The HSU has a democratic and progressive structure. Membership involvement and consultation is encouraged at every possible level and on every major issue.
The HSU in WA is really two Unions, a WA Union and a WA Branch of a National Union.
The Health Services Union of WA is registered and operates under Rules approved by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission and the WA Industrial Relations Act.
The Health Services Union is also the WA Branch of the nationally registered Health Services Union which operates under Rules approved by Fair Work Australia under the Registered Organisations Act. Each Branch of the HSU is responsible for the management of its own internal affairs.
The Rules of the Union are essentially our Constitution and set out the rights and obligations of the executive and members and the way the union conducts its affairs. Copies of the Rules can be found here
The HSUWA uses the Number One Objective of the Union (see Clause 4 of the Rules) as our Mission Statement : To protect and further the interests of its members by any lawful means.
In practice the State registered HSUWA controls the funds , resources and staff of the Union. Decisions are made here in WA.
HSUWA Committee of Management
Like any members run association the HSUWA has a “board of directors” called the Committee of Management.
All Financial Members may nominate for positions on the Committee of Management. Members are entitled to vote in elections held by the WA Electoral Commission. Voting is done by postal ballot forwarded by the Electoral Commission to members private addresses.
Committee of Management members are elected to 3 year terms, elections for one third of the Committee are held each year.
Paid employees of the HSUWA are not entitled to stand for the Committee of Management.
The Committee of Management acts on advice from the membership, any agreed sub-committees, full time paid officials and employees and other sources as necessary to direct the affairs of the HSUWA.