Security Society Constitution

The official constitution of the UNSW Security Society.


1.1 The official name of the club shall be "The Security Society of UNSW".
1.2 The club shall be affiliated to Arc.
1.3 The aims and objectives of the club are:
  1.3.1 Spreading awareness of security in its many forms, including computer and real life.
  1.3.2 Host events to facilitate the development of skills and knowledge of security.
  1.3.3 Provide networking opportunities between students and companies in the security industry.
1.4 In all matters not specifically dealt with herein, the procedures set out in the latest edition of Guide for Meetings and Organizations by N.E.R. Renton shall apply.


1.5 For the purposes of this Constitution:
  1.5.1 The University shall mean the University of New South Wales;
  1.5.2 Arc shall mean Arc @ UNSW Limited;
  1.5.3 Re-affiliation shall mean re-affiliation with Arc;
  1.5.4 Members shall mean full members of the club;
  1.5.5 Associate members shall mean associate members of the club;
  1.5.6 The Executive shall mean the Executive of the club;
  1.5.7 The Committee shall mean the Executive of the club as well as any member appointed by the Executive to fill a specific role;
  1.5.8 The Annual General Meeting shall mean the Annual General Meeting of the club;
  1.5.9 An academic day shall mean a day during the first or second session of the University's academic year which is not a Saturday, Sunday, Public Holiday or University Holiday; and
  1.5.10 Subjects shall mean units of study offered by the University in progression to the award of a degree.
1.6 Unless a contrary statement appears in Section 7 of this Constitution, the club shall be bound by all the clauses in Section 2 to Section 6 of this Constitution.


2.1 Contact details for members of your club are to remain with the Executive and Arc to have sole access. Contact details are not to be given or sold to any other person.
2.2 The club shall be recognized as a Financial club.
2.3 Full membership of the club shall be open to all UNSW students subject to affiliation requirements of Arc, and they shall be required to pay an annual club membership fee of at least $0, and complete a membership form.
2.4 Associate membership shall be open to all persons who are not UNSW students subject to affiliation requirements of Arc, provided that they pay a membership fee that is set by the club Executive, and they complete a membership form prepared by the club Executive.
2.5 The duration of a person's membership shall be until the club's next Annual General Meeting after they have become a member, or until the end of Week One in Session One of the University year after they have become a member, whichever is the later.
2.6 The club shall comply with anti-discrimination legislation in all of its activities and procedures, including the granting of club membership.
2.7 Notwithstanding clause 2.8, a member of a club Executive may have their position declared vacant according to the procedures set out in Section 3.6.
2.8 Notwithstanding clause 2.8, a member or associate member of a club may have their membership terminated after the following procedure is followed:
  2.8.1 A motion is carried by the Executive, or the Executive is petitioned by fifteen (15) members to instigate impeachment proceedings;
  2.8.2 The members of the club are notified of the proceedings formally as a motion on notice to an Extraordinary General Meeting under Section 4.2;
  2.8.3 The member concerned is notified in writing of the procedures and reasons for proceedings at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.
  2.8.4 The member concerned is given five (5) minutes to speak against the motion at the Extraordinary General Meeting.
  2.8.5 The motion is carried by the Extraordinary General Meeting.
2.9 Any member of a club or club Executive who believes they have been wrongly expelled may appeal to Arc, who will arrive at the final resolution of the matter.


