NAME & NATURE
The name of
the Branch is the SPORTING SHOOTERS’ ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA -
CONSERVATION AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT (SA) INCORPORATED commonly
known as SSAA – C&WM hereinafter referred to as the Branch.
of this Branch shall be at Adelaide or such other places in the
state of South Australia as may be determined at Annual General
1.3. As a constituent part of the SPORTING SHOOTERS’
ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED and the SPORTING SHOOTERS’
ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) INCORPORATED this Branch
accepts and adheres to the constitutions of those bodies except
where there shall be any inconsistency and in such case this
Constitution or any matter or thing done pursuant to this
Constitution shall prevail.
Constitution unless inconsistent with the context, the masculine
includes the feminine, the singular, the plural and vice versa and
the following words and expressions shall have the meanings set out
(National) means SPORTING SHOOTERS’ ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA
INCORPORATED being the Australian National body of the SPORTING
(State) means SPORTING SHOOTERS’ ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA (SOUTH
AUSTRALIA) INCORPORATED, being the South Australian State body of
Conservation and Wildlife Management (SA) Inc., being this Branch
and a member of S.S.A.A. (State and National).
3. AIMS AND OBJECTS
achievement and maintenance of a favourable environment to promote
the sport of hunting, conservation and wildlife management, firearm
related activities and other related activities as approved by this
Branch, S.S.A.A. (State) and S.S.A.A. (National).
the awareness of the Branch and wildlife management in the public
esteem by promotion of a better understanding between public,
land-managers, sporting shooters and hunters.
improvements in the laws pertaining to firearms, and to support or
oppose proposed amendments to existing legislation.
improvements in the laws pertaining to wildlife (indigenous and
introduced) and conservation, and support or oppose proposed
amendments to existing legislation.
encourage all hunters and shooters to abide by a strict code of
ethics as endorsed and promoted by S.S.A.A. (National).
ensure all Branch activities are undertaken in accordance with
the policies, procedures, instructions, laws, etc. as approved
provide assistance and education for all eligible people in the
art of shooting, safe handling of firearms, hunting, field
etiquette and knowledge of laws relative to shooting hunting,
and where applicable conservation.
cooperate with, support, establish, and or sponsor projects for
the conservation of native fauna and flora, either on an
individual species level or at a habitat or landscape level.
represent this Branch at all Meetings of S.S.A.A. (State).
To do all such other things as are
conducive or incidental to the attainment of the above aims and
objectives or any of them.
purchase, taking on lease or in exchange, and the hiring or
otherwise acquiring of any real or personal property that may be
deemed necessary or convenient for any of the aims, objectives and
purposes of this Branch;
selling, and supplying of, and dealing in goods or specified goods
which may be deemed necessary or convenient for any of the aims,
objectives and purposes of this Branch;
construction, maintenance, and alteration of buildings or works
necessary or convenient for any of the aims, objectives and purposes
of the Branch;
accepting of any gift, whether subject to a special trust or not,
for any one or more of the aims, objectives and purposes of the
of such steps from time to time as the Council in General Meeting
may deem expedient for the purposes of procuring contributions to
the funds of this Branch, by way of donations, subscriptions or
To implement the aims, objectives and purposes of
this Branch, the Branch shall also be deemed to have the following
printing and publishing of such newspapers, periodicals, books,
leaflets, or other documents as the Council in General Meeting may
think desirable for the promotion of the aims, objectives and
purposes of this Branch;
borrowing and raising of money in such a manner and on such terms as
the Council may think fit or as may be approved or directed by
resolution passed at a General Meeting; and securing the repayment
of money so raised or borrowed or the payment of a debtor liability
of this Branch by giving mortgages, charges or securities upon or
over all or any of the real or personal property of this Branch;
making of gifts, subscriptions or donations;
establishment and support, or aiding in the establishment and
support of any other Branches formed for any of the aims,
objectives and purposes of this Branch, that the Council may be
doing of all other things as are incidental or conducive to the
attainment of the aims, objectives and purposes of this Branch
as specified in the foregoing provisions;
4.11. where it furthers the objectives of the
Branch to amalgamate with any one or more other organisations
having similar objectives, the other organisation(s) must have
Rules prohibiting the distribution of its (their) assets and
income to members; and must be exempt from income tax.
of this Branch shall be available to any person being a Member of
S.S.A.A. (National) who subscribes to the Aims and Objectives of
this Branch and this Constitution on a year to year basis and
subject to the Constitution conditional upon payment of the
prescribed Membership fee and will comprise of financial Members of
five classes being Ordinary Membership, Family Membership, Life
Membership, Honorary Membership and Junior Membership.
