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The Board of Old Parliament House was established under section 13 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Establishing Old Parliament House) Rule 2016. The Board is the accountable authority for Old Parliament House under the PGPA Act.


The Board’s functions are to decide the objectives, strategies and policies to be followed by Old Parliament House and to ensure the proper and efficient performance of Old Parliament House’s functions. This role includes:

  • approving and monitoring significant expenditure and significant commitments
  • appointing and removing the director, in consultation with, and subject to approval by, the minister
  • ensuring that the organisation operates with an appropriate corporate governance structure, acts legally and responsibly on all matters, and maintains the highest ethical standards
  • establishing and supervising specialist committees, including an audit committee, as appropriate
  • considering and approving the annual financial statements.

The Board also contributes to the museum’s operations by:

  • participating in expert advisory groups and meetings
  • engaging on key strategic matters and providing input to planning
  • making representations on potential future partnerships, venues and new audiences
  • contributing to the development of activities, exhibitions and collections
  • representing and promoting the museum.

Members and attendance

Board members are appointed by the responsible minister, for a set term of up to three years, and can be appointed for up to three terms, not exceeding nine years. Appointments of members are based on their relevant knowledge or experience.

Following their appointment, Board members are briefed and receive training on their roles and responsibilities regarding the organisation, people, policies, culture, strategy and performance.

In April 2019, the Board welcomed a new member, Mrs Maria Myers AC.

The Board met five times in 2018–19. Table 6 sets out each Board member’s attendance during the year, along with details of their qualifications and experience.

Table 6 Old Parliament House Board members, 30 June 2018


Experience and qualifications


Period of appointment

Meetings attended/
eligible to attend



The Hon Dr David Kemp AC

Educationalist, former member of the House of Representatives and former cabinet minister

Chair (Non-executive)

8 December 2016

7 December 2019


Mr Bernard Wright AO

Former Clerk of the House of Representatives

Deputy chair (Non-executive)

8 December 2016

7 December 2019


The Hon Simon Crean

Former member of the House of Representatives and former cabinet minister

Member (Non-executive)

8 December 2016

7 December 2019


Professor Anne Tiernan

Director at the Policy Innovation Hub at Griffith University and Dean (Engagement) at the Griffith Business School

Member (Non-executive)

21 November 2017

20 November 2020


Ms Cheryl Cartwright

Former member of the Canberra press gallery and former secretary to the prime minister

Member (Non-executive)

21 November 2017

20 November 2020


Mrs Maria Myers AC

Chair of the Kimberley Foundation and the State Library of Victoria Foundation

Member (Non-executive)

8 April 2019

7 April 2022


Ms Daryl Karp AM

Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy

Member (Executive)

2 April 2013

1 April 2023


Related entity transactions

During 2018–19, there were no related entity transactions as defined under section 17BE of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014.

Audit committee

The Board has one committee, the Audit Finance and Risk Committee, which oversees audit activity and the adequacy of internal controls, including risk management. This includes:

  • receiving and considering update briefings from the Australian National Audit Office
  • considering and endorsing proposed control framework measures
  • reviewing and endorsing the annual financial statements
  • reviewing financial reports from the Chief Financial Officer.

The Audit Finance and Risk Committee is directly accountable to the Board.

In 2018–19, the committee met four times and considered progress and outcomes of external and internal audit reviews. The committee discharged its duties in accordance with its role and obligations under the Old Parliament House Audit Finance and Risk Committee Charter.