The purpose of this message is to advise you all of progress towards standing up Security Professionals Australasia (SPA). The entity has been established as a company limited by guarantee, and the SPA Working Group created out of the last Council and Registry AGMs has advanced key concepts in relation to membership, structure, governance etc. that will be imported into a draft constitution for approval by Members. Joint Council and Registry EGMs will be called for this purpose – we are aiming for May or June. We were hoping for earlier, but there has been too much to do. The key purpose of the EGMs will be to wind up the Council and Registry through votes on a series resolutions that will give effect to our members becoming members of SPA. The papers and resolutions will be circulated 21 days prior to the EGMs. I will come out to Members again regarding timings and mechanics in the next month, and with significant developments as necessary.
Following are the key principles that have been agreed so far by the SPA Working Group. They have also been agreed to by the ACSP Committee.
SPA will have ‘individual’, ‘organisational’ and ‘associate’ members.
Individual Members have voting rights and include:
- Registered Security Professionals (currently 34)
- Members of the Registry, subject to acceptance of invitation to transfer membership to SPA (currently 12 – Annex 1)
- Individual Council Members, subject to acceptance of invitation to transfer membership to SPA (currently 11 – Annex 1)
Total – 48 (five Council members and four Registry members are RSecPs)
Organisational Members have voting rights and include:
- ACSP Organisational and Educational Organisational Members – subject to acceptance of invitation (currently 10 – Annex 1)
- Associated Entities of the Registry – subject to acceptance of invitation (currently 1)
Total – 11
Organisational Members represent:
- Security-related professional associations, institutions or similar organisations or
- Academic, educational or research organisations.
Organisational members are to nominate an individual as a representative. The nominated individual must have the authority to speak on behalf of the Organisation at in SPA business and meetings.
Associate Members do not have voting rights and include:
- Enrolled Security Practitioners
- Individual members of Organisational Members. Nominal annual fee of $50 for inclusion in newsletters, events and consultation on professional issues, as well as a discounted fee for RSecP or ESP registration
Total – Nil, but potentially substantial
Associate Members represent entities, firms, or organisations that support and accept SPA Principles, Code of Ethical Conduct and Behaviours, and that demonstrate a culture consistent with the objectives of SPA.
SPA has a Patron. This is an honorary position with no voting rights or executive functions.
Board and Structure
Members with voting rights will elect the Board and Office Holders. The Board will run the business of the organisation and create roles (including a CEO) and Committees, and make appointments as needs require.
An Interim Board will be elected at the forthcoming EGM, and will continue the work of refining the SPA constitution, including organisational and Board structure. A permanent Board structure (and corresponding membership) will be formalised at a subsequent election. Thereafter the Board will be re-elected at AGMs.
- Vice Chair
- New Zealand Representative
- Registrar / Head Registry function
- Head ‘Policy’ function.
Indicative Ongoing Board (under discussion)
- New Zealand Representative (who could also fill one of the above roles).
Non-Executive Directors (under discussion)
The constitution need only allow for Non-Executive Directors without specifying who, or which organisations. Nonetheless, provision should be made for people in these roles to be elected as Executive Directors. On current thinking the Board needs to include the following in a non-executive capacity:
- Key tertiary bodies.
An appropriately senior Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department representative.
Committees to be appointed by the Board as needed.
- Ethics and Behavioural Standards
- Government and Media
- Security Professionals Education and Certification
- National and International Standards
- Finance, Marketing and Administration.
All membership and positions to be appointed by the Board:
- The Registry
- Registry Policy and Process.
Feel free to comment and make suggestions.