National Team Report – October 2017
The Girl Guides Australia (GGA) delegation has just arrived home after a very busy and eventful World Conference in India and will provide a comprehensive report in the next report.
Earlier in September, GGA hosted a very successful event at Parliament House in Canberra called “Guiding at the House”. It was an opportunity to showcase the work that Girl Guides does within the Australian community to a wide range of politicians. Thirty girls and Leaders were even able to visit the Prime Minister’s office and have their photo taken with the Prime Minister.
Also at Guiding at the House, GGA publicly announced a new governance learning program designed for young women aged 16 – 24 years. The “Getting into Governance” program, is being developed with the support of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Office for Women. This innovative program has been initiated by GGA to address the under-representation of women on Australian boards – an important issue for women, for the community and for business. The program will run over five months in 2018, commencing in February with a weekend intensive. It will be complemented by self-paced online learning, mentoring and in-field experience. At this stage, 25 fully funded program places will be available for young women from both within and outside Australian Girl Guiding. Are you interested, or do you know someone in Guiding who might be keen because applications are now open? More information and a link to the online application process is available at http://www.girlguides.org.au/programs/getting-into-governance/
As the end of the year draws nearer, the application process for the next GGA Chief Commissioner is now underway. The role of Chief Commissioner is to lead Guiding in Australia from 1 January 2018, and ensure the proper governance and effective administration of Girl Guides Australia as a Member Organisation of WAGGGS. The Board of Girl Guides Australia has also introduced a role of Deputy Chair, which will work closely with the Chief Commissioner. Advertising for the Deputy Chair role will occur early in 2018 following the appointment of the Chief Commissioner.
Helen Geard, Acting Chief Commissioner Miranda Cummings, Assistant Chief Commissioner