Our governance is based on clear lines of accountability, decision-making and reporting, as well as defined planning and performance management.
In 2011–12, we employed strategies that:
We were driven to modernise our methods of accountability to achieve efficiency and effectiveness.
The Electoral Commissioner is responsible for the management and strategic leadership of the AEC.
In 2011–12, the Electoral Commissioner’s leadership was supported by:
The Executive Management Group also assisted the Electoral Commissioner.
We have four senior management committees. Those committees and their responsibilities are as follows.
The Executive Management Group is responsible for leadership, management and sound governance.
In 2011–12, the Executive Management Group supported the Electoral Commissioner in determining our strategic directions and organisational priorities for the year. It ensured that organisational objectives were achieved and contributed to our strategic leadership and operational management, and that we followed good corporate governance practices and managed risk appropriately.
The Executive Management Group was also responsible for shaping our future in line with the Commission’s three strategic themes: modernisation, collaboration, and investing in our people.
Collectively, the group defined high-level priorities, while more detailed contributions were made at other planning levels.
The members of the group were:
The Investment and Strategies Committee met five times in 2011–12. The committee was responsible for assisting the Electoral Commissioner to:
The members of the committee were:
The Chief Finance Officer and the Chief Information Officer also attended meetings in an advisory capacity.
The Business Assurance Committee is responsible for providing independent assurance and assistance to the Electoral Commissioner and our Executive Management Group. The committee conducted four meetings in 2011–12, which included reviews of the AEC’s risk, control and compliance frameworks, and review of the AEC’s financial statements.
Members from 1 January 2012 included:
The Fraud Control Committee was first established in 2007 by the Electoral Commissioner as a subcommittee of the Business Assurance Committee. Its role during 2011–12 was to review the process of developing and implementing the AEC’s fraud control arrangements and to provide assurance that we have processes and systems in place to prevent, detect and deter fraud within the AEC. It was also responsible for ensuring we met our obligations under the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines 2011.
The committee held four meetings in 2011–12.
Committee members from 1 January 2012 included: