Council Meeting Thursday 30th August 2018 – Minutes

Council Meeting Thursday 30th August 2018 – Minutes

2019-01-07T03:34:12+11:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Council Meetings, Linux Australia|Tags: , , |

Council Agenda Thursday 30 August 2018

1. Meeting overview and key information


Cam (will be late), Russell, Cherie, Kathy, James, Sae Ra


Hugh Blemings

Meeting opened at 1932AEST  by Kathy and quorum was achieved

Agenda summary – key items for discussion this agenda

2. Log of correspondence

Motions moved on list

  • MOTION by Kathy that Council wait to review figures from Pycon AU attendance on 23rd, and if they indicate a strong budget position, release $19k deposit to Pycon AU for 2019 venue deposit.
  • Seconded by Russell Stuart
  • Passed
  • RKM at PyCon. They have set the date for the payment to happen on September 11
  • A few questions was sent regarding the reconciling of figures. Nothing is adding up.
  • ACTION: LA wishes to receive a Budget update regarding the actuals/2019/why the differences. To be considered at the council meeting on the 13th

General correspondence and items for noting

  • auDA AGM date has been set
    • Thursday 27 September, 2018
    • Single membership model, checking of members, and strict checking. Criteria is being tightened. You have to be eligible to hold a TLD is Australia. Associate members can’t get together to remove the board. The auDA board will be using a skills matrix to appoint members to the board. There will be no gender quotas or targets.
  • Blue Hackers
    • ACTION: Russell to follow this up, still waiting for a response from Arjen
    • We are now waiting on Russell!
    • Still Pending.
  • Aptira partnering with Linux Foundation for OpenStack / Open Networking roadshow and series of one-day conferences
    • Completed. – Leaving on the Agenda
    • James mentioned they scheduled a day conference that was subsequently cancelled.
    • SLUG moving their DNS off LA (
      • SLUG domain renewal was paid for today


  • ACTION: Sae Ra, ask admin for list of domains that we own/manage.


      • Done?
  • OSIA
    • AGM is scheduled 1st December
  • VALA Tech Camp
    • ACTION: for LA to talk to VALA regarding the budget for next year to see if we can sponsor and put it in the budget.
  • Kathy and Russell to look at the LA Budget for 2018/2019 budget

4. Items for discussion

  • Council Face to Face #1 Follow-up
    • Check in with non event committees to get their current status (Cherie)
      • BAD CHERIE
    • Can we OAuth from CiviCRM (Kathy)
      • BAD KATHY
    • Privacy Policy (Draft: Kathy, Proofing: Cameron)
      • BAD KATHY
    • Make a list of HackerSpaces for the website (Cameron)
    • Everyone to copy and paste their action items into the agenda.
    • Code of conduct: there are several pull requests outstanding / requiring discussion on the Code of Conduct on GitHub. For discussion / rejection / acceptance.
      • Cherie has found and proposed a less wordy alternative for 12 and 30; accepted another noncontroversial change, and will work on a few more. Kathy to provide some git assistance as needed.
    • HealthHack has now been onboarded. They are pretty switched on. 1 was a professional accountant. Their event is coming up and they are all busily preparing for that.
    • Insurance: Certificate of Currency has been received.
      • Cherie to tweak some of the wording about covered events


  • To report: insurance chap has email to amend insurance cover (remove GovHack), and is trying to amend travel cover to replace the word ’employee’ to ‘volunteer’ which will remove the requirement for lists of names.


  • Travel insurance. Review quote and Cherie’s recommendations.
    • MOTION BY Cherie: That Linux Australia Accepts and authorises payment for the travel insurance quote from Gallagher Insurance
      • Seconded: Cameron.
      • Motion passed unanimously
      • ACTION: Cherie to get an invoice to pay this.
      • Invoice is now in Xero and is ready to go.
Cyber-insurance is an insurance product used to protect businesses and individual users from Internet-based risks, and more generally from risks relating to information technology infrastructure and activities. Risks of this nature are typically excluded from traditional commercial general liability policies or at least are not specifically defined in traditional insurance products. Coverage provided by cyber-insurance policies may include first-party coverage against losses such as data destruction, extortion, theft, hacking, and denial of service attacks; liability coverage indemnifying companies for losses to others caused, for example, by errors and omissions, failure to safeguard data, or defamation; and other benefits including regular security-audit, post-incident public relations and investigative expenses, and criminal reward funds.
    • Cherie to continue to investigate
    • Everyone else to think about worst cases and what risk we might be able to tolerate
  • Membership platform:
    • Discussion with Agileware has resulted in a much reduced quote on the voting module – around $12-15k
      • This reduces our ability to request changes and alterations and may result in some reduced testing
      • All up about 3 weeks worth of work
    • Kathy proposes moving forward with this now as we have quotes that fall within the budget we have allocated
    • RS gets clarification that we (admin-team) will set up the system and install wordpress; AgileWare will install and configure civicrm on top, then develop the voting module to our spec.
    • In total the new budget comes to around $5k more than we had budgeted for this; but we can make up the shortfall from our Prof. Services. Budget.
    • ACTION: Kathy to run the plan past Steve for one last check before we go ahead.
    • Steve’s only concern was testing because the elections are opened in November.
    • People have been assigned, and work has started.
    • First installment due now, about $20K to be paid now.
    • Invoices are paid and reconciled.
    • UPDATE 30-08-2018:
      • Regular weekly catch was at today. Live end to end demo. It works beautifully. It implements business rules very well. New website, content updates are ready to go. We’re about 2 weeks away from go live. They have to update about 4000 member records.
        • ACTION: Figure out what we do with gender.  Do we definitely need that information.
        • Diversity could be captured separately when required.
        • MOTION: That Linux Australia choose not to collect gender/pronouns in the new system until such time we need to collect it as a statistic.
          • Seconded by Cherie
          • Passed
        • ACTION: James to check out API stuff between symposion and CiviCRM
  • LA Grants Submissions:
    See related document (Grant information)
    See related information (Grant Applications)

