The Role of the Committee

About the Internet Association of Australia Inc

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 lowest cost 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 were voted on by members at a Special General Meeting on 23 January 2017.  The rules are available at www.internet.asn.au/membership/resources/

The Role of the Board

Current office bearing roles within the Board are that of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. 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.

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 two-year term. Casual vacancies may be filled by invitation from the Board.

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 Tuesday of each month, at 5pm AWST. Meeting are held via phone conference.

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