Governance, Membership and Finance


Initiatives of Change Australia (IofCA) is calling for expressions of interest for applications to the newly structured IofCA Board. You can apply by downloading the application form: IofCA Board - Committees Application Form.docx

To submit an expression of interest or If you have any queries about applying, please contact the Secretary, Elizabeth Lee

The following two documents, IofCA_Board_Charter.docx and IofCA _Board_Committees.pdf, define the various structures and governance processes of the IofCA Board. The IofCA Board Charter delineates the functions, responsibilities, composition, conduct of meetings and periodic reviews of the IofCA Board and also the process of nomination, assessment and selection process for new Board members. The document on IofCA Board Committees outlines the structure and principles for each committee of the Board. 

The association, ‘Initiatives of Change Australia’ is incorporated as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, registered with the Australian Charities and Not‑for‑profits Commission (ACNC), ABN 22 004 350 789.

Membership of IofCA is open to all those who accept to share the ownership, responsibility and decision-making for this movement and organization in Australia, and who uphold its values, mission and fellowship. Membership brings with it the right to participate in general meetings of the Association (usually one meeting a year), to vote in elections for the IofCA Board, and to stand for membership of the Board. Members of the Association also review and approve the annual accounts, and help ensure compliance with the IofCA constitution.  

The association currently has around 100 members. For information about membership, please contact the Secretary.

The Board is responsible for the financial and legal management of IofC Australia, presently consisting of 10 members: Andrew Lancaster (Chair), Mike Brown (Deputy Chair), Paul Wilkins (Treasurer), Elizabeth Lee (Secretary), Jonathan Lancaster, Daya Bhagwandas, Quynh-Tram Trinh, Francis Halim, Ron Lawler and Paul Ntoumos.

An Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members receives the audited accounts and annual report of activities, and elects Board members. The AGM is usually held in conjunction with a national meeting of the IofC network. Members who are unable to attend the AGM in person are encouraged to vote by proxy. To request the annual audited accounts and annual reports for previous years, contact the Secretary, Initiatives of Change Australia, 226 Kooyong Rd, Toorak, Victoria 3142.

In the past, a corps of full-time volunteers managed many organizational activities, and was supported in various ways through stipends and in-kind contributions. Others made their own financial resources available to enable new ventures or participation. IofC Australia supports a strong culture of volunteerism, while also recognizing that in the context of today’s workforce, paid workers and staff are necessary to support its network of volunteers. The organization continues to seek new public and private sources of financing, and welcomes all offers of contributions as well as access to contacts and networks that may wish to support IofC’s peace building work.

To contribute, contact the Executive Officer, Initiatives of Change Australia, 226 Kooyong Rd, Toorak, Victoria 3142.

Read more about IofCA in the 20178-18 Annual Report