The importance of having a quorum

Published by Wayne McKean on March 21, 2012

For those of you who are involved in meetings of organisations you might be interested in the rules relating to quorums.

A quorum is the minimum number of members that must be present at a meeting. 

A meeting of an organisation cannot take place unless the required quorum is in attendance.  If the Constitution of the organisation sets out what a quorum is then clearly that will apply. 

If the Constitution doesn’t state a prescribed number then the quorum is the majority of the membership of the organisation or committee.  

A meeting cannot start unless the quorum is present in person.  

Business dealt with at a meeting without a quorum in attendance is invalid, however such decisions may later be retrospectively validated at a subsequent meeting if the Constitution allows.  Otherwise the business must be dealt with afresh at the subsequent meeting. 

Once a meeting has started, if a member deliberately leaves the meeting to remove the quorum, that member will not be permitted to challenge the decision made by reason of a lack of quorum.  

If a chairperson leaves a meeting in an attempt to close the meeting, as long as a quorum is still present, the remaining members may move to elect a replacement chairperson.  

Proxies are not counted when determining whether a quorum is present.

Contact Wayne McKean

See the whole team

Related Services

Business

Whether you are looking for savvy contracts to minimise your business risk, ways to expand and grow, or the time has come to sell or wind up your business, we can help.

Read More

Do it online

Did you know you can pay your bill online?

Here's how

Testimonials

They respond in a timely way; listen well and interpret instructions. Give constructive advice. I Have been a client since about 1977 and have never had a negative experience. Have appreciated all the attention and advice that has been given.

Marilyn Edwards

Contact Us

Questions? Comments? Please feel free to get in touch & let us impress you with what we have to offer