The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Association for Uncrewed Systems Incorporated was held at at the Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL in Brisbane and virtually via Zoom on Thursday November 18, 2021.

During the meeting, the Annual Report and Financials for 2021 were presented and accepted.

The 2021 Annual Report is now available to download. .

President’s Welcome

AAUS President Reece Clothier opened the meeting thanking Andrew Crowe from Mirrigan for hosting the live event in Brisbane and acknowledged the hard work of the association, particularly during another year impacted by COVID-19, but foresaw the industry emerging stronger. He applauded the flexibility of the association to maintain its objectives and core values throughout the year, being able to adapt in ways that allowed events to still go ahead, with particular mention to the AAM Summit in August. Reece saw the summit as a huge success on many levels and sees it paving the way for further development in this sub-sector, and the likely convergence of the drone and AAM sub-sectors.

Reece thanked the membership for its continued support and loyalty during the year and that the association is looking forward to reconnecting with everyone in person in 2022 at a number of events already scheduled for the new year.

Reece also spoke of AAUS’ commitment to diversity and inclusion and made mention of the new webinar series which kicked of in October. He encouraged member to attend these insightful events which he hoped would be of benefit to the community, along with the work AAUS continues to undertake with key stakeholders for the benefit of its members and the wider industry.

Reece recognised the dedication of the current AAUS Board. He welcomed new board members, thanked outgoing board members. He thanked Greg Tyrrell and Abi Smalley for their outstanding work during 2021 and took time to recognise the accomplishments of Sally Burt, who left the association after 3 years and wished her luck with her future endeavours.

Election of AAUS Board

In accordance with the AAUS Rules, financial members of AAUS were able to vote electronically on the make up of the AAUS Board of Directors. A new voting platform was used for voting (OpaVote) in the 2021 Board Election. Voting opened on October 28 and closed on November 15, 2021.

Election of Board positions

The following candidates were elected into board positions.

  • Renee Bartolo
  • Paul Hardy
  • Jonathan King
  • Warren Ludwig
  • Anthony Patterson

Reece Clothier thanked outgoing Board members Jake Campbell and Ashley Cox their contribution to AAUS.

He also congratulated and welcomed new board members Renee Bartolo and Paul Hardy and the re-election of board members Jonathan King, Warren Ludwig and Anthony Patterson

Reece then thanked the unsuccessful candidates and encouraged them to participate in WGs and re-nominate. Reece also noted how the Industry has matured, with widespread expertise and talent on offer.

AGM Proposed Motions

Motion 1: AAUS name change

The AAUS Board propose to change by way of special resolution, the name of AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION FOR UNMANNED SYSTEMS (AAUS) to AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION FOR UNCREWED SYSTEMS (AAUS).

Voting options:

  • for the motion, by voting for the motion and for one of the alternatives listed under the motion or
  • against the motion

Results of the vote regarding the AAUS name change;

For: 716 votes (94%)
Against: 44 votes (6%)

Motion 2: Proposed changes to the AAUS Rule

The AAUS Board proposed to make some changes to the Rules of the Association to remain compliant with the Associations Incorporation Act (SA) and associated publications.

Voting options:

  • for the motion, by voting for the motion and for one of the alternatives listed under the
    motion or
  • against the motion.

Results regarding the amendment to the AAUS rules to remain compliant with the Associations Incorporation Act (SA):

  • For: 760 votes (100%)
  • Against: 0 votes (0%)

Both motions were carried and ratified at the AGM.

Explanatory notes for these motions can be found in 2021 AGM Motions.

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