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Briefing on New Proposed Constitution

PCA Families warmly welcomes members to a briefing on our proposed new Constitution to be held this Friday 29 January 2021 from 11am – 12.30pm. Register your attendance here.

The briefing is an opportunity to hear more about two special resolutions that will be recommended to the upcoming PCA Families Annual General Meeting (AGM). They are:

  • Amendments to the Rules – to ensure our constitution reflects contemporary good governance in line with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) model constitution:
  • Our current constitution was adopted in 2013. The establishment of the ACNC after 2013 means we need to comply with both the ACNC legislation as well as the Victorian Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012.
  • The current Rules have some contradictory Rules, particularly in relation to the election of and terms for Board members.
  • The size of the Board and the length of Board terms of office do not reflect modern board practice.
  • The terminology used for office holders (e.g. ‘President’ and ‘Vice President’) is dated
  • The purpose in our constitution does not fully reflect our current activities
  • The current Rules do not provide adequate flexibility to deal with circumstances such as COVID-19, and online AGMs.
  • Many of the current Rules duplicate relevant legislative requirements which may mean that future changes are needed if the underlying legislation is amended.
  • Name change – our current legal name is Post Placement Support Services Inc. This name does not reflect the name our members know us by and is not used in our communications. Permanent Care and Adoptive Families Inc is proposed to be our new legal name as it is more reflective of who we are and what we do.

Please note if adopted, the constitutional changes must also be approved by Consumer Affairs Victoria. This means they will not come into effect before the 2021/2022 AGM.

Where to find more information

Please refer to Notice of Annual General Meeting posted on 2 February 2021. 

Briefing session about proposed changes

PCA Families would like to invite members to a briefing session about the proposed changes on Friday 29 January 2021 from 11am – 12.30pm. Register your attendance here.

If you would like to submit a question ahead of the briefing session please email Meredith Carter, President at

If you would like to provide feedback and you are not able to attend the briefing session, please submit your feedback to

As members know, the AGM itself is scheduled on 24 February 2021, 6pm – 7.30pm at the Fitzroy Town Hall. AGM papers will be distributed shortly.