3.1 The Executive of the club shall be elected from the full members at the Annual General Meeting and shall consist of at least:
  3.1.1 A President;
  3.1.2 A Vice President;
  3.1.3 A Secretary;
  3.1.4 A Treasurer; and
  3.1.5 An Arc Delegate.
3.2 One (1) member is permitted to hold two (2) Executive positions, provided that a minimum of three (3) different members shall remain on the Executive at all times, with the exception that the positions of President and Treasurer may not be held by the same person.
3.3 Job sharing of any Executive position is not permitted.
3.4 The Executive shall be responsible for the following duties:
  3.4.1 The activities of the club;
  3.4.2 The finances of the club;
3.5 The Executive is at all times bound by the decisions of a club Annual or Extraordinary General Meeting.
3.6 Any member of the Executive shall have their position declared vacant if they:
  3.6.1 Die;
  3.6.2 Cease to be a member of the club;
  3.6.3 Cease to be a UNSW student;
  3.6.4 Are absent from any three (3) consecutive meetings of the club without apology or leave; or Unless exempted unanimously by the Executive.
  3.6.5 The person fails to fulfil reasonable obligations delegated by: The Constitution, or The Executive, or Any other supplementary regulations. Unless exempted unanimously by the Executive.
  3.6.6 Have their position declared vacant at an Extraordinary General Meeting.
3.7 Any vacancy on the club Executive must be filled at an Extraordinary General Meeting, via the procedures outlined in Section 4.
3.8 Duties of the following Executive positions shall include but not be limited to:
  3.8.1 President
    a) To chair all club, Committee, General and Annual General Meetings (held during their term) of the club or society;
    b) To oversee and coordinate the activities and administration of the club;
    c) To ensure that the elected officers of the club or society perform duties as laid down by the clubs' Constitution, through regular email updates, regularly advertised meetings, reports and notices and/or regular newsletters;
    d) To ensure that all other tasks necessary for the running of the activities of the society are performed, properly either by doing them or delegating the duties;
    e) To have a thorough knowledge of the club's or society's Constitution;
    f) To plan the coming year's activities;
    g) To act as official spokesperson for the club;
    h) To arrive at a membership fee with the Executive;
    i) To liaise with fellow office bearers;
    j) To acquaint each committee member with their function, responsibility, duties and maintain personal contact with them;
    k) To liaise with Arc and departments of the University where necessary;
    l) To ensure that an "Application for Affiliation" form accompanied by the minutes of the most recent Annual General Meeting and an updated membership list is submitted to Arc;
    m) To ensure that the Treasurer submits a Financial Report to the club at the AGM and to Arc and that they have the club's finances in good order in preparation for Spot Audits by Arc;
    n) To ensure that Arc is informed of changes to the Executive;
    o) To pass on their knowledge to their successor; and
    p) Other duties as in accordance with the Constitution of the club.

  3.8.2 Vice President
    a) In the absence of the President, to chair all meetings (held during their term) of the club or society;
    b) To be responsible for matters relating to sponsorship and funding from outside organisations other than Arc, including but not limited to:
        i. Liaising with such outside organisations,
       ii. Establishing the sponsorship proposal for the year, and
      iii. Organising events run in conjunction with sponsors;
    c) To be responsible for matters relating to grievances, including but not limited to:
        i. To receive complaints and grievances relating to the Club,
       ii. To investigate grievances (where necessary) and resolve grievances or make recommendations to the Club Executive on the resolution of grievances,
      iii. To act in a fair, ethical and confidential manner in the performance of their duties, and pass on their responsibilities for specific grievances to other Club Executives if they cannot act impartially, and
       iv. To notify those involved of the outcome of the grievance;
    d) To arrive at a budget with the Executive;
    e) To assist the President in coordinating the activities and administration of the Club;
    f) To have a thorough knowledge of the Club's constitution;
    g) To ensure that motions made at any Meeting of the Club are reflective of the constitution;
    h) To liaise with fellow office bearers; and
    i) To assist the President in their duties wherever practical.

  3.8.3 Secretary
    a) To be responsible for receiving and replying to all correspondence on behalf of the club;
    b) To organise meetings, agendas (in consultation with the President), and minutes;
    c) To keep relevant club papers in order;
    d) To coordinate elections; and
    e) To maintain the membership list, updating when changes are made.

  3.8.4 Treasurer
    a) To keep and maintain all club financial records;
    b) To hold cheque books, petty cash tins etc;
    c) To keep the club informed of its financial position (at meetings, through regular email reports, or regular newsletter;
    d) To carry out financial transactions as directed by the club management;
    e) To not lend money, under any circumstances to yourself, club members or other clubs;
    f) To always ensure that the records are up to date and in good order so that if they are otherwise unable to continue in that capacity someone else can easily take over;
    g) To not put the club in debt that cannot be repaid, but should endeavour to match costs and income as closely as possible;
    h) To always insist on a receipt or docket to validate any expenditure by the club;
    i) To always enter the payees name, the cheque amount and a brief explanation of the payment on the cheque butt;
    j) To always provide a receipt to a person who gives money to the club for any reason and bank all money received IMMEDIATELY;
    k) To ensure you have at least two (2) and not more than three (3) signatories who are Executive members to the cheque account;
    l) To ensure that club funds are not misused at any time; and
    m) To ensure that when smaller amounts of money are spent (petty cash) a receipt or docket must be obtained.
    n) Under no circumstances are any expenses to be met without documentation,

  3.8.5 Arc Delegate
    a) To be aware of the Arc funding system, it's requirements and its possibilities for the club;
    b) To communicate with the Executive before and after each Arc Clubs General Meeting to pass on information (about grants etc);
    c) To liaise with Arc and the club's Executive;
    d) To have a good working knowledge of Arc forms;
    e) To clear out the club's pigeonhole in the Arc Resource Centre at least every two (2) weeks; and
    f) To attend Arc Clubs General Meetings or nominate a fellow club member to attend on your behalf, or send advance apologies (taking the form of a written note detailing your name, club, and the date of the meeting you can not attend).
    g) To ensure that Arc is informed of any changes to the Executive;
    h) To ensure that changes made to the constitution at an EGM or AGM are in line with Arc requirements;

3.9 Committee Members
  3.9.1 Committee positions are to be determined by the executive.
  3.9.2 Committee positions are to be published and outlined to the society members in the Committee Regulations prior to appointing the committee members. The Committee Regulations must outline a description of the position and any responsibilities, duties and obligations that position holds.
  3.9.3 Committee members are to be appointed by a majority vote of the executive
  3.9.4 Any member of the Committee shall have their position declared vacant if they: Meet the criteria outlined in section 3.6; or Are removed from their role by majority vote of the executive.


