NECA National Plans to Remove Branch Independence | NECA

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25th March 2024

NECA National Plans to Remove Branch Independence



On Friday the 22nd of March, the National body voted for NECA to become fully centralised organisation and limiting state independence and impeding our local members.

National claims that this is simply a governance and structure change, but the reality of what is written in the proposed rules, severely impacts NECA SA/NT member's autonomy.

As a state-run organisation, we fear our local voice becomes the minority, local money no longer going back into local initiatives, state-based decision making being compromised, and an overall drop in community engagement.

Centralisation often fails to recognise unique community needs and causes a disconnect with local state nuances, expertise, and regulation.

Under the new model, decisions around how your membership fees would be used to support local member interests, would be shifted to National.

Despite our best efforts and objection, together with our Victorian colleagues, unfortunately the majority of the National Council decided to proceed. As a result, NECA National will be submitting a version of the amended rules for approval to Fair Work Australia.

As representatives of South Australian and Northern Territory interests of our members, we are deeply concerned about this action. We plan to challenge the proposed changes at Fair Work Australia.

We will keep you updated on any further developments and actions we plan to take. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have on

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