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Corporate governance

Accountability

FPC is accountable to PBC for the allocation of drafting resources according to the legislation program determined by PBC. FPC attends PBC meetings (usually held on the Monday of each parliamentary sitting week) to answer questions and provide advice about how the drafting of Bills is progressing.

Senior Management Team

FPC takes responsibility for most of the decision-making within OPC on strategic and high-level management issues. FPC is assisted in this by the other members of the Senior Management Team (SMT).

The SMT consists of:

  • Acting FPC (Ms Meredith Leigh);
  • Second Parliamentary Counsel (Mr Keith Byles);
  • Acting Second Parliamentary Counsel (Ms Bronwyn Livermore);
  • General Manager Publishing (Ms Aasha Swift);
  • General Manager Corporate and Chief Information Office (Mr Steve Campbell); and
  • two Band 2 SES officers who rotate through SMT.

The SMT meets regularly. Issues that the team considered during the year included:

  • responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a working from home policy;
  • the Legislation Register redevelopment project;
  • accommodation and security;
  • our ICT infrastructure and the intranet;
  • corporate governance, including the Corporate Plan and Annual Report;
  • risk management, fraud control and business continuity management;
  • review and response to internal audit findings, recommendations and actions;
  • strategic and business-level organisational planning;
  • financial management;
  • development of a mission, values and core capabilities through the Shaping OPC’s Future project;
  • APS Census results;
  • recruitment policies and strategies;
  • workforce planning;
  • staffing matters, including performance management, and training and development;
  • consultation and engagement;
  • health and wellbeing initiatives; and
  • review of workplace, health and safety matters.

This year OPC continued its trial of having two Band 2 SES officers at a time as members of SMT. Each SES officer is on SMT for approximately 5 months. The purpose of this is to get a broader range of views on SMT and to provide the SES with exposure to the full range of issues dealt with by SMT.

Workplace Consultative Committee

OPC places importance on the involvement of staff in the decision-making process. This is mostly achieved through the Workplace Consultative Committee (WCC).

The membership of the WCC consists of the members of the SMT and 5 employee representatives—one representing each of the two Drafter groups, one representing the Publications group, one representing the Corporate Services group, and one general employee representative. The Health and Safety representative also attends WCC meetings.

The WCC meets every 6 weeks and is chaired by a staff representative. The WCC has proved to be an effective method of ensuring staff can contribute to decision-making within OPC in an efficient manner.

Audit committee

There are three members on OPC’s Audit Committee. Details of the Committee members can be found in the table below.

Member's name

Qualifications, knowledge, skills or experience (include formal and informal as relevant)

No. of meetings attended / total no. of meetings

Total annual remuneration

Jeff Lamond PSM

(Chair - current)

Formal economics and accounting qualifications, graduate qualification in legal studies.

CEO of small company (7 years). 34 years public service employment (13 years at SES and 6 1/2 as a Statutory Office Holder – APS Merit Protection Commissioner). Mr Lamond has managed his own consultancy since 2008 covering employment, values and ethics and personnel policy. He served for 10 years as Internal Ombudsman in two agencies addressing personnel, entitlements and management issues.

Mr Lamond has substantial experience with audit-chaired committees and sat as an independent member on seven Audit and Risk Committees for a range of Australian Government Agencies.

5/5

$8,500

Maria Storti

(independent member - February 2021 to current)

Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Master of Business Administration and holds degrees in economics.

Former Ernst & Young advisory partner, Ms Storti has worked with professional services firm PwC in the areas of audit, consultancy and risk. She has also held senior executive roles in various sectors, including government and education.

2/2

$2,199.47

Nick Stanton

(independent member - February 2021 to current)

Certified Practicing Accountant, holds Commerce and Business Administration Degree.

With 20 years’ experience in Government accounting, Mr Stanton is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the previous Department of Jobs and Small Business.

2/2

$nil

Scott Brown

(previous independent member - July 2020 - December 2020)

Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ financial experience including at a number of private sector entities.

3/3

$nil

Bronwyn Livermore

(Previous internal member - July 2020 - December 2020)

Legal qualifications.

23 years’ experience in the public service including 15 years as a drafter at OPC.

3/3

$nil

OPC’s Audit and Risk CommitteeCharter can be found under “Corporate information” located under the "About us" tab on OPC’s website.

Other committees

During 2020-21, OPC continued embedding the Consultation and Engagement Framework and, with it, the committees established under the Framework:

  • the Champions Network;
  • the People Committee;
  • the Business Operations Committee; and
  • the Joint Publications and Drafting Working Group.

The Business Operations Committee has been essential in launching OPC’s new intranet. The People Committee has overseen the development of an action plan coming out of OPC’s results in the APS Census. The Joint Publications and Drafting Working Group has developed and released a policy for including alternative text in Bills and instruments.

Staff meetings

COVID-19 provided OPC with a great opportunity to review how we conduct our staff meetings. Previously, they were held in person every 6 weeks. However, during COVID-19, staff meetings were moved to a weekly online format. This has proved to be an improvement on the previous approach to staff meetings and will be retained.