Board of Orientation and Mobility Australasia

Proposed Board of Orientation and Mobility Australasia BOOMA logo. Green text with first O of BOOMA represented by a small white circle with green lines fanning out from it.The Orientation and Mobility Association of Australasia (“OMAA” or “the Association”) is seeking to establish the Board of Orientation and Mobility Australasia (“BOOMA” or “the Board”) to facilitate the development of industry training and practice standards for Orientation and Mobility Specialists / Instructors (OMS), dog guide instructors, Guide Dog Mobility Instructors (GDMI), Seeing Eye Dog Mobility Instructors (SEDMI), O&M Practice Supervisors, teaching staff for Orientation and Mobility programs and O&M Assistants (OMA). The Board will also provide impartial governance of the professional certification program.


Call for Expressions of Interest – have now closed

Expressions of interest are sought from persons interested in serving on the Board of Orientation and Mobility Australasia.

After reading the information below, please email:

  • your Expression of Interest; or
  • recommend a suitable candidate for BOOMA membership

to the President of OMAA, Jeremy Hill, at by Friday 8 September 2017. Please use “Board EOI” as the Subject.

Role of the Board

This is a unique opportunity to have a significant impact upon the field of Orientation and Mobility (O&M) and further its professionalisation within Australasia.

The functions of BOOMA will include:

  • remaining current on issues affecting the O&M profession within Australasia;
  • developing standards, codes and guidelines for the O&M profession;
  • reviewing personnel preparation programs and O&M training pathways for compliance with COMS standards;
  • assessing the credentials of overseas trained OMS who wish to practise in Australasia;
  • working with the OMAA and the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) to implement a high-quality certification program;
  • screening the eligibility of applicants to take the ACVREP Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) exam;
  • investigating grievances and complaints.

Term of appointment

Board members will serve a term of up to three (3) years and may be reappointed for a second term. No member shall serve more than two consecutive terms, but may be reappointed after a period of one year.

Board member may resign at any time by delivering written notice to the President of OMAA. Unless the notice specifies a later effective date, the resignation shall be effective when the notice is received.

Role and responsibilities of Board members

Board members are required to act impartially and in the public interest in the exercise of their functions and put the public interest before the interests of particular OMS or any entity that represents OMS.

Membership of other organisations or professional bodies

Board members may also be members of other organisations or professional bodies that may, from time-to-time, express a view on the work of the Board. Any potential conflicts should be declared to the Board for consideration.

Managing conflict of interest and bias

As a general rule, Board members must declare any actual and possible conflict of interest in relation to matters to be considered at a meeting. Board members must also exclude themselves from decision-making in relation to a matter in which they are biased, or might be perceived to be biased.


Any information that comes to a member’s knowledge in the course of, or because of, the member’s role on the Board is protected information and must not be disclosed or made allowed to be disclosed to another person, organisation or entity.

Commitment of Board members

Board members should be able to give an active commitment to the work of the Board. It is envisaged that the Board will meet via teleconference once a month and individuals might be required to conduct independent research between meetings. The time commitment will be most intensive in the first twelve months and can be expected to vary during a member’s term.

Board members may be required to attend different types of meetings, including:

  • scheduled Board meetings, generally held via teleconference;
  • additional Board meetings, generally held via teleconference, when additional matters need to be considered or urgent decisions need to be made;
  • working groups, held via teleconference or in person, to move selected issues forward in between scheduled Board meetings; and
  • occasional conferences or planning days.

Board members are expected, as far as practical, to attend all meetings, including teleconferences, video conferences and face-to-face meetings. An agenda and Board papers will be provided prior to each meeting.

A Board member who cannot attend a meeting is required to send apologies prior to the meeting. In the event that a Board member is absent for three (3) or more consecutive meetings without notifying the Board, the office of the Board member may be declared vacant.


There is no remuneration for a member of the Board.


Board members are entitled to reimbursement of any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred while undertaking Board business.

More information on allowances and the process of payments and claims will be provided upon appointment.

Eligibility requirements

The Board will be a diverse group of individuals who know and care about the O&M profession; have an ethical, respectful, person-centred approach to engagement; a strategic, growth agenda; technical knowledge; and good interpersonal skills. The Board will have representatives from culturally diverse backgrounds and a variety of geographical regions, including Australia and New Zealand.

The Board will consist of a minimum of five (5) members, which will include:

  • Two (2) OMS with at least 3 years’ experience and thorough knowledge of the 13 core domains specified by ACVREP;
  • Two (2) agency / employer representatives from different agencies;
  • At least one (1) client / stakeholder representative;
  • At least one (1) university education sector representative; and
  • At least one (1) Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) / Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector representative.

Application process

A Board applicant may nominate himself or herself, or apply after nomination by another person.

A Board applicant does not have to be a member of OMAA.

Applicants are required to submit a letter of application, supported by a curriculum vitae, that identifies the individual’s skills, experience and attributes, highlighting:

  • strengths and potential contribution to a healthy Board (refer to Member attributes below);
  • leadership experience (refer to Chair attributes below);
  • professional work experience;
  • knowledge of and/or experience in the O&M field; and
  • previous contributions to the O&M field.

Applicants are asked to nominate two (2) referees who can support their application, relevant to the Board member attributes and duties of the position.

Member attributes

The Association has endorsed the following attributes for all Board members:

  1. Displays integrity: is ethical, committed, diligent, prepared, organised, professional, courageous, respectful and independent, with strong principles.
  2. Thinks critically: distils the core of complex issues, weighs up options, uses logical and analytical processes, identifies personal biases and endeavours to be impartial.
  3. Applies expertise: actively applies relevant knowledge, skills and experience to contribute to decision-making.
  4. Communicates constructively: is articulate, persuasive and diplomatic, is self-aware and reflects on personal impact and effectiveness, listens and responds constructively to contributions from others, names conflict, has a range of strategies to work towards healthy resolution, and practises kindness.
  5. Focuses strategically: can see the big picture, considers the long term and widespread impact of issues and decisions
  6. Collaborates in the interests of the scheme: is a team player, flexible, cooperative, and creates effective partnerships.

Chair attributes

Should you be interested in serving in the capacity of Chair, in addition to the attributes above, you must address the following attributes:

  1. Demonstrates leadership: is confident; decisive and acts without fear or favour; is at the forefront of professional regulation; drives reform and facilitates change.
  2. Engages externally: is the spokesperson for the Board and advocate for the scheme; defines the nature and tone of engagement; builds and sustains stakeholder relationships.
  3. Chairs effectively: establishes and follows well organised agendas; facilitates input from all members; builds consensus; distils core issues; summarises discussion and confirms decisions, ensures that decisions are accurately recorded and duly implemented.
  4. The Chair will lead the process of arranging Secretarial duties for the Board. OMAA may be able to offer some administrative support.

Selection process

A Selection Advisory Panel will be convened from the OMAA Council and Membership to facilitate the selection of Board members. The panel will review applications, shortlist applicants, and document decision-making.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed and otherwise assessed to ensure they have the necessary qualifications, skills and experience for the position.

Referees for shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a member of the Selection Advisory Panel.

The shortlist of applicants, with a summary of their skills, experience and attributes, will be put to the OMAA Membership to vote.

The OMAA Executive will retain records of the selection process, notify the O&M profession and relevant stakeholders of the election results, and provide contact details for the Board via email and through the OMAA website.

All completed applications received by OMAA will be kept on file for a three (3) year period from the date of receipt, during which time the application may be reviewed and reconsidered for selection as Board vacancies arise.


For questions or further information, please contact:

Jeremy Hill

OMAA President

M: +61 413 753 255