If you’re keen to get involved or learn more about us, we’ve collected information about how we operate, including how voting works, how our funding and financial processes work, and how we operate within the larger organization of ANUSA.
We’ve been hopping for decades!
The ANU Environment Collective has existed in one form or another for many decades. Details archived over the last few decades paint a proud history within our collective of action on sustainability across many fronts. That’s a tradition we want to uphold – and, if possible, learn more about!
How we work
A quick guide to what we do and how to get involved!
A more detailed guide will hopefully be available later in the year – it’s one of our projects for 2019! In the meantime, here are the essentials:
Where we sit in the ANU community
Officially, we are known as the ANU Environment Department. We operate as a smaller organization within the ANU Student Association (ANUSA), serving alongside six other departments. Departments exist to advocate for marginalized groups. In our case, we advocate for the environment and sustainability more broadly. Although we’re part of ANUSA, we also operate independently from them in some important ways such as finances and decision-making.
The department is administered by the Environment Officer, who facilitates meetings, acts a point of contact on behalf of the collective, and otherwise helps administer the daily functioning of the group. The officer also provides regular reports to the ANUSA Student Representative Council (SRC). The officer is typically assisted by members across a range of roles: Learn more about the different roles here.
Elections and appointments of the 2019 executives will be announced early next year, with ample time for first-year students to express interest and get involved too!
Although we are known as the Environment Department in official terms, we typically refer to ourselves instead as the Environment Collective to emphasize the collective-based approach to governance.
Meetings, voting, membership, constitution.
Important requirements on how we operate are outlined in our Constitution, available here.
All undergraduate students are members of ANUSA, and through that, are also automatically made members of the ANU Environment Collective. Members have voting rights at meetings, can call meetings on the collective’s behalf, and can add items of discussion to a meeting’s agenda (the “to-do list”).
We hold regular meetings, usually once a week during semester. These are known as “Ordinary General Meetings” (OGMs). At an OGM members can vote in executives to vacant positions, and vote on spending or proposed changes to the budget. There is a required attendance of 8 members to have “quorum” at the meeting and for the votes to be considered valid.
We vote and take ownership of ideas as a non-hierarchical and democratic collective that prioritizes opennes and inclusivity. This idea is explored further here, but these are some important features about the way we try to run things.
Budgets, project funding, and related matters.
More details on department funding works are available here. Important details and key terms are summarized below.