Membership shall be available to all persons over the age of
eighteen (18) years of good standing in the community. This
membership class consists of two categories: Adult; being any person
eighteen (18) years or over and Pensioner; being any person holding
the appropriate pension concession identification. Both membership
classes shall have equal rights, benefits and privileges.
Membership shall be available to the spouse of an Ordinary Member
and any child or children of those Members under the age of eighteen
(18) years and residing at the same address as the Ordinary Member.
Adult Family Members shall have all the rights, benefits and
privileges of Ordinary Membership.
Membership: An Ordinary or Adult Family Member may be elected to the
position of Life Membership. The prospective Life Member must be
proposed and seconded by two (2) Ordinary, Life or Adult Family
Members to Council. Council must investigate the proposal based
merely on merit and for exceptional services rendered to this
Branch. If the prospective Life Member nomination is approved by
Council then the question of Life Membership status shall be
referred to and appear on the Agenda of the next Annual General
Meeting for the consideration of that Meeting. Any deliberation on
the motion before any Meeting must be in the absence of the
election to Life Membership shall exempt such person from payment of
any further Membership subscription, but such person shall enjoy all
the other rights and benefits of an Ordinary Member including the
power to vote for or against any motion and the right to serve on
any Council or Committee if elected.
Membership: The prospective Honorary Member must be proposed and
seconded by two (2) Ordinary, Life or Adult Family Members to the
Council. Council is to investigate the proposal. If the prospective
Honorary Member is approved by Council the matter will be referred
to and appear in the Agenda of the next Annual General Meeting. Vote
by secret ballot must be taken in the absence of the nominee.
elected, an Honorary Member shall hold that status for such period
as the Annual General Meeting may deem expedient and he shall be
entitled to all privileges of Membership except that he will not be
eligible to vote at any Annual General Meeting or Special General
Meeting or to serve as a Member of the Council.
Membership shall be available to any person under the age of
eighteen (18) years of good standing in the community. Such a
Member shall not be eligible to vote at any Annual General
Meeting or Special General Meeting.
Application for Ordinary, Family, Junior shall be made on the
prescribed form and lodged with the Branch Secretary.
receipt of an application form such new members shall be subject
to a mandatory probationary period of at least six (6) months.
The Council may terminate or refuse Membership without refund of
any fees paid. Upon being accepted as Members of this Branch the
successful applicant will assume all the rights and
responsibilities of the appropriate class of Membership.
5.11. All Members shall adopt and adhere to this
Constitution and the By-Laws or Rules as may be expedient for the
running of the Branch.
6. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS
General Meeting of this Branch shall be held in the month of
September each year or as soon as possible thereafter. All Members
shall be given prior notice in writing at least thirty (30) days
before the Meeting for the following purposes;
the annual report and audited financial statements submitted by the
officers of this Branch.
To elect the office
bearers as all elected offices of this Branch automatically become vacant at the
Annual General Meeting and office bearers shall be elected as follows;
Nominations in writing for election to office for the ensuing
twelve (12) months must be in the hands of the Secretary
fourteen (14) days prior to the Annual General Meeting and be
signed by a proposer, a seconder and the nominee, all of whom
must have been financial members for a period of more than six
The election of the Council and Council
Members shall take place at the Annual General Meeting
and the Terms of Office shall be for one year except
when the date of the Annual General Meeting is altered
under sub-section 6.1.
If insufficient written nominations for
Council and Council Members are received then the
Chairman may call for nominations from Ordinary, Life
and Adult Family Members present at the Annual General
Notwithstanding sub-section 6.3, all
elected or appointed officers of this Branch shall be
eligible for re-election or re-appointment, with the
exception of the President, who shall be limited to a
maximum of three consecution Terms of Office.
To decide on any resolution or business
which may be duly submitted to the Meeting under this
Constitution and By-Laws of which twenty one (21) days
prior notice shall have been given to the Secretary.
The President of this
Branch shall be Chairman at all Meetings of this Branch. If he shall not be
present, the Vice-President shall take the chair and if there be no
Vice-President present, the Secretary shall take the chair and if there be no
Secretary present, the delegates shall elect one of their number as Chairman.
At all meetings of this
The Chairman's decision
on points of order shall be final. The Chairman's declaration of the result of
any ballot shall be conclusive.
In the event of an
equality of votes on any issue the Chairman shall declare the motion lost.
In the event of a
Member having reasonable doubt as to the declared result of a show of hands he
may call a point of order and request a ballot.
7.4. The Chairman shall not have a vote.
shall be by show of hands unless a motion is passed at that meeting,
calling for a secret ballot.
