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Roles and responsibilities

Member organisations

The role of Education for Sustainability Tasmania (EfS Tasmania) member organisations is to contribute to education for sustainability in Tasmania. Member organisations should meet the following criteria:

  • Operate in Tasmania.
  • Be committed to the principles of education for sustainability.
  • Play an educative role, formally or otherwise.
  • Be approved by the Steering Committee.
  • Be willing to partner, share and participate (in producing funding proposals,  promotion materials, project reports to the Steering Committee).
  • Be willing to submit a minimum of one initiative for endorsement each year (highlighting ways the organisation is fostering the knowledge, skills, values and world views necessary for people to act in ways that contribute to more sustainable patterns of living).
  • Be willing to provide an annual opinion piece for the bi-monthly newsletter (and possibly for media distribution).

Membership is free.

Partner organisations

Member organisations who contribute financially or provide significant in-kind support to maintain the EfS Tasmania Secretariat Services are called Partners. Partners may nominate representatives to join the Steering Committee.

Steering Committee

The interests of the participating members are voiced through a Steering Committee of organisation representatives. Member organisations who contribute financially or provide significant in-kind support to maintain the EfS Tasmania Secretariat Services may be invited to become Partners and join the Steering Committee to assist with decision making, endorsement of projects and direction setting. Significant in-kind support would involve active participation in running events, preparing marketing collateral, writing content.

Responsibilities

  • Providing strategic advice, expertise and direction to support EfS Tasmania.
  • Contributing to the development and oversight of the Strategic Plan, Annual Work Plans, EfS Tasmania projects and financial reports.
  • Helping to strengthen and extend membership, profile and financial support.
  • Developing and implementing governance structure and protocols.
  • Reviewing the role of the Constitution and EfS Tasmania secretariat-host every 2 years or as required.
  • Assisting, through personal and professional networks, the formation of partnerships with stakeholders including education bodies, individuals, community groups, government and businesses.
  • Identifying and recruiting new members, Steering Committee representatives and collaborators.
  • Representing EfS Tasmania in engagement and advocacy with Government and other external organisations where appropriate.
  • Providing articles about sustainability (for inclusion in the newsletters and website).

The Steering Committee does not have the following roles or responsibilities:

  • Steering Committee representatives are not directors or officers as defined by the CA 2001 and are not responsible persons under the ACNC Act, and therefore do not have legal responsibilities of the same nature or extent.
  • Employment or line management responsibilities.

Composition

  • The Steering Committee has up to 14 members including the key institutions and organisations that have Education for Sustainability roles in Tasmania (UTAS, TAFE, DoE, etc.).
  • Steering Committee representatives are elected at an Annual General Meeting held each year.
    • To be eligible to become a representative on the Steering Committee, an individual needs to be nominated by an EfS Tasmania member organisation.
    • If there are 14 or less nominees they are all automatically elected to the Steering Committee.
    • If there are more than 12 nominations then member organisations vote. EfS Tasmania will call for nominations before the AGM and then instruct member organisations to vote before the AGM.
    • UTAS, TAFE, DoE combined can have up to six members on the Steering Committee.
  • If, between AGMs, there are less than 12 members on the Steering Committee, any individual nominated by a member organisation and approved by the Steering Committee automatically becomes a Steering Committee member.

Steering Committee Chair

The role of the Steering Committee Chair is to act as principal contact between the Steering Committee and the Secretariat and to chair meetings (Steering Committee and other appropriate meetings). In an order to be determined by the Steering Committee, the chairperson is elected by Steering Committee representatives on a six month rotational basis. In addition to the responsibilities of all Steering Committee members, the Chair is responsible for:

  • Having regular contact with members of the Secretariat.
  • Creating meeting agendas, in association with the Secretariat.
  • Signing off draft minutes of Steering Group meetings before circulation.
  • Signing off communications, statements and decisions such as policy consultation responses, briefings and statements to the media, made on behalf of members.
  • Signing letters as appropriate.
  • Acting as a primary media spokesperson.

Secretariat services

These services are provided by the EfS Tasmania host institution, Sustainable Living Tasmania, and supported financially and in-kind by contributions from the Steering Committee members. The key functions of the Secretariat are to:

  • Provide support for the Steering Committee to meet and deliver its functions and responsibilities, in association with the Chair.
  • Act as a clear, single, point of contact for the wider supporter community and the UN RCE Network and direct contact, where necessary to the Chair and Steering Committee.
  • Provide and maintain an online hub for EfS Tasmania members’ activities – website, email, social media and newsletters.
  • Coordinating the production of EfS Tasmania’s strategic documentation and reports.
  • As time permits, assist with planning and delivering EfS Tasmania events and activities.

The role of the United Nations University

The United Nations University coordinates the activities of the Regional Centres of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development around the world.