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IPEd's move to direct membership

1 July 2016: direct IPEd membership a reality

On 1 July 2016, members of the former Society of Editors (Qld) automatically became members of IPEd. The former Society became a branch of IPEd and changed its name to Editors Queensland.

A national Editors Directory was set up in early 2017. State branch directories of editors closed by mid-April 2018. State members were encouraged to set up an entry in the national Editors Directory.

A new national website, incorporating information from each of the state branches, and a newsletter are in planning.

16 May 2016: 89% vote for transition to direct membership of IPEd

The Society of Editors (WA) second ballot on the resolution to join IPEd under the direct membership structure was held on 16 May [2016], with 40 votes for (87%) and 6 against (13%). This was the final society ballot to be held before the transition on 1 July [2016], with only the Canberra Society of Editors (CSE) deciding not to become a branch of IPEd ... Its members may join IPEd individually after the transition, and those members may then apply to IPEd to form a branch, either alongside CSE or replacing it.

The final result for all of the societies now stands at a whopping 82 per cent of members voting for the restructure (368 of 450 votes cast). And voter participation was 43 per cent of eligible members. In terms of the IPEd vote, where each member society is allocated votes based on its member numbers at the last formal count, that represents a for vote of 89 per cent.
[Extract from committee report of Kerry Davies, President, Society of Editors (Qld), as published in Offpress, May 2016]

26 February 2016: IPEd addresses questions about transition

In early 2016 IPEd prepared a document to address the main questions members of the societies of editors were raising regarding IPEd's transition.

The document, which covered issues such as fees, the Editorial Services Directory and the benefits of IPEd membership, is still available for members to read on IPEd's website here.

This webpage also provides a link to a contact form if members have further questions for IPEd about the transition.

18 November 2015: result of IPEd vote announced

In a Special General Meeting of IPEd held on 17 November 2015, the member societies of IPEd passed the special resolution to support the transition of IPEd to a national direct membership organisation representing Australian editors. Read the details as they were posted on the IPEd website on 18 November in the form of a letter to the members of all societies by IPEd Council Chair, Kerry Davies. There you will see, for example, that in Queensland, 96% of eligible voting members voted for the transition plan leading to direct membership.

September to November 2015: IPEd member societies vote

Full financial members of the Society of Editors (Qld) voted online, by email and by mail in October and November on the IPEd plan to transition to direct membership of the national organisation. The last votes were cast by some members in person at the Special General Meeting of the Society of Editors (Qld) held on 4 November.

The result could not be announced until Wednesday, 18 November, because some other societies voted later than the Society of Editors (Qld).

In Queensland the number of members voting was surprisingly high (67 per cent of full financial members, i.e. those eligible). This shows the degree to which members were engaged in the issues surrounding the transition plan and the future of their society. And Queensland editors knew that whatever the outcome of the vote - whether the members of the Society of Editors (Qld) Inc. were to become members of IPEd in future, or whether everything was to stay as it was before - their Queensland society would remain as vibrant as ever!

If you would like to find out more about the transition plan, read the IPEd Transition White Papers, which form the basis of the IPEd Transition Plan. These can be found on the IPEd White Papers page of the IPEd website (scroll down to access the white papers), where you'll also find useful information under the heading: The IPEd Transition Plan explained: What you need to know to vote. For a more comprehensive explanation of the IPEd Transition Plan, click the link below.

July 2015: discussion in IPEd on the transition process

In a letter of July 2015, Janet Mackenzie, Honorary Life Member of Editors Victoria, wrote to the working party within IPEd responsible for shaping the transition process to a Direct Membership Model (WP4), raising some issues concerning this process.

The working party met to discuss the issues raised in the letter, after which Rosemary Noble AE, Project Manager, wrote an open letter to Janet on behalf of WP4. The letter was published in the newsletter of Editors Victoria.

Both letters contain important matters for members of the state societies to consider.

May 2015: IPEd's response to conference Q&A

At the national editors' conference in May 2015, much of the IPEd plenary focused on the proposed transition of IPEd to a national membership organisation.

The plenary included a question-and-answer session, and delegates were given the opportunity to provide written questions to be responded to in writing.

The Transition Working Party (WP4) has now responded to these. The responses are on the Conference plenary Q and A page, which is in the members-only section of the IPEd website.

August 2014: IPEd update - WP4

This is a progress report presented by Rosemary Noble to council and society presidents on the activities of WP4 (the Transitional Working Party). Click the link below to read the report.

March 2014: IPEd review

In November 2013, the member societies of IPEd voted for a transition to a direct membership model. In early 2014, IPEd Council announced the next phase of the review of the organisation's structure and initial steps in this transition.

Here you will find, for consideration by the society committees and members:

November 2013: IPEd vote results

The members of the seven societies of editors across Australia that comprise the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) voted for direct membership of a new national organisation.

August 2013: IPEd's future structure: documents provided before the November vote

In 2013 IPEd circulated a discussion paper on the business case for IPEd's future structure, as well as a paper on membership structures and shared functions and a Q&A for members, in preparation for the vote on a future membership model to be held in November of that year. These documents provide useful background on the process. See also the report on Queensland's special general meeting of October 2013 in Offpress, October 2013 issue.

March 2013: documents circulated by IPEd Secretary Charles Houen

The documents available via the links below were circulated by IPEd in early 2013 for consideration by the Society of Editors' committees and members:
- IPEd Review Phase Two Working Party report
- DLA Piper advice re Direct Member Model
- A way forward: Review of IPEd - Summary and analysis of the 2012 survey of societies of editors.

IPEd AGM 2012: decision to review IPEd

A decision made by the IPEd Council at the 2012 AGM had far-reaching consequences. The Council felt it was timely to review IPEd and its various functions. A working party was formed to get this process underway – Rosemary Noble (Victoria), Susan Rintoul (SA) and Cathy Nicoll (Canberra). As a starting point the working party asked each society to revisit the results of a 2009 survey of members and to submit broad responses to a range of questions about IPEd activities, both current and aspirational.

A discussion paper and draft proposal went to the IPEd Council and was sent to all society members around the country for discussion and debate in the lead-up to the IPEd national conference in Perth in April 2013.

At the conference an open session was held to air all delegates' comments and suggestions and formulate a strategy for IPEd's future.