Board Initiatives

Constitutional Review 2020-21

As part of our 2018-2021 strategy the Board have been working to enhance WaterRA's governance frameworks to align with best practice and ensure that the organisation is ready to tackle present and future challenges. One of the key initiatives the Board has undertaken as part of this review is to update the WaterRA Constitution.

Initial proposed changes were tabled in our online Members' Update meeting in May 2020. After a period of reviewing feedback and seeking legal advice, the Board subsequently developed additional enhancements to increase member benefit. These were socialised amongst the membership in September 2020. At this time members were also advised that the Constitution changes would be enacted in two stages to be voted on at the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM), and at the Members’ Meeting in the first half of 2021.

Stage 1 amendments included the removal of the CEO as a Board Director and changes to the numbers required for meeting quorum and to pass major resolutions. Stage 1 amendments were presented as resolutions at the AGM on 28 October 2020 and all amendments passed with a minimum of 85% of votes as required by the Constitution at the time. To view the full list of resolutions click here.

Stage 2 amendments included a new approach to Board composition and membership categories, and increasing Board Director terms from two to three years. Stage 2 amendments were presented as resolutions at the Members’ Meeting on 22 June 2021 and all amendments passed with a minimum of 75% of votes as required by the Constitution. To view the full list of resolutions click here.

Click here to read the WaterRA Constitution that came into effect on 22 June 2021.

Refreshed WaterRA Board composition and membership categories for 2021 and beyond

Based on the 2020-21 Constitutional Review, the following amendments to the composition of the WaterRA Board were approved by members:

  • One (1) Independent Chair
  • Up to three (3) Directors, who must be employed by a Utility, nominated by the Industry Members and voted to that position by the Members;
  • Up to two (2) Directors, who must be employed or engaged by a University nominated by the Research Members and voted to that position by the Members;
  • One (1) Director, who must be employed by an Industry Member (who may also be a Utility) or employed or engaged by a Research Member (who may also be a University), being nominated, in the case of a nominee of the Industry Members, by the Industry Members and, in the case of a nominee of the Research Members, by the Research Members and in all cases voted to that position by the Members; and
  • Up to two (2) Directors appointed by the Board (Independent Directors).

Additionally, it was agreed that Associate and General members who met the constitutional definition for an Industry member would be placed in the Industry category, thereby enabling more of our member organisations to potentially be represented on the Board.

As a consequence of having this broader range of member organisations within the Industry category, it has been necessary to further divide our membership categories into classes to enable grouping of similar organisations for the purpose of documenting membership fees. No members are financially disadvantaged by this change.

The classes within the Industry category of membership are now as follows:

  • Water Utility
  • Commonwealth and State Government
  • Local Government
  • Private Company

The classes within the Research category of membership are now as follows:

  • University
  • Other

Opportunities for Impact 

WaterRA are a member-driven organisation. Our Co-plan, co-design, co-delivery model relies heavily on our members participation as both service receivers and providers throughout the BIG Team. In order to continue to deliver valuable research outcomes, knowledge transfer activities, and to ensure our commitment to being member-driven  remains at the forefront, the Board idenitfied the need for member impact pathways to be clearly defined at both a strategic and operational level.