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THE CO-OPERATIVE
RULES
 - ABRIDGED

All Co-operatives in Australia are legally required to have a comprehensive set of governing rules to ensure that both members, and governance officials understand their rights and responsibilities . The full comprehensive rules for The Pack Music Co-operative can be found here, however an abridged version outlining member and board conduct is noted below for accessibility and simplicity. A link to the 7 Co-operative Principles, which we expect all members to uphold, can also be found below. 

Co-op Members and Board Conduct

Member Types, Rights, and Expectations

Full Individual Memberships (Musician)

  • Eligibility: Natural persons at least 14 years old, acting independently as solo composers or performers.

  • Rights:

    • Full voting rights in general meetings.

    • Access to all member benefits and resources.

    • Ability to nominate for the position of member director if vacant positions are available.

  • Expectations:

    • Actively participate in Co-op activities.

    • Pay entry fees and periodic subscriptions promptly (if applicable).

    • Maintain good standing and support the Co-op's objectives.

Full Joint Memberships (Ensemble / Band)

  • Eligibility: Up to four natural persons collaborating as a group, either in composing music or performing.

  • Rights:

    • One collective vote shared among the joint members.

    • Joint members can collectively nominate one member to stand for office if vacant positions ae available.

    • Access to member benefits and resources as a group.

  • Expectations:

    • Joint members are jointly and severally liable for payments due to the Co-op.

    • Collaborate to maintain active participation and good standing.

    • Notify the Co-op of any changes in the representative member.

Full Corporate or Legal Guardian Memberships (Musician)

  • Eligibility: Entities representing individuals under 14 or individuals with legal impairments.

    • Can include parents, guardians, trustees, or attorneys.

  • Rights:

    • Voting rights on behalf of the represented individual.

    • Ability to appoint a primary representative and deputies for participation in meetings.

  • Expectations:

    • Ensure that the interests of the represented individual are actively supported.

    • Pay fees and subscriptions on behalf of the represented individual.

    • Maintain good standing and comply with Co-op rules.

Associate Memberships (Business / Corporate / Government)

  • Eligibility: Businesses or government entities that have a supportive relationship with the Co-op.

  • Rights:

    • Recognition of the supportive relationship with the Co-op.

    • Access to certain Co-op events and resources.

    • No voting rights.

  • Expectations:

    • Support the Co-op's objectives through collaboration and resource sharing.

    • Maintain a positive relationship with the Co-op and other members.

    • Pay any applicable fees or contributions as determined by the board.

 

Member Obligations

Active Membership

  • Definition: Active participation in the Co-op's primary activities, such as contributing music for streaming.

  • Requirements:

    • Identify with and support the Co-op's objectives.

    • Contribute artistic material for streaming.

    • Pay fees and subscriptions on time.

Conduct and Participation

  • Meeting Attendance: Members are expected to attend and vote in general meetings.

  • Dispute Resolution: Engage in mediation processes for resolving disputes, following Co-op rules.

 

Board Conduct and Responsibilities

Board Composition

  • Structure: Comprises a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 member directors.

  • Eligibility: Directors must be individuals, at least 18 years old, and of good standing.

Board Duties

  • Management: Oversee and manage the Co-op’s operations and business activities.

  • Compliance: Ensure the Co-op adheres to legal requirements and internal rules.

  • Decision Making: Make strategic decisions through majority votes; the chairperson has a casting vote in case of ties.

Meetings and Decision Making

  • Frequency: Board meetings held at least quarterly.

  • Quorum: Minimum number of directors required for a valid meeting.

  • Voting: Decisions made by majority vote, with the chairperson casting the deciding vote if needed.

Conflicts of Interest

  • Declaration: Directors must declare any personal interest in contracts with the Co-op.

  • Participation: Directors with declared interests cannot vote on related matters unless permitted by the board.

Delegation

  • Authority: Board can delegate powers to directors, committees, or members.

  • Terms: Delegated powers must be exercised within specified terms.

Remuneration and Expenses

  • Compensation: At this time directors do not receive remuneration except for approved fees and expenses.

  • Reimbursement: Necessary business expenses incurred by directors are reimbursed.

Chairperson Role

  • Election: Chairperson elected by the board and can be replaced by ordinary resolution.

  • Responsibilities: Lead meetings, ensure orderly conduct, and represent the board in official capacities.

 

By understanding these key points, members can ensure they fulfill their roles and responsibilities within the Co-op while the board effectively supports and manages the Co-op’s governance.

The 7 Principles of Co-operatives

Co-operatives are jointly owned, autonomous businesses formed to benefit their members who are also their owners. In a co-op, ownership and control is shared equally amongst members who use the enterprise to meet a common purpose. The members of a co-op can be individuals, other businesses, employees or community stakeholders.

Co-operatives are the only business model with a set of internationally agreed values. The seven co-operative principles keep co-operatives true to their social purpose.

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