Our Corporate Governance
Lifeline is governed in accordance with:
- The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth)
- Constitution of Lifeline Australia (pdf)
- Lifeline Governance Charter (pdf), and
- Board Charter.
Our approach to corporate governance is based on a set of values and behaviours that underpin day-to-day activities, provide transparency and protect the interests of stakeholders. This approach includes a commitment to corporate governance excellence, which Lifeline sees as fundamental to its sustainability and performance.
Lifeline Australia Board
The Board is responsible for providing strategic direction, effective governance and leadership on behalf of the Members.
It can delegate responsibility but not accountability to the chief executive officer of Lifeline Australia. The Board has also established a comprehensive framework of committees to support Lifeline in policy formulation, governance and accountability. They meet regularly and their minutes or reports inform decisions made at the Board meetings.
The terms of reference for each of the Committees can be found here and further details about the Board’s role and responsibilities are defined in the Constitution of Lifeline Australia and in the Lifeline Governance Charter.
Our Member Organisations
The Board has delegated specific responsibilities to the CEO in accordance with the Lifeline Australia Board Charter which broadly outlines the Chief Executive Delegation Policies in terms of:
1. Overarching limitations
2. Financial planning
3. Financial management
5. Remuneration and benefits
6. Protection of assets
7. Communication and support to the Board
8. Emergency Chief Executive succession
9. Employment conditions
11. Public affairs
The Lifeline Australia Delegations policy details the limits applicable to specific financial and Human Resourcing actions from the Board to the CEO. For administrative purposes, the subsequent delegation of functions from the CEO to Lifeline Australia Executives and Managers are also included in the Delegations Policy. The purpose of this policy is to:
- To ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of Lifeline Australia administrative processes.
- To ensure that appropriate officers have been provided with the level of authority necessary to discharge their responsibilities.
- To assist in the prevention of fraud.
- To ensure a high level of transparency in the execution of financial and HR functions, transactions and contracts.
Lifeline Australia aims to actively promote a corporate culture that supports diversity in the composition of its Board and senior management, in the workplace and amongst its Members. In 2012-13, the Board has identified gender diversity on the Board as a key area for improvement. Currently, 60% of our employees at Lifeline Australia are female and we have a female to male ratio of 11:10 in management positions. Lifeline Australia’s commitment to diversity is formally outlined in our Diversity Policy: Lifeline Australia Diversity Policy
The Board and Management of Lifeline Australia actively promote ethical and responsible decision making. The Lifeline Australia Board has introduced a set of ethical guidelines for the Board. Every existing Director and all new Directors are required to sign an Ethical Guidelines declaration: Lifeline Australia Ethical Guidelines for Board 2011 (updated)
Lifeline's annual reports are available in our Publications Library.