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Governance

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is our chief decision-making body and is comprised of all senior executive service (SES) officers, including a representative from the ROC. Membership is shown at Entity overview.

Regularly scheduled meetings of the FWO and Deputy FWOs representing each of the FWO's three groups are held. This forum provides additional oversight of the FWO's operations and finances.

Regular meetings also occur with the ROC pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding.

The committee evaluates, approves and monitors strategic, operational and financial plans to achieve a high standard of professional and ethical conduct, financial accountability and risk management.

Monthly meetings are scheduled and meeting outcomes are distributed to staff via the intranet.

The Executive Committee is supported by the following committees:

  • Strategic Investments and Technology, which provides strategic governance for major information technology (IT) and capital expenditure projects
  • Information and Data Governance, which oversees the information governance and data governance frameworks.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee provides independent assurance to the Fair Work Ombudsman, as the accountable authority, on the FWO’s and ROC's financial and performance reporting, risk management framework, internal control systems, and legislation and policy compliance.

In 2017-18, the Audit Committee comprised three independent members (including the Chair) and one senior officer from the FWO. During the period, the committee considered internal reviews of:

  • complaints and feedback processes
  • key performance reporting
  • the Protective Security Policy Framework - Information Security
  • benefits realisation of IT projects.

Health and Safety Committee

The Health and Safety Committee reviews and provides recommendations for matters involving work health and safety, including implementing preventative initiatives and reporting on the implementation of relevant legislation and practices. Work health and safety outcomes are outlined at Workforce management.

Business planning

Organisational goals are set out in our corporate plan and the FWO Strategic Intent. Based on this, each business area developed business plans with performance measures. These business plans provide a link between the corporate plan, strategic goals and individual performance plans.

Plans are updated to reflect priority shifts, and performance against the plans is monitored by the Executive Committee and senior management. Our corporate plan and strategic intent are made available to external stakeholders via our website and the corporate plan is submitted to the Department of Finance and Portfolio Minister annually.

Risk and fraud management

A risk management framework facilitates the identification and management of risks across operational and corporate areas, and informs the internal audit plan. Owners are assigned to risks, and controls and treatments are identified through a strategic risk register, which is reviewed every quarter by the Executive Committee.

Following consultation, an internal audit plan was developed for 2018-19 that targets identified risk areas. The Audit Committee reviews the plan and risk information.

The Protective Security Policy Framework provides controls for the Australian Government to protect its people, information and assets at home and overseas. Our security requirements are managed by a security team consisting of an Agency Security Advisor, IT Security Advisor, Security Director and Executive Directors. We have a number of security policies and procedures in place.

Fraud controls and investigations

Our 2018-20 Fraud Control Plan and risk assessment enables us to manage and monitor identified fraud risks through prevention, detection and response initiatives.

All reasonable measures were taken to minimise fraud risk and to investigate possible fraud against the FWO and the ROC.