ANZACATA is launching a member-led Special Interest Group (SIG) structure. The development of the SIG will be gradual and led by members’ interests. The SIG will be broad in their scope and might be based on:
Within the SIG structure will be smaller LRGs (Local/Regional Groups) which may be a sub-group of a SIG; or operate as a stand-alone group. Each SIG will be autonomous and will elect a Leadership Group. A representative of that Group will be invited to sit on the Advisory Group that liaises with the Board.
Pre-existing ACATACATs groups and ANZATA Regional Groups created opportunities for members to meet for professional development, peer support, supervision and mentorship. Under our new company these groups are now called Local/Regional Groups (‘LRGs’) and will continue to provide ANZACATA members the same opportunities.
Previously, these self-autonomous groups were listed on the ANZATA/ACATA websites, and ANZATA Regional Groups were also able to receive funding for their activities/events. ANZACATA is currently developing policies to support pre-existing ACATA and ANZATA Groups to blend into the new LRGs or Local/Regional Groups structure. It has been our intention that pre-existing Regional Groups will be eligible to apply for funding for their activities and events, and eventually, that funding will be also available for new LRGs or Local/Regional Groups to establish.
ANZACATA created the model of Special Interest Groups within its company structure to bring together members with shared interest to have a voice through a Leadership Group to the board. These are distinct and separate to LRGs or Local/Regional Groups.
Members of all levels can join SIG and LRGs and will be able to belong to multiple groups.