By-election of General Secretary 2013-2015

Pursuant to the Industrial Relations Act 1996, Mr Neale Dawson, Principal Solicitor, NEW Law Pty Ltd, will be the Returning Officer for the by-election of General Secretary of the NSW Teachers Federation for the term 2013–2015.

The General Secretary will hold office for the remainder of the triennium
commencing on Saturday, August 2.


Nominations are hereby invited for the following position:

General Secretary (one to be elected).

Candidates must be financial members of the Federation as at Wednesday, July 23 and must be nominated by at least two financial members of the Federation.

A candidate may complete a statutory declaration in support of candidature which will be forwarded to the Administrative Officers’ Committee for consideration and compiled and distributed with the ballot paper. The statutory declaration should be no more than 400 words. The candidate’s statement should be typed in no less than a 10-point font and affixed within the box.

As well, the candidate must provide a Word file as an attachment to an email sent to marked to the attention of the Returning Officer. This file will be used to print candidate statements on information sheets provided to voters.

The Administrative Officers’ Committee is required by Federation Rules to give a report to the Federation Council on Saturday, August 2.

Nomination forms and statutory declarations in support of candidature are available from Mr Neale Dawson, Returning Officer, NEW Law Pty Ltd, 50 O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo, NSW 2017, Tel: (02) 8595 1295 or from the NSW Teachers Federation, 23–33 Mary Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Phone (02) 9217 2100, Fax (02) 9217 2470.

Close of Nominations

Nominations and Statutory Declarations in support of Candidature must be received by the Returning Officer not later than noon on Wednesday, July 23. They may be hand-delivered, posted, emailed or faxed to The Returning Officer, NEW Law Pty Ltd, 50 O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo, NSW 2017, Tel: (02) 8595 1295, Fax: (02) 9662 1202, email

Any defects in a Nomination or Statutory Declaration in Support of Candidature must be rectified by the candidate prior to the close of nominations at noon on Wednesday, July 23. Any candidate wishing to withdraw his/her nomination must do so in writing to be received by the Returning Officer not later than 11am Thursday, July 24.

Should more than the required number of nominations be received for each or any position, a draw will be conducted to determine the order of candidates’ names on the ballot paper at NEW Law at 11am Thursday, July 24. Candidates or their representatives are invited to witness the draw.


Any ballot will be conducted at the Federation Council on Saturday, August 2. As per the Federation Rules each candidate will have the opportunity to address the Council by way of a three-minute speech.

The method of voting to be observed for this election will be exhaustive preferential. All squares must be numbered.

Neale Dawson.

General Secretary Statement of Duties

The duties of the General Secretary in accordance with Rule 11.1 are:

  1. To attend all meetings of the Conference, Council and Executive and such other meetings as directed. To be held responsible for the keeping of correct minutes of the proceedings of such meetings.
  2. To keep all documents, vouchers and papers belonging to Federation.
  3. To carry out the instructions of the Conference, Council and Executive and exercise a general control over the affairs of the Federation.
  4. To ensure, within a reasonable time, the first meeting of any committee appointed by Conference, Council or Executive shall be held.
  5. To be the public officer of the Federation.
  6. To call meetings of the Conference, Council and Executive in accordance with these rules.
  7. To prepare all returns required by the Act and to supply the same to the Industrial Registrar within the time specified by the Act.
  8. To keep a register of the members of the Federation, showing their financial status.
  9. To have the control and supervision of the paid Officers and employees of the Federation.
  10. The General Secretary, or a deputy nominated by the General Secretary, shall be returning officer for all Council ballots other than elections conducted in accordance with the Act.
  11. To be responsible for the financial management of the Federation.
  12. To be mindful at all times of his or her grave responsibility to ensure that no acts of discrimination or harassment, either sex-based or sexual, are committed by any paid Officer or employee of the Federation towards any other paid Officer, employee or member of the Federation.
  13. To notify Association Secretaries of the names of members allocated to Associations.
  14. To inform Association Secretaries, as soon as practicable, where casual vacancies occur in the offices of Association Representatives on Council or additional Association Representatives to Conference.
  15. To inform Associations of the business set down for Council and Conference.
  16. To perform such other duties as the Council may determine from time to time.
  17. To delegate, other than the power to delegate, any duty under this rule to any Administrative Officer.
  18. To be, together with the Presidential Officers, one of the Federation’s Senior Officers.

In the absence of the General Secretary, these duties shall be carried out by one of the Assistant General Secretaries, appointed by General Secretary. If an Assistant General Secretary is not available, the General Secretary may appoint another Administrative Officer to act as General Secretary.

Duties common to all Administrative Officers

As Administrative Officers are elected by Council and responsible to the General Secretary for the implementation of the decisions of Conference, Council and Executive, all Officers are required to:

a) Attend Annual Conference, Council and Officers’ meetings whenever not prevented by the carrying out of other duties. To attend Executive when possible to provide reports and advice to the Executive.
b) Participate in campaigns.
c) Maintain close relationships with the membership and assist them with their problems. This will include participation in rosters as negotiated, including phone duties, where Officers may be required to participate at least four hours per fortnight. Welfare Officers are exempt from the phone duty roster.
d) Recruit new members as a continuous part of their work.
e) Address school, college and Association meetings when required by the General Secretary.
f) Irrespective of the elected area of responsibility, the General Secretary may require an Officer to service any other area as the need arises.
g) In addition, Officers generally will be assigned to assist the activities of a Committee or Special Interest Group within the Federation by attending its meetings and providing liaison between the Committee/SIG and the Federation office.
h) To address the demands of the priority campaigns of the Federation all Officers may, from time to time, be required by the General Secretary to work outside the duties specified in the duty statement for the position held. For a specified period of time, this may involve performing duties outlined in the duty statements of other Officer positions.