Queensland Law Society

FAQs

  1. I am keen to nominate and get involved. What roles are up for election in the 2020 Future Leaders Election?
  2. I would like to nominate for an office bearer role (ie President, Deputy President or Vice President) but the Nomination Form only makes reference to “ordinary member.” How can I nominate for an office bearer role?
  3. Do you need to be currently employed?
  4. Do I have to have a practising certificate to enter? Or just be a full member? (I’m a gov lawyer)?
  5. I am overseas. Am I eligible?
  6. How long is the Committee election term?
  7. When does the Committee meet and how much time does a Committee member spend on QLS business?
  8. Who can nominate, support/second a nominee and vote in the FLC election?
  9. Why is there different criteria for those nominating and those who can support a nominee and vote?
  10. How will I know if I am eligible to nominate, support or vote in the Future Leader Committee elections?
  11. What is the nomination process?
  12. Will the nomination form be provided earlier than 14 September??
  13. What else do I need to know?
  14. How do I vote?
  15. What skills and experience do nominees need for the role of committee member?
  16. How does QLS support and encourage diversity in the profession?
  17. How do you suggest I go about winning votes?
  18. Can I obtain member details from QLS so I can contact members?
  19. When do I start and stop campaigning?
  20. What are the differences between the “election period”, “nomination period” and the “publication period”?
  21. When are election results determined?
  22. When will the election results be announced?

*Updated 14 Sep 2020


I am keen to nominate and get involved. What roles are up for election in the 2020 Future Leaders Election?

There are spots for 10 ordinary committee members of the Future Leaders Committee. The Future Leaders Membership will be voting in the Future Leaders Committee.

At its first meeting in 2021, the Future Leaders Committee will appoint three office bearers (a President, Deputy President and Vice President) from the Future Leaders Committee members successfully elected in the 2020 Future Leaders Committee Election.

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I would like to nominate for an office bearer role (ie President, Deputy President or Vice President) but the Nomination Form only makes reference to “ordinary member.” How can I nominate for an office bearer role?

There is no nomination form for office bearers as the Charter sets out that the QLS Future Leader membership elects 10 ordinary committee members for the Future Leaders Committee.

At its first meeting in 2021, the Future Leaders Committee will appoint three office bearers (a President, Deputy President and Vice President) from the Future Leaders Committee members successfully elected in the 2020 Future Leaders Election.

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Do you need to be currently employed?

We understand in the current climate people may be between jobs. To that end you do not need to be currently employed to be eligible to be involved in the Future Leaders Committee (FLC) election. However you do need to hold a current practising certificate in order to be a full member of the Society.

Find out more about full QLS membership here.

For more information about practising certificates please see here.

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Do I have to have a practising certificate to enter? Or just be a full member? (I’m a gov lawyer)

To be involved you need to be a full member of the Queensland Law Society, which means holding a current practising certificate to practise as a solicitor in Queensland. If you are a government lawyer and don’t presently hold a practising certificate, you are welcome to apply. Don’t forget that you need to be a member before the Roll closes on 9am AEST 14 September 2020.

Find out more about full QLS membership here.

For more information about practising certificates please see here.

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I am overseas. Am I eligible?

If you are currently a full member of the Society and meet the eligibility, you can still get involved, even if you are overseas. See the question “who can nominate or vote” for more information.

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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, support/second a nominee and vote in the FLC election?

Only those who are full members on the Roll of Electors as of 9am AEST Monday 14 September 2020 can nominate, support/second a nominee 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.

Members who are eligible to support/second a nominee and vote are those who are, as of 14 September 2020:

  • a full member of the Society; and
  • are 35 years of age or under; OR
  • have less than five years post admission experience.

 

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Why is there different criteria for those nominating and those who can support a nominee and vote?

The Future Leaders Committee runs for a two year term starting 1 January 2021 and finishing 31 December 2022. It is therefore important that candidates who nominate are indeed eligible Future Leader Members for that two year duration. This is why it is a requirement in the nomination form that you fulfil the criteria as being 35 and under or under 5 years PAE as of 31 December 2022

Members who wish to support nominees or vote, only need to be eligible as being 35 and under or under 5 years PAE as of 14 September 2020 (the date when nominations open).

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How will I know if I am eligible to nominate, support or vote in the FLC election?

On 14 September, all eligible members will receive an email for the Notice of Election. The Notice of Election will be customised to confirm whether you are eligible to:

  • nominate, support/second a nominee and vote; OR
  • support/second a nominee and vote.

After 14 September, you are welcome to confer with your colleagues as to whether they have received the notice or alternatively you may contact election@qls.com.au to confirm that your three supporters are eligible to participate and support your nomination in the FLC election.

It is very important that you have registered a working, current email with the Society. To update your details, please contact Records Team on Ph:1300 367 757 or records@qls.com.au.

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What is the nomination process?

When nominations open on 14 September, all members eligible to nominate and vote will be sent an email which will include a link to the nomination form. You can then confer with your colleagues who have received the email notice for seconding your nomination, or alternatively you may contact election@qls.com.au to confirm that your supporters are eligible to participate and support your nomination in the FLC election.

You will need three supporters. The nomination form must also be furnished with a bio (no more than 150 words) and a headshot (between 100KB and 1MB file size).

The nomination form must be completed in full and received by the returning officer by 4pm AEST Wednesday 30 September 2020.

From 1 October 2020, the bio and headshot of all eligible candidates, in the order drawn by electronic lot, will be published on the QLS website.

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Will the nomination form be provided earlier than 14 September?

No, unfortunately the Election By-Laws require that we make the nomination form available when we send out the Notice of Election. Keep your eyes peeled from 9am, Monday 14 September 2020 for the Notice of Election and link to the nomination form.

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What else do I need to know?

All communications, nomination forms and voting will be conducted completely online. To ensure you do not miss out on any important information, please make sure that you have registered a current, working email with the Society and you have added QLS and BigPulse to your Safe Senders List.

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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 Future Leaders Committee will appoint three office bearers (a President, Deputy President and Vice President) from the Future Leaders Committee members successfully elected in the 2020 Future Leaders Committee election.

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 and Engagement Protocol 2020 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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