The International Federation of Karate Australia Incorporated is registered as a community not-for-profit organisation with the NSW Department of Fair Trading, and from 1995-2018 was known under the name of the International Federation of Karate Kyokushinkai Australia Incorporated or IFKKA. For the purpose of simplicity, we will refer to the organisation as IFK Australia throughout the website.
As in incorporated association, it has to have a register of members, a board, a public officer, conduct regular meetings and AGMs, and submit its accounts to the government on an annual basis. All students and instructors over 16 yrs and 4th kyu and up are full voting members if they have been regular members for 18 months or more, and have the option to hold office in the IFK Australia committee structure.
An IFK Australia Annual General Meeting in progress
The incorporation of IFK Australia means that the Executive Committee is accountable to all members and the Dept of Fair Trading, and that it is run for the benefit of the members. Monies raised by IFK Australia with ventures such as tournaments, fund-raisers, camps etc... are all put back into the IFK Australia coffers and are then used to purchase capital equipment such as tournament mats or to sponsor students going to out-of-town or overseas tournaments.
The IFK Australia Board comprises 8 positions: up to 3 dojo operators, up to 3 ordinary members (voting members), and has provision for up to 2 specialist members who do not have to be students or voting members, but who bring special skills to the organisation.
If you would like to see a copy of the IFK Australia Constitution, you can download it from here.
If you are interested in the joining the Board, especially if you have some management skills to offer, please contact us.
If would like to help in any other way e.g. coaching, fundraising, tournament organisation, event support etc... please don't hesitate to contact us either!.