In addition to the requirements in legislation, the Authority
has formalised Board and Committee Governance
arrangements in a Governance Framework. The
Governance Framework is reviewed annually by the Board.
The Board of the Authority is constituted under the CFA Act 1958.
The Board is accountable to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
The CFA Act provides for a Board of 12, consisting of
the Chairman and 11 other members, appointed by
the Governor in Council for up to three years. The Act
prescribes those bodies that can nominate people for consideration by the Governor in Council for appointment to the Board. The current nominating bodies include the
Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Insurance Council of Australia, Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria and the Municipal Association of Victoria.
In addition to the requirements of the Act, Board members are required to observe CFA’s Code of Conduct and other requirements specified by CFA’s Governance Framework. Board members are required to disclose any conflict or pecuniary interests, and to submit an annual Declaration of Private Interests.
The Board sets the corporate objectives and strategies through the four-year Corporate Plan and detailed Annual Plan.
The Board is responsible for CFA’s strategy and overall
performance, ensuring appropriate risk management
strategies are in place and that it complies with relevant
legislation, the Government’s requirements and its corporate objectives in its Corporate Plan and Annual Plan.
The Board’s primary role involves:
- developing and implementing strategic plans to meet CFA’s legislated responsibility
- policy formulation
- ensuring systems and processes for proper accountability and managing risk are in place
- monitoring CFA’s performance
- ensuring compliance obligations are met.
The Board has four committees appointed to undertake specific tasks on its behalf.
Audit and Risk Committee
The Audit and Risk Committee’s role is to monitor and
report to the Board on corporate governance, compliance
and risk management processes, including CFA’s external
and internal audit functions.
CFA’s internal audit function is undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers, whose representatives report to this committee’s meetings.
The Audit and Risk Committee receives advice from the Auditor-General, who is responsible for auditing CFA’s annual financial statements.
- Michael Tudball (Chair)
- Claire Higgins
- Ken King
- Robert Spencer
- Clif Lang (external member)
Remuneration and Appointments Committee
The Remuneration and Appointments Committee
was established to take specific responsibility for
recommending to the Board CFA’s policy and practice for
executive officer appointments and remuneration review processes and associated compliance.
- Claire Higgins (Chair)
- David Gibbs
- Peter Harmsworth
- John Peberdy
|Board membership during 2010-2011|
|Kerry Murphy PSM AFSM (Chair)||reappointed 1 April 2010|
|Claire Higgins (Deputy Chair)||reappointed 2 October 2009|
|Mark Byatt||appointed 6 July 2010|
|Ross Coyle||appointed 25 March 2010|
|David Gibbs AFSM||reappointed 15 April 2009|
|Peter Harmsworth AO||reappointed 26 June 2010|
|Ken King||reappointed 13 October 2009|
|Reid Mather||appointed 31 December 2009|
|Tunde Meikle||appointed 15 April 2009|
|John Peberdy||appointed 22 September 2009|
|Robert Spencer||appointed 23 July 2008|
|Michael Tudball AFSM||reappointed 31 December 2009|