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Corporate Governance

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 fifteen other staff, including contractors and secondees (as at 30 June 2022).

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 2021-22, 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 2022-23. 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.

Risk Management

The Authority recognises that effective risk management is a key element in effective governance. The Authority takes a proactive approach in managing risk to drive a positive risk management culture across the organisation.

The Authority’s Risk Management Policy and Framework comply with the requirements of the Commonwealth Risk Management Policy 2014 and the PGPA Act and is regularly updated and reviewed by its executive management team and Audit Committee.

The strategic risk identification process begins with identifying risks that if realised would materiality affect the organisation’s ability to deliver on its objectives or functions. The Authority’s strategic risks are managed through a risk register and action plan which includes risk ratings, risk treatments and mitigation strategies. The executive management team discuss the Authority’s operating environment and the need for any changes in the Authority’s risk profile on a regular basis. The Authority’s risk management is subject to review by its Audit Committee.

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.

Fraud Control

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 2021-22.

Ethical Standards

The Authority supports a culture of strong commitment to the Australian Public Service Values and Code of Conduct and ensures this is reflected in the Authority's day-to-day work.

A key element of the Authority’s corporate plan is our guiding principles, which align to the Australian Public Service Values and Code of Conduct.

All new employees at the Authority receive clear guidance about expectations in addition to being provided induction materials and awareness training. To maintain confidence in our integrity, the Authority's has strict procedures to identify and properly manage any personal interests that may cause an actual or perceived conflict of interest.

Shared Services

The Authority, as a micro entity, continues to build and maintain its working relationship with the Department of Industry, Science and Resources for the provision of corporate services through a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The arrangement covers the provision of accommodation, security, information and communication technology, financial management, payroll and human resources management and legal services.

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.

Following the recent Machinery of Government changes, the Authority will seek to negotiate the transition of shared services arrangements with other Commonwealth Government entities as appropriate.

The Authority also works closely in specific areas with other Government agencies, including participating in the Clean Energy Regulator’s graduate program and partnering with the Bureau of Meteorology for the provision of climate science advice through a Strategic Relationship Agreement.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee, established in accordance with section 45 of the PGPA Act and section 17 of the PGPA Rule, provides independent assurance, advice, support and assistance to the Chief Executive Officer on the appropriateness of the Authority's financial and performance reporting, systems of risk oversight and management and system of internal control.

The Authority’s Audit Committee charter sets out the committee’s role, authority, membership and functions, and its procedural, reporting and administrative arrangements. The charter is available on the Authority’s website at https://www.climatechangeauthority.gov.au/about-cca/key-documents.

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Additional Information

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.

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$3,000

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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.

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$2,200

N/A

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

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$0

N/A

Asset and Asset Management

The Authority did not manage assets in 2021-22.

All property, plant and equipment used by the Authority is owned and maintained by MoU partner Department of Industry, Science and Resources and recorded in its asset register. An asset register is not maintained by the Authority apart from a list of minor portable and attractive items.

External Scrutiny

During 2021-22:

  • 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 Committees on Environment and Communications for Senate Budget and Additional Estimates, and before the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy for its inquiry into the Climate Change (National Framework For Adaptation And Mitigation) Bill 2020 And Climate Change (National Framework For Adaptation And Mitigation) (Consequential And Transitional Provisions) Bill 2020.

Freedom of Information

The Authority is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and is 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. A plan detailing the information the Authority publishes in accordance with the scheme can be found at https://www.climatechangeauthority.gov.au/about-cca/information-publication-scheme.

Ecologically Sustainable Development and Environment Performance

The Authority is committed to implementing ecologically sustainable practices in its operations where practical under section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1991 given the Authority's size and limited opportunities to contribute.

The Authority's relies on the Department of Industry, Science and Resources as the accommodation and property services provider to monitor its environmental performance and support ecological sustainable development initiatives such as providing effective waste management applying sustainable practices in the office aimed at reducing energy and resource consumption, including:

  • Ensuring equipment such as desktop computers, photocopiers, dishwashers and printers incorporate energy efficiency features.
  • Mandating default two-sided, black and white printing.
  • Recycling paper, cardboard and printer cartridges.

The Authority further contributes to reducing its impact from its activities and administration on the environment through:

  • 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.
  • Minimising paper usage through electronic record keeping.