I'm not sure about the issues for members outside of Australia being signatories to a society, business or whatever that will have an Australian jurisdiction and regulations governing it. Just don't know the implications eg would indemnities apply outside Australia?
Has anyone any professional views on this. Is there anyone managing the NZ side?
Thanks Tony, good point. I would assume that the liability for a NZ-based director of an Australian company would be the same as an Australia-based director. We would be signing contracts and undertaking activities as OSGeo Oceania, so anyone seeking remedy would pursue the organisation rather than the individual (that's how I read it).
Of course, personal liability would still apply in cases of fraud, negligence, criminal activity, trading while insolvent, etc... directors would have to act responsibly to get the liability protection that a company structure offers. In any case, it's a good question and I'd say we should ask it of the professionals we engage to help us set up.