The Climate Change Authority is a non-corporate independent statutory authority comprising a Chair and up to eight members. The Authority is supported by a CEO and nine other staff (as at 30 June 2021).
As with other Commonwealth bodies where a significant degree of independence is required, the Authority is subject to ministerial direction on general matters only, not on the conduct or content of its reviews.
The Authority’s CEO is responsible for its day-to-day administration. During 2020-21, the CEO was supported by the General Manager Reviews and Research, a Chief Finance Officer and a Director of the Reviews and Research team. This group comprises the Authority’s executive management team and assists the Authority to deliver outcomes compliant with legal, financial and policy obligations.
The Authority recently published its corporate plan for 2021-22. This plan, along with the governance, direction and compliance requirements of the PGPA Act and the Public Service Act 1999, provides the Authority with a strong corporate governance environment.
The Authority recognises that effective risk management is a key element in effective governance. The Authority takes a proactive approach in managing risk and ensures that it is maintained as an organisational wide priority.
The Authority’s Risk Management Policy and Framework complies with the requirements of the Commonwealth Risk Management Policy 2014 and the PGPA Act and are regularly updated and reviewed by its Audit Committee. Strategic risks are managed through a risk register and action plan and any changes in the risk profile or risk identification are reported to the executive management team and Audit Committee on a regular basis.
The Authority has also prepared a separate COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Treatment Plan in response to the challenges raised by the pandemic. The assessment and plan outline the
Authority’s approach in managing the impacts and risks of COVID-19 and complies with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and associated guidelines.
The Authority’s Fraud Control Plan complies with the requirements of the Commonwealth Fraud Control Policy and Resource Management Guide No. 201, Preventing, detecting and dealing with fraud.
The plan assists the Authority to ensure that it has practices and processes in place to protect public money, information and property under the Authority’s control and which are in accordance with the PGPA Act. The Fraud Control Plan provides a framework for fraud prevention, detection, investigation and reporting of actual fraud, suspected fraud and the risk of fraud, to the CEO and Audit Committee.
As part of ongoing fraud risk assessment activities, all Authority staff participated in fraud awareness training. The Authority also conducted a review of its fraud risks and formal risk assessment during the year, including consideration of control measures and risk treatments.
There were no incidents of suspected or actual fraud during 2020-21.
Asset and Asset Management
In 2020-21 the Authority did not manage any assets.
As a small entity, the Authority maintains agreements for the provision of corporate and IT services with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. These arrangements cover the provision of finance, payroll and human resources, legal and information technology systems and support. The agreements were implemented following the Machinery of Government changes in early 2020, where the Authority became part of the Industry portfolio.
These arrangements are performed on a fee-for-service basis. They are appropriate for a small agency, in line with the Government’s shared services agenda.
The Authority’s Audit Committee provides independent assurance and advice to the CEO, including reviewing the appropriateness of the Authority’s financial and performance reporting, systems of risk oversight and management, and systems of internal control, compliance framework and security. Section 45 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and section 17 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 set out the role of the audit committee for Commonwealth entities.
In November 2020, Ms Sita Jackson resigned from her position as an audit committee member. Mr Darren Box was appointed in February 2021.The Audit Committee met twice during the year – on 16 September 2020 and 8 April 2021.
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Ms Jo Schumann
Jo Schumann has extensive experience in the public sector having worked in both the ACT and Commonwealth public sectors and for the Canadian Government. During her 30 year career, Ms Schumann held senior executive positions responsible for Corporate Services the Department of Veterans Affairs (1998-2009), Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (2010-2015) and Murray Darling Basin Authority (2015-2017). Ms Schumann’s experience encompasses a broad range of areas including risk management, governance and assurance, finance, human resources, information technology, media and communications.
Ms Schumann holds a number of Board Chair and non-executive positions in the government and community sectors; she is currently the independent Chair of the Climate Change Authority Audit Committee and Chairs the Infrastructure Project Finance Agency Audit Committee as well as Chairing the Audit Committee of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.
Since 2017, Ms Schumann has run her own business as a qualified coach and mentor, providing training, coaching and facilitation services to middle level public servants and senior executives within the public sector and works as a volunteer mentor for young juvenile justice offenders. Ms Schumann has a Master of Arts (Urban Geography), is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company of Directors and holds accreditations in executive coaching and emotional intelligence assessment.
