Voting members are the custodians of the organisation whose role is similar to shareholders in a for-profit company. Voting members are consulted about any major changes to governance or strategy. They can vote in Board elections and on any changes to the organisation's constitution.
All voting members are invited to the Annual General Meeting in November, and can attend in person or via webcast. This includes and opportunity to put questions to the Chair, Directors and CEO.
Voting members also receive a short email briefing from the Chair after each Board meeting.
Anyone who is a member of CHOICE can apply to become a voting member.
There is no fee for voting membership but you must keep your CHOICE membership up to date.
Corporate or organisational CHOICE subscribers are not eligible to become voting members.
Applications for voting membership are reviewed by the CHOICE Board, which considers a range of factors including potential conflicts of interest. Applicants are informed of the Board's decision by email.
Download a voting member application form.
Join the Board
Each year, voting members are invited to nominate as a Director of the Board. The Board sets the nomination requirements, which usually include:
- a nomination form that sets out the candidate's suitability for the role, signed by two other voting members
- a 200-word candidate statement
- a declaration of interests.
Candidates are considered by a Nominations Committee, which makes recommendations to the Board about information to be provided to voting members as part of the election process.
All voting members receive information on candidates and are able to vote online or request a paper ballot. The results are declared at the AGM in November of each year.