The following pages are a model constitution for use by groups seeking recognition as registered Clubs or Societies of USU.

In some situations, you may add to the constitution to suit the nature of your Society.  However, you should seek the advice of the C&S Office if you wish to do this.

You should not delete any part of the constitution, as what is stated herein is the minimum required for recognition of your Society by USU. Amendment to the constitution can only be done formally, at a General Meeting or AGM. Constitutional amendments do not become effective until approved by the Clubs & Societies Committee and ratified by the Board of The University of Sydney Union

Fill in the spaces with the words or numbers appropriate to the size and nature of your Society. Where necessary, you may also need to delete certain given options. Figures and percentages given in the constitution are minimum standards, and may not be changed to smaller values.

Minimum membership types are Ordinary and Associate members. Ordinary members are students or staff of University of Sydney that are also University of Sydney Union ‘ACCESS’ card holders. You will have to decide what types of membership clauses your society will have and delete the irrelevant clauses. It is advised that you do not include an Honorary membership clause unless absolutely necessary.

You may wish to add extra Committee positions, such as Publicity Officer, Activities Officer, Environment Officer, and duty statements for those positions.

You may need to amend the sections pertaining to Annual General Meetings and Elections depending on whether you intend to hold these events simultaneously or separately.

The C&S Office is happy to advise you on any questions about adopting or amending a constitution.

The C&S Office is situated on Ground Level of Manning House. For more information, send an email to c.socs@usu.edu.au or call us on 9563 6160 or 9563 6118.


C&S Model Constitution

1.        NAME

The name of the fellowship shall be called The Sydney University Chinese Christian Fellowship, abbreviated as SUCCF hereinafter.

2.        AIMS

  1. “The Society” is not-for-profit; meaning: the assets and income of the society shall be applied solely in furtherance of the aims of the society and no portion shall be distributed directly or indirectly to the members of the society except as bona fide compensation expenses incurred on behalf of the society

  1. The aims of the Society shall be to:

 2.2.1    To spread the Gospel and to build up Christians on campus, targeting the Chinese speaking students, as witnesses for our Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. To stimulate the growth of a full and balanced Christian life in its members through prayer, bible Study and fellowship.
  2. To develop relationships with churches and to channel its members to them who agree to the objectives and basis of the fellowship. (The fellowship is not a local church in that its ministry is specialised).
  3. The Doctrinal Basis of SUCCF shall be following fundamental Christian truths:
  1. We believe in the trinity of the one true God – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  2. We believe that the Holy Trinity, the one true God, is the Creator of the universe.
  3. We believe that God the Son, Jesus Christ, is true God and true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
  4. We believe Jesus Christ died for our sins and was buried. On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
  5. We believe the Holy Spirit has equal status with God the Father and God the Son. His ministry is to convict humans of their sin, that they can be born again, and to indwell, guide and instruct believers in the Truth.
  6. We believe that humankind was created in the image of God. Since Adam’s disobedience, we are sinners under the wrath of God, and we need salvation from God.
  7. We believe Jesus Christ died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, and that His precious blood has redeemed us from our sins, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  8. We believe in the divine inspiration and infallibility of the Holy Scriptures, both the Old and the New Testaments.

2.3        The Society will undertake the following activities to achieve its aims:

  1. Our society shall organize a weekly meeting which would likely to be chosen on a time that is available to most CCF members. The content of such will be in a variety activities that aims toward creating bonding among each members, or topical seminar by pastor from local or regional Churches. Such seminar shall be related to Christianity and allows non-Christian to have a better understanding of Christianity.
  2. Our society shall organise a weekly small group meetings and conduct Bible study. We shall have 2 – 4 small groups meeting spread among each weekdays. Each small groups shall have appointed leaders that is responsible for hosting the activities in each meetings. These small group meetings shall aims toward the spiritual growth of each members, and gain of Christianity knowledge from the Bible passages.
  3. Our society shall conducts certain irregular gathering or event on days such as welcoming party on first week, semester breaks, Easter holidays etc. These activities are aims toward allows one to have a better understanding of each other and attract more Chinese speaking students to join our meetings.

3.        MEMBERSHIP

3.1         The classes of annual Membership shall be:

  1. Ordinary Membership

(These are USYD Students/Staff whom are also USU voting members i.e. ACCESS Members)

a). All students of the University of Sydney shall be eligible for Ordinary Membership of the Society.

b). Any Ordinary Member shall hold one vote at all meetings and elections of the Society at which they are present.