    • Grant applications to be promoted this to go onto social media
    • Grant reviews to occur next meeting
      • MOTION template: Please not that these motions to not have to pass and even if you call the motion you do not have to vote in favour.
        • MOTION BY <INSERT NAME HERE> That Linux Australia Accepts the Grant Proposal <insert proposal name here> submitted by <insert person name here>
          • Seconded:
          • Motion passed/unsuccessful
          • If there are constraints to the motion passing (eg change in conditions, amount of $$ given, caveats, requirements for reporting) note this here otherwise remove.
    • 1 Grant Submissions to review
      • MOTION BY Kathy Reid That Linux Australia defers the decision of the Grant Proposal titled New Zealand Open Source Society submitted by Steven Ellis
          • Seconded: Sae Ra Germaine
          • Motion passed
          • Jonathon’s comments were very insightful. Can this be covered in the future? What is the sustainability of NZOSS going forward? What is the long term strategy? What does the $5K go towards? More information is required and what their direction.
          • ACTION:
          • If there are constraints to the motion passing (eg change in conditions, amount of $$ given, caveats, requirements for reporting) note this here otherwise remove.
          • This has been deferred until we have figures
      • For Noting:
          • MOTION BY XXXX That Linux Australia ACCEPTS/REJECTS/DEFERS the decision of the Grant Proposal titled Driving Safety App


  • Seconded


            • How does this benefit the open source community. The data would be a way to commercialise the product. Only in favour if the data is made open.
            • ACTION: Kathy to go back to Manuel to give opportunity to respond to Jonathan’s questions and about Open Data etc. Development will also be done offshore. Have you investigated other ways to get this software created/done locally.
              • MOTION By Sae Ra Germaine that Linux Australia Rejects the grant proposal due to the reasons above.
                • Seconded by Kathy
                • Passed


  • KATHY to tally up the currently allocated budget and look at what’s remaining.


          • Spreadsheet has been updated to calculate what $15K that has been requested, how much was given out and how much is left.
          • >>$15K left in budget.
        • EFA will be putting in a grant
          • Grant was awarded to Australian Internet Community Planning – Proposal for Linux Australia support proposal.
  • Working with WordCamps and WordPress user groups
    • WordCamp Brisbane and Melbourne coming in. Is there more smooth ways for them to interact with us. Standing WordPress subcommittees. Russell would feel happier looking at each conference individually. Perhaps our treasurer would be on the WordPress subcommittee.


  • LinuxSA Questions (Web-Site / DNS Hosting), dated 2018-06-11 21:18


    • Kathy to pass onto Admin Team.
    • All done!!! Got something back. Kathy to respond to DSL


  • OSI Membership


    • OSI have voted us in
      • All done.


  • Submissions/Papers in draft:


    • None at this stage.
  • EFA reachout
    • Peter Tonoli at EFA made some enquiries about a possible grant request, but nothing has been received yet.
      • Working on a grant request but not linked to EFA.
    • Brochure has been sent to the group.
    • Kath has not had a chance to catch up with EFA reps yet.


  • ACTION for new Council. Check which subcommittee is still running and which ones aren’t.


  • ACTION: Cherie to complete the audit as to who is still active




  • ACTION: to formally create the Conference Support subcommittee


    • Terms of Reference?
      • ACTION: James to bring this up at the next Conference support subcommittee meeting.
        • To then be sent to Sae Ra for sanity checking and then sent to Admin
      • No updates as yet.
      • Progress has been made 🙂


  • Email from MARK WARKOLM – DGR status for Linux Aus


    • ACTION: Russell has looked into the requirements, and LA may qualify after all. Suggests we seek advice on wording and application.
    • Ongoing!


