The Australasian Chairman

About The Australasian Chairman

The Australasian Chairman is a booklet covering the principles and rules of meeting procedure as used in Australia and New Zealand.

Based on N,E. Renton's Guide for Meetings and Organisations, the booklet is both a guide to understanding the rules of meeting procedure and also a reference for chairmen and members participating in meetings of organisations. Published as a 28 page A5 booklet, it is a convenient size to take to and have available at meetings.

The author is Gary Wilson OAM, a Past International Director of Toastmasters International with over 50 years experience in training and advising organisations in correctly running meetings.

Where is it Used?

Meeting procedure should be the basis of all meetings run by voluntary or non-profit organisations, whether incorporated or not. As such, it applies to meetings of Clubs, Societies and Associations formed for such diverse activities as sports, social, leisure, hobbies, community service, church groups, school and strata committees. This booklet is intended to help both chairmen and members participating in the meetings of such organisations.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Meeting Procedure
  2. Processing a Motion
  3. Amendments
  4. Rules Governing Motions & Amendments
  5. Stages of a Meeting
  6. Procedural Motions
  7. Other matters
  8. Appendix A - Chairman’s Cheat Sheet


The Australasian Chairman is available post free in Australia for $4. Order here

Book Review (From Toastmasters District 90 newsletter)

Past District Governor, International Director and many-times District Parliamentarian Gary Wilson has published a new book on meeting procedure titled The Australasian Chairman.

The book is an excellent reference for anyone running a business meeting, especially in Toastmasters, and is much more manageable than our official reference Renton's which is currently out of print and difficult to purchase.

Gary's book is just 27 pages compared to Renton's hundreds of pages and it covers all the basics on motions, amendments, rules, stages of a meeting, procedural motions and more.

Especially helpful is the "Chairman's Cheat Sheet"!

"Not everyone wants, or has the time, to delve deeply into Renton's to be able to run or effectively participate in a business meeting," said past District Parliamentarian Bob Kirchner. "The Australasian Chairman is an ideal companion for every Toastmaster wanting to be more skilled at running meetings or better able to know what's going on at meetings."


The Australasian Chaorman

Use of Robert's Rules of Order in Australia

Because Robert's is the accepted authority used by Toastmasters International in the USA, some have queried whether it can be used in Australia. The answer is NO, because it is in conflict with our common law.

For more information,
Roberts v Renton.
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