In 1993, the ALMA executive committee decided to adopt a constitution to formalise the governance and establish rules and regulations for the association. This task was given to Br. Imtiaz Issadeen who had arrived in Sydney from Melbourne where he had helped to draft the constitution for USMA (United Sri-Lanka Muslim Association). With the assistance of Br. Fahumy Haniffa a professional lawyer in Melbourne, the ALMA constitution was drafted and presented to the ALMA AGM in 1994 for adoption. The ALMA constitution thus defined the objects of the association, the governance and set the rules and regulations.
In 2003 the ALMA executive committee undertook to review the constitution as it appeared more of an association for Sri Lankan Muslims living in Sydney. By 2003, majority members of ALMA had taken up citizenship in Australia and therefore the constitution required to reflect that ALMA as an association for Australian Muslims of Sri Lankan background. With the inception of the ALMA Education Program (ACEP) in 2002 and its close liaison with the Auburn Council and government agencies, it became aparent that the constitution needed a number of other changes to bring in line with Australian law and be compatible to register as a not-for-profit association with the Department of Fair Trading.
Constitutional reform was undertaken by a sub committee appointed by the executive committee of 2003 that included Br. Abdul Gafoor, Br. Nufail Ali, Br. Ubaidur Rahmaan, Br. Fehraz Fallil and Br. Mohamed Fazli for this purpose and worked hard to bring out a draft constitution in early 2004. After wide consultation with several members within the community, the constitution was finalised and was proposed for adoption at the AGM in 2004. Alhamdulillah the constitution has been accepted by government bodies and other agencies that require this document for grant applications to receive funding, resource allocation such as council hall bookings, banking requirements and registration with the department of fair trading.
Members wishing to obtain a copy of the Constitution may contact the committee members and request for it.