To assist in the performance of its responsibilities, the AITSL Board currently has three committees, each governed by a formal charter setting out its purpose, role, responsibilities, composition, structure, and membership. Committee charters are reviewed annually by the committee and any proposed changes must be approved by the AITSL Board. Each committee is chaired by an AITSL Director, who provides an oral or written report to the AITSL Board outlining the matters considered and any actions taken at the committee meeting.
The three committees of the Board are:
- Audit and Risk Committee
- Finance Committee
- Remuneration Committee
Audit and Risk Committee
The primary objectives of the Audit and Risk Committee are to provide independent assurance and assistance to the Board of Directors on AITSL’s risk control and compliance framework and to fulfil the functions required under section 92 of the PGPA Act. The Committee’s charter outlines its composition, purpose, role and responsibilities, and reporting and administrative arrangements. A copy of the Audit and Risk Committee Charter can be found on the Governance page of the AITSL website: https://www.aitsl.edu.au/about-aitsl/governance
- The Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee is Mr Christopher Wardlaw PSM, who is Deputy Chair of the Board, and Members are comprised of Directors Mr Mark Mowbray and Mr Robert Nairn.
- The Audit and Risk Committee also includes an Independent Expert Member, Mrs Jennifer Morison.
Skills, Qualifications, and Experience
- The skills, qualifications, and experience of the Directors who sit on the Audit and Risk Committee can be found in the Qualifications and Experience section at Board of Directors during 2019–20.
- Mrs Jennifer Morison FCA, BEc (The University of Sydney), the Independent Expert Member, has 38 years’ broad experience in the accounting profession, commerce, and government. She was a National Board Member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand for four years, Chief Financial Officer of a public company and held senior positions in the major international accounting firms. Mrs Morison founded Morison Consulting Pty Limited in 1996, specialising in government financial reforms, governance and consulting. She was awarded a Centenary medal in 2000 for services to women and accounting. Mrs Morison brings a wealth of experience having held roles as an independent member and chair of Commonwealth audit and risk committees and financial statement sub-committees for large and small government entities for the last 17 years.
- Attendance of the Directors who sit on the Audit and Risk Committee can be found in the Directors' Report
- The Independent Expert Member attended all five meetings held throughout the financial year.
- Directors are paid for their attendance at Audit and Risk Committee meetings as per the Part-Time Office Determination set by the Remuneration Tribunal. The remuneration received by Directors for the financial year can be found in Key management personnel remuneration.
- The Independent Expert Member is remunerated at an hourly rate of $429 (including GST) and was paid a total of $13,728 for her attendance and services rendered during the 2019–20 financial year.
The primary objective of the Finance Committee is to assist the AITSL Board in its responsibilities for financial oversight and accountability of the company under the Corporations Act 2001 and PGPA Act. The Committee’s charter outlines its composition, purpose, role and responsibilities, and reporting and administrative arrangements.
The Remuneration Committee advises the AITSL Board on the salary, conditions, and performance of the CEO.
Board Advisory Committees
The AITSL Board maintains three expert standing committees which provide policy advice and support to Directors and AITSL to assist in decision-making. Each committee is governed by a formal terms of reference, setting out its purpose, role, responsibilities, composition, structure, and membership. The terms of reference for each committee are reviewed biennially by the committee and any proposed changes must be approved by the AITSL Board. Each committee is chaired by an AITSL Director, who provides an oral or written report to the AITSL Board outlining the matters considered and any actions taken at the committee meeting.
The three expert standing committees are:
- School Leadership and Expert Standing Committee
- Teacher Education Expert Standing Committee
- Teacher Qualifications Expert Standing Committee.
School Leadership and Expert Standing Committee (SLTESC)
SLTESC was established to advise the AITSL Board on work it is progressing to promote excellence in teaching and school leadership to maximise impact on student learning in all Australian schools.
SLTESC advises on, and helps quality assure, the development of policies, resources, and other AITSL-led initiatives that support teachers and school leaders; provides timely advice to AITSL management on the items presented at SLTESC meetings and progressed to the AITSL Board; and gathers advice and opinions from the sector to inform developing work programs.
Teacher Education Expert Standing Committee (TEESC)
TEESC was established to advise the AITSL Board on the implementation, maintenance, and further development of the national approach to accreditation of ITE programs.
TEESC advises the AITSL Board on:
- the implementation, maintenance, and further development of the national approach to the accreditation of ITE
- reports and summaries on the accreditation process received from regulatory authorities
- national responsibilities, such as panel training
- other matters relating to ITE requiring the attention of the AITSL Board.
TEESC also ensures advice to the AITSL Board is informed by relevant stakeholders who are consulted on the operation of the system and major pieces of work.
Teacher Qualifications Expert Standing Committee (TQESC)
TQESC was established to advise the AITSL Board in undertaking the assessment for migration function in a way that furthers the objectives of the skilled migration program, consistent with supporting and advancing the quality of teaching in Australia. TQESC seeks a national approach to skilled migration, while having regard to the responsibilities and requirements of the state and territory teacher regulatory authorities.
- information and advice to AITSL to set appropriate criteria for assessment of school teacher occupations for skilled migration, with regard to consistency with requirements across Australia
- information and advice to assist AITSL with its approach to the assessment of overseas teaching qualifications
- a forum for discussion and collaboration on school teacher skills assessment and other matters of common interest as these affect school teacher skills assessment.