Mr Craig Jordan
Craig Jordan has extensive experience in the public sector having worked in both the ACT and Commonwealth public sectors. His experience covers senior management roles in Government, Aviation, Telecommunications, and Fast Moving Consumer Goods.
Mr Jordan has held senior executive and/or Chief Financial Officer positions across Transport Canberra and City Services (2017- current), Civil Aviation Safety Authority (2011-2016) and Therapeutic Goods Administration (2007-2011), among other positions.
Mr Jordan’s formal qualifications include a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting).
Mr Jordan has a proven record in leadership, customer relationship management and business process reengineering. He has extensive experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams across finance, human resources and information technology, as well as extensive experience in developing financial management frameworks, financial planning and analysis, business cases, new policy proposals, risk management and finance system implementations.
Ms Sita Jackson
Ms Jackson has extensive experience in the Commonwealth public sector. Ms Jackson has held senior executive positions at the National Indigenous Australians Agency (2019-current), the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2018-2019) as well as the Department of the Environment and Energy (2014-2018). Ms Jackson’s experience covers the areas security and transformation, compliance, business and ministerial services as well as APS reforms, machinery of government change implementation, and executive support.
Ms Jackson’s formal qualifications include an Executive Masters in Public Administration, Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, an Associate Intensive Program covering Compliance Project Management, a Diploma of Policing and a Certificate of Policing through the Police Recruit Education Program.
Mr Darren Box
Darren Box is highly experienced senior executive with over 30 years’ experience spanning national social service to national security across the Commonwealth and United Kingdom. Darren has extensive financial management, organisational reform, Governance, and Audit experience, committed to driving organisational change and building capability. In November 2020 Darren Box Pty Ltd was established, a consulting business, with a focus on Management Consulting, Independent Assurance, Professional Coaching and Facilitation
Mr Box’s formal qualifications include Bachelor of Business (ACC), Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) fellow and is a Level 2 Professional Organisational Coach.
No judicial, administrative tribunal or Australian Information Commissioner decisions relating to the Authority were handed down that had, or may have had, a significant effect on the Authority’s operations.
There were no reports by the Auditor-General on the operations of the Authority, other than the report under section 43 of the PGPA Act which deals with the Auditor General’s audit of the annual financial statements contained at Appendix A.
There were no agency capability reviews or reports on the operations of the Authority conducted by a Parliamentary Committee or the Commonwealth Ombudsman.
The Authority appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications for Senate Budget and Additional Estimates as required.
In managing and developing its people, the Authority is bound by the Public Service Act 1999 and the guidelines of the Australian Public Service Commission.
Values and behaviours are a key element of the Authority’s corporate plan, and the Authority’s values and behaviours align to the Australian Public Service Values and Code of Conduct.
During 2020-21, the Authority maintained a range of measures to promote ethical standards and all new APS employees were provided with a copy of the Australian Public Service Values and Code of Conduct as well as the Duties of Officials under the Public Governance and Accountability Act 2013.
Freedom of Information
The Authority is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and are required to publish information available to the public as part of the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). This requirement is in Part II of the FOI Act and has replaced the former requirement to publish a section 8 statement in an annual report.
The Authority publishes on its website all mandatory information on activities under the FOI Act including information about how to make a Freedom of Information application.
Ecologically Sustainable Development and Environment Performance
Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1991 requires Commonwealth Government organisations to detail their environmental performance and contribution to ecologically sustainable development in their annual reports. Further information about the Act, including a link to the Act, can be found at www.environment.gov.au/epbc/about.
In 2020-21, the Authority continued a range of measures contributing to ecologically sustainable measures including:
Providing downloadable publications on the Authority’s website to reduce the need to print and distribute hard-copy material.
Purchasing paper and business cards with 100 per cent Australian recycled content.
Applying sustainable practices in the office aimed at reducing energy and resource consumption including:
Mandating default two-sided, black and white printing.
Ensuring equipment such as desktop computers, photocopiers, dishwashers and printers incorporate energy efficiency features.
Recycling paper, cardboard and printer cartridges.
Transitioning to an electronic environment to reduce the use of paper across the Authority.