Casual Vacancy for Country Organiser

Mr Neale Dawson, Managing Director / Principal Solicitor, NEW Law Pty Ltd, will be the Returning Officer for the by-election of Country Organiser of the Australian Education Union NSW Teachers Federation for remainder of the 2019-2021 triennium ending on January 27, 2022.


Nominations are hereby invited for the following position:

Candidates must be financial members of the Federation as at 26 October 2020 and must be nominated by at least two financial members of Federation.

A candidate may complete a statement in support of candidature which will compiled and distributed with the ballot paper. The statement should be no more than 400 words.

The candidate’s statement should be typed in no less than a 12-point font and attached to their nomination.

As well, the candidate must provide a word file as an attachment to an email sent to marked to the attention of the Returning Officer. This file will be used to print candidate statements on information sheets provided to voters.

Nomination forms are available from Mr Neale Dawson, Returning Officer, NEW Law Pty Ltd, 50 O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo, NSW 2017, telephone (02) 8595 1295 or from the NSW Teachers Federation, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, telephone (02) 9217 2100 or

Close of Nominations
Completed nomination forms must be received by the Returning Officer not later than noon on 25 November 2020. They may be hand-delivered, posted, emailed or faxed to The Returning Officer, NEW Law Pty Ltd, 50 O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo NSW 2017, telephone – (02) 8595 1295, fax – (02) 9662 1202, email

On the close of nominations, where the Returning Officer considers that any nomination is defective he will immediately notify the person concerned. Any defects in a nomination or candidate statement must be rectified by the candidate not later than noon on 2 December 2020.

Should more than the required number of nominations be received for each or any position, a draw will be conducted to determine the order of candidates’ names on the ballot paper at NEW Law at 1pm 2 December 2020. Candidates or their representatives are invited to witness the draw.


Any ballot will be conducted at the Federation Council on Saturday, 5 December 2020. Each candidate will have the opportunity to address the Council by way of a three-minute speech. The ballot will be conducted electronically by the Assistant Returning Officer, Duke Ellis.

The method of voting to be observed for this election will be exhaustive preferential. All squares must be numbered.

Neale Dawson
Returning Officer