Attachment 1 - Executive Summary - Corporate Governance Service

 

 

 

 

Attachment 1 - Executive Summary ~ Corporate Governance Service

 

Summary of the Corporate Governance Service Specification

1. Service Description

 

The Corporate Governance Service provides the organisation with processes and systems that ensure that the governance standards both internal and from external sources are met and complied with and that those processes and systems are best practice.

 

 

Issues

Term Achievements

Critical Actions

2. Link to Strategic Program

Issue 30

Governance

TA 30.1 - Council has implemented leading practice ethical and corporate governance standards

CA 30.1A - Review and apply leading practice ethical and corporate governance standards

TA 30.2 - Council has reviewed its own role and operations and has adopted contemporary practices to best discharge its charter

CA 30.2A - Review current structures and procedures supporting Council and Councillors’ responsibilities

TA 30.3 - A contemporary system of risk management and internal control is operating

CA 30.3A - Develop and implement an internal audit program that reviews the effectiveness of Council’s risk management, compliance and internal control systems.

TA 30.4 - The organisation is managing its statutory requirements and the needs of a participatory community in a transparent and balance way

CA 30.4A - Review and monitor policies and procedures to enable the organisation to engage more effectively with the community while meeting its statutory and public interest obligations

3. Service Objectives

The service provider is to lead the organisation in ensuring that:

·      Council has implemented leading practice ethical and corporate governance standards

·      Council has reviewed its own role and operations and has adopted contemporary practices to best discharge its charter

·      Contemporary risk management and internal control systems support Corporate Governance.

·      The organisation is managing its statutory requirements and the needs of a participatory community in a transparent and balanced way

·      The culture is ethical, does not tolerate corruption and promotes effectiveness and efficient practices by providing a range of support services to the General Manager, Councillors and staff in the provision of advice in relation to governance issues.

·      The organisation continues to develop, advocate, inform and provide training for Elected Representatives and Council staff in a range of policy practices and procedures that when taken as a whole, represent best practice governance.

 

4. Scope of Work

 

Corporate Governance

§ Council maintains compliance with the legislative requirements of contemporary practice and procedure, with all issues resolved to the satisfaction of relevant Council staff and the General Manager. Council undertakes the relevant reporting in this area in the order of 5-6 reports a year.

§ A comprehensive training program is in place to maintain staff training for Code of Conduct, Ethics and Probity with all staff trained.

§ The Business Continuity Plan was tested in 2006 and found to be effective.

 

Public Access

§ Approximately 50 requests for Council information processed annually in compliance with the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

 

5.  Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)

Key Performance Indicators

2007/08 Target

Number of breaches identified in relation to Council's compliance with the legislative requirements of external bodies (ie: The Ombudsman, Independent Commission Against Corruption, Department of Local Government) (Nil Breaches)

Nil

Number of complaints received regarding access to Council information compliant with FOI legislation. (Less than 3 – 5 complaints per year)

Nil

% Customer satisfaction regarding the resolution of complaints received regarding access to Council information compliant with FOI legislation.

100%

% of staff who have received training on the Code of Conduct, Ethics and Probity within program timeframes

100%

% effectiveness of the current Business Continuity Plan, (BCP) maintained, being both current and effective. (BCP effectiveness  tested every two years)

100%

 


 

6. Service Funding

 

The annual budget for the Corporate Governance Service is $204,416 per annum. This amount includes all operating costs and does not include capital costs unless otherwise noted.

Service

2007-08 Allocation

Compliance and Advocacy

$   85,949

Public Access (FOI)

$     6,737

Internal Audit

$  111,730

Net Cost of Service

$ 204,416

 

7. Service Summary Chart