Ordinary, Life and Adult Family Members of this Branch present at
the Meeting shall have the right to vote at meetings, with the
exception of sub-section 8.3. These Members must be able to produce
proof of current financial Membership to both SSAA (National) and
C&WM. They must also have been Members for a period of not less than
six (6) months.
will be accepted at the Annual General Meeting. Current financial
Ordinary, Life and Adult Family Members of this Branch may authorize
a delegate to vote on their behalf. A letter of authorization must
be in the hands of the Secretary prior to the commencement of the
meeting, naming the proxy delegate and to be signed by the absent
member. Any member may delegate, by proxy, another person, whether a
member or not, to vote on their behalf, and shall be deemed to be
present for the purpose of voting and shall not form part of the
Extra-Ordinary General Meeting of this Branch shall be called at the
written request of any three of the Council Members or at the
request of twenty-five (25) or more Ordinary, Life or Family Members
provided that the objectives for which the Meeting is desired are
set out in the written request. Such Meeting shall be convened not
less than twenty-one (21) days nor more than forty-two (42) days
after receipt by the Secretary or President of such request.
10.1. The corporate powers of this Branch
expressed or implied, shall be vested in and exercised by
the Council of Management (hereinafter referred to as the
COMPOSITION OF THE COUNCIL OF MANAGEMENT
Council of Management (hereinafter referred to as the
Council) will comprise of not less than six (6) members, and
not more than ten (10) members, all of whom shall be elected
at the Annual General Meeting. The President,
Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and six (6) Council
Members, all of whom shall be elected at the Annual General
Meeting, provided however, that not more than one person
whose primary occupation is in the arms and ammunition trade
shall hold office or be entitled to be a Councillor. Any
person whether a Member or not may be co-opted by the
Council to serve on Sub-committees.
the office of Secretary and Treasurer are combined, then the
minimum number of members comprising Council shall be five
there shall be passed a motion of "no confidence" against a
person who is an Office Bearer, Councillor, or Member of any
other Sub-committee of this Branch then such person shall
immediately be deemed to have resigned and may not hold any
office within this Branch for a period set by the Council at
any member of Council is absent without leave or fails to
convey to the Chairman an apology for such absence on three
(3) or more consecutive meetings of Council then Council may
dismiss that person and fill the vacancy created, by
appointing another Councillor.
Council shall be responsible for promoting and carrying out
the objectives and powers of this Branch and shall have the
care, control, management and conduct of all property
Sub-committees, Sections and affairs of this Branch and may
enter into agreements, contracts or arrangements in relation
12.1. The Executive Committee shall comprise
the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer to
run the day to day administrative affairs of this Branch
under the direction of Council and carry out the policy
determined by Council from time to time. That all cheques,
drafts, bills of exchange, and promissory notes shall be
signed by, or electronic financial transactions authorised
by the Treasurer or President, and by any one of the
Secretary or Vice-President.
At all Annual
General or Extra-Ordinary General Meetings of this Branch,
having twenty-five (25) percent of Ordinary, Life or Adult
Family Members present shall be a quorum and all matters
shall be decided by a majority of votes. At all Council
Meetings a simple majority of the whole of the Council
Members shall be a quorum and all matters before the Council
shall be decided by a majority of votes.
No resolution of
this Branch may be rescinded except by a superior Committee
or Meeting unless the motion for rescission is on notice in
writing one month in advance.
vacancy occur in the Council of this Branch other than
in the normal course of elections, the Council shall
have power to fill such vacancy and such Member duly
appointed shall hold office for the unexpired portion of
that predecessor's term.
MEETINGS AND NOTICES
meetings of the Council shall be held in each year at
such frequency, times and places as are necessary to
properly manage this Branch and deal with all business
of this Branch and such meetings shall be held not less
frequently than three (3) monthly. All Members of
Council shall be given at least seven (7) days prior
notice in writing of any Council meeting except in the
case of emergency.
shall be the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of
this Branch. He shall act as liaison officer between
this Branch and all other branches, bodies, persons or
groups including Governmental or semi-Governmental
bodies. The President’s occupancy of office shall be
limited to three (3) consecutive terms (36 months),
after which he must relinquish the position for a period
of at least one (1) term (12 months), when he is again
eligible to nominate for the position. He shall not have
If for any
reason the President is unable to perform his duties,
the Vice-President shall occupy his position and perform
his duties having the same authority as the President.