  1. Associate Membership

(These are non-USYD Students/Staff whom are not USU voting members but hold an. ACCESS card)

a). All holders of a current Access Card of The University of Sydney Union other than those who qualify for Ordinary Membership shall be eligible for Associate Membership of the Society. Associate Members are not eligible to hold Executive positions, vote in elections or vote at meetings of the Society.

  1. On application to the Secretary, a person shall be deemed Ordinary Members or Associate Members of SUCCF and henceforth be bound by this Constitution.

  1. No subscription fee is required for both Ordinary Members and Associate Members.

  1. THE EXECUTIVE
  1. SUCCF shall be inter-denominational and evangelical.
  2.   The Committee Members, elected at the Annual General meeting are:

i)        A President

ii)        A Secretary

iii)        A Treasurer

iv)        Executive Member(s)

4.3        The Executive shall have power to manage the Society in accordance with this Constitution.

4.4        Attendance of Executive Members at Ordinary and General Meetings is obligatory. Any Executive Member who does not attend three consecutive meetings without leave can be dismissed from the Executive by a two-thirds majority vote of those Ordinary Members and Honorary Members who would otherwise be eligible for Ordinary Membership in attendance at an Ordinary Meeting.

4.5        An advisor is to be elected by Committee members annually. 

4.5.1 The roles of an advisor are to give spiritual guidance and advice; and technical support to SUCCF.

4.5.2 The advisor is to be nominated and elected annually by a show of hands by the committee members at the first ordinary meeting after the AGM. 


5.        DUTIES OF EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

5.1        The President shall:

i)        Plan the Society’s activities in consultation with the Executive.

ii)        Liaise with the Executive and any Committees formed by the Society.

iii)        Ensure an adequate handover, including any documents and materials, to the following Executive.

5.2        The Treasurer shall:

i)        Maintain the Society’s finances in accordance with the C&S Handbook for Treasurers produced by the Clubs & Societies Office of The University of Sydney Union.

ii)        Present to the Annual General Meeting of the Society a report detailing the financial activity and status of the Society.

iii)        Ensure an adequate handover, including any documents and materials, to the following Executive.

5.3        The Secretary shall:

i)        Conduct the correspondence of the Society.

ii)        Book meeting rooms for the Society.

iii)        Keep minutes of the proceedings of all Society meetings.

iv)        Maintain the records and documents of the Society.

v)        Maintain a list of current Members, in accordance with University of Sydney Union Guidelines.

vi)        Maintain the Society’s registration with The University of Sydney Union.

5.4        The Executive members shall:

i)         Assist with the President, Treasurer and Secretary.

ii)        Assist in the planning of SUCCF-activities.

6.        ORDINARY MEETINGS

6.1        The Society shall hold an Ordinary Meeting at least once every four weeks during semester (teaching period, Weeks 1-13).

6.2        Ordinary Meetings shall be called by the President, Secretary, or by the Secretary forthwith upon receipt of the written application of at least twenty percent (20%) of the Ordinary Members of the Society.

6.3        At least three (3) clear days notice of the time and place of an Ordinary Meeting shall be given in one of the recognised publications of The University of Sydney Union and, if possible, the Society notice board and, if possible, by a mail-out to all Members. (A mail-out is understood to include communication by e-mail.)

6.4        The President shall chair Ordinary Meetings. In the absence of the President, another Executive Member shall chair the Meeting.

6.5        Quorum at Ordinary Meetings shall be five (5) Ordinary Members if the Society’s current membership is no greater than seventy (70) Ordinary Members, or ten (10) Ordinary Members if the Society’s membership is greater than seventy (70) Ordinary Members. Quorum must include not less than three (3) Executive Members.

6.6        The agenda for an Ordinary Meeting shall include:

        1.         Apologies and leaves of absence

        2.         Minutes of the previous meeting

        3.         Correspondence

        4.         Reports of Executive Members

        5.         General Business

6.7        An Ordinary Meeting of the Society has power to carry motions relating to the affairs of the Society by a simple majority vote of those members present and voting, including:

i)        Giving direction to the Executive

ii)        Determining the use of the finances and other assets of the Society

iii)        Instituting Committees for any purpose of the Society and co-opting Society members onto any Committee

iv)        DismissingExecutive Members under 4.3 of the Constitution

7.        GENERAL MEETINGS

7.1        The Society shall hold General Meetings as required during semester (teaching period, Weeks 1-13).

7.2        The Secretary may at any time, for any worthy purpose, call a General Meeting, and shall do so forthwith upon receipt of the written application of twenty percent (20%) of OrdinaryMembers of the Society stating the purposes for which the meeting is called. The business debated at a General Meeting shall be confined to the purposes named in the notice.

