Structural Transition

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On 1 December 2016, it was announced that Screenwest will transition from a Government agency to an independent, not for profit. Formally, Screenwest will convert from an Incorporated Association to a Company Limited By Guarantee (CLBG).

Screenwest has reached a point in its growth and development where a different structure would benefit both the agency and the screen sector. The need for structural reform has been acknowledged for many years and is supported by the Screenwest Strategic Plan 2016-2021.

This change will be positive for Screenwest, the screen industry and the community of Western Australia. It will enable Screenwest to be more responsive and flexible to screen industry changes and opportunities, and to more easily form market partnerships and leverage funding from third parties.


Structural Transition Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Company Limited By Guarantee (CLBG)?

A CLBG is a specialised form of public company designed for non-profit organisations, and is appropriate for the age, size and nature of operations undertaken by Screenwest.

A CLBG is a professional, internationally recognised structure that will allow Screenwest to operate throughout Australia without additional registrations.

What does it mean for funding recipients and Screenwest’s partners?

Screenwest will continue to support the screen industry through funding grants and investments and other services as we currently do. We will continue to fund project development and productions, support practitioner development and support screen culture. We will also continue to advocate for the Western Australian screen industry locally, nationally and internationally.

All current contractual terms with funding recipients and funding partners will be met. There will be no need to enter into Deeds of Variation.

How will Screenwest Ltd be funded?

Screenwest Ltd will continue to receive funding from the State Government, through the Department of Culture and the Arts, Lotterywest and Royalties for Regions, at a level consistent with the current budget.
When will the change occur?

It is anticipated the new structure will be in place early in the new financial year 2017-18.
Who will be on Screenwest Ltd’s Board of Directors?

The inaugural Board of Directors will consist of the existing Screenwest Inc Board members with the exception of the current Western Australian screen industry members who will become members of the inaugural Industry Advisory Group (IAG).

For future Board appointments, a Nominations Committee will seek, assess and nominate candidates.

What is the Industry Advisory Group?

The IAG is an advisory group that has been created to assist the Screenwest Board to engage with, monitor and keep current with emerging issues and trends affecting the WA screen industry to help the Board make decisions on a properly informed basis. The IAG will provide a vital link and flow of information between the Screenwest Board and the WA screen industry.

An EOI process seeks people with interest and enthusiasm, who are actively engaged with and committed to the screen industry. Diversity is valued by Screenwest and in its assessment of EOIs Screenwest will endeavour to ensure that the IAG has a complementary mix of screen industry interests, skills and experience and be reflective of the diversity of the WA community to ensure that the IAG is equipped to meet the tasks required of it.

The IAG typically meets once a quarter. Expect a time commitment of approximately 6 – 8 hours per month to attend meetings, review documents, respond to emails and complete assigned tasks.

IAG members may be appointed for a period of two years. Members will receive an honorary payment in line with the Screenwest Board remuneration policy.

Role and Objectives of the Industry Advisory Group

The key objectives of the Industry Advisory Group are to:

  1. Advise Screenwest on existing, new or emerging matters in the screen industry in WA.
  2. Advise Screenwest on the effectiveness of actions required by Screenwest to assist in the development of the screen industry in WA.
  3. Promote dialogue between industry and the community to build the community’s confidence in Screenwest and in the screen industry in WA.
  4. Partner with Screenwest to assist in the development of and/or informing of the community and industry of new policies or actions to be undertaken by Screenwest.
  5. Partner with Screenwest to facilitate ongoing communication and transfer of information between different parts of the screen industry in WA, and the community.
  6. Consider any matter referred to it by Screenwest, or any other relevant matter.
Individual Member Responsibilities

  • Actively Participate in meetings and tender an apology if unavailable.
  • Contribute ideas and suggestions relating to items on the agenda.
  • Publically and privately support decisions made by the IAG.
  • Act as an advocate for Screenwest and the WA screen industry where possible.
  • Thoroughly prepare for IAG meetings.
  • Action and follow up on tasks established by the IAG.
EOI Assessment

The Screenwest Nominations Committee will assess all applications and provide recommendations to the Screenwest Board for final decision.
Candidates must have demonstrated in their application the skills, experience and abilities required to successfully contribute to the IAG.

The appointment of members will be based on what an individual can bring to the IAG to assist Screenwest realise the strategic objectives in the Screenwest Strategic Plan 2016-2021.

The following criteria will be considering when assessing applications:

  • Screen industry skills, experience and knowledge.
  • Capacity to think and act strategically.
  • Ability to participate co-operatively with a range of different people.
  • Integrity and honesty.
  • Well networked within skill base.

The panel will also take into consideration the optimal combination of individuals to provide a complementary mix of individuals on the IAG.