The Department’s management bodies and meetings are designed to share information, provide robust corporate governance, convey priorities, and embed strong organisational values. As part of the organisational redesign process in 2014, updated governance arrangements were put in place.
Figure 3.1 Department of Communications Governance Framework
Leadership, Ethics, Values and Culture
- APS Values and Code of Conduct
- Client Service Charter
- Accountable Authority Instructions
- Practical Guides
- Financial & Human Resource Delegations
- Certificate of Compliance
- Enterprise Agreement A written agreement about working conditions and wages made between an employer and its employees. Expense Total value of all of the resources consumed in producing goods and services
- HR Policies
- Corporate Plan 2014–17
- People Strategy 2014–17
- ICT Strategy 2014–17
- Communication Strategy 2014–17
- Executive Leadership Team
- Investment Committee
- Health and Safety Committee
- Workplace Consultative Committee
- Audit Committee
- Financial Statements Sub-Committee
- Portfolio Budget Statements
- Annual Report
- Financial statement and performance audits ( ANAO Australian National Audit Office )
- Internal Audit (KPMG)
- State of the Service Report
- CFO reporting
- Stakeholder survey
- Program evaluation
- APSC Australian Public Service Commission Capability Review
Executive Leadership Team
The Executive Leadership Team (ELT), made up of the Secretary, Deputy Secretaries, First Assistant Secretaries, General Counsel and Chief Economist, meets weekly and provides support to the Secretary in discharging his statutory roles as:
- principal policy adviser to the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary
- manager of government programmes to achieve portfolio and whole-of-government outcomes
- leader within the Department and across APS Australian Public Service
- an Accountable Authority under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
The ELT supports the Secretary through:
- providing collective advice on whole-of-department issues
- collaborating across internal boundaries on policy development, resource management and organisational capability development
- actively promoting and modelling the Department’s agreed culture and corporate values.
Senior Leadership Group
The Senior Leadership Group (SLG) is made up of the SES Senior Executive Service and Executive Level officers that directly report to ELT members. SLG meetings are held every four to six weeks.
The aims of the forum are to:
- share information affecting the leadership of both the Department and the broader Australian Public Service (APS)
- improve interaction, teamwork and sharing across the Department
- formulate practical actions
- reflect on individual and group leadership performance.
The Audit Committee provides independent advice and assurance to the Secretary on our control frameworks, externally published financial information, and compliance with statutory obligations in accordance with Section 45 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
Membership for 2014–15 was made up of:
- an external Chair
- two external members
- two internal members.
The Audit Committee met five times in 2014–15.
Health and Safety Committee
The Health and Safety Committee (HSC) is a key forum that supports a safety culture in the Department. It is an integral component of the Department's Work Health and Safety (WHS) framework and has responsibility for achieving positive outcomes for the Department in the management of WHS issues. The HSC met twice in 2014–15.
Workplace Consultative Committee
The Workplace Consultative Committee ( WCC Workplace Consultative Committee ) is the principal forum through which formal consultation and discussions on workplace relations matters take place between management and employees. Four meetings were held in 2014–15.
The Investment Committee was established in September 2014, replacing the previous Information Management Committee. The Investment Committee provides strategic advice to the Executive Leadership Team on significant financial investments across the Department, including implementation and management. It also considers proposals and provides guidance on investments from a medium to long-term point of view.
Membership for 2014–15 was made up of:
- Deputy Chair
- six members including two with specialist expertise
- an advisor with extensive programme management experience
- two observers.
The Investment Committee met seven times in 2014–15.Skip to next content block