QCOSS calling for Regional Board Member nominations

The Queensland Council of Social Service Ltd (QCOSS) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Tuesday, 6 November 2018 at 7:30am - 9:30am over breakfast at Souths Leagues Club, Davies Park, Jane Street, West End. We welcome and encourage members to attend.

Available Regional Board Member positions:
At this year’s AGM there are two regional board member positions available for election to the QCOSS Board and all members are invited to consider nominating. Participation on the board is an opportunity to assist shape and drive the decisions of QCOSS creating meaningful change in the lives of community. Nominees must have the time to dedicate to fulfilling their responsibilities, in addition to:

  • Being recognised as a strong leader in their community with a regional perspective
  • Demonstrating valuable experience and ability to balance the board governance responsibilities in addition to bringing insight into, however not restricted to, understanding risk, strategic planning, policy and decision making. 

Newly elected board members will be invited to meet with the board of directors immediately after the AGM concludes for a brief meeting (approximately one hour).

The QCOSS Board have implemented a policy that existing board members do not nominate existing or new board members for board positions. This is to ensure that the process of member nominations is as transparent and open as possible.

It is important to note that to be elected to the QCOSS Board you must be: nominated and seconded by a current member organisation or individual; not be a government employee; not be a person whose primary employment is an employee of, nor a person having a controlling interest in, a for-profit organisation; and once elected you must become an individual member of QCOSS.

As an individual QCOSS member and a QCOSS Board member your responsibility is to provide a governance role in the best interests of QCOSS. Board members are not on the board to represent a specific organisation or an industry view. All members of the board will work under the shared vision, purpose and values of QCOSS.

The QCOSS Board meets up to 11 times a year in Brisbane. The travel and accommodation costs for regional members are met by QCOSS. In addition, board members may be required to participate on a board committee or working group. We look forward to continuing the important work of QCOSS through the successful partnership that currently exists between members, staff and board and encourage you to consider nominating.

To nominate for the QCOSS Board, please download the Nomination Form and Candidate Election Statement from www.qcoss.org.au outlining how you would contribute to the board along with a brief profile of your experience and interests. The Nomination Form and Candidate Election Statement need to reach the QCOSS office no later than 5.00pm Wednesday 26 September 2018.

AGM Key Note Speaker:
At times it can be challenging to get the right messages through to the community. Many community and social services, including the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) are assessing their core narrative, and the impact that a narrative can have on ensuring community support for addressing current and emerging social issues.

We are delighted to be joined by guest speaker Peter Fitzsimons, well respected columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and a television presenter on Fox Sports. Peter is passionate about creating healthy, engaged communities where everyone has equal opportunity. Peter brings enormous energy and passion to both his writing and presentations and has an innate ability to educate and tell stories of people’s personal experiences in interesting and thought-provoking ways.

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me on (07) 3004 6905.

Yours sincerely


Annette Schoone
Company Secretary