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ATSA is seeking a Board Member/Non-Executive Director with Lived experience in the use of assistive technology

By January 19th, 2022No Comments

Assistive Technology Suppliers Australia Ltd (ATSA) is registered as a not for profit charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) and requires that its members adhere to a comprehensive Code of Practice. ATSA is monitored and supervised by a Board of Directors. There is a National Office based in Sydney. The role of the board is to develop the strategic framework and objectives of the company with management to ensure its long-term sustainability.

Most of the Directors of ATSA are drawn from the membership, who bring business experience, involvement in ATSA company monitoring, advocacy and research including other related assistive technology programs. ATSA’s constitution allows the Board to appoint two non-executive directors and, as part of a recent review of director skills, the Board seeks to appoint a suitably qualified person with a lived experience in using assistive technology to complement skills of existing Board members and assist the Board to develop initiatives to help ATSA members to understand and address the needs of their customers. Industry experience is not a prerequisite for this Director role, however a desire to affect change for the benefit of the disability community is highly valued.

Board meetings are held monthly totalling 11 per annum, with one each quarter being face to face, predominantly in Sydney. Other meetings take place by teleconference / electronic means as needed. Directors must be prepared to travel to another city when reasonably practicable (noting current travel restrictions that may apply due to COVID-19). These dates/times are known well in advance. ATSA’s Board usually incorporates its mid-year face to face meeting with a strategic review. The ATSA AGM is held normally in November.

All Directors are expected to be active contributors to the governance and strategy work of the Board and participate in Committees and working groups as appropriate. Directors are expected to support the various events which ATSA holds and it would also be helpful to occasionally be available to be a speaker for member group events.

A reasonable amount of preparation time is required before each Board and/or Board Committee meeting. While it is difficult to advise exactly what time is required in preparation, directors must allow enough time so that they are well prepared for the Board meeting. Previous directors have advised that, on average, they spend between 3 to 4 hours on preparation for each Board meeting including preparing papers for discussion or decision.

Persons considering nominating for the position of Director should therefore be prepared for a workload which varies considerably depending upon ATSA programs, but may conservatively average 6 to 8 hours per month.

Board positions are unpaid (travel expenses, agreed business expenses and professional development expenses are reimbursed in accordance with company policy).
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About the Organisation
Assistive Technology Suppliers Australia Ltd (ATSA) is the peak industry body representing businesses who supply assistive technology (AT) throughout Australia. A national organisation, ATSA members include assistive technology (AT) suppliers, manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers and repairers.
ATSA provides a voice for businesses, large and small, who provide AT solutions, advice, products, support, repairs and modifications for people with disability, seniors and their carers.
Our members are dedicated to identifying the most suitable solution for the user of AT that will increase their independence and reduce the demands on family and carers.
ATSA supports research, training, education and regulatory compliance in the supply of AT.
We seek to promote a viable, ethical and competitive AT provider sector ensuring choice and flexibility for people with disability and older people in Australia, to meet their clinical needs so that they are best equipped to be able to live their life with dignity.
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Selection Criteria
ATSA is seeking expressions of interest from applicants who have experience and skills in the following areas:
• Lived experience in the use of assistive technology (mandatory)
• Awareness and connections with disability advocacy groups
• Demonstrated knowledge of governance
• Strategic thinking and management
• Critical analysis and questioning
• Understanding and assessment of organisational risk
• Involvement driving growth in a member based organisation.

Ideally you will have experience or an interest in the disability, assistive technologies or human services sectors.

Whilst not essential, experience as a Non-Executive Director and membership of a professional organisation such as Australian Institute of Company Directors or Governance Institute of Australia will be well regarded. ATSA does provide support for governance training for individuals and the Board as necessary.

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How To Apply
Please email your 1 page covering letter addressing the criteria along with your brief CV (no more than 3 pages)
Applications should be addressed to: Mr David Sinclair, Executive Officer and Company Secretary:
E david.sinclair@atsa.org.au P: 0418 861 847

Applications close 31 Jan 2022