Queensland Law Society

FAQs

  1. How long is the Committee election term?
  2. When does the Committee meet and how much time does a Committee member spend on QLS business?
  3. Who can nominate or vote?
  4. How do I vote?
  5. What skills and experience do nominees need for the role of committee member?
  6. How does QLS support and encourage diversity in the profession?
  7. How do you suggest I go about winning votes?
  8. Can I obtain member details from QLS so I can contact members?
  9. When do I start and stop campaigning?
  10. What are the differences between the “election period”, “nomination period” and the “publication period”?
  11. When are election results determined?
  12. When will the election results be announced?

How long is the Committee election term?

Members are elected to Committee for a period of two years beginning 1 January of an odd-numbered year and concluding 31 December of an even-numbered year. In this inaugural year, the term begins 1 January 2021 and concludes 31 December 2022.

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When does the Committee meet and how much time does a Committee member spend on QLS business?

It is anticipated that FLC members will be required to attend approximately 6 meetings and a half-day strategic planning day over the course of a year. Each meeting will be approximately 2 hours in length. It is expected that FLC member will be reading the relevant documents (agenda, plans, minutes, etc.) in advance of the meetings and strategic planning day.

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Who can nominate or vote?

Only those who are full members on the Roll of Electors as of 9am AEST Monday 14 September 2020 can nominate and vote. To ensure you are on the Roll and that your details are up to date, please contact 1300 367 757 or email the Records Team.

You will be ineligible to nominate if you:

  • are of impaired capacity as defined in the Powers of Attorney Act 1998;
  • are not a full member of the Society;
  • are 36 years of age or over and have more than five years post admission experience as of 31 December 2022;
  • are an insolvent under administration; have been convicted of a serious offence, as defined in schedule 2 to the Legal Profession Act 2007;
  • or in the five years prior to the election, have been convicted of two offences under the Legal Profession Act 2007 or any regulation made under that Act.

 

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How do I vote?

Email – you will receive an email which will invite you to click on a link to vote online.

The 2020 Future Leaders Committee Election will be hosted by BigPulse, a web-based online service provider.

BigPulse will send a link to the members on the Roll of Electors via their nominated email address to vote electronically. Emails will be sent from the domain name mail1.bigpulse.com which currently uses IP addresses: 209.15.228.130 and 5.44.17.248.

If you have not received your email invitation to vote, please:

  • ensure your system has not routed the email to another location such as a junk folder;
  • consult with your IT support provider to add BigPulse to your Safe Senders List or to check quarantined emails;
  • contact elections@qls.com.au for further assistance.

 

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What skills and experience do nominees need for the role of committee member?

Committee member: Board and strategic planning experience is always an advantage, however committee members who are passionate about supporting and advancing future leaders, who are available to undertake policy and planning work, attend key QLS events and have a willingness to affect change will thrive in this role.

At its first meeting in 2021, the Committee will appoint a President, Deputy President and Vice President.

President: The role of the President is to chair the Committee. The President’s term is for one year commencing on appointment and concluding 31 December 2021 in the first year. On 1 January 2022, the Deputy President becomes the President and the President becomes the Immediate Past President for a period of 12 months concluding 31 December 2022. In line with best practice corporate governance, the role of the chair is one of leading, facilitating and encouraging, rather than directing. A good chair will ensure the committee is providing leadership and vision, and working in a constructive partnership with the QLS Council. The President may be asked to represent the Committee at Council meetings and other significant QLS events and may also be required to do public speaking from time to time.

Deputy President: The role of the Deputy President supports the President and chairs the Committee or represents the Committee in the event the President is absent or unable to do so during the first year beginning on appointment in 2021 and concluding 31 December 2021. The office of Deputy President is vacant in the second year starting 1 January 2022 and concluding 31 December 2022.

Vice President: The role of the Vice President supports the Deputy President and President and chairs the Committee or represents the Committee in the event the President and Deputy President are unable to do so. The Vice President is a two year term beginning on appointment in 2021 and concluding 31 December 2022.

Immediate Past President: The role of Immediate Past President acts as a support and mentor for the President and other office bearers. In the inaugural year, the position is vacant and commences from the second year when the inaugural President concludes its term. The role of the immediate past president starts 1 January 2022 and concludes 31 December 2022. For more information of the role of member and chair, please see the Future Leaders Charter.

 

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How does QLS support and encourage diversity in the profession?

QLS acknowledges and values diversity in thought and representation. We encourage practitioners from First Nations, regional, culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) and rainbow communities to nominate for a position on the FLC. We support all members by conducting committee and other meetings by video conference and teleconference.

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How do you suggest I go about winning votes?

Each candidate is to provide to QLS their photo and a statement of no more than 150 words setting out:

  • the candidate’s service to Future Leaders members, the legal profession or service to the community (or both);
  • the area of law in which the candidate practises or wishes to practice; and
  • any special interests which the candidate has, whether inside or outside the legal profession.

Each candidate’s photo and profile will be displayed on the QLS website from 1 October 2020 in the order drawn by lot automatically in accordance with the Election by-laws, and members will be directed to these profiles when considering voting. Outside this, please see our QLS Election Media Protocol for rules and ideas for campaigning.

 

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Can I obtain member details from QLS so I can contact members?

No. In keeping with privacy legislation, we are unable to release member data.

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When do I start and stop campaigning?

You can start campaigning as soon as you receive confirmation from QLS that your application for candidacy is accepted and can continue until the close of voting at 4pm AEST Friday 23 October 2020.

Please note that nominations close 4pm AEST Wednesday 30 September 2020.

 

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What are the differences between the “election period”, “nomination period” and the “publication period”?

The election period includes the entire election process starting from the open of nominations on Monday 14 September 2020 and concluding at the end of voting at 4pm AEST Friday 23 October 2020.

The nomination period is the period in which an eligible candidate submits their nomination to stand for Committee. During this time, the Society will assess each candidate’s nomination, advise the candidate whether their application for candidacy has been accepted and, within two business days of receipt of an accepted nomination, the Society will publish the names of eligible candidates on the FLC Election website in the order of nomination receipt. The nomination period begins Monday 14 September 2020 and finishes at 4pm AEST on Wednesday 30 September 2020.

The publication period is the period in which QLS will publish the names, biographies and photos submitted by eligible candidates on the QLS website in the order drawn by automatic lot in accordance with the Election by-laws. QLS election communications will invite members to view these profiles. The publication period begins Thursday 1 October 2020 and finishes at 4pm AEST on Friday 23 October 2020.

 

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When are election results determined?

The day voting closes – soon after 4pm AEST Friday 23 October 2020.

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When will the election results be announced?

From Monday 26 October 2020.

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