  • Event Updates:



  • LCA2018 update (James)


    • Sae Ra to get Russell an invoice for Trees.
    • Setting up an archived version of the site. Currently in progress.


  • LCA2019


      • Discussion regarding bringing in Cory Doctorow as keynote. Total <NZ$30k. Stephen has asked whether LA would help towards funding.
      • CFP close to going live (target is first weekend in July)
      • ACTION: Cherie to phone Steven and discuss options
      • Kath to offer assistance for promotion of CFP.
      • Cherie to touch base with Steven.
        • Happy with their keynote speakers.
        • All going along
        • Diversity programme. InternetNZ is backing this.
        • Papers weekend is coming up. Steven is coming up.
          • Over 300 submissions in the end.
          • The calibre of submissions was outstanding.
        • Cherie to let them know about their Comms
        • 3 Day event to get nutted out at papers committee.
      • Haven’t heard anything. Moving along. Cherie to reach out to them to see if there is anything they need.
      • Question about VMWare and ongoing supplier so that VMWare can become and ongoing sponsor for LCA
        • ACTION: Russell to review when he gets back.
    • Internet Freedom Hackathon


  • Run in Melbourne and Brisbane. Got some shout outs. Invoice has been paid


  • ACTION: Kathy to continue followup the invoice. With Wrapup for the annual report for 2018.
  • Invoice has been paid. Start a 2018 report folder.
  • Kathy has updated!!!!



  • PyConAU 2018 – James Polley
    • 60 papers in CFP so far
    • Because of good sponsorship the conference is now at the break even point at 75% of projected attendance.
    • Record number of submissions
    • Some issues with venue re: budget for AV and wifi.
    • Team is *very* short at the moment.
    • Registrations are currently sitting at 50%.
    • Registrations are looking to hit 75%.
    • Pycon-au budget compared with the 75% target: attendees 663 (target 525), income 337906 (target 259970), expenses $319k (target 302k), profit $16.5k (target: -38k)
    • What exactly does sold out mean?
    • LA would like to be involved earlier with selection process of the next PyConAU. How real is the PSF coming in and running PyConAU? LA would like clarity.
      • ACTION: Kathy as LA to write a letter and ask PSF regarding WTF?
      • Come back to council regarding the draft letter.


  • LCA2020


      • Team has been officially notified they are the winning bid.
      • It is looking like core Team member Clinton will be moving to Melbourne for work.
      • Joel has been absent but is back now.


  • LCA2021


    • Some expressions of interest.


  • WordPress Sydney May 2018


    • CFP going well. Following up with some speakers, some have already been invited.
    • Close to break even.
    • WCCentral has capped ticket prices at $55; as a result the budget is currently tracking around the medium scenario and so still looking for a few more sponsors.
    • Ticket sales go live any time now – watch the socials.
    • Kath to do an announcement to Linux-Aus on this event.
    • Looks like they will make around $6K profit, without the $11pp LA tax.
    • UTS venue has been paid. Need a confirmation on what they are getting from WCCentral.
    • Need to get final profit numbers to Russell. And a final wrap up report.


  • Drupal South Canberra 2018


    • Kathy to arrange OnBoarding with Russell and get bank accounts opening
    • Waiting on treasurer (Owen) to come back to Australia (July 23rd).
    • The CFP is now open.  Kathy to promote through social media.
    • ACTION: Kathy GO FULL MEDIA POWAH! A little bit has been done
  • WordCamp Brisbane 2018
    • MOTION BY Kath Reid that Linux Australia accepts WordCamp 2018’s conference proposal, and they be invited to form a subcommittee.
      • Seconded: Sae Ra.
      • Motion passed.  All present voted in favour.
    • Kathy to notify WordCamp directors of the outcome of the vote.
    • BAD RUSSELL!!!!
    • Onboarding is now set for monday 20th August. Onboarding has occurred.
    • ACTION: Kathy to go Full Media Powah
  • WordCamp Melbourne is looking possible
    • Conversations are happening.
  • JoomlaDay Brisbane 2019
    • Proposal has been received from Carly Willats.
    • Kathy has asked for a budget.  Next step happens after budget is received.
    • Questions re budget:
      • Budget predicts a 50% increase in sponsorship over 2017
      • Attendance up 200% over 2017.
      • Venue @ $10K for 70 people for 2 days looks expensive.
      • Buuuutttt … 2017 wasn’t run in Brisbane, and I don’t have Brisbane’s figures.
    • Russell to contact Carly to get clarification.
    • Updated budget has been supplied. Budget looks good.
    • Russell plays bad cop well.
    • ACTION: Russell to continue following up.

5. Items for noting

6. Other business

  • Data-breach policy:
  • Admin Team infrastructure.
    • Sae Ra to organise the call –
      • Once Terms of Reference has been written up for the Conf Team we can proceed.
  • Outstanding GitHub pull requests. Cherie’s recommendations:
    • See above
  • Apr-June BAS, Done!

7. Backburner

8. In camera

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