Information for members

Divisional Council elections are held from 30 September to 21 October 2019.

A ballot will be held for the following Divisional Councils:

2019 DIVISIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS NUMBER OF POSITIONS OFFERED
Australian Capital Territory 2  5
Europe 2  3
Malaysia 1  2
New South Wales 2  8
New Zealand 6  7
Queensland 6  12
Singapore  2  4
South Australia 3  6
Tasmania  7  8
Victoria 3  13
Western Australia  4  8

Greater China and Northern Territory, the number of nominations received were equal to or less than the number of vacancies, and they will not proceed to a ballot. 

Conduct of elections and voting by members

Elections are conducted in accordance with Part 6 (Election Procedure) of CPA Australia’s By-Laws. Where the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies to be filled, a ballot will be held. Divisional Council elections are conducted on behalf of CPA Australia by the independent online polling firm BigPulse.

Members eligible to vote in their Divisional Council election will receive ballot information on or around Monday 30 September, and the ballot will open at 9.00am local time on that day. The ballot will close at 5.00pm local time on Monday 21 October.

Members with email addresses recorded by CPA Australia will receive their invitations to vote electronically. Members without email addresses will receive their invitation to vote through the post. Members will have electronic access to candidate details and can lodge their ballots electronically.

Instructions on how to lodge a valid vote will be provided with the voting information. 

The electronic election process allows for the rotation of candidates by one position after each vote is cast, meaning that no candidate is disadvantaged by their position on the ballot.  For example, if there are six candidates in a ballot, candidates will remain in alphabetical sequence, but each candidate will appear at the top of the ballot after every sixth vote is cast.

In accordance with Part 6 of the By-Laws, the ballot will be conducted as optional-preferential.

Election Results

Results of the 2019 Divisional Council elections will be announced in November in the local editions of CPA Update and local Divisional newsletters and on the CPA Australia website.

Returning Officers

Local Divisional General Managers, Country Heads, and Regional Heads are Returning Officers for the ballots conducted in their respective divisions.

Queries concerning eligibility to nominate for election or regarding the conduct of the ballot should be referred to local Returning Officers.

Commitment requirement for Divisional Councillors

Divisional Councillors are elected for a three-year term from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2022 and may be re-elected for one further three-year term.

Divisional Councillors are volunteers and commit time and effort without remuneration to the benefit of CPA Australia and its members, to the accounting profession and the wider community.

All Divisional Councillors must agree to the Volunteer Code of Conduct, to declare conflicts of interest as they arise and the CPA Australia Privacy Policy.

Further queries

Members should email the following Divisions in the first instance or phone their local Divisional General Manager

Australian Capital Territory: ACT.election@cpaaustralia.com.au 

Europe: EU.election@cpaaustralia.com.au

Malaysia: Malaysia.election@cpaaustralia.com.au

New South Wales: NSW.election@cpaaustralia.com.au

New Zealand: NZ.election@cpaaustralia.com.au

Queensland: QLD.election@cpaaustralia.com.au

Singapore: Singapore.election@cpaaustralia.com.au

South Australia: SA.election@cpaaustralia.com.au

Tasmania: TAS.election@cpaaustralia.com.au

Victoria: VIC.election@cpaaustralia.com.au

Western Australia: WA.election@cpaaustralia.com.au