The first meeting of the Branch was held in 1975. The Branch continues to meet on the third Tuesday every second month. Meetings are held at St Margaret Mary's College, Townsville. Members meet for a drink and nibbles at 5.30pm, followed by a guest presentation 6.00-7.00pm.
General meetings of the APSNQ Branch are scheduled bi-monthly and are primarily for psychologists who are fellows, members, associate members or student members of APS. In most circumstances meetings are not open to family members (including children) of members. Members of other professional bodies may attend by invitation but would not generally be considered eligible to attend general meetings.
In the interests of encouraging psychologists and students who do not belong to APS to join, the following sequential conditions apply:
- Non APS members may attend 1 general meeting to assist in making a decision about whether to join.
- Non APS members, once they have attended 1 general meeting, will pay $5 for the next general meeting which they choose to attend.
- Non APS members who have attended 2 general meetings as non members will then be expected to join APS at the relevant level of membership if they wish to continue attendance at meetings.
Meetings of the committee, which consists of the Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and other general committee members, are scheduled monthly. It is anticipated that each member will be given a designated area of responsibility relating to branch activities. That is not to suggest that individual committee members will act alone or speak for the branch. All actions will be approved by the committee.
- Committee members whilst they are volunteers are expected to make a commitment to their work on the committee, hence:
- Committee members are expected to attend a minimum of 5 committee meetings per year. Where this policy is violated, the committee ceases to be a committee member.
- The above mentioned situations which would cause a committee member to lose their position may be waived on the majority decision of the committee where some extenuating circumstance exists.