The ABCC's corporate governance framework comprises the agency's enabling legislation (the BCIIP Act) and other relevant legislative instruments, policies, strategies, and managerial procedures and practices.

The corporate governance framework determines how the agency exercises authority and delivers outcomes. The framework promotes and upholds the APS Values and Code of Conduct.

The ABCC has corporate governance practices that ensure clear lines of accountability and well-defined, effective management of its performance. These practices are overseen and supported by the following frameworks and committees.

Executive Team

The ABCC Executive Team is the agency's peak decision-making body. It comprises the Commissioner and all SES officers. Key outcomes of the Executive Team's monthly meetings are communicated to staff and published on the agency's intranet. Executive Team meetings are chaired by the Commissioner.

Audit Committee

The ABCC Audit Committee provides independent assurance and assistance to the Commissioner and the Executive Team on the agency's financial and performance reporting responsibilities, risk oversight and management, and systems of internal control.

The Audit Committee reviews and advises on:

  • risk management;
  • control frameworks;
  • external accountability;
  • legislative compliance;
  • internal audit; and
  • external audit.

The Audit Committee is also responsible for reviewing the annual financial statements.

The Audit Committee is chaired by Jon Isaacs (external) and its members are Lyn Baker (external) and Ben Vallence (internal).

Representatives from the Australian National Audit Office are invited to attend each Audit Committee meeting as observers. Along with the Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer, other ABCC officers may be invited to attend Audit Committee meetings on an as-needs basis.

People Committee

The People Committee is chaired by Cathy Cato, National Manager Building Code, and consists of seven employee representatives. The People Committee provides a forum for employees to contribute to developing strategies that address people matters within the agency.

The People Committee's role is to find innovative solutions to resolve any issues relating to people management and to proactively improve agency engagement and performance through initiatives developed in consultation with the ABCC Executive Team.

Workplace Health And Safety Committee

The Workplace Health and Safety Committee (WHSC) is chaired by Peter Darlaston, Regional Manager Eastern, and advises the Commissioner and Executive Team on policy matters concerning the health and safety of employees. The WHSC reviews and reports on the implementation of relevant legislation, policies and practices.

The WHSC consists of four employer representatives, including the chair, who are appointed by the Commissioner, and nine employee representatives elected by staff.

Business planning

Consistent with the PGPA Act and the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework, the Corporate Plan is the ABCC's primary planning document. The Corporate Plan sets the agency's strategic direction for 2016–17 through to 2019–20. Outcomes are formally reported in the annual performance statements.

Beneath the Corporate Plan, the ABCC has a Business Plan that provides a link between the high-level strategic goals set out in the Corporate Plan and individual team goals. Performance against these plans is monitored regularly throughout the year by the Executive Team.

Individual performance agreements are linked to the agency Business Plan, and therefore each individual staff member's contribution is linked to the achievement of the agency's strategic goals.

Regulator Performance Framework

The Regulator Performance Framework (RPF) measures the performance of regulators against a common set of six KPIs. The ABCC falls within the definition of "a Commonwealth entity with a statutory responsibility to administer, monitor, or enforce regulation", and as such is subject to the RPF.

The ABCC's self-assessments against the RPF are subject to external scrutiny by the National Workplace Relations Consultative Committee. The ABCC will publish its self-assessment report against the RPF for the 2016–17 reporting period on its website, www.abcc.gov.au, by 31 December 2017.

Risk management framework

The ABCC's risk management framework provides an overview of the risk management processes adopted by the ABCC and outlines the process for reporting on risk and the ongoing monitoring and review of risk management activities. The Audit Committee is responsible for monitoring and assessing the performance of the risk management framework.

Fraud control framework

The ABCC's approach to fraud prevention and compliance with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework includes the agency's Fraud Control Plan, Fraud Risk Assessment, and Fraud Control Strategy.

The ABCC takes all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of fraud, and has appropriate procedures in place for recording and reporting fraud. All reports of fraud must be forwarded to the Agency Security Adviser (ASA). An officer can make such reports by completing the fraud reporting form or by email, and can receive the protections (such as identity protection) under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 by making the disclosure to an Authorised Officer.

In the event that a matter of suspected fraud requires investigation, the ABCC ASA informs the Commissioner, who will appoint an investigation officer. The appropriate law enforcement agency will be notified in the event of serious or complex fraud against the Commonwealth.

There were no known or suspected instances of fraud committed against the ABCC in the 2016–17 financial year.

Changes to disability reporting in annual reports

Since 1994, non-corporate Commonwealth entities have reported on their performance as policy adviser, purchaser, employer, regulator and provider under the Commonwealth Disability Strategy. In 2007–08, reporting on the employer role was transferred to the Australian Public Service Commission's State of the Service reports and the APS Statistical Bulletin. These reports are available at www.apsc.gov.au. From 2010–11, entities have no longer been required to report on these functions.

The Commonwealth Disability Strategy has been overtaken by the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020, which sets out a 10-year national policy framework to improve the lives of people with disability, promote participation and create a more inclusive society. A high-level, two-yearly report will track progress against each of the six outcome areas of the strategy and present a picture of how people with disability are faring. The first of these progress reports was published in 2014, and can be found at www.dss.gov.au.

Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

Australian Government agencies are required to report on their performance in regard to the environment and ecologically sustainable development, in line with section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The ABCC implements best practice in environmental management and ecological sustainability to ensure the most efficient use of energy resources possible.

The ABCC purchases office equipment with low energy use and with power-saving modes. The agency uses multifunction devices for copying, printing and scanning. The devices are set by default to double-sided printing, and the agency utilises print-on-demand, which requires staff to swipe their identification card to print, thereby reducing paper usage and unnecessary toner costs. The ABCC purchases Australian Forestry Standard certified printer paper for internal use. Used print toner cartridges are recycled.

End-of-life information technology equipment, including printers, computers and mobile phones are recycled.

The ABCC procures fleet vehicles in accordance with the environmental efficiency requirements of Australian Government policies. Bicycle parking is available at each of the agency's offices.