MAC Membership Eligibility

Click here to download a copy of the MAC membership form.

Who is eligible to become a member?

  • A member must be at least 18 years of age; and
  • An Aboriginal person who is a member or descedent of the Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Original Contracting Group; Yaburara Mardudhunera Original Contracting Group or Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo Original Contracting Group.

How to become a member?

A person applies in writing. Click here to download a copy of the membership form.

  • A person is eligible under rule 3.1.
  • The directors agree.
  • The person’s name and date they became a member is put on the register of members.
  • The directors may refuse to accept a membership application. If they do, they must notify the applicant in writing of the decision and the reasons for it.

 

What are a Members’ rights?

A member:

  • can attend, speak and vote at general meetings
  • can be made a director
  • can put forward resolutions at general meetings
  • can look at the books and records of the corporation (if the directors have authorised them to do this, or if the members have passed a resolution which lets them do this).

What are the responsibities of a Member?

A member:

  • must follow these rules
  • lets the corporation know if they change their address
  • treats other members with respect.

How to stop being a member?

A person stops being a member if:

  • they resign in writing
  • they die
  • their membership is cancelled.

When is membership cancelled?

If a member:

  • can’t be contacted for two years
  • misbehaves or
  • is not an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
The member can only be removed by special resolution at a general meeting. The directors must then send that person a copy of the special resolution at their last known address, as soon as possible after it has been passed. If a person is not eligible for membership for some other reason, the directors can cancel their membership by passing a resolution at a directors meeting. Before the meeting, directors need to give the member 14 days to object in writing. If the member objects, the directors can’t cancel the membership. The member can only then be removed at a general meeting by resolution.

What does the member register contain?

The register must contain:

  • members’ and former members’ names and addresses
  • the date when the names were put on the list
  • if a member is not an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person (if your rule 3.1 allows non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members)
  • for former members, the date when they stopped being a member.
  • It must be kept at the corporation’s document access address.
  • It must be available at the annual general meeting (AGM).

The MAC membership services office desk is a very active division. MAC has developed in house in the last three years the CRM, a unique database tailored to its member needs. This allows information to be managed effectively and efficiently as the membership numbers increase and to enable processing to run smoothly. This system has been replicated in other organisations.