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ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN PARKOUR ASSOCIATION

The Australian Parkour Association Inc. (APA) was formed in 2006 by some of the most experienced and dedicated Parkour practitioners in Australia in order to develop Parkour as a discipline and to foster its growth in Australia. It is a nationally recognised organisation capable of operating anywhere within Australia.

The organisation was formed out of the need for liability cover for those who organise training sessions and a body with nationwide representation to guide and develop Parkour in Australia.

The association was formed, and is run by active Parkour practitioners. For these people the Parkour and the people who wish to learn it come first. The association is there for the benefit of others, the people who created it aim to keep it that way.

The statement of purpose sums up what the Australian Parkour Association is trying to achieve.

The Australian Parkour Association is a legally recognised incorporated association. Any profits made are put back into the association and do not provide any personal gain for its members.

Administration and operations are conducted by its members. A committee is elected from members of the association to oversee the operation of the association. All members of the committee are volunteers.

Representatives from each member state are elected and provide a state level point of communication through which members can voice their opinions.

Membership, although encouraged, is not necessary to access most Australian Parkour Association events and services. There is no obligation to join the Australian Parkour Association unless you wish to be involved in teaching Parkour and want to be covered by its nationwide insurance policy.

Should you wish to join the Australian Parkour Association please visit the membership page.

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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

This statement of purpose dictates the way the Australian Parkour Association conducts itself and outlines what the goals of the association are:

  • To primarily act as the pre-eminent organization for the development of Parkour in Australia.
  • To provide services and resources to facilitate the learning of and participation in Parkour.
  • To provide the opportunity for individuals to learn about and participate in Parkour.
  • To provide a 'safe' learning environment for all participants.
  • To uphold the ethics of Parkour within the association and to transmit these ethics to all practitioners.
  • To represent both Parkour in Australia and its practitioners in a positive light, within and outside of Australia.
  • To act as a representative for Australian Parkour practitioners internationally and to provide a link between the global Parkour community and association members.
  • To promote the accurate transmission and portrayal of Parkour in Australia.
  • To provide a national forum for the exchange of ideas, information and resources between association.

INCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS

An incorporated association is a separate legal entity in its own right, separate from its individual members.The incorporated association model was chosen to achieve the goals of the Australian Parkour Association set out in the statement of purpose. Incorporation allows an association to:

  • continue regardless of changes to membership
  • accept gifts and bequests
  • buy and sell property
  • enter into enforceable contracts
  • sue or be sued, and
  • invest and borrow money.

Incorporation also provides benefits for members and officers, including:

  • protection against personal responsibility for any debts or liabilities incurred by the association, and
  • limiting of personal liability to outstanding fees.

By law, incorporated associations are non-profit organisations. The Australian Parkour Association exists to benefit Parkour. Profits made by the association are put back into the development of Parkour and the Australian Parkour Association, and are not distributed to members.

View the Rules of The Australian Parkour Association document here.

THE AUSTRALIAN PARKOUR ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE

The Australian Parkour Association is run by an elected committee comprising of national representatives and elected state representatives. The committee meets to discuss the operation of the association as needed and as required by the Associations Incorporations act 1981.

NATIONAL COMMITTEE DUTIES

President

  • Organizes and/or delegates national events and activities.
  • Keep's state committee's informed of developments within national and international scene.
  • Is the liaison for all media at a national level.
  • The contact point for any national related enquiries into Parkour.
  • Keeps up to date on the developments within Parkour at an international level.

Vice-President

  • Assists the president and does his/her job when president is unavailable.

Treasurer/Secretary

  • Collects membership applications and fees and enters them into the register and all other duties as required by law.
  • Keeps a record of all the medical and personal details and paperwork relating to members.

STATE SUB-COMMITTEE DUTIES

President

  • Approves or denies state membership applications.
  • Organizes and/or delegates state level events and activities.
  • Keeps national committee informed of developments within that state.
  • Is the liaison for all media at a state level.
  • The contact point for any state related enquiries into Parkour.
  • Keeps up to date on the developments within Parkour at an international level.

Vice-President

  • Assists the president and does his/her job when president is unavailable.
  • Collects membership applications and fees and forwards to national secretary/treasurer.
  • Keeps a record of all the medical and personal details and paperwork relating to members.