The Maltese Community Council of Victoria, Inc. was established in 1958 and is an Association incorporated in the State of Victoria under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981.
The MCCV is affiliated with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, Inc. (ECCV), which is the peak non-government body representing ethnic communities throughout Victoria. The ECCV was established in 1974 as a voluntary community organisation through which common concerns are discussed, consultation and liaison is carried out with and amongst ethnic communities and issues are brought to the attention of all levels of government. The ECCV is made up of 195 member organisations, being incorporated bodies whose primary object is either of an ethnic or multicultural focus and whose aims and activities are not inconsistent with the Statement of Purposes of the ECCV.
The following is a description of some of the salient provisions in the MCCV Constitution.
The objectives of the MCCV are:
- To assist disadvantaged persons of Maltese background residing in Victoria, who suffer from poverty, social isolation, distress, misfortune and physical and mental illness.
- To establish and/or assist in establishing aged care facilities for disadvantaged aged persons in need of accommodation and care.
- To assist disadvantaged aged persons who require financial assistance in meeting utility expenses, provision of clothing and emergency accommodation.
- To establish and conduct a home and aged care visitation scheme to assist those isolated in their own home or within an aged care facility.
- To support and assist those suffering from physical and mental illness, distress and depression including arranging access to doctors and medical specialists of a Maltese background.
- To provide services to the Maltese aged and frail by way of home support and planned activity groups and providing other services in accordance with their needs.
- To provide an advisory and referral service for disadvantaged persons seeking assistance.
- To establish a Carers Group to give assistance to those caring for aged persons or those suffering from physical disability and / or mental illness.
- To provide facilities and special arrangements for socialisation and entertainment for persons, who are socially isolation and depressed.
- To take over the funds and other assets and liabilities of the unincorporated association formerly known as the Maltese Community Council of Victoria.
- To subscribe to become a member of and cooperate with any other association, club or organisation, whether incorporated or not, who objectives are altogether or in part similar to those of the Association.
Provided that the Association shall not subscribe to or support with its funds and club, association or organisation which does not prohibit the distribution of its income and property among its members to an extent at least as great as that imposed on the Association under or by virtue of the Rules.
There are three categories of membership:
- Ordinary – this is available to any Maltese organisation whose purposes and activities are not inconsistent with the Statement of Purposes set out in the MCCV Constitution, provided that such an organisation has at least 20 members and is incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Victoria). Ordinary members are often referred to as affiliated associations.
- Volunteer – this is available to any individual who provides assistance and support to the MCCV in a volunteer capacity and abides with the Statement of Purposes set out in the MCCV Constitution.
- Honorary – The General Council of the MCCV upon the recommendation of the Executive Committee may invite an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Maltese Community in Victoria or has provided services that have benefited the Maltese Community in Victoria to become an Honorary Member of the Association in appreciation of the contribution or services. Invitations must be issued, and acceptances made, in writing.
Applications for ordinary and volunteer membership must be made in writing. In the first instance the Executive Committee considers applications and makes recommendations to the General Council whether to approve or to reject the application. Approvals require a two-thirds majority of the Ordinary Members of the Council present and voting.
Ordinary Member organisations are entitled to one vote at the meetings of the Council to be recorded by one of the delegates of the affiliated organisation and no proxy votes are permitted to an organisation. A delegate can only represent and vote for one organisation.
Volunteer Members and Honorary Members have no voting rights.
Annual Membership Fee
Ordinary Member organisations are required to pay an annual membership fee of such amount, if any, as may be determined by the MCCV at its Annual General Meeting. No membership fee is payable by Volunteer Members and Honorary Members.
Other membership related provisions
The Constitution contains several detailed provisions regulating the expulsion and suspension of members as well as procedures to be followed in the case of grievances, disputes and mediation.
The controlling authorities governing the MCCV are:
- the General Council, which is the highest governing body of the MCCV; and
- the Executive Committee, which is accountable to the General Council.
The General Council must meet at not less than ten monthly general meetings in each year and such other meetings as the Executive Committee determines from time to time.
