ACWA is governed by a Board made up of representatives of NSW child, youth and family service agencies and peak organisations. Board Members are elected by members at ACWA's Annual General Meeting (usually held in October each year) and serve for two years.
The Board is responsible for guiding and monitoring ACWA's strategic direction and financial affairs on behalf of members and meets on the third Thursday of every month. For further information on ACWA's structure and operations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ACWA Board uses a range a resources to fulfill its governance responsibilities, as outlined in the ACWA Constitution and ACWA Guide. These documents include, but are not limited to:
- A Declaration of Remuneration and Conflict of Interest Form that the board complete each financial year. In addition to this form, disclosure of conflict of interest is a standing agenda item at each monthly board meeting and directors are asked whether they have any new declarations. Details of potential or actual conflicts raised are logged on a Board Register of Interests along with conflict management details.
- Self assessment is a process that can be used to inform future planning and board performance. The ACWA board has used the Queensland University of Technology Developing Your Board tool.
- A Board Member Agreement is signed when a new director joins the board of governance. This outlines a code of conduct in line with the legal and ethical responsibilities of a board member. The ACWA Guide outlines in further detail the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct of the organisation, which applies to all ACWA employees and volunteers.
ACWA is aware that strong governance structures across its membership are needed to secure a reliable NGO sector. As a commitment to strengthening the governance of the sector, ACWA members are asked to demonstrate that key documents/processes are in place in their organisations. ACWA’s deliverables to FACS under the funding service plan includes the enhancement of sector governance and board probity through member governance requirements. This requirement of membership reflects ACWA’s role as a peak body in fostering a sector-wide culture of strong governance at a time when there are growing community expectations of the sector’s capacity and operations.
As part of ACWA’s capacity building role, CCWT provide support to agencies in developing these processes if needed. Please contact Linda Watson (email@example.com), Director of Learning and Development, if your agency would like assistance in developing any of these processes.
ACWA's current Board Members are: