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Committees

PM&C’s 5 governance committees (see Table 3.1) supported the Secretary, the Executive Board and other senior executives to fulfil their corporate and governance responsibilities. The committees provided a range of advice and support on PM&C operations to assist in key decision making.

Table 3.1: Departmental committees and their purposes

COMMITTEE

PURPOSE

Executive Board

Provided senior leadership and strategic direction over the delivery of government and other departmental priorities and objectives. It made key decisions and reviewed risks with a primary focus on Government priorities, strategic planning in policy and operational matters, performance monitoring, culture and resource allocation.

Audit and Risk Committee

Provided independent advice and assistance to the Secretary on the appropriateness of PM&C’s financial and performance reporting responsibilities, risk oversight and management, and systems of internal control.

Inclusion and Diversity Committee

Provided strategic advice on the Department’s inclusion and diversity strategy and objectives, and their alignment to business goals, drawing on the Commonwealth and Australian Public Service Commission. It provided a dedicated mechanism to drive and promote inclusion and diversity initiatives and change within PM&C.

Consultative Committee

Provided a mechanism for staff consultation between management and employee representatives on workplace relations matters relating to the operation of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Enterprise Agreement 2017-20, such as the development and review of employment policies.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee

Provided a formal mechanism for consultation and cooperation on work health and safety matters, including initiating, developing and implementing measures that affect workers.

Audit and Risk Committee

The PM&C Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) provides independent advice and assistance to the Secretary on the appropriateness of PM&C’s financial and performance reporting responsibilities, risk oversight and management, and system of internal control.

The ARC Charter sets out the ARC’s role, authority, responsibilities, composition and tenure, reporting, and administrative arrangements.

Table 3.2 contains further details on ARC membership for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Table 3.2: Audit and Risk Committee

External ARC member

ARC member name and title

Carol Lilley

Chair for entire reporting period

Member attendance at meetings

21 August 2020

9 September 2020

8 December 2020

25 February 20201

1 June 2021

Qualifications, knowledge, skills or experience

Carol Lilley is an external independent member and the chair of the PM&C Audit and Risk Committee.

Ms Lilley’s experience and qualifications are as follows:

● Ms Lilley is currently serving on a range of other Australian Government audit committees, including the Department of Home Affairs, Services Australia, the Australian Federal Police and Austrade.

● Ms Lilley is the deputy chair of Icon Water and has had other director roles in the Commonwealth government and private sector.

● A former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (2004–2011), Ms Lilley’s background is in financial statements, internal audit and risk management. She is now an independent director and audit committee member.

● Ms Lilley is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand and a certified internal auditor.

Member remuneration (incl GST)

$ 26,570

ARC member name and title

Paul Smith

Member for entire reporting period

Member attendance at meetings

21 August 2020

9 September 2020

8 December 2020

25 February 20201

1 June 2021

Qualifications, knowledge, skills or experience

Paul Smith is an independent management consultant and an independent member of PM&C’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Mr Smith’s experience and qualifications are as follows:

● Mr Smith has operated in executive committee roles across all facets of consulting organisations, including strategy, operations, and compliance. He is currently an independent management consultant.

● He has over 35 years’ experience in financial management and ICT consulting to public sector and commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

● He has been a partner in professional consulting firms for 21 years. He is a Founding Partner of Callida Consulting.

● He is a Fellow, CPA Australia; a Senior Certified Professional from the Australian Computer Society; and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

● His qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (ANU).

Member remuneration (incl GST)

$12,500

ARC member name and title

Maria Storti

Member for entire reporting period

Financial Statements Adviser

Member attendance at meetings

21 August 2020

9 September 2020

8 December 2020

25 February 20201

1 June 2021

Qualifications, knowledge, skills or experience

Maria Storti is an independent member of PM&C Audit and Risk Committee. She is the PM&C Financial Statements Adviser - a role that replaced the role of Chair of PM&C’s Financial Statement Sub-Committee. Ms Storti experience and qualifications are as follows:

● Ms Storti specialises in financial management, governance and risk management.

● She serves as a Board member and an Audit Committee member and has served in senior executive roles and consultancy for over 3 decades.

● She holds a Master of Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand.

● She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

● Her experience includes positions as Ernst & Young performance improvement partner, Deputy CEO at Defence Housing Australia and Vice-President Governance & Development at the University of Canberra.

Member remuneration (incl GST)

$18,650

Internal ARC member

ARC member name and title

Deborah Anton

Member for entire reporting period

Member attendance at meetings

21 August 2020

9 September 2020

8 December 2020

25 February 20201

1 June 2021

Qualifications, knowledge, skills or experience

Deborah Anton is a career public servant who has held senior executive roles across a range of portfolios. She has served as an internal member of the PM&C Audit and Risk Committee since November 2019. Ms Anton’s experience and qualifications are as follows:

● Ms Anton has served as the Interim National Data Commissioner since 9 August 2018. In this role she is charged with leading APS reforms to data sharing.

● She has experience in policy, program design and delivery. Immediately prior to her current role she served as the Deputy Director-General and Chief Operating Officer of IP Australia.

● She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and Masters of Management (Industry Strategy) from the ANU. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Member remuneration (incl GST)

N/A