MCA IS READY FOR CHANGE
UPDATE TO OUR RESTRUCTURE
** UPDATE **
At our special general meeting on 3 February, our membership voted to pass the special resolution to change our structure from incorporated association to company limited by guarantee.
We are proceeding with the associated paperwork with ASIC and expect our registration to be complete in March. MCA will be known from then on as Maternity Choices Australia Ltd.
WE WANT TO SEEK MORE FUNDING
11 December 2022
Maternity Choices Australia (MCA) wishes to seek a wider range of funding to so we can reach more women in the antenatal and
postnatal periods. In order to do this we are proposing to move from an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee (CGL), a more appropriate structure for our needs and future plans.
If this proposal is approved at our Special General Meeting on 3 February 2023, the next step will be to seek Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status from the Australian Tax Office (via ACNC) allowing us to source income from tax-deductible Donations as well as Grants and Members fees.
MCA has been a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) since 2012. Please be assured that MCA will continue to maintain our charity status with the proposed change of structure. MCA has been operating since 1991 and our aim is to continue operating similarly to how we do now.
We are very grateful for the pro bono support of Baker McKenzie lawyers to guide us through this complex process.
The Special General Meeting will be held to vote for a special resolution approving the proposed restructure, approving the new name for the CLG, adopting the proposed new Company constitution and authorising committee members of MCA to give effect to the resolutions passed.
On 3 February 2023 we will meet with our membership to vote to pass this special resolution in order to proceed with these changes. For the special resolution to pass, 75% of votes cast (proxy or in-person) must be in favour of the resolution.
In preparation for this meeting, please read the Special Resolution Pack that we are circulating and making available to our membership, and includes a copy of the new Constitution to be adopted.
SPECIAL RESOLUTION PACK
This pack is now available for all of our members to read in preparation for our special resolution vote on 3 February 2023.
If you have any questions you can email our Secretary at secretary-at-maternitychoices.org.au
JOIN US AT OUR MEETING
If you are a member of MCA you can vote for (or against) this change of structure from incorporated association to company limited by guarantee.
If you are a member and would like to vote, but can't attend the meeting, you can arrange a proxy to vote for you by filling in the Proxy form.
If you are not a member of MCA and would like to join, you can do so from here.