Board Committees

Board Audit and Risk Committee

The Mission Australia Board has overall responsibility for the financial performance of the Mission Australia Group and the achievement of its founding purpose. The Board Audit and Risk Committee (BARC) is a standing committee of and appointed by the Board of Mission Australia and is recognised by the Boards of its controlled entities.

The BARC provides oversight of key governance areas:

  • Maintaining oversight of the integrity of the Mission Australia Group's statutory financial reports and statements;
  • Monitoring the performance of the external audit and internal assurance activities of the Mission Australia Group;
  • Monitoring that Management has an appropriate framework in place to identify and effectively manage risk and that Management ensures that the Mission Australia Group operates in accordance with the Enterprise Risk and Assurance Framework;
  • Monitoring compliance with regulatory, contractual, legal and ethical standards; and
  • Reviewing compliance with internal guidelines, policies and procedures and other prescribed internal standards.

The BARC is chaired by Jennifer Lambert, supported by Board Members Evelyn Horton and Ian Hammond with subject matter specialist member Garry Wayling providing additional accounting expertise. The BARC operates under a Charter approved by the Board.

Meetings are held quarterly. Attendees usually include the Board Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, General Manager Enterprise Risk and Assurance, the External Auditor KPMG and the General Counsel & Company Secretary.

Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee

The Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee is appointed by the Mission Australia Board to assist the Board in discharging its corporate governance responsibilities under the Mission Australia Board Governance Charter.

The Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee reviews the composition of the Board with the objectives that the Board is composed of directors who have the skills and experience to fulfill their obligations as directors of Mission Australia with diligence and judgment. The Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee also makes recommendations to the Board about appropriate executive succession and remuneration policies and practices to promote Mission Australia's purpose and values and encourage appropriate risk management.

The Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee is chaired by Grant Dempsey, supported by Board Members Ewen Crouch and Ken Dean. The Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee operates under a Charter approved by the Board.

Meetings are held every three to four months. Attendees usually include the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Group Shared Services.

Service Impact Committee

The Service Impact Committee is appointed by the Board to assist the Board to measure and report on the impact of Mission Australia's work and monitor progress in achievement of the organisational goal to reduce homelessness & strengthen communities across Australia.

The Service Impact Committee gives particular focus to monitoring the following:

  • Mission Australia effecting social change by being a courageous voice and advocate for people in need.
  • Client informed services that achieve positive outcomes with individuals and communities.
  • Provide opportunities for Christian communities to put their faith into action.

The Service Impact Committee is chaired by Dean Brown, supported by Board Members Ewen Crouch, Nicholas Barnett and Dr Karin Sowada, with subject matter specialist members Jo Knight and Geoffrey Deakin providing additional specialised expertise. The Service Impact Committee operates under a Charter approved by the Board.

Meetings are held every three to four months. Attendees usually include the Chief Executive Officer and the General Manager Sector Engagement.

Investment and Finance Committee

Role - Investments

The role of the Investment and Finance Committee is to provide assistance and recommendations to the Mission Australia Board, by overseeing, monitoring and reporting on the Investment Policy and investments managed by Mission Australia. These investments include but are not limited to, Mission Australia's direct Investment Portfolio and funds held through Mission Australia's role as the trustee of the Sir David Martin Foundation (SDMF), collectively known as the "MA Group Investment Portfolio".

Role - Finance

The role of Investment and Finance Committee is to also provide guidance and counsel to Management in connection with the financing facilities of Mission Australia, including any refinancing of Mission Australia's group debt facilities or the debt facilities of the Housing Entities (Mission Australia Housing and Mission Australia Housing (Victoria)).

The Investment and Finance Committee is chaired by Ken Dean, supported by Board Members Grant Dempsey and Evelyn Horton. The Investment and Finance Committee operates under a Charter approved by the Board.

Meetings are held every six months. Attendees usually include the Chief Financial Officer and the General Counsel & Company Secretary.

Housing Committee

The Housing Committee is a standing committee of, and appointed by, the Mission Australia Board and recognised by the Mission Australia Housing and Mission Australia Housing (Victoria) Boards as providing Mission Australia Board advice on Housing Policy, Housing Strategy and governance oversight of Housing.

The role of the Housing Committee, in pursuit of reducing homelessness and strengthening communities, is to provide an appropriate level of Mission Australia Board oversight of Housing without hampering the day to day operations and management of Housing, and facilitating the Housing independence required from a Housing regulatory perspective.

The Housing Committee is chaired by the Mission Australia Board Chairman, supported by two Board Members, Jennifer Lambert and Ian Hammond, with subject matter specialist member Ian Robins providing additional specialised property expertise. The Housing Committee operates under a Charter approved by the Board.

Meetings are held six monthly and as otherwise required. Attendees usually include the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Executive Housing and the General Counsel & Company Secretary.

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