Governing Council Ballot Division Cycle

This model is based on the principle that the four Divisional representatives on Council, for any one two-year term, should collectively be as representative as possible of the wide variation in the geography, membership numbers, and composition of the eight Divisions.

Term 1

(2014 – 2016)

Term 2

(2016- 2018)

Term 3

(2018 – 2020)

Term 4

(2020 – 2022)

VIC Div.

WA Div.

NSW Div.

QLD Div.

ACT Div.

NT Div.

TAS Div.

SA Div.

WA Div.

NSW Div.

QLD Div.

VIC Div.

NT Div

TAS Div.

SA Div.

ACT Div.


Only current financial members of the GSA can nominate, second or vote.

The Division Councillors are determined at the Division Annual General Meeting and the General Councillors are determined by postal ballot. 

The Divisions have been classified as follows (based on membership numbers in 2012):

  1. Large membership (WA: 523; NSW: 426; Qld: 416; Vic: 296); Medium (SA: 202; ACT: 182) and Small (Tas: 117 and NT: 29); 
  2. Resource-oriented States: WA, Qld, SA and NT; 
  3. Non-resource/mixed economy: NSW; Vic; ACT; and Tas.

These categories have then been considered according to the following criteria: that two resource-oriented and two non-resource-oriented (or mixed economy) Divisions should be represented at any one time; that two Divisions in each of those two categories should be geographically separated, if possible; and that the mix of large, medium and small Divisions results in approximately equal representation of membership numbers in each two-year term.