The ALA is a single-entity, not-for-profit organisation incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee under Australian (federal) law.  It is also a recognised charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) and state legislation. In line with the legal requirements and obligations of this structure, the ALA Board has full responsibility for the operations of the organisation and is able to delegate as it sees fit in order to ensure the organisation achieves its objectives. 

ALA directors hold significant responsibilities, both individually and collectively.  Importantly, the Corporations Act requires all directors to act in the best interests of all members of the organisation. They must declare conflicts of interest which can arise by their connections both outside and within the organisation, including any other role they hold within the organisation such as Branch Representative or Committee Chair.

During 2015-16 the ALA embarked on a significant governance review which included:

  • Constitution 

  • Development of Bylaws

  • Development of a Board Charter, outlining the role, responsibilities and expectations of the ALA's directors, both individually and collectively

  • Terms of Reference for the Advisory Forum, committees, representatives and advisors.

Together with internal policies and procedures these documents recognise the history of the organisation while providing strong foundations for the future, enabling the ALA to capitalise on opportunities and better serve the needs of our members.



The Constitution was ratified by members at the 2020 Annual General Meeting.



Download the Bylaws which have been developed to support the Constitution.


Board Charter

The ALA's Board Charter outlines the role, responsibilities and expectations of ALA directors.  The Board Charter was last updated in September 2020.


Terms of Reference