U3A Melbourne City is the oldest U3A in Australia, established in 1984. Our activities are centred around the Melbourne CBD, although some members travel in from the outer suburbs.
We are a self-funded, voluntary organisation formed to provide learning and social opportunities to members aged 50+ who are retired or working part-time. A committee of management is elected annually and all administration and tutoring is by volunteers. We ask everyone to help where they can, be it tutoring, administration or event organisation.
* VCAT has exempted U3A Melbourne City from the age discrimination section of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.
The history of U3A Melbourne City is available via this link: History-of-1st-U3A-Australia
U3A Melbourne City is run by its members, for its members. Governance is undertaken by the Committee of Management, supported by volunteers. Current governance documents (such as the annual report, AGM minutes and organisation policies) are available online in our Document Library.
Committee of Management
In accordance with our Rules of Association, the Committee comprises ten positions, of which four are office bearers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer), filled by nominees elected at the AGM each November. Additional nominees may then be co-opted if the committee agrees they are likely to make worthwhile contributions to the management of U3A Melbourne City.
The Committee of Management meets monthly. It is supported by working parties that focus on key strategies, particularly in the areas of promotion, accommodation, funding and tutors.
In order to ensure the viability and sustainability of U3A Melbourne City, we engage in a strategic planning process every three years. The plan is overseen by the Committee of Management and is implemented through the work of a number of working parties.
The Committee of Management has agreed a number of strategic priorities for 2021-2023:
- Maintain a viable membership
- Build a strong brand identity
- Recruit and retain a skilled cohort of Tutors
- Recruit and retain Volunteers with desired skill sets
- Build strategic partnerships/relationships
- Establish a new Member Centre “Heart”
- Financial sustainability
Rules of Association
During 2013, the Committee of Management reviewed and amended its Rules of Association in order to comply with the new Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012. The rules prescribe such matters as application for membership, categories of membership, subscriptions, resignation and expulsion of members, disputes and mediation, committee of management, annual and general special meetings, and elections.
The new rules were approved by Consumer Affairs Victoria, effective from 10 January 2014, and a revision to the rules of committee membership made in 2015. A copy is available in our Document Library.
Supporters & Life Members
Many U3A members and friends have made special contributions to the life and work of U3A Melbourne City since its establishment in 1985.
- The Council of Adult Education, which provided an institutional home from 1985 to 2001.
- RMIT University, which provided an institutional home from 2002 to 2005.
- Anni Cleary, who built and maintained our first website for ten years on a volunteer basis.
- The office of Adam Bandt MP, Federal Member for Melbourne, for supporting the production of our newsletter in the past.
- The CPSU for their sponsorship and generous support of U3A Melbourne City, including access to rooms at the CPSU building.
We are also grateful for the support of the following organisations:
- City of Melbourne
- Victorian State Government, Department of Health and Human Services
- Learn Local
- U3A Network Victoria
- Ross House Association
- The Florey Institute
- Commonwealth Department of Social Services
The Committee of Management may choose to award life membership to recognise the service of volunteer members to the organisation. The criterion for life membership is that a member has contributed for a total of ten years, not necessarily continuously.
Recognition of Service
The Committee of Management may choose to award Recognition of Service to a volunteer who has given what the Committee considers to be exceptional service normally over a period of not less than five (5) years. · The nominee must be proposed by any two members or the President.
For the life members listed below, click on the name to see the valued contribution that was the basis of their award.
|Current Life Members|
|John Besley||President, Committee, Tutor||2009|
|George Boag||Committee, Tutor||2012|
|Helena Ling||Office, Committee||2016|
|Peter Salmon||Tutor, Committee||2016|
|Jill Thompson||Tutor, President, Founding member||2016|
|Julie Nankervis||Course Coordinator, Committee||2018|
|Rhonda Favaloro||Tutor, Committee||2018|
|Fran Sciarretta||Office, Committee||2018|
|Jack Foks||Tutor, Committee||2020|
|Tony Miles||Committee, Promotions WG||2020|
|Margaret Rees||Committee, Office, Tutor||2020|
|Pat Collins||Tutor, Office||2021|
|Margaret Smith||Committee, Tutor, Office||2021|
|Max Warlond||Committee, Tutor||2021|
|Angela Moodie||Tutor, Office||2022|
|Former Life Members|
|Nan Wingfield||President, Committee, Office Manager||2006|
|Alan Liubinas||Treasurer, Committee||2008|
|Joyce Bromage||Committee, Secretary, Office||2008|
|Eva Meredith||Tutor, Committee, Office, Room Bookings||2009|
|Ailsa Miles||Committee, Secretary, Office||2009|
|Val Pincus||Committee, Social Secretary, Office, Group Leader||2010|
|Shirley Mason||Social Coordinator, Committee, Office||2020|