At the commencement of Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) in June 2012, corporate governance practices were established to ensure clear lines of accountability and well-defined performance management. These practices are overseen by the FWBC Executive Board with support from the following management committees:

  • People Committee
  • Health and Safety Committee
  • Audit Committee.

FWBC’s corporate governance framework comprises the enabling legislation (Fair Work (Building Industry) Act 2012), other relevant legislative instruments, policies, strategies and managerial procedures and practices.

FWBC Executive Board

The FWBC Executive Board is the peak decision making body of FWBC. It is comprised of the Chief Executive, Group Managers, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Directors. Meetings are held monthly and the outcomes are made available to staff through the intranet.

The FWBC Executive Board makes decisions across all operational areas of FWBC to ensure that its responsibilities are discharged in a timely and lawful manner. The FWBC Executive Board also:

  • oversees proper financial and prudential management of FWBC
  • ensures FWBC is performing in line with agreed outcomes and key performance indicators
  • oversees strategic direction and monitors implementation of strategy.

It also oversees the terms of employment of each FWBC staff member and secures continuing commitment to a workplace that develops staff, promotes open communication and high levels of collaboration.

People Committee

The People Committee is a forum for identifying and focusing on current best practice in people management matters. The People Committee has primary and secondary roles. Its primary role is to address and develop people strategies and policies for consideration by the FWBC Executive. Its secondary role is to provide an arena in which staff concerns relating to people management can be discussed. This body is representative of all FWBC staff and encourages ideas and innovations to improve the working environment and performance outcomes.

During the reporting period, the People Committee met informally on several occasions to discuss the Machinery of Government transition from the predecessor agency to FWBC.

Health and Safety Committee

The Health and Safety Committee (HSC) advises the FWBC Chief Executive and the FWBC Executive Board on policy matters concerning the work health and safety of agency workers. It also proactively reviews and reports on the implementation of relevant WHS legislation, policies and practices.

The HSC consists of four management representatives, including the position of Chair, who is appointed by the FWBC Chief Executive, and four employee representatives elected by staff following a request for expressions of interest. In 2011-12, the HSC met on one occasion. Major achievements include:

  • successful implementation of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 into the agency
  • development of joint Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) and FWBC Health and Safety Arrangements
  • promoting the health and wellbeing of employees by supporting national safety awareness initiatives.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides recommendations to FWBC regarding policies, performance and functions, however members are not privy to any information about investigations and litigations. As at 30 June 2012, the Advisory Board had yet to be appointed.

TABLE 3.1 PEOPLE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AS AT 30 JUNE 2012

Chair

Glyn Cryer

Secretary

Jacqui Mitchell

Representatives

Judy Dans
Michael Hinson
Charles Gregory
Meredith Knight
Carol Hage
Roxanne Hilton
Stephanie Ellis

TABLE 3.2 HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE MEMBERS
AS AT 30 JUNE 2012

Chair

Heather Hausler

Secretary

Leanne Harrington

Management
representatives

Judy Dans
Murray Gregor
Elizabeth Hayes

Employee
representatives

Rick Hanmer
Sarah Lithgow
Chris Stanley
Ben McSweeney

TABLE 3.3 AUDIT COMMITTEE MEMBERS AS AT 30 JUNE 2012

External Chair

Mark Scully (FWO)

Secretariat

Heather Hausler

Representatives

Cliff Pettit
Jeff Radisich
John Copeland

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is responsible for providing independent assurance and assistance to the FWBC Chief Executive and the FWBC Executive Board on FWBC’s risk, control and compliance framework, and its external accountability responsibilities. A compliance review of the agency’s financial policies and procedures against the Commonwealth’s Certificate of Compliance financial management framework is undertaken each year.

The Audit Committee’s responsibilities are:

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

Internal audit representatives from PKF East Coast Practice (PKFECP), the Chief Financial Officer and Director, Finance are invited to attend each audit committee meeting as observers. Other FWBC officers may also be invited by the Chair to attend Audit Committee meetings as required.