The Constitution of the Australian Linguistic Society

(established 1967; amended 1979, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2007)

I. Name

  1. The name: The Society shall be known as the Australian Linguistic Society (herein called the Society).

II. Objects

  1. To further interest in and support for linguistic research and teaching in Australia.
  2. To organise an annual meeting and visits of local and overseas speakers.
  3. To publish a journal of international standing.
  4. To organise an international congress of linguists when appropriate.

III. Membership

  1. There shall be three classes of membership: regular, concessional and honorary. Any person or institution may become a regular member by vote of the Executive Committee and payment of dues.
  2. Concessional membership is available to full-time students and to persons granted the concessional rate by the executive committee.
  3. Honorary membership will be granted by vote of the annual general meeting to recognise outstanding achievement.
  4. Dues shall be determined by vote of the Annual General Meeting.
  5. The financial year of the Society shall be the calendar year. On or before 31st March of each year, each regular and concessional member shall pay dues to the Treasurer. There shall be a late fee to be determined by vote of the Annual General Meeting in case dues are paid after 31st March. Unfinancial members shall forfeit their membership rights. Members who are unfinancial for more than one year shall be removed from the membership roll. Only financial members may vote and hold office in the Society. Only financial members may offer papers for presentation at meetings of the Society.

IV. Officers

  1. The Officers of the Society shall be a President, three Vice-Presidents, a Treasurer, a Secretary, an Associate Secretary, a Postgraduate Student Representative, and the Editor of the Journal.
  2. The officers shall be elected by secret ballot at an Annual General Meeting of the Society, to take office at the conclusion of that Meeting.
  3. The terms of office for officers other than the Editor of the Journal shall run for two Annual General Meetings. One Vice-President, the Secretary, Associate Secretary, Treasurer shall be elected in even numbered years. The President, two Vice-Presidents and the Postgraduate Student Representative shall be elected in odd numbered years. The Editor shall be elected for a term of five years.
  4. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the above officers. Executive Committee meetings may be held as required and are open for observation to all members of the Society and to designated observers from affiliated societies. Postal votes of the Executive Committee may be conducted by the Secretary as required.
  5. The Executive Committee may appoint one of the Vice-Presidents to deputise for the President or other officer in his/her absence. If an Annual General Meeting is not scheduled within six months, vacancies (other than a Vice-Presidency) shall be filled by nomination by the Executive and postal ballot of members, for the remaining term of the office.

V. Meetings

  1. There shall be an Annual General Meeting of the Society. The President or his/her deputy shall chair the Meeting. A quorum shall consist of no less than twenty-five members.
  2. (a) Decisions at the Annual General Meeting shall be by simple majority of those present. (b) The President shall have a casting vote except at an election to the Presidency in which s/he is a candidate. (c) On the request of six members, voting on decisions other than election of officers shall be by secret ballot. (d) At elections for an officer, a person nominated may not vote for an office for which s/he is a candidate.
  3. The executive committee shall appoint a Conference Committee to arrange each meeting.
  4. The Conference Committee shall review abstracts of papers offered for presentation at the meeting; their decisions concerning acceptance of such papers shall be final.

VI. Publications

  1. The Editor of the Journal shall be responsible for the editorial content and format of the Journal and his/her decision shall be final. The Editor, in consultation with the rest of the Executive Committee, may appoint the Editorial Board.
  2. The Associate Secretary shall be responsible for the newsletter.
  3. The Journal and the newsletter shall be sent to all financial members of the Society.

VII. Scholarship Fund

  1. As a function of its object to further interest in and support for linguistic research and teaching in Australia, the Society will establish a separate scholarship fund. This fund will be established and maintained solely for the purpose of providing money for eligible scholarships, bursaries and prizes. The fund will be dedicated towards charitable purposes and public benefit in relation to research and teaching in linguistics within the Australian context. Members of the public and other organisations will be invited to contribute to the fund which will be managed and administered by designated officers of the Society, assisted from time to time by members or others at the discretion of the Executive of the Society. The fund will operate on a non-profit basis and gifts to the fund will be kept in a separate account from any other funds of the Society. In the event of the fund being wound up or dissolved, any surplus assets remaining after the payment of the fund's liabilities shall be transferred to another fund, authority or institution which has similar objects and to which income tax deductible gifts can be made.

VIII. Rules

  1. For all other matters, the Rules of the Society shall be the Model Rules for the incorporation of Associations, according to the Association Incorporation Act, 1984 - Regulation 1994, Clause 8, of the NSW Department of Fair Trading.

IX. Amendments

  1. This constitution may be amended at an Annual General Meeting of the Society.
  2. An Amendment shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary, signed by at least six members of the Society.
  3. An Amendment shall be voted on immediately prior to the election of officers at an Annual General Meeting.

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