If for any reason the office of the President shall
become vacant, the Vice-President shall succeed in
shall be under the supervision and direction of the Council
and shall keep a record of Members, record attendances, be
concerned with and record all correspondence, record the
minutes of all meetings, record resolutions adopted and the
activities undertaken by this Branch. The Secretary shall
summon meetings of the Council and this Branch.
shall keep correct books of account showing the
financial affairs of this Branch and be responsible for
the care of this Branch's funds. The Treasurer shall
receive all moneys from the Secretary and deposit same
in a bank or banks nominated by the Council and attend
to payment of the liabilities of this Branch when
authorised and directed by the Council.
may convene a Finance Sub-committee of at least two (2)
Members nominated by Council to audit the Branch
accounts. Such Sub-committee shall report to Council.
officer of the Branch will be a resident of the State of
South Australia, who must within fourteen (14) days of
incorporation of this Branch, and when elected at any
other time thereafter, give notice to the Registrar of
the appointment, the full name, address and any
subsequent changes therein, and;
he shall hold
and be responsible for the safe keeping of the Seal of
this Branch, and shall affix the Seal to any instrument
when authorised and instructed to do so by the Council;
he shall be
the guardian of the rights of full Members and associate
Members of this Branch, and to whom these Members may
lodge a petition requesting the restitution of any
rights that may happen to be denied to them, or the
rectification of any practices they may deem to be
empowered to convene a Special General Meeting of this
Branch and to investigate the grievance of a petitioner,
should he believe it wise, prudent or necessary to do
he must fulfil
those duties required by the Associations Incorporation
Act 1985, of the State of South Australia or an Act
amending the same or in substitution thereof;
he may attend
all Meetings of this Branch.
financial year of this Branch shall be from 1st
November to 31st October next.
subscriptions, affiliation fees, or any other per
capita fee or levy will be fixed by this Branch at
the Annual General Meeting.
of this Branch shall be paid into the general
account of this Branch at such bank as the Council
shall from time to time direct.
shall be drawn from this account by cheque or by
electronic means unless authorised or signed by the
President or Treasurer and by any one of the
Secretary or Vice-President No cheque shall be
signed or money withdrawn unless such withdrawal has
been sanctioned by the Council.
and accounts of this Branch shall be audited
annually by an independent auditor approved by
Branch may at any time appoint any number of persons
of distinguished position or attainments to be a
patron of this Branch. An elected patron of this
Branch shall not have any voting rights or seek any
office of this Branch.
of this Branch shall entitle Members to all rights
and privileges and subject to all obligations which
Membership in this Branch confers or implies.
limiting such rights and obligations, the rights of
Ordinary, Life and Adult Family Members shall
entitle them to nominate any other Ordinary, Life or
Adult Family Member as a candidate for office of
Council and the right to vote in all matters
requiring a vote of the Members and such obligations
shall include a regular attendance of office bearers
and Council Members, prompt payment of dues,
participation in Branch activities and conduct
reflecting a favourable image of this Branch in the
Member of this Branch shall within fourteen (14) day
communicate to the Membership Secretary his change
subscription and other fees shall be paid punctually
to the Membership Secretary of this Branch no later
than twenty eight (28) days after the due date.
If any Member shall
fail to pay the annual subscription within twenty eight
(28) days of the due date, written notice shall be sent
by the Membership Secretary of this Branch to a Member
calling attention thereto and if such subscription shall
not be paid within one calendar month after the posting
of such notice that Member shall cease to be a Member of
this Branch and statutory requirements will be adhered
Member of this Branch undertakes to comply with the
Rules, By-Laws and Resolutions passed and approved
by the Council. Any refusal or neglect to do so may
render such Member liable to disciplinary action.
Council of Management shall have the authority to
penalize any member who is found guilty of
infringement of any Rules, By-laws or Resolutions,
or if any Member shall in the opinion of the Council
be guilty of any conduct deemed by it to be
unbecoming a Member or prejudicial to the interest
of this Branch such Member may be; censured, placed
under probation, recommended to undertake remedial
action, suspended or expelled, or refused renewal of
membership. This includes, but is not limited to;
disruptive, unruly, aggressive or unsafe behaviour.
complaint against any member or members of the
Branch will only be accepted, if it is in writing
and signed by the complainant.
who may be considered to have infringed any Rule,
By-Law or Resolution, shall be called upon to appear
before the Council, sitting as a disciplinary
committee, within 28 days of the infringement coming
to the attention of the Council, to answer such
charges as may be laid against him. If such charges
be found to be proven the Council may censure,
suspend or expel, or refuse renewal of membership.
