.10  Disputes between members and the association are to be referred to a community justice centre for mediation in accordance with the Community Justice Centres ACT 1983. 
3.10 (1) at least 7 days before a mediation session is to commence, the parties are to exchange statements of the issues that are in dispute between them and supply copies to the mediator.
3.11  Members liability will be limited to unpaid membership fees as per rule 3.3. Other liabilities of the  organization  if any will be the responsibility of the Executive Committee.

4.  Executive Commiee                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The  Executive Committee is to be called the committee of management of the GSG and, subject to the Act, the Regulation and these Rules and to any resolution passed by the  organization in a General  Meeting.   The Executive Committee is also responsible to resolve the disputes between members and between members and the organization as per  3.9(1), 3.10 and 3.10 (1).                                                                                                                                                      
          4.1 The  Executive Committee  shall  consist of the following  seven members:
          (1)  The President
          (2) The Vice-President (VP)                                                                                                                                                                                     
          (3) The General Secretary (GS)                                                                                                                                                                                               
          (4) The Assistant General Secretary (AGS)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
          (5) The Treasurer.
 (6) Two Executive Committee Members.   
                                                                                                                                                                                                    4.1.1 The Term of the Executive Committee shall be for two years  from the date  of  election of the current  committee  and until the election of the next Executive Committee. 
4.2    The Executive Committee shall be elected  at the Annual General  Meeting by a  majority votes. At the least two week notice is required for the Annual General Meeting.
A Special General Meeting may be called by the Executive Committee if required.  At least more than double the number of members of the Executive Committee  shall be needed for the quorum in a General Meeting. 
4.2(1) To encourage  Ordinary Members to open accounts with Grameen, the positions of the President, the General Secretary and the Treasurer are limited to Life-Members only.
4.2(2) If a General Meeting  cannot be held for lack of quorum, the same shall be re-convened within three weeks time by giving another notice to members and  on this occasion quorum shall not be needed. 
4.3 The Executive Committee Meeting shall generally be held monthly but minimum four in a year. The notice of such meeting  to be communicated to the members  by e-mails and phone calls at least 3 days before the meeting. The Ordinary Members are also encouraged to attend  monthly meetings.  The attending Ordinary Member can take part in the deliberations of the meeting but shall  have no  voting rights.  Besides monthly meetings, the Executive Committee may convene a  meeting  at any time as required.
4.3(1) at the least four members shall have to be present for the Quorum of the Executive Committee Meeting.
                                                                                                                                            
4.3(2) An Executive Committee Member if absent for three consecutive monthly meetings  without prior information to the General Secretary, shall cease to be the  Member of  the Executive Committee. The Committee can co-opt any other member for the vacant  position  during the term of the Committee.                                                                                                                                                             
         4.4.   Responsibilities  of the Executive Committee
4.4(1) the President is the spoke-person and the Chief Executive of the organization.
4.4(2) the President  or, in his/her absence, Vice-President shall preside over all meetings. In case, when both the President and Vice-President are absent, a chairman will be elected  on voice vote to preside over that particular meeting. Majority decisions shall always prevail.
4.4(3) the General Secretary shall maintain a list containing the  name, address, phone number and e-mail  of members.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
 4.4(4)the General Secretary shall arrange all meetings and other activities of the Group. The regular updating and all other aspects of the ‘Support Group’s website shall be the responsibility of the General Secretary.
4.4(5) the Assistance General Secretary shall assist the General Secretary in all his/her responsibilities. In the absence of GS, the AGS shall act as acting General Secretary.
4.4(6) the Treasurer shall be responsible for  maintaining accounts and shall produce an audited financial statement at the Annual General Meeting. The Financial year of the organization is: 1 July  of the current year to 30 June of the following year.  The Treasurer shall have the record of up-to- date bank balance to be produced in the  monthly meetings. The Treasurer shall also submit the audited ‘Annual Financial Report’  to the Fair Trading Office of NSW as required by the Act.
4.4(7) the bank account of the organization shall be operated by joint  signatures of the  President,  the General Secretary and the Treasurer. The signatures of the Treasurer and either one of the President or the General Secretary shall be needed to withdraw any money from the account.
4.4(8)  all cheques and other negotiable financial instruments must be signed by the Treasurer and either President or the General Secretary.  
4.4(9) the Executive Committee Members shall carry out specific duties as entrusted on them by the Committee. 
         4.4(10) all  members shall have the responsibility to assist the Executive Committee.                                                                                                                                           
4.4(11) the Executive Committee may select, not more than three at a time, the distinguished persons from the Life-Members of the organization or  outside as the                                                                                                                                             Patrons . The Patrons shall have advisory roles to promote the activities of the organization.                                                                                                                                                       
         
         5. Elections 
5.1  The  Election of the Executive Committee shall be held bi-annually following the  Annual General Meeting and no later than the month of December.  A  Returning Officer  shall be elected at the General Meeting to conduct the Election. The Returning Officer shall not be a candidate for the election if he/she is a member.
         5.2  Proxy, internet or postal vote will be accepted.
5.3  At least two week notice shall be needed for any  General Meeting.
5.4 The new Executive Committee will take over charges from the outgoing  Committee  within   three days after the  Election.
         
         6.  Miscellaneous  
6.1 GSG may effect and maintain insurance for specific purposes. 
6.2 The funds of the organization are to be derived from admission fees, annual  membership fees, donations  and other legal sources,  subject to any resolution  passed by  the members  in a general meeting for such other sources as the committee determines.                                                                                                                                                                                 
6.3  All money received by the committee must be deposited as soon as practicable  to the credit of GSG’s bank account.                                                                                                                                                                                   
6.4  The committee must, as soon as practicable after receiving any money, shall issue an appropriate receipt.
6.5 Subject to any resolution passed by the members in a general meeting, the fund are to be used as the committee determines.
6.6  The President must keep records, books and other documents and copies of them will be     kept by the General Secretary and the Treasurer. These records will be available  to inspection by a member of GSG.  
6.7  In the unlikely event,  the organization cease to exist, the amount of money left in the bank account to be donated to other  similar organization  after paying off any unpaid bills and debts.  
   
         7. Amendments to the Constitution
7.1 The Constitution may be amended only by a resolution passed by at least two thirds of the total members present at a General Meeting called for this purpose.  
7.2  The notice in writing of the proposed amendments must be received by the  General Secretary not less than three weeks prior to a General Meeting. 

This Constitution has been adapted on 7 December  2014.