ALLA(WA) Presidents Corner - Vol. 2 Issue 1

Natalie McDonald,
ALLA (WA) President, 2017-2018


We held our AGM on 9th August 2017 where the new 2017/2018 Committee were confirmed. This term we had a few new members join the Committee, David McDowell from Jackson McDonald and Judy Allan from Legal Aid. I would like to welcome David and Judy to the Committee.

I would also like to welcome back the following Committee members :
  • Vice President: Stephen Griffiths
  • Secretary : Alice Hewitt
  • Treasurer: Anne Young
  • Committee members: Gil Bevan and Catherine Kafentzis.
Details of the new Committee will be updated on the ALLA website soon and can be already found on the About The Committee page of this blog.

I mentioned at the AGM that the attendance at past AGM’s and CPD events had been poor and one of our focus’ for last term was to look at ways of improving the attendance. The Committee has worked hard in organising events, seeking feedback from members who attended the events but the support unfortunately hasn’t been there from the membership.

Not only is the support dwindling from attendance at CPD events, last term and this term we were struggling to form a Committee of Management. If the support from the membership continues to decline then the WA Division may have to look at winding up. We will do our best not to let this happen but we need your support.

Upcoming ALLA(WA) PD & Social Events

The ALLA(WA) CPD & Events Sub Committee are planning a Spring Breakfast for October where new and existing members can get together. Further details will be advertised via the usual channels.

Following on from the success of the Channel 9 tour, more social tours are being looked into by the CPD & Events Sub Committee, if you have any suggestions please let us know.

Salary Survey

The ALLA(WA) salary survey is sent to members every two years. It is due to be sent out this year, but before we do the Committee will be asking the membership a few questions. For example one of the questions will be around the frequency of the survey.

Members will receive a form to complete via Google docs shortly.


The Compliance & Regulatory Sub Committee lead by Catherine Kafentzis will continue to ensure the ALLA(WA) Constitution is compliant and the Policies and Register of Decisions and Procedure Manual are current. Legislative amendments from the Associations Incorporation Act 2005 (WA) will ensure the ALLA(WA) Constitution is compliant. The amendments will be signed off by the Committee next month.


The WALL (previously known as the Union List) Sub Committee lead by Gil Bevan, has an army of volunteers assisting her with data entry. A big thank you to these volunteers. A homepage is currently being created which will include the new logo design. The Committee received copyright permission from the creator of the logo to use the logo on external documents.

Social media statistics

The Blog page views last month were 2,424 and the number of all time view of this Blog is currently (at the time of posting) at 70,427.

On Twitter  (@LawLibsWA) we have 134 followers and have made over 510 tweets.

We would be delighted if you would like to follow us or like us on Facebook!


A reminder that the ALLA Ltd AGM will be held on Wednesday September 27th 2017 at 1pm EST via webinar. You can register you attendance by going to

If you wish to have your apologies recorded please email

Please feel free to contact me or the committee on with any ideas or feedback you have.

Natalie McDonald

2017/2018 ALLA(WA) President


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