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Our internal governance arrangements

The CEO of IPEA, Ms Annwyn Godwin, is supported by three Senior Executive Service level Branch Managers. The IPEA Executive team meets regularly to consider both strategic and operational issues. This group includes the CEO, Branch Managers and the Chief Financial Officer.

Employees at the Executive Level 1 and Executive Level 2 classifications meet regularly to discuss operational issues and share matters of interest across IPEA’s three branches. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus was on communicating with the Executive Level staff, in particular with regard to managing staff while working remotely.

IPEA has continued to invest in its people through ongoing support for staff undertaking tertiary study, as well as providing ad hoc training and development opportunities.

Members of the Authority

Members of the Authority are appointed by the Governor-General. Under the IPEA Act the Members comprise a Chair and at least two, but not more than three other Members, with the President of the Remuneration Tribunal, Mr John Conde AO an ex officio Member. The five inaugural and current Members are:

  • Ms Jillian Segal AO (Chair)
  • Mr John Conde AO (ex officio Member)
  • The Hon Gary Gray AO
  • Dr Julianne Jaques SC
  • The Hon Jeffrey Spender QC.

The salary of the Members is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal (Remuneration and Allowances for Holders of Part-time Public Office) Determination 2019. Under the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (President of the Remuneration Tribunal Fees and Allowances) Rule 2017, Mr Conde does not receive any remuneration from IPEA.

IPEA’s CEO assists the Members in the performance of their statutory functions. The Members met eight times in 2019–20. The Members take a strong interest in all of IPEA’s operations and periodically participate in teleconferences on matters of particular relevance to IPEA.

Chair

Ms Jillian Segal AO

Jillian Segal Photo of Jillian Segal, Chair of the Authority

Ms Segal has a broad range of experience both in the public and private sectors, particularly in the fields of governance, remuneration and audit. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Chair of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House, Chair of AICC (NSW), Director of the Grattan Institute, a Member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science, a member of the Council of the Order of Australia and a Non-Executive Director of Rabobank Australia Limited.

Ms Segal has a BA LL.B from the University of New South Wales and an LL.M from Harvard Law School.

Ms Segal became a partner at the law firm Allens and then a Commissioner and later Deputy Chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), after which she became a review member of the Dawson Review into the Trade Practices Act. In 2003, she set out to pursue a non-executive career. Since that time, she has held a range of corporate and government advisory board positions.

Ms Segal was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2019 for distinguished service to the banking and financial regulation sectors, to not-for profit organisations, and to women, having previously been awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003.

Member

Mr John Conde AO

John Conde Photo of John conde, Member of the Authority

Mr Conde is a Member of IPEA by virtue of the office of President of the Remuneration Tribunal. Mr Conde was reappointed on 29 May 2018 as Member and President of the Remuneration Tribunal for a further five years from 25 June 2018. Mr Conde has been a member of the Remuneration Tribunal since 18 June 1998.

Mr Conde is Chairman of the McGrath Foundation and Chairman of Cooper Energy Limited. He is Deputy Chairman of Whitehaven Coal Limited and a Director of Dexus Property Group.

Mr Conde's previous appointments include Chairman of Bupa (Australia and New Zealand), Co-Chair of the Review Committee: An Independent Parliamentary Entitlements System, Chairman of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Chairman of Destination NSW, Chairman of Ausgrid (formerly EnergyAustralia), Director of BHP Billiton and Excel Coal Limited, Managing Director of Broadcast Investment Holdings Pty Ltd, Director of Lumley Corporation, President of the National Heart Foundation of Australia and member of the Sydney Children's Hospital Network Board and Dermatology Research Foundation and Council of the Sydney Medical School Foundation.

Mr Conde was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1994 in recognition of service to business and commerce, particularly in the field of electricity generation and supply to the community.

Member

The Hon. Gary Gray AO

Gary Gray Photo of Gary Gray, Member of the Authority

Mr Gray has an extensive public policy and political background. He was National Secretary of the Australian Labor Party from 1993 to 2000. Mr Gray was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 by Prime Minister Howard and was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2003.

Mr Gray’s business background spans two decades, beginning as Executive Director of the WA Institute of Medical Research, then as Director of Corporate Affairs and an executive committee member at Woodside Energy Limited until 2007. As a senior Executive of Australia’s largest oil and gas company, Mr Gray represented it before governments and customers on four continents. He served as a Federal parliamentarian from 2007 to 2016. Uniquely, at all times Mr Gray served on the front bench and among other things as Special Minister of State, Minister for the Public Service and Integrity, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Tourism and Minister for Small Business. Mr Gray left the Parliament when his wife Deborah Walsh became ill.

From 2016 Mr Gray was a Senior Executive at Mineral Resources Ltd, a board member of the Australian Submarine Corporation, a management committee member at the Perth Astronomical Observatory and a trustee of Telethon, the largest charity in Australia. Mr Gray was appointed as Australian Ambassador to Ireland in July 2020.

Member

Dr Julianne Jaques SC

Julianne Jaques Photo of Julianne Jaques, Member of the Authority

Dr Jaques is a commercial barrister and chartered accountant with extensive experience in public administration, corporate governance and audit.

Dr Jaques served as a senior taxation adviser to the Assistant Treasurer from 1999 to 2001. She is a member of the Board of Taxation and the Tax Practitioners Board.

