The Queensland Family History Society Inc. is governed by its Constitution (Rules).
Where necessary, the Management Committee of your Society approves By-Laws to cover aspects of the Society's activities.
The Queensland Family History Society has been successfully operating as an incorporated association under a set of Rules last revised in 1992. There have been significant amendments to the legislation governing such associations since then, with the most recent taking effect from 22 June 2022 and more to take effect on 1 July 2024.
The existing rules of QFHS no longer meet its needs or the requirements of Queensland law.
Consequently, Management Committee has established a Constitution Review Subcommittee to develop an agreed constitution and accompanying by-laws for the Queensland Family History Society.
The subcommittee will consist of two current or recent former members of the Management Committee: Charlotte Sale and Chris Schuetz.
A constitution advisory group (up to six members, membership currently being finalised) will provide advice and feedback on the draft documents prior to distribution to the full membership.
QFHS members will be given opportunities to provide advice and feedback. When available, documents for review will be posted on this webpage, as will all communications regarding the constitution revision process.
Management Committee will be updated with monthly reports from the subcommittee.
There are two options for developing a new Constitution:
1. adoption of the recently reviewed and legislated Model Rules for incorporated associations. The Model Rules provide incorporated associations with common minimum requirements to which associations add by-laws specific to their circumstances. For instance, QFHS current by laws include the conditions of membership of the Pre-Separation Group.
2. one customised to our specific needs but which must not be inconsistent with the Model Rules.
Due consideration will be given to ensure changes don’t affect QFHS’s status as a charitable organisation or its registration with ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission).
The task ahead for the Constitution Review Subcommittee is to
There will be several opportunities for members to provide feedback on drafts and suggestions for improvement, both in writing and at informal hybrid meetings. The email address established for the purpose is firstname.lastname@example.org
A final constitution and by-laws will be presented to QFHS members at a General Meeting in 2024, either to the meeting scheduled for March or to the Annual General Meeting in June.
Some resources relevant to this review include:
We look forward to members’ participation in this important review.
Please direct questions and make requests, suggestions, and responses to the subcommittee via email: email@example.com