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The Board

AITSL’s constitution defines the corporate powers of AITSL, which are exercised by the AITSL Board.

The AITSL Board has also adopted a board charter that sets out the AITSL Board’s role and responsibilities and the role and responsibility of the CEO.

The AITSL Board is responsible for:

  • setting AITSL’s overall strategic direction and goals
  • overseeing and monitoring organisational performance and the achievement of strategic goals and objectives
  • monitoring financial performance and accountability
  • setting specific limits of authority for management
  • reviewing and monitoring AITSL’s risk management and compliance systems
  • setting appropriate standards of corporate governance and codes of conduct
  • protecting and enhancing AITSL’s reputation.

The AITSL Board has also adopted a code of conduct that sets out the legal requirements and ethical standards that each Director is expected to adhere to.

Appointments

In accordance with AITSL’s constitution, the AITSL Board is to comprise a minimum of three and a maximum of 11 directors.

Directors are appointed by the Minister for Education through an Instrument of Appointment setting out the key terms and conditions of the appointment. The maximum term of office for a Director is for a period of up to three years, with serving Directors eligible for re-appointment on the expiry of their term of office.

Full details of current Directors including names, appointment dates and qualifications are included in the Directors' Report.

Expert Board of Directors

AITSL operates under an expert board, and, when appointing Directors, the Minister for Education has regard for their skills and expertise in a number of areas, including:

  • teacher education
  • regulation and accreditation of initial teacher education courses
  • school leadership
  • teacher practitioner expertise
  • public policy
  • governance, including audit, risk, and finance
  • government liaison expertise.

Upon appointment, each Director is requested to complete a declaration of personal interests and has an ongoing obligation to keep the AITSL Board informed of any arising interests that could potentially conflict with the interests of AITSL. Any conflicts and related party transactions are dealt with in accordance with the AITSL Board Charter, AITSL’s Procurement Policy, and Conflict of Interest Policy. During 2019–20, there were transactions with related entities with an aggregate value of $232,443. Further information on related party transactions for 2019–20 can be found in Note 9. Related party disclosure of the Financial Report.

Independent Advisors

To allow Directors to fulfil their responsibilities and to exercise independent judgment when making decisions, the AITSL Board collectively, and each Director individually, has access to any information in the possession of AITSL. The AITSL Board also has capacity to invite up to two persons with expertise in a specific area to attend a meeting and provide advice to Directors.

Induction

Upon appointment, each Director receives a letter from AITSL confirming their appointment along with key documents, policies, and contact information relevant to their appointment. Meetings with the AITSL Board Chair and other key staff are arranged, as well as training that covers their obligations as a Director.

To improve both their own and the AITSL Board’s performance, Directors are encouraged, where appropriate, to undertake professional development.

Meetings

Details of the number of AITSL Board meetings each Director was eligible to attend and the number of meetings attended during the period from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 are set out in the Directors' Report.

Remuneration

The Remuneration Tribunal determines the remuneration and travel allowances payable to Directors. Full details of Directors’ remuneration are in Key management personnel remuneration.