Annual General Meetings

4.1 There shall be one (1) Annual General meeting every calendar year.
4.2 Notice in the form of an agenda for the Annual General Meeting shall be no less than seven (7) days, and is to be:
  4.2.1 Given in writing to Arc;
  4.2.2 Given in writing to all club members, or upon approval by Arc displayed in a way that will guarantee an acceptable level of exposure among club members.
4.3 Quorum for the Annual General Meeting shall be fifteen (15) members or one half of the club membership, whichever is the lesser.
4.4 At an Annual General Meeting:
  4.4.1 Reports shall be presented by at least the President and the Treasurer;
  4.4.2 Full financial reports shall be presented and adopted;
  4.4.3 Elections for a new Executive shall be conducted in accordance with Section 4.14; and
  4.4.4 Constitutional amendments and other motions on notice may be discussed and voted upon.
4.5 Full minutes of this meeting, including a list of the new Executive, written financial reports, and constitutional amendments, shall be forwarded to Arc within fourteen (14) days of the meeting.

Extraordinary General Meetings

4.6 There shall be Extraordinary General Meetings as the Executive sees fit or as petitioned under clause 4.8.
4.7 The format, procedures, notice and quorum for an Extraordinary General Meeting shall be the same as for an Annual General Meeting, except that Executive elections will not be held unless specifically notified.
4.8 To petition Extraordinary General Meeting fifteen (15) members or half of the club membership, whichever is the lesser, must petition the Executive in writing.
4.9 Such a petitioned meeting must be held within twenty-one (21) days, but no sooner than seven (7) days.
4.10 There shall be other general meetings of the club as the Executive sees fit.
4.11 Proxies are not allowed at General, Annual General or Extraordinary General Meetings.


4.12 General requirements for all meetings are as follows:
  4.12.1 All Executive Resolutions (Voting) at meetings shall subject to requirements outlined in Section 4.13; and
  4.12.2 Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Section 4.12; and
  4.12.3 Approved minutes of Executive meetings shall be available to members; Approved minutes may exclude, however is not limited to excluding: sponsorship discussions, committee nomination discussions and other internal private matters;
4.13 Meetings shall be conducted:
  4.13.1 At least once per month; and Unless otherwise agreed upon by a majority of the executive
  4.13.2 When called upon by the President; and
  4.13.3 When requested by three (3) members of the Committee; and
  4.13.4 In open session unless the Executive resolves to discuss a matter in closed session; Open session meetings are to be publicised a week in advance to the meeting date;

4.14 Valid Executive Resolutions shall require:
  4.14.1 That the matter to be dealt with by resolution be identified as an agenda item when notice of the relevant meeting is sent to executive members, unless by unanimous resolution of present voting executive members, it is declared the matter shall be dealt with;
  4.14.2 That at least 50% of voting members of the executive be present when the resolution is passed;
  4.14.3 A simple majority of present voting executive members to vote in favour of the resolution. In the event of a tie, the President shall have the casting vote. Executive members not present at the relevant meeting may nominate in advance another voting Executive member to act as their proxy. Each voting Executive may only carry one (1) proxy;
  4.14.4 Constitutional changes must be in the form of a motion on notice to an Annual or Extraordinary General Meeting;
  4.14.5 Constitutional changes passed at an Annual or Extraordinary General Meeting must be approved by Arc for the Club to remain affiliated with Arc.