Member
The Hon Jeffrey Spender QC

Jeffrey Spender Jeffrey Spender, Member of the Authority

Mr Spender is a former Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, having served from 1984 to 2010. He practised at the Queensland Bar from 1967 to 1984, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1983.

Mr Spender served as a presidential member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and as an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

Audit and Risk Committee

IPEA’s Audit and Risk Committee (A&RC) assists the CEO, as the accountable authority of IPEA, to fulfil financial and performance reporting responsibilities, and risk and internal controls oversight, in accordance with the requirements of the PGPA Act. The IPEA Audit and Risk Committee Charter determines the functions of the committee. A copy of the Charter is available on IPEA’s website at: https://www.ipea.gov.au/sites/default/files/audit_and_risk_committee_charter.pdf

The Committee comprises three people, a Chair, an external member, and a senior staff member from IPEA. The A&RC met on five occasions in 2019–20, with all members in attendance. During this period, payment to the Chair was $22,709 and the external member $19,870.

Mr Ian McPhee AO PSM (Chair)

Mr McPhee holds a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Arts. He is a Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants Australia; Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand; and the Institute of Public Administration Australia. Mr McPhee is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr McPhee has public sector and industry experience as a company director, as Chair and member on various audit committees, as Chair of various governance reviews and he was the Auditor-General for Australia from 2005–2015.

Ms Elizabeth Montano (external member)

Ms Montano holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Montano has over 20 years’ experience as Chair, deputy Chair and member of boards and audit committees across a range of government and not-for profit entities. She has broad ranging experience in governance and the machinery of government, including in financial and performance reporting, risk, assurance, and program and project management and oversight.

Ms Montano is a former Chief Executive Officer in the Commonwealth and was a senior financial services lawyer with King & Wood Mallesons.

Mr Andrew House (senior IPEA staff member)

Mr House holds a Master of Arts (Politics and Governance) and a Bachelor of Commerce.

Mr House has over 15 years’ experience providing advice and administration within parliamentary expense frameworks with the Department of Finance and IPEA.

Governance

The CEO of IPEA facilitated ‘curious conversations’ sessions where all staff consider an ethical dilemma related to their work and associated legislative and compliance obligations. IPEA staff come together at stand-up sessions to collectively discuss the topics raised. In 2019–20 conversation topics included:

  • acceptance of gifts and benefits
  • personal use of social media
  • working remotely, including work health and safety.

‘Curious conversations’ allow IPEA staff to think more deeply about their public and legal responsibilities, including fraud awareness, the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct and relevant legislative and policy obligations.

During 2019–20 guest speakers have been invited to address staff on a range of topics including:

  • Deborah Anton, National Data Commissioner, ‘Office of the National Data Commissioner and my role as Commissioner’
  • Converge International, ‘Career assist and manager assist programs available to IPEA’
  • Roseanne Howes, Slabs for Heroes, ‘Using social media to set up #SLABSFORHEROES’
  • Stein Helgeby, Department of Finance diversity champion, ‘Garma Festival of Traditional Cultures’
  • Cheyne Halloran, local elder, and Dr Doug Marmion, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, ‘Ngunawal language workshop’
  • Bryce Taotua, St Vincent de Paul night patrol coordinator, ‘Vinnies Winter Appeal’.

The presentation from the National Data Commissioner was held as part of privacy week and to accompany this presentation, IPEA’s Freedom of Information Officer provided privacy training to all IPEA staff.

Risk

The IPEA Audit and Risk Committee regularly reviews the IPEA Risk Management Policy and Framework and monitors its implementation. IPEA’s two-step risk management strategy includes:

  • aligning with the relevant legislative requirements of the PGPA Act and the Australian Government’s expectations as described in the Commonwealth Risk Management Policy
  • embedding risk management thinking in the approach to conducting IPEA’s business. IPEA’s risk management framework addresses the four important areas of stakeholders, services, employees, and business systems and support.

Fraud

The IPEA Fraud Control Plan includes the Fraud Policy Statement and arrangements for reporting fraud, and is compliant with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines. Fraud risk assessments of the main fraud risk areas are completed and documented in the Fraud Risk Register. IPEA staff participate in fraud awareness training to assist in meeting their responsibility to minimise the potential for fraud and take responsibility for reporting suspected fraud.

Internal audit

The IPEA internal control framework includes an internal audit function which provides independent and objective review of agency operations, as well as being a source of advice. IPEA contracted Protiviti as its internal audit provider until 30 June 2021.

Ethical standards

IPEA promotes ethical standards and behaviours, and builds upon the Australian Public Service Values, with emphasis on:

  • Independence
  • Impartiality
  • Transparency
  • Responsiveness
  • Professionalism.

IPEA continued to maintain a safe, healthy and productive workplace, free from discrimination, harassment and other forms of harmful behaviour in 2019–20. Online and virtual training was made available to employees through LearnHub and the Australian Public Service Commission training catalogue. Regular training and information on obligations under the Public Service Act 1999 were also made available to staff.

During 2019–20, there were no Public Interest Disclosures in IPEA. There was one report of alleged bullying that was resolved informally, no reports of harassment and there were no breaches of the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct in 2019–20. There were no requests to review a decision under section 33 of the Public Service Act 1999.

Provision of corporate services to IPEA

On 1 July 2019, IPEA transitioned to the Service Delivery Office for the delivery of payroll and finance services. Other corporate services, including Information Technology and physical and information security, continue to be delivered by the Department of Finance.