The Council must summon the alleged offender to
appear before it within 28 days, otherwise the
matter shall be deemed to be closed.
so censured, suspended or expelled, or refused
renewal of membership shall be notified in writing
by certified mail within seven (7) days of such
penalty being imposed.
member, against whom a charge has been laid under
the clauses, refuses or fails to attend the meeting
of the Council at which the said charge or charges
are to be heard, the charge may be heard in his
expelled in accordance with the Constitution or
otherwise ceasing to be a Member of this Branch
shall forfeit all rights to any claim upon this
decision made by the Council sitting as a
disciplinary committee must be carried by a 75%
who is disciplined shall have the right to appeal
against such penalty. A written appeal must be
lodged with the Secretary within 21 days of the
affected member having received notification of
receipt of a written appeal from the affected
member, an Extra Ordinary General Council Meeting
shall be held within 28 days of receipt of the
appeal, at which time the Council may speak to the
action which led to the member’s penalty, and the
member may speak on his own behalf.
Meeting resolve to support the penalty imposed by
the Council under Section 24 then the member shall
have the right to appeal against such penalty to the
SSAA (SA) Inc. The appeal must be in writing and
lodged with the Secretary of SSAA (SA) Inc. within
14 days of the Extra Ordinary General Meeting.
Appeals lodged under sub-section 25.3 shall be heard
by the Executive Committee of SSAA (SA) Inc. sitting
as an Appeals Tribunal.
Tribunal may accept additional evidence to the
written Appeal, in whatever manner that it sees
decision must be carried by a resolution
approved by seventy five (75) per cent of
the members of the Executive Committee from
SSAA (SA) Inc.
THE ONLY CONSTITUTION OF THIS BRANCH
This shall be the only Constitution of this
Branch and shall come into force forthwith
and shall not be altered, varied, added to
or repealed unless seventy-five (75) per
cent of Branch Ordinary, Life or Adult
Family Members present at a Meeting
Specially convened for that purpose are in
favour of such alteration variation,
addition or repeal and who must be given
prior notice of motion in writing received
not less than twenty one (21) days prior to
Sub-section 26.1 shall not be added to,
altered or repealed unless seventy-five (75)
per cent of such Ordinary, Life or Adult
Family Members present at such Special
Meeting vote in favour of such amendment.
S.S.A.A. (State) approval is required.
APPLICATION OF PROPERTY, ASSETS AND INCOME
The property, assets and income of this
Branch, shall be applied solely in
furtherance of its above mentioned
objectives and no portion shall be
distributed directly or indirectly to the
members of the Branch except as bona fide
compensation for services rendered or
expenses incurred on behalf of the Branch.
Provided that nothing herein contained shall
prevent the payment in good faith of
remuneration to any officers or servants of
this Branch or any Member in return for
services actually rendered nor prevent the
payment of interest on money borrowed from
any Member of this Branch.
this Branch becomes defunct or is abandoned, its
funds, property or assets shall be transferred
to the S.S.A.A. (State) but if this Branch is
not revived after a lapse of five years S.S.A.A.
(State) after deduction of its charges shall
apply the residue thereof for the benefit of
another organisation within South Australia
having objectives the same or similar to those
of this Branch before it ceased to function,
which is exempt from income tax.
AUTHORISATION TO BORROW MONIES
at any time this Branch shall pass a
resolution authorising the Council to borrow
money for the purposes of this Branch the
Council shall thereupon be empowered to
borrow such amount of money either at one
time or from time to time and at such rates
of interest and in such form or manner and
upon such security as shall be necessary.
All Members of this Branch whether voting on
such resolution or not and all persons
becoming Members of this Branch after the
passing of such resolution shall be deemed
to have assented to the same as if they had
voted in favour of such resolution.
THE COMMON SEAL OF THIS BRANCH
The Common Seal of this Branch shall not be
affixed to any deed or document without the
prior authority of a resolution by the
Council. All documents requiring execution
by this Branch shall be sealed with the
Common Seal and countersigned by either the
President or the Secretary together with one
other Member of the Council.
THE NAME, EMBLEM AND GOODWILL
The name, emblem, insignia or badge of this
Branch shall be of a design approved by the
Council. The name, goodwill, emblem, and
badge and other insignia of this Branch
shall not be used for any purpose except
those expressly authorised by the provisions
of this Constitution or by policies of this
Branch and no other individual or identity
may use the name, goodwill, emblem or other
insignia of this Branch without such written
consent first had from the Council.
INTERPRETATIONS AND AUTHORITIES
the event of any doubt or difficulty arising
as to the meaning of any rule or to any
question arising as to their interpretation
Council shall have power to pronounce a
decision thereon and its decision shall be
final and binding on Members.
the absence of rules in this Constitution or
in the By-Laws of this Branch the
proceedings of this Branch's Council
Meetings and Annual or Special General
Meetings shall be conducted in accordance
with N. Renton's “Guide for Meetings and