7.3        Except as provided in Clause 9, the Secretary shall give at least seven (7) clear days notice of the time and place of a General Meeting through one of the recognised publications of The University of Sydney Union and, if possible, the Society notice board and, if possible, by a mail-out to all members. (A mail-out is understood to include communication by e-mail.)

7.4        Quorum at General Meetings shall be the lesser of one-third of the Ordinary Members or fifteen (15) Ordinary Members. If within thirty minutes from the time appointed for the meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting shall be dissolved.

7.5        The procedure at all meetings shall follow the normal rules of debate.

7.6        The agenda for a General Meeting shall include:

        1.         Opening and welcome

        2.         Apologies and leaves of absence

        3.         Minutes of the previous meeting

        4.         Business arising from the minutes

        5.         Correspondence

        6.         Motions on notice

                7.         Reports of Executive Members.

                8.         Other reports

                9.         General business

                10.         Date of the next meeting

7.7        A General Meeting of the Society has the same powers as an Ordinary Meeting, and may also carry the following motions on notice relating to the affairs of the Society by a two-thirds majority vote of those members present and voting:

i)        Filling vacancies on the Executive

ii)        Repealing motions and the effect of motions carried at an Ordinary Meeting

iii)        Amending the Constitution

iv)        DismissingExecutive Members for reasons other than that in 4.3 of the Constitution, provided that the Executive Member is given reasonable right of reply

v)        Dissolving the Society.

8.        ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

8.1        The Society shall hold an Annual General Meeting annually in the month of September.

8.2        The Annual General Meeting shall be convened for the following purposes:

i)        To receive a report and statement of accounts for the preceding financial period

ii)        To elect an Executive for the ensuing term

iii)        to transact any other business, notice of which shall be duly submitted to the Secretary

8.3        The Secretary shall give at least fourteen (14) clear days notice of the time and place of the Annual General Meeting in one of the recognised publications of The University of Sydney Union and, if possible, the Society notice board and, if possible, by a mail-out to all members. (A mail-out is understood to include communication by e-mail.)

8.4        The Annual General Meeting shall be held between 9am and 9pm at a place on a campus of The University of Sydney during semester (teaching period, Weeks 1-13). The Annual General Meeting shall be chaired by the President or an Executive Member not standing for election to any position.

8.5        Quorum at the Annual General Meeting shall be the lesser of one-third of the Ordinary Members or fifteen (15) Ordinary Members.

8.6        The agenda for the Annual General Meeting shall include:

        1.         Opening and welcome

        2.         Apologies and leaves of absence

        3.         Minutes of the previous meeting

        4.         Business arising from the minutes

        5.         Correspondence

        6.         Motions on notice

        7.         Annual Reports

                        7.1        President

                        7.2        Treasurer

                        7.3        Secretary

                        7.4        Other Executive Members

        8.         Election of the Executive

        9.         General business

8.7        Other activities – to be organised by SUCCF.

9.        ELECTIONS

9.1        The Executive shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting in the month of September each year.

9.2        Only Ordinary Members shall be eligible to be candidates for election or to vote in the election. 

9.3        The term of the Executive shall commence immediately following the close of the Annual General Meeting and conclude at the close of the Annual General Meeting in the following year. A position cannot be held by the same person for more than 3 years.

9.4        The Secretary shall give at least fourteen (14) clear days notice of the time and location of the annual General Meeting in one of the recognised publications of The University of Sydney Union and, if possible, the Society notice board and, if possible, by a mail-out to all Members. (A mail-out is understood to include communication by e-mail.).  The notice shall state:

i)        the day on which nominations open, which day shall be at least fourteen (14) clear days before the day of the elections;

ii)        the day and time on which nominations close, which shall be no later than the time of the meeting at which the elections are to occur;

iii)        the time, date and venue of the election;

iv)        that only Ordinary Members shall be eligible to be candidates for election or to vote.

