ARM Branch Council elections are held every two years, and the next elections will take place in October 2017.
Role of the Councils
Branch Councils are the bodies that help support grassroots activists and build local movements to spread our message about the need for an Australian as head of state.
Every state and territory where ARM has more than 30 members has a Branch Council (all but NT).
There are at least 8 and no more than 12 members in each Branch Council. Where there are more than 8 nominations for a state or territory Council, an election is held by online ballot and up to 12 members are elected.
The Convenor of each Branch Council is elected by the Branch Council. The Convenor is a member of the ARM National Committee and therefore a Director of ARM, which is a corporation limited by guarantee.
Branch Councils usually meet several times a year, and that can be face to face or electronically.
There are major national campaign events each year which Branch Councils have a critical role in making successful. These events are supported by the National Office.
Each Council has positions for Youth and Women's Convenors.
Branch Council roles are voluntary.
Candidates must be financial members of the ARM, but are not required to have been members for a particular length of time.
Nominations are submitted electronically and must include the signatures of two financial ARM members and the candidate.
Our movement is committed to equality and diversity and we want ARM Branch Councils to reflect that. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ people and young people are particularly encouraged to nominate.
ARM Constitution - http://www.republic.org.au/constitution