Appendix 3 Corporate governance committees

Table 34 Executive management committees–roles and membership at 30 June 2014
Committee Role Membership
Executive Management Committee
  • Key advisory body to the secretary
  • Provides advice on strategic policy, risks, budgets and performance reporting
  • Met 11 times in 2013-14
  • Secretary (chair)
  • Deputy secretaries
  • Chief Finance Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • First Assistant Secretary, Governance Division
  • One first assistant secretary (on rotation)
  • First Assistant Secretary, People and Service Delivery Division
  • The General Counsel
  • Two independent members
  • One assistant secretary (on rotation)
  • One regional manager (on rotation)
Budget, Investment and Finance Committee
  • Provides strategic advice to the Executive Management Committee (EMC) on matters relating to strategic, operational and governance initiatives pertaining to finance aspects of the broader department business
  • Met 8 times in 2013-14
  • Deputy secretaries (one as chair)
  • Chief Finance Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • First Assistant Secretary, People and Service Delivery Division
  • Up to three assistant secretaries (on rotation)
Change Management Committee
  • Provides strategic advice to the EMC and recommendations on the department's change agenda
  • Monitors major change programmes to ensure that the direction and outcomes of those programmes are well integrated and consistent with the department's broader priorities and objectives
  • Met 9 times in 2013-14
  • Deputy secretaries (one as chair)
  • Chief Finance Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • First Assistant Secretary, People and Service Delivery Division
  • First Assistant Secretary, Governance Division
  • Assistant Secretary, People Management Branch
  • Assistant Secretary, Communication Branch
  • One first assistant secretary (on rotation)
  • One external member
Information and Communication Technology Committee
  • Provides strategic advice to the EMC on information and communication technology direction, performance, investment and implementation of projects
  • Met 9 times in 2013-14
  • Deputy secretary (chair)
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Finance Officer
  • Chief Scientist
  • First Assistant Secretary, People and Service Delivery Division
  • First Assistant Secretary, Biosecurity Policy
  • First Assistant Secretary, Compliance Division
  • One business line assistant secretary
  • Australian Customs and Border Protection Service representative
  • Regional manager representative
  • Assistant Secretary, Communication Branch
Information Management Committee
  • Provides strategic advice to the EMC on improving the management of information across the department
  • Coordinates the department's activities to establish information management policy and to assist in meeting information management related legislative and policy obligations
  • Met 7 times in 2013-14
  • Deputy secretary (chair)
  • First Assistant Secretary, Governance Division (deputy chair)
  • Chief Information Officer
  • First Assistant Secretary, Biosecurity Policy Division
  • First Assistant Secretary, Compliance Division
  • ABARES Chief Scientist
  • The General Counsel
  • Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary and Executive Business Branch
  • External member with specific business knowledge in information management
  • Other members as required
Legislation and Regulatory Reform Committee
  • Advises the EMC on the strategic management, coordination, and review of the portfolio regulation, oversight of the portfolio's contribution to the Government's deregulation agenda and associated governance and assurance frameworks
  • Met 6 times in 2013-14
  • Deputy secretary (chair)
  • First Assistant Secretary, Governance Division
  • First Assistant Secretary, Agricultural Productivity Division
  • First Assistant Secretary, Biosecurity Policy Division
  • The General Counsel
  • Assistant Secretary, Deregulation and Portfolio Strategies Branch
  • Assistant Secretary, Biosecurity Legislation Branch
  • Assistant Secretary, Fisheries Branch
  • Assistant Secretary, Industry Support Branch
  • Assistant Secretary, Farm Business Branch
  • Australian Fisheries Management Authority representative
  • Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority representative
People Committee
  • Provides strategic advice to the EMC on human resources strategies and priorities
  • Monitors and reviews implementation of human resource initiatives, including the department's People Strategy
  • Met 6 times in 2013-14
  • Deputy secretary (chair)
  • First Assistant Secretary, People and Service Delivery Division (deputy chair)
  • Two first assistant secretaries
  • Two Canberra-based assistant secretaries
  • One regional manager
  • External member

Table 35 Audit Committee–roles and membership at 30 June 2014
Committee Role Membership
Audit Committee
  • Provides independent assurance and advice to the secretary on the department’s risk, control and assurance framework
  • Met 5 times in 2013–14
  • Two independent members, one of whom is chair
  • One deputy secretary (deputy chair)
  • First Assistant Secretary, Biosecurity Policy Division
  • Executive Director, ABARES
  • Regional Manager, South-East

Table 36 Security Committee roles and membership at 30 June 2014
Committee Role Membership
Security Committee
  • Ensures the secretary is kept properly advised of the department’s security performance and of any recommended measures to meet relevant Australian Government policies and requirements
  • Identifies and considers operational and strategic security, fraud control, corruption and business continuity policies and issues impacting the department
  • Endorses risk and business continuity policies where they relate to security matters
  • Provides oversight of the department’s implementation and adherence to the mandatory requirements specified in the:
    • Protective Security Policy Framework
    • Information Security Manual
    • Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines 2011
    • Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006
  • Provides an overview of policy for protective security and information and communications technology security
  • Considers reports on security matters and initiate appropriate responses
    Provides oversight of the department’s management and implementation of business continuity practices
  • Provides oversight of the department’s staff integrity issues as they relate to fraud, corruption, law enforcement, ICT and protective security issues
  • Makes recommendations to the secretary/EMC on key operational or strategic security, fraud control, corruption and business continuity policies and guidelines
  • Met 8 times in 2013–14
  • Deputy secretary (chair)
  • Assistant secretary responsible for security matters
  • Director, Fraud and Security
  • Agency security advisor
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Information Technology Security Advisor
  • Assistant Secretary, People Services Branch
  • Assistant Secretary, Commercial Business Branch
  • First Assistant Secretary, Compliance Division
  • One representative from a regional location (on rotation)

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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