What is the ACF Council?

The ACF Council is the core body elected by and representing ACF members and is a vital component of the organisation’s overall democratic and governance structure. Councillors represent our members in every Australian state and territory and are elected for three-year terms.

ACF Council elections

ACF Council elections are held every three years and all councillor positions become vacant. ACF members are invited to nominate to represent their electorate. Current councillors may be eligible to nominate for re-election if they wish.

There are eight council electorates, one for each state and territory. Each Australian state is represented by three councillors. The ACT and NT are represented by one and two councillors respectively. For ACF Council election purposes, the NT electorate includes other territories governed by Commonwealth Law that are not part of the states, the ACT or the NT.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for election as a councillor you must:

  • Be a current ACF member; and
  • Live in the electorate you wish to represent.

You are ineligible if:

  • You are a current councillor and have already served more than three consecutive ACF Council terms or equivalent; or
  • You are an employee of ACF.

For more information, read the position description.

How do I nominate?

Nomination for ACF Council requires submission of two forms.

  1. Complete and submit the application form.
  2. Complete, sign and email the Candidate Declaration form, to Jane Macaulay at [email protected]. The Candidate Declaration requires support signatures of two current ACF members. If you require assistance finding members to support your nomination, please contact Jane.

The information you provide will be made available to ACF members to inform their vote.

Click here to submit your application online. If you’d like to submit your expression of interest via post, contact Jane Macaulay at [email protected] or call 03 9345 1233 for more information.


What is the election timeline?

Nominations open at 12pm on Monday 2 July.

Nominations close at 5pm on Tuesday 31 July.

Voting is open from 28 August-25 September.

We will announce the results on Thursday 1 November, and the new ACF Council will meet on Saturday 24 November for their first meeting.

I need help!

If you have any questions about your nomination, please contact Jane Macaulay at [email protected] or call 03 9345 1233.

Election and Ballot information

The ACF Council election is carried out in line with the relevant rules and regulations of the ACF Constitution.

If elected, you will be required to declare any interests that may potentially give rise to a conflict with your work on the ACF Council. Please refer to our Conflict of Interest guideline.

Council election ballot process
A secret ballot will be conducted electronically (and by post where required) by TrueVote, a third-party specialist voting company. The method of voting is the quota-preferential method of proportional representation. Members vote for candidates in their electorate. The voter roll will close on Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Term of Office
When elected, councillors serve a three-year term. The term commences from the first meeting on Saturday 24 November 2018. The term ends at the commencement of the first ACF Council meeting following the next ACF Council elections in 2021.

Personal information (including sensitive information) provided on the nominations form will be used by ACF for the council election process. This may include the publishing of this information on the ACF website and in other places. By signing the Nomination and Declaration form, nominees consent to this. Information will otherwise be handled and used in accordance with ACF’s privacy statement.