Following a thorough investigation, which began in 2014, the WACA Board determined the Association’s Constitution needed modernising to allow for better governance and changes in objects to continue the growth of cricket in WA and ensure the game’s sustainability.

Throughout the process, the Board undertook extensive stakeholder engagement with Members, the WACA’s affiliates, including Premier Cricket, which resulted in the final Constitution voted on by WACA Members last night.

The new Constitution will ensure the WACA is governed in the most appropriate way to lead and develop cricket in WA and enable the Association’s vision to be leaders in Australian cricket to be realised.

WACA Chair and President Hon Dr Ken Michael AC said the new Constitution would ensure a strong future for cricket in WA for all and position the Association as not only a leader in Australian Cricket, but also for sports governance in Australia.

“The interests of the WACA’s Members, affiliates and clubs has been at the forefront of the changes to the Constitution, with a focus on creating a strong, stable and committed governing body for WA cricket that is best-placed to operate more efficiently in the WA sporting landscape,” Dr Michael said.

“The feedback received during the many discussions held with WACA Members and the broader WA cricket community over the past two years has been invaluable in informing the decisions which have culminated in the new Constitution.

“The new governance structure reflects the growth of cricket into a business and allows the Association to focus on the growth of the game for the WA cricket community, as well as the WACA Ground.

“The changes will ensure the WACA becomes a leader in corporate governance, which will allow the game to be managed more effectively for the benefit of the whole WA community, including Members, grassroots to elite players, volunteers and fans.

“The Association will have greater agility in its approach to adjusting focus and investment to maximise local opportunities and identify gaps, as well as addressing priority areas, such as grassroots, indoor, female, disability and multicultural cricket.

“The new Constitution will allow the WACA to improve its operational effectiveness and ensure greater regulatory compliance, as well as stronger financial and risk management through best-practice governance.”

The changes will come into effect once regulatory approvals are received from the relevant authorities.

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Key changes to the WACA’s Constitution

  • A change to the objects clause to place a higher emphasis on the promotion and development of the game of cricket in WA and more accurately reflect the broad role the WACA plays.
  • The number of Directors sitting on the WACA Board to be reduced from 12 to 10 and changes to the Board structure to enable a greater focus on skills and capability.
  • New restrictions on Director’s terms, not previously included in the WACA’s Constitution.
  • Five Board Directors to be elected by WACA Members, two by Cricket Affiliates and up to three to be appointed by the Board, providing Members with majority voting rights.
  • The roles of President and Vice President will be replaced by Patron-in-Chief and up to three Patrons, which will be approved by WACA Members and will not be Board positions.
  • Modernised practises to allow for electronic voting on Member resolutions and attendance at Board meetings via telephone as part of a quorum.
  • A change to the Association’s legal structure from an Incorporated Association to a Company Limited by Guarantee.

The changes will come into effect once regulatory approvals are received from the relevant authorities.