4.15 Elections of executive will be conducted at the Annual General Meeting (or Extraordinary General Meetings where relevant) following the requirements set out in this constitution.
4.16 Elections requirements are stated as follows;
  4.16.1 Optional preferential voting shall be used;
  4.16.2 Voting for all positions shall be conducted simultaneously (where applicable);
  4.16.3 A Returning Officer shall be appointed by the Executive, informed by the first notice of the election;
  4.16.4 Members who nominate themselves for candidacy for more than one (1) position must provide an order of preference;
  4.16.5 If a candidate wins more than one (1) position, the candidate shall be elected to their most preferred position, and votes for the vacated position(s) shall be counted again (unless there are no other candidates in the vacated position).
  4.16.6 If nominations are taken in advance:; All eligible members must receive notice of the nominations period before its commencement, as well as details of the nomination process. Nominations must be open for at least seven (7) days. Members who wish to submit themselves as nomination candidate:; Must do so directly to the Returning Officer; Must confirm their nomination by emailing the returning officer using their UNSW email, before voting begins. Only the returning officer may view the list of nominations until nominations have closed. At the start of the voting period:; An official ballot shall be sent to members; The ballot will disclose the preferred position of each confirmed candidate; The order of candidates for each position on the ballot will be random; For any position for which there are no confirmed candidates at the close of nominations, nominations for those positions will be valid if received at the General Meeting.
4.17 All election candidates:;
  4.17.1 Must not run in coalitions.
  4.17.2 May campaign for their positions subject to the following procedures:; The current or outgoing executives, or committee may not support or criticise any candidate for election;
  4.17.3 At the General Meeting at which the election was held (unless they are the only candidate for a position), will have their elected position given to the next candidate in line if: They do not attend (unless the candidate has given an excuse). They wish to no longer accept their position.
4.18 Elections may take place as one of the following forms, provided they satisfy all existing election requirements as set out in this constitution and their requirements as set out below:
  4.18.1 Ballot Elections Nominations will be open at least one (1) week before the election, and close the day before the election; Additional nominations received at the General Meeting are valid; All present members shall be provided a paper ballot; Candidates may campaign at the meeting before voting begins. If unable to do so, the Returning Officer shall read out their blurb, if any was provided.
  4.18.2 Online Elections At least two (2) weeks before the election; Nominations will open, and members will be notified that they need to sign up to the society on SpArc before voting begins to be eligible to vote. At least one (1) week before the election; Nominations will close, candidates may start campaigning, and voting will begin, where official ballots shall only be sent to all members who have signed up to the society on SpArc. The results are to be declared at a General Meeting held within fourteen (14) days of the conclusion of voting.
4.19 AGM Elections
  4.19.1 At least three (3) weeks prior to the AGM date, notice of the AGM and nomination procedure shall be given to members.
  4.19.2 Seven (7) days prior to the AGM, the official voting ballot shall be sent to members;


5.1 The club shall hold an account with a financial institution approved by Arc;
5.2 The Executive must approve all accounts and expenditures for payment;
5.3 All financial transactions shall require two (2) signatures of members of the Executive;
5.4 The club shall nominate three (3) members of the Executive as possible signatories for the account, one (1) of which must be the club Treasurer;
5.5 The financial records of the club shall be open for inspection by Arc at all times.
5.6 The assets and income of the club shall be applied solely in furtherance of its above-mentioned objects and no portion shall be distributed directly or indirectly to the members of the club except as bona fide compensation for services rendered or expenses incurred on behalf of the club.


6.1 Dissolution of the club will occur after the following conditions have been met:
  6.1.1 An Extraordinary General Meeting is petitioned in writing as set out in 4.8;
  6.1.2 Procedures for notification as set out in 4.2 are followed, and the reasons for the proposed dissolution are included with the notification to Arc;
  6.1.3 Quorum for the meeting to dissolve the club shall be twenty (20) members or three-quarters of the club membership, whichever is the lesser;
  6.1.4 No other business may be conducted at the meeting to dissolve the club;
  6.1.5 After the petitioning body has stated its case any opposition must be given the opportunity to reply, with at least ten (10) minutes set aside for this purpose;
  6.1.6 A vote is taken and the motion to dissolve lapses if opposed by fifteen (15) or more members of the club;
  6.1.7 If the motion to dissolve is carried, Arc must be notified within fourteen (14) days;
6.2 Dissolution of the club will also occur if the club has been financially and administratively inactive for a period of eighteen (18) months;
  6.2.1 Arc must give twenty (20) academic days notice in an official Arc publication and in writing to the last known President before dissolving the club in this way;
6.3 On dissolution of the club, the club is not to distribute assets to members. All assets are to be distributed to an organisation with similar goals or objectives that also prohibits the distribution of assets to members. This organisation may be nominated at the dissolution meeting of the club. If no other legitimate club or organisation is nominated, Arc will begin procedures to recover any property, monies or records belonging to the club which it perceives would be useful to other Arc-affiliated clubs. The club will be given twenty one (21) days to forward all relevant items to Arc before any action is instigated.


7.1 As per new requirements from Arc, the executive team of the club are now responsible for the maintenance and review of policies & procedures of the Club, including its Grievance Resolution Policy & Procedure.

Please number any further additions or alterations to this Constitution starting with 7.2, and ensure that a copy is submitted to Arc with your affiliation. Additions or alterations to this Constitution do not become valid unless ratified by Arc.