Good Governance Guides

1. U3A Association Constitution

1.1  Template Constitution Click this link to download the Zip file (in PDF format and for editing, use either the MS Word file or the RTF file) Constitution Template as a ZIP file. Updated 15.10.2019

1.2  Commentary on the Template Constitution EXPLAINS THE PURPOSE OF A CONSTITUTION AND THE NATURE OF ITS CLAUSES. ANY CHANGES TO A CONSTITUTION REQUIRES A SPECIAL RESOLUTION AND MUST, IF PASSED BY THE MEMBERS, BE ACCEPTED BY THE NSW OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING.
Click this link to download the accompanying Commentary. updated 29 August 2019

Note: For U3As outside of NSW, they will need to check compliance with local legislation.

2. Guide to Legal Duties of Committee Members​

Click this link to download The Guide to Legal Duties of Committee Members updated 29 August 2019.

3. Guide to Necessary Documents and their Retention​​​

Click this link to download The Guide to Necessary Documents and their Retention. Updated 29 August 2019.

4. General Guide to Current U3A Copyright Licences.

Click this link to another page on this site to view important information on the management of Copyright in your U3A.

Click this link to download an updated Guide to the Copyright licences that are relevant to Member U3As of our Network Copyright Licences. Updated 08.10.2019

5. Guide to Use of U3A Logo issued by The Third Age Trust

The Third Age Trust (U.K) has now issued guides on HOW THE U3A LOGO MUST BE USED by U3As throughout Australia.

Here are links to the two guides:

    1. Conditions of use of U3A logo, and
    2. The use of size, colour and fonts for Logo Usage.

ALL QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO SAM MAUGER AT sam.mauger@u3a.org.uk with Cc. to info@u3anet.org.au.

6. Further Guidance to Legal Matters

6.1  Insurance matters

Homebased U3A Courses/Liability

6.2 Copyright

Information about the proposed ONEMUSIC LICENCE.

New Copyright Guide – ONEMUSIC

Memo – ONEMUSIC LICENCE

6.3 Anti-Discrimination

Are U3As Age Discriminating?

Disability Discrimination

6.4 Privacy Legislation

Privacy Legislation

7. Incorporated Associations

The conduct of an incorporated association is governed by the Associations Incorporations Act 2009 and its Regulations. The government instrumentality that has responsibility for policing compliance is NSW Fair Trading.

Committee members have a duty to ensure that their U3A is conducted in accordance with the law . You must therefore familiarize yourself with the relevant law. The NSW Fair Trading website is an excellent starting point:  https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/associations-and-co-operatives/associations/about-associations

More detailed information can be found in the U3A Guides listed above  and on the Not-for-Profit website at nfplaw.org.au  under the heading “Running an Incorporated Association in NSW”.  This organisation also provides free legal advice.

If  you are seeking tax advice including GST please read the advice provided by the Tax Department at https://www.ato.gov.au/general/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people/not-for-profit-organisations/

 

If you are seeking copyright advice, please check out https://www.copyright.com.au/licences-permission/educational-licences/copying-under-education-licence/ re copying of text/images  and http://apraamcos.com.au/about-us/faqs/faqs-for-music-users/ for music issues including copying print sheet music. Both sites allow you to use  Chat to ask  a question.

8. The Blue Book

A copy of the Blue Book is issued to every U3A in the territory of U3A Network  NSW INc. It contains an excellent guide to what you need to know about U3A and the running of a  U3A. Read in conjunction with the above listed Guides should provide every committee member with a good grasp of their legal obligations and the matters about which they need to be informed.

The Blue Book is currently being reviewed as there may be some matters that require updating. They are unlikely to be extensive. The Blue Book should remain the first port of call for all matters U3A!