9.5        In order to stand for election, nominees must accept nomination.

9.6        Before an election the Executive shall nominate a suitable person, not being a candidate for election, to act as Returning Officer. The Returning Officer shall be charged with the conduct of the election, and may appoint suitable persons, not being candidates for election, as Deputy Returning Officers.

9.7        The Clubs & Societies Manager shall serve as Electoral Arbiter and shall receive any appeals against the decisions of the Returning Officer.

9.8        Voting shall be by secret ballot, and shall be First Past the Post.

9.9        The General Body of the Society may, in a General Meeting, elect any Ordinary Member of the Society to fill any casual vacancy that may occur in the Executive. (A casual vacancy occurs when an Executive Member is dismissed from the Executive or resigns before the term of office has expired.)

10.         ALTERATION TO THE CONSTITUTION

10.1        This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of those Ordinary Members who would otherwise be eligible for Ordinary Membership in attendance at any General Meeting, provided that:

i)        Written notice of proposed changes has been given to the Secretary not less than seven (7) clear days before such a meeting,

ii)         The said changes do not contravene The University of Sydney or The University of Sydney Union guidelines,

iii)         the Secretary has given at least fourteen (14) clear days notice of those proposed changes to all Members through one of the recognized publications of The University of Sydney Union and, if possible, the Society notice board and, if possible, by a mail-out to all members (A mail-out is understood to include communication by e-mail.),

iv)        a copy of the amended constitution, and minutes of the meeting at which the amendments were made, are presented to the Clubs & Societies Manager of The University of Sydney Union within fourteen (14) clear days of the meeting,

v)        The amendments are approved by the Clubs & Societies Committee and ratified by the Board of The University of Sydney Union.

10.2        Constitutional amendments do not become effective until approved by the Clubs & Societies Committee and ratified by the Board of The University of Sydney Union.

11.         ASSETS AND FINANCES

11.1        Sydney University Chinese Christian Fellowship is Not for profit; meaning: the assets and income of the society shall be applied solely in furtherance of the aims of the society and no portion shall be distributed directly or indirectly to the members of the society except as bona fide compensation expenses incurred on behalf of the society.

11.2      All property of the Society shall be vested in the Executive, and shall be dealt with in such manner as directed by the Society in an Ordinary Meeting.

  1. The Society shall maintain a bank account.

  1. All payments of the Society shall be by cheque, signed by at least two members of the Executive, one of whom must be the Treasurer.
  2. The finances of the Society shall be maintained in accordance with the C&S Handbook for Treasurers produced by the Clubs & Societies Office of The University of the Sydney Union, and submitted for audit by the Clubs & Societies Auditor immediately following the Financial Year End of the Society in the month of June each year.

  1. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Constitution, all assets and funds of the Society shall be used solely to further the Objects of the Society, and no portion of those funds shall be paid or distributed to members of the Society except as compensation for out-of-pocket expenses.

  1. The financial year of the Society shall run from the First of July to the Thirtieth of June of the following year.

12.         DISSOLUTION

12.1        The Society may be dissolved by resolution of a two-thirds majority vote of those members present and voting at a General Meeting. If on the dissolution there remain any monies or property, they shall, with the consent of the Clubs & Societies Office, be transferred to a cultural, charitable or educational organization as the Society in a General Meeting may resolve.

12.2         The Secretary shall give at least fourteen (14) clear days notice of the time and place of such a General Meeting through one of the recognized publications of The University of Sydney Union and, if possible, the Society notice board and, if possible, by a mail-out to all members. (A mail-out is understood to include communication by e-mail.)

13.        INACTIVITY

13.1         The Society shall be deemed inactive after any continuous six month period in which the Society does not hold any events or engage in financial activity.  If upon inactivity there remains any monies or properties, the Clubs & Societies Auditor and the Clubs & Societies Manager shall become signatories of the Society account and the Clubs & Societies Office shall control such properties and held in trust.  After a further six month period, all money will be deposited into a USU-administered trust account, and will be returned to the Club should it reform. After a total of eighteen months inactivity, all Society funds will be transferred to the USU general account.

14.         RECOGNITION

14.1        The Society shall comply with all requirements of The University of Sydney and The University of Sydney Union for recognition as a registered Society of The University of Sydney Union.

        This Constitution was adopted on the ____ day of ________, 2015.

        President’s Signature ____________________________

        Secretary’s Signature ____________________________

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