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IPEd Transition


Results of the transition vote

On 17 November 2015, the member societies of IPEd passed a special resolution to support the transition of IPEd to a national direct membership organisation representing Australian editors.

This vote followed transition ballots by the societies with four out of seven societies passing the resolution. Each society was allocated a number of votes according to its membership number at 31 May 2015 and voted according to its members’ ballot result. This vote resulted in 82% of votes for the resolution.

Further details of the vote are available on the following pages:

The new structure of IPEd, managed through a national office, will provide and administer a membership and event management system, and branches will be relieved of the administration of membership records, subscriptions, the editorial services directory or freelance register, and all accounting and banking work.

A national executive officer will play a major role in advocating on behalf of, and representing, the national membership of editors to industry sectors and government.

The voting process for societies choosing to hold a second ballot

The three societies of editors that did not pass the resolution were the Canberra Society of Editors (CSE), Society of Editors (WA) and Society of Editors (TAS). However, these societies may hold a second ballot before 3 April 2016 to determine if their members would like to join the new national organisation on the transition date of 1 July 2016. Alternatively, members will be able to join IPEd as individuals after the transition date. 

If you are a member of one of those societies you will be advised of when and where you may vote on whether your society should approve the IPEd Transition Plan.  Please read that information carefully and then participate in the vote.


Where we are now

October and November 2015

  • Members of each society voted on the IPEd Transition

17 November 2015

  • IPEd Council held a Special General Meeting at which the societies of editors voted to support the IPEd Transition

18 November 2015–6 April 2016

  • CSE, Society of Editors (Tas) and Society of Editors (WA) have the opportunity to hold a second ballot to pass the resolution to support the IPEd Transition and become branches of IPEd at the transition date (1 July 2016).

18 November–30 June 2016

  • Participating societies will appoint the initial IPEd councillors, AB representatives and other committee members for their successor branches.
  • Participating societies will transfer membership and assets to IPEd.
  • Participating societies will initiate wind-up proceedings.
  • IPEd Council will recruit national staff.

The Transition in Summary


What is the Transition?

  • Direct membership of IPEd, a national organisation with branches running their activity programs as at present
  • A staged transition with essential administrative support functions for branches relating to membership, events, an editorial services directory (ESD), accounting and banking being implemented immediately, while other functions relating, for example, to professional development will evolve over time
  • A comprehensive membership system for member records, subscription management, event registration, ESD, member emailing and newsletters
  • A strong national voice for editors, with an active program of advocacy and representation to industry sectors and government
  • Strong and consistent national voice in matters of advocacy.

The IPEd Transition Plan explanatory document

This information, as well as more detail, is available in the IPEd Transition Plan explanatory document [PDF 294KB]. So you may read as much as you need to understand the plan, its benefits and any risks.

The rest of the document contains:

  1. The Transition in summary
  2. The Transition in detail
  3. Financial aspects

White papers

The IPEd Transition white papers on which the IPEd Transition Plan is based are available on the links below.