Appendix 3: Executive committees

Table 36 Executive Committees—roles and membership at 30 June 2015
Committee RoleMembership
Executive Management Committee

Key advisory body to the Secretary

Provides advice on strategic policy, budget and performance reporting

EMC is underpinned by six governance committees, as outlined in the table below

Met 11 times in 2014–15

Secretary (chair)

Deputy secretaries

Advisors:

Chief Finance Officer

Chief Information Officer

First Assistant Secretary, Service Delivery Division

General Counsel

Assistant Secretary, Governance Branch

One external advisor

One Assistant Secretary
(on rotation)

One Regional Manager
(on rotation)

Budget, Investment and Finance Committee

Provides strategic and tactical investment policy and advice

Provides advice on the department’s capital and non-capital corporate investment policies and priorities
Met 10 times in 2014–15

Deputy secretaries (one as chair)

Chief Finance Officer

Chief Information Officer

First Assistant Secretary, Service Delivery Division

Assistant Secretary, Research and Innovation Branch

Assistant Secretary, Key Landcare Projects Branch

Change Management Committee

Provides strategic advice and recommendations on the department’s change agenda. Monitors major change programmes to ensure that the direction and outcomes of those programmes are consistent with the department’s broader priorities and objectives

CMC is also responsible for monitoring the governance arrangements across change projects and communication of change programmes to the workforce and to stakeholders

Met nine times in 2014–15

Deputy secretaries (one as chair)

Chief Finance Officer

Chief Information Officer

First Assistant Secretary, Service Delivery Division

First Assistant Secretary, Compliance Division

Assistant Secretary, Governance Branch

Assistant Secretary, People Services Branch

Assistant Secretary, Design and Change Branch

Deputy Chief Information Officer

A First Assistant Secretary
(on rotation)

Regional Manager (on rotation)

Information and Communication Technology Committee

Provides coordinated strategic advice and oversight on matters relating to information and communication technology including direction, performance, investment and implementation of ICT projects to support the department’s objectives

Met six times in 2014–15

Deputy Secretary (chair)

Chief Information Officer (deputy chair)

Chief Finance Officer

Chief Scientist and Chief

Plant Protection Officer

First Assistant Secretary, Compliance Division

First Assi​stant Secretary, Sustainability and Biosecurity

Policy Division

First Assistant Secretary, Service Delivery Division

Regional Manager—South West

Assistant Secretary, Live Animal Exports Branch

Assistant Secretary, Design and Change Branch

Information Management Committee

Provides strategic advice 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

There were no meetings in 2014–15 due to restructuring of the committee.

Deputy Secretary (chair)

Chief Information Officer
First Assistant Secretary, Compliance Division

Chief Scientist

General Counsel

Assistant Secretary, Governance Branch

One external member

Other members as required

Legislation and Regulatory Reform Committee

Provides advice on the strategic management, coordination and review of the portfolio’s regulation, the achievement of the portfolio’s contribution to the government’s deregulation agenda, and associated governance and assurance frameworks

Met seven times in 2014–15 and held one out-of-session meeting

Deputy Secretary (chair)

Executive Director, ABARES

First Assistant Secretary, Agricultural Policy Division

First Assistant Secretary, Service Delivery Division

First Assistant Secretary, Agricultural Adaptation and Forestry Division

First Assistant Secretary, Sustainability and Biosecurity Policy Division

General Counsel

Assistant Secretary, Biosecurity Regulation and Reform Policy Branch

Assistant Secretary, Industry Support Branch

Assistant Secretary, Deregulation and Portfolio Strategy Branch

One representative from the following agencies:

  • Australian Fisheries Management Authority
  • Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
People Committee

Provides strategic advice on human resource strategies and priorities

Monitors and reviews implementation of human resource initiatives, including the department’s People Strategy

Met six times in 2014–15

Deputy Secretary (chair)

First Assistant Secretary, Service Delivery Division (deputy chair)

First Assistant Secretary, Trade and Market Access Division

First Assistant Secretary, Agricultural Adaption and Forestry Division

Assistant Secretary, Pathway Compliance Branch
Assistant Secretary, Forestry Branch

Regional Manager—North East

One external member

Table 37 Audit Committee—role and membership at 30 June 2015
Committee RoleMembership
Audit Committee

Provides independent assurance and advice to the secretary on the department’s risk, control and assurance framework

Met five times in 2014–15

Ms Jenny Morison, independent member (chair)

Mr Will Laurie, independent member

One deputy secretary (deputy chair)

Executive Director, ABARES

First Assistant Secretary, Service Delivery Division

Regional Manager—South East

Table 38 Security Committee—role and membership at 30 June 2015
Committee RoleMembership
Security Committee

Provides oversight of the department’s security risk management and monitors and reports on the overall management of security, fraud control, corruption and business continuity policies and frameworks (where they relate to security matters).

Met eight times in 2014–15

Deputy secretary (chair)

Agency Security Advisor

Chief Information Security Officer

Information Technology Security officer

General Counsel

First Assistant Secretary, Compliance Division

Assistant Secretary, Governance Branch

Assistant Secretary, People Services

Assistant Secretary, Commercial Business

Regional Manager—Central East

Director, Fraud and Security Team, Governance Branch

Director, Business Strategy Section, Trade and Market Access Division

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