How We Govern Ourselves

How We Govern Ourselves

RSPCA Australia is a federated organisation made up of the eight state and territory RSPCA Societies. RSPCA Australia establishes national policies and positions on animal welfare issues, and works with government and industry to ensure these issues are addressed. The RSPCA Australia Member Societies, which are separate entities operating independently, are:

  • RSPCA ACT
  • RSPCA Darwin Regional Branch
  • RSPCA New South Wales
  • RSPCA Queensland
  • RSPCA South Australia
  • RSPCA Tasmania
  • RSPCA Victoria
  • RSPCA Western Australia

 

Member Society Boards

Each of the RSPCA Member Societies is governed by a Board of elected members who preside over the organisation. Each Board meets regularly to review progress, determine strategic ways forward, develop local and state-level policy and prepare input into national RSPCA policy and procedure. The Board is led by the President.

RSPCA Australia Board

Each Member Society Board nominates one of its Directors to also sit on the Board of RSPCA Australia. In addition to these eight nominated Directors, a recruited Chair and up to two recruited Directors are appointed. The current RSPCA Australia Directors are:

  • Mr Gary Humphries (Chair)
  • Ms Jill Bottrall
  • Ms Alexandra Garrott
  • Mr Ian Cowie
  • Mr Jeffrey Butler
  • Ms Deborah Hambleton
  • Ms Stephanie Hawkins
  • Mr Bernie Delaney
  • Dr Richard Russell
  • Ms Eileen Thumpkin
  • Dr Peter Wright
 

 

The Board of RSPCA Australia meets several times a year to oversee the organisation and plan the future direction for the RSPCA. All draft new and amended animal welfare policies are referred by the Board of RSPCA Australia to a meeting of Members, where they require a unanimous vote in order to be adopted.