The General Council has the following powers:
- to determine guidelines for the development of the Maltese Community in Victoria
- to receive and approve the reports of the Executive Committee and to appoint an Auditor
- to elect the office bearers of the Executive Committee
- to elect delegates to a national Maltese council of Australia
- to accept new members of the MCCV
- to invite individuals to join the MCCV as Honorary Members
- to approve the budget of the MCCV
- to amend the Rules of the MCCV
- to vote on the dissolution of the MCCV
- to expel or suspend members of the MCCV
- to expel Executive Members
- to convene the Annual General Meeting and general meetings of the MCCV
- to decide on all matters affecting the MCCV, which are not restricted to the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is the committee of management of the MCCV responsible for the management of its affairs. It is required to meet at least on ten occasions every year and typically hold regular monthly meetings at the Maltese Community centre in Parkville.
The Executive Committee, which is elected every two years, consists of the following honorary office-bearing positions:
- two Vice-Presidents
- Assistant Secretary
- Social Secretary
- Assistant Treasurer
- Welfare Director
- Public Relations Officer
- a representative of the Missionary Society of St Paul
- Immediate Past President
To be eligible for nomination to the Executive Committee of the Council a candidate must be a member of an ordinary member organisation and nominated by the president of an ordinary member organisation and seconded by the President of another ordinary member organisation. There are detailed provisions in the Constitution setting out the responsibilities of each position and regulating the expulsion of members from the Executive Committee.
The powers and responsibilities of Executive Committee are:
- to manage the activities of the MCCV
- to control and manage the business and affairs of the MCCV
- to convene meetings of the General Council
- to receive applications for membership of new members to the MCCV and to make recommendations to the General Council
- to appoint Sub-Committees, Task Forces, Representative Bodies and all such institutions, as and when necessary, which may facilitate the realisation of the aims of the MCCV;
- to administer the funds of the MCCV;
- to present reports to the General Council;
- subject to the Constitution, the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 and Regulations, to exercise all such powers and functions as may be exercised by general meetings of the members of the MCCV; and
- subject to the Constitution, the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 and Regulations, to perform all such acts and things as appear to the Executive Committee to be essential for the proper management of the business and affairs of the MCCV.
The MCCV must convene an Annual General Meeting of its members every calendar year. The ordinary business of the AGM includes confirmation of the minutes of the last preceding Annual General Meeting; to receipt from the Executive Committee of reports upon the transactions of the MCCV during the last preceding financial year; and the election of members of the Executive Committee of the MCCV every second year.
The MCCV must convene not less than ten monthly general meetings every year as determined by the Executive Committee. One-third of all ordinary members may request the Executive Committee in writing to convene a Special General Meeting, stating the objects of the meeting.
The Constitution contains several detailed provisions regulating notices of meetings and the conduct of proceedings at meetings.
Annual General Meeting 2018
On Wednesday 24 October 2018 the Maltese Community Council of Victoria held its Annual General Meeting, which was well attended. It marked the start of an exciting new chapter for the MCCV with the newly elected Executive Committee made up of younger generations who will be working with our community elders. Marlene Ebejer, a family lawyer, was elected as the new MCCV President.
The following affiliated Associations were represented at the meeting: Melita Social Club, Maltese Community Latrobe Valley, Maltese Historical Association, Maltese Literature Group, Lalor United Bocce, Maltese Association Northern Suburbs, Tripoli Social Club, Reskeon Maltese Association, Newport Maltese Association, St Gaetan’s Society, Klabb Ghannejja Maltin, Rabat Malta Senior Citizens and St Helena Social Club.
Victor Borg, outgoing President, provided an excellent overview of the activities of the MCCV over the past year. He thanked Paul Borg, the outgoing Treasurer, who has served the MCCV for the past 54 years. Paul Borg ended his term as Treasurer by providing a Financial Report for the year 2017-2018 indicating the MCCV is travelling well.
Joe Stafrace, the outgoing Vice President, thanked Victor Borg for his ongoing commitment to the MCCV. Candidates new to the MCCV were asked to provide a brief outline of their community and professional background.
George Saliba, President of the Newport Maltese Association announced all positions on the Executive Committee vacant and then announced the nominations all of which were unopposed.
The MCCV Executive Committee members elected for 2018/2020 are as follows: