The NSW Journalists’ Benevolent Fund was established in the 1920s to assist journalists and their dependents during times of financial stress.

With money invested in cash, public company shares and managed funds, the interest earned is used to provide short-term crisis loans and one-off cash grants to journalists and their families who are in need of assistance. It also funds Christmas gifts for elderly journalists or their spouses and children, and pays contributions towards funeral costs for journalist members of the Media Alliance.

The bulk of the money for the fund came from an original bequest from the founding editor of The Bulletin, Jules Archibald. Over the years, other journalists have also made bequests and donations to the fund to ensure it continues its work while capital is invested.

Since 2012, JB Were has managed part of the fund’s assets and the high returns have helped the fund grow.

The fund is affiliated with the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance media section and provides a yearly grant to the union for its health and safety work in NSW.

NSW Journalists’ Benevolent Fund election notice

The NSW Journalists’ Benevolent Fund trustees have asked the fund’s accountant, Brenden Hughes of Boroughs Australia Pty Limited, to act as returning officer for the election of three trustees. Nominations are now called for three Class A trustees of the fund to be elected for a two-year term expiring on June 30, 2023.

Nominations, which must be in writing, may be made from Monday, May 3, 2021. They must reach the returning officer at Level 6, 77 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000, by 10am on Monday, May 17, 2021.

Only financial members at March 31,2021, of the AJA section of the NSW branch of the MEAA are eligible for election.

If a ballot is necessary, voting material will be posted to financial members of the AJA section of the NSW branch on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the address shown in the MEAA records. Members should notify the union of any change of address. The ballot will close at 10am on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Brenden Hughes

Returning Officer