The Role of the Board

The Internet Association of Australia Inc (IAA) is a member-based association representing the Internet community. Founded in 1995, as the Western Australian Internet Association (WAIA), the Association changed its name in early 2016 to better reflect the membership base. 

IAA provides a range of services and resources for members and supports the development of the Internet industry both within Australia and internationally. Providing technical services as well as social and professional development events, the IAA aims to provide services and resources that our members need. IX Australia is a service provided by the IAA to Corporate members. It is the longest running and most cost-effective Internet Exchange in Australia.  

Governance 

IAA is an association incorporated in Western Australia and is subject to the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA). IAA operates under the governance of the Association Rules that are voted on by members.  

The Role of the Board 

Current office bearing roles within the Board are that of Chair and Secretary. The entire Board are involved in financial matters.  The additional responsibilities of these roles are outlined in Division 2 of the Association Rules.  Members of the Board are volunteers; these positions are unpaid roles, however reasonable expenses, approved by the Board, may be paid. 

The Board 

The IAA Board is made up of eight members, consisting of three representatives from the Professional Members, and five representatives from the Corporate Members.  The nomination and elections process takes place at each Annual General Meeting, and terms are offset to maintain continuity on the Board. Board members serve for a three-year term. Casual vacancies may be filled by invitation from the Board and are automatically up for reelection at the following annual general meeting. 

Responsibilities of the Board 

Members of the IAA Board are required to commit a minimum of two hours per week to activities for the Association. This includes maintaining regular email contact, contributing towards discussions and projects, and decision making for the association. 

All Board members are required to attend a monthly Board Meeting, via web conference. Current meeting time is scheduled on the second Monday of each month, at 9am AWST. Meetings are held via video conference. 

Members of the Board are required to use the current communication systems of the association, with on-boarding assistance, training and support provided as required. 

Time Commitment 

Being on a board can be very time consuming. What you get out of it also depends on what you put into it. Board members can expect (as a minimum): 

  • 1-2 hr board mtg at least once per month + pre-reading 
  • 1 hr per week asynchronous catch ups 
  • other committees or events as scheduled throughout the year (this year has had 3 separate committees and 8 events).

If you become an office bearer or assist in other project or committee work this time can be considerable, however the experience and contacts you will gain are invaluable.