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Organisation : Women's Crisis Support Service Inc

Location : QLD Regional (BOOVAL)

Time required : Bimonthly meetings, second Tuesday.

Duration of project : Annual appointment

Sector : Disabilities, Drug, Alcohol & Addiction, Homelessness & Affordable Housing, Law, Justice & Human Rights, Women

Application closing date : 31 Oct, 2021

About the role

Management Committee Member

The key responsibilities of the Committee are to set the direction for the Organisation, to monitor its performance and to maintain control of the organisation, ensuring that it stays on track according to agreed priorities and planned activities. Duties also include:

  • Attending meetings as required
  • Actively participate and contribute constructively to the productivity and outcomes of meetings
  • Declare any personal interests that might conflict with the interests of the organisation or your duty as a Committee member
  • Act in accordance with the Code of Conduct
  • Keep informed about the Organisation’s business
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organisation when requested by the Committee
  • Be a member and/or chair of sub-committees/working groups as required
  • Sign letters or documents on behalf of the organisation as required
  • Exercise delegation of authority and expenditure as determined by the committee

As a Group with the Committee

  • Provide a clear viable direction for the organisation, agree on priorities and oversee the development of an Organisational Strategic Plan
  • Oversee the development of an Annual Budget
  • Ensure the solvency and financial viability of the organisation
  • Establish clear expectations for the performance of all Committee Members, Staff and Volunteers
  • Make informed decisions on key issues
  • Establish accountability and reporting processes for Committee Members and Staff
  • Monitor the implementation of plans, budgets, policies and decisions and be able to recognise and take action when these are not implemented in the agreed way
  • Ensure sound risk management is in place by establishing and monitoring a Risk Management Plan, including appropriate Insurance cover
  • Ensure compliance by the organisation with legislation, contracts and any other legal obligations
  • Ensure the organisation meets the requirements specified in its Model Rules and Associations Incorporation act 1991
  • Ensure that the policies and procedures as set down in the “Policy and Procedures Manual” are followed
  • Oversee the signing of contracts
  • Monitor the performance of the Committee
  • Monitor the performance of the organisation and take action to ensure the organisation performs to its capacity and meets its contractual obligations
  • Ensure that the Committee is sustained over time and that succession is well planned
  • Address any conflicts of interest within the Committee and across the organisation
  • Ensure the membership and community support is maintained

About the organisation

Organisation name : Women's Crisis Support Service Inc

The Women’s Crisis Support Service Inc. (previously known as Ipswich Women’s Shelter Inc.) was established in 1977 by a group of concerned community members.  The original shelter operated in a house donated by a local family and was staffed by volunteers.  Prior to 1978, shelters were wholly self-funded; there was no government financial support.

WCSSI shelter and mobile support program provides immediate accommodation and a range
of supports, including domestic and family violence safety planning, court support, assistance to access
affordable housing, medical and counselling referrals, legal assistance referrals, police and court assistance, and health and well-being programs through community facilitators.
Working collaboratively with other service providers, we use a strengths-based approach to address
challenges in a woman’s life. This leads to improved relationships, better life choices and enhanced
personal confidence and mental wellbeing.

Our women’s shelter provides wrap-around support services and is a safe and secure place to stay. It’s
success relies on the dedicated and skilled staff that tirelessly advocate and support the vulnerable women and children who call our shelter home each year.
Our Mobile Support Program receive many self and third-party referrals, primarily from women who are seeking help to better understand domestic violence, to develop Safety Plans and to rebuild their lives as they recover from the consequences and trauma that domestic violence and or homelessness has had on their lives and the lives of their children.

The Service is currently funded through the Department of Justice and Attorney General and accommodation is provided through the Department of Housing & Public Works (Community Housing Program) and the organisation owns one property.


How to apply

Applications not allowed for this volunteering opportunity.

Please quote in application: Management Committee Member via Pro Bono Australia.


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