South Australian Government boards and committees play an important role in providing leadership, direction and accountability across every area of government activity.
A range of boards and committees currently operate in South Australia, including statutory authorities, government business enterprises, advisory boards and regulatory bodies. These bodies are diverse in terms of functions, form, size, level of responsibility and accountability.
Members may be drawn from the community or professional groups, and many are required by legislation to possess certain skills or qualifications.
The Boards and Committees Unit
The Boards and Committees Unit sits within the Office of the Chief Executive and is responsible for the following work:
- issuing policies and guidelines for boards and committees
- determining board and committee remuneration arrangements
- administering the central boards and committees database (Boards and Committees Information System)
- production of government statistics and reports (including an annual report to Parliament)
- providing guidance and advice on all aspects of government boards and committees.
ADVISORY: Board and committee members contesting the 2018 State election
Section 45(2) of the Constitution Act 1934 provides that a candidate for election as a member of the South Australian Parliament who holds an “office of profit” is incapable of being elected unless he or she resigns from that office prior to the declaration of the poll. Government board and committee members who intend to stand as a candidate in the 2018 State election should consider:
- whether they hold an office of profit (regardless of whether they are remunerated or not)
and, if so
- the date by which they will need to resign from that office.
Unlike public sector employees, board members who resign from their positions for the purposes of contesting an election do not have any right of reappointment. Board and committee members should consider seeking their own legal advice in relation to the above matters.
Current Listing of Government Boards and Committees
An online listing of South Australian Government boards and committees is available on this site. Please note that due to the complexity and volume of the information required for the online listing, the Boards and Committees Unit cannot guarantee that the information provided is accurate at all times. Alternatively, a complete listing of government boards can be sourced from the most recent BCIS annual report to Parliament (see Boards and Committees Information System section below). These reports are current as at 30 June in the relevant year of production.
Policy, Guidelines and Forms
The following policies and guidelines are available for administrators and members of boards and committees:
- DPC Circular 16 - Remuneration for Government Appointed Part-Time Boards and Committees (September 2016). DPC Circular 16 contains the government's policy on remuneration for part-time boards and committees. This circular provides guidance on how to seek a fee determination, methods for payment, superannuation, salary sacrifice, information required for inclusion on BCIS and more.
- DPC Circular 22- Establishment and governance requirements of government boards and committees (October 2014).- DPC Circular 22 aims to prevent the proliferation of boards and committees by promoting community engagement strategies and departmental structures as a first preference for delivering services. Circular 22 also establishes tests and approvals for when to establish a new board, provides general guidance on the structural options and ensures that existing boards and committees undergo regular review.
- Government Boards and Committees, Guidelines for Agencies and Board Members (February 2014). Provides general guidance on the role of a board, recruitment of members, reporting relationships, performance monitoring and other matters.
- Payment rates for South Australian Government Boards and Committees [remuneration framework] (December 2007). The remuneration framework contains the payment rates that apply to SA Government Boards and Committees.
- Honesty and Accountability for Members of Government Boards, (March 2011) Provides an overview of the honesty and accountability requirements that apply to members of government boards and committees.
- Treasurer's Instructions 7 - Treasurer's Representatives - Statutory Boards, Commissions and Committees (January 2014) Broadly speaking, TI:7 allows the Treasurer to appoint a representative to attend board meetings of designated public corporations, sets out the role and procedures for appointed representatives and specifies the responsibilities of the Chair in relation to the representative. TI:7 should be read in conjunction with the Guidance Note.
- Form for members of government boards and committees to establish a salary sacrifice agreement (October 2016)
The Boards and Committees Information System (BCIS)
The Boards and Committees Information System (BCIS) is a secure database administered by the Boards and Committees Unit within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet to record the membership and remuneration details of government boards and committees.
The contents of the BCIS are tabled in Parliament each year in the form of an annual report. The report is a snapshot of the data recorded on BCIS as at 30 June and includes the following information:
- the names of Boards and Committees (in Ministerial portfolio order)
- the names of board members
- the applicable remuneration entitlements for board members
- the gender composition of the boards and committee.
Past BCIS annual reports can be downloaded below, and from the South Australian Parliament website:
- Annual Report 30 June 2017 (PDF, 2.4MB)
- Annual Report 30 June 2016 (PDF, 2.4MB)
- Annual Report 30 June 2015 (PDF, 2.6MB)
- Annual Report 30 June 2014 (PDF, 1.5MB)
- Annual Report 30 June 2013 (PDF, 1.7MB)
- Annual Report 30 June 2012 (PDF, 1.7MB)
- Annual Report 30 June 2011 (PDF, 2.0MB)
- Annual Report 30 June 2010 (PDF, 1.5MB)
- Annual Report 30 June 2009 (PDF, 1.5MB)
- Annual Report 30 June 2008 (PDF, 21MB)
Register your interest in becoming a Board member
The South Australian Government is keen to ensure that the best candidates are recruited for its Boards and Committees, and that the right balance of skills and experience, gender and cultural diversity is available to meet the challenges that the government has set for the Public Sector.
If you would like to serve on a government board, you can register your expression of interest in two ways:
- emailing the Boards and Committees Unit, detailing the areas of your skills and expertise (please include a current curriculum vitae). A profile for you will be created on the Candidate Register a database administered by the department which may be consulted by Ministers or agencies who are searching for candidates.
- writing directly to the State Government Minister(s) with portfolio responsibilities in the areas of your skills and expertise (please include a current curriculum vitae). Contact information is available from the Premier's website.
Two important targets have been set by the government in regard to the gender composition of boards and committees:
- 50% of women on government boards and committees by 2014 (target 30)
- 50% of government boards and committees to be chaired by women by 2014 (target 31).
These targets are detailed in South Australia's Strategic Plan.
Female candidates also have the option to register their interest on the Premier's Women's Directory - a register of women with a broad range of expertise and interests for nomination to Government Boards and Committees.
Claims for payment of travel and accommodation expenses by members of government boards and committees are to be made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Sector’s Determination 3.2.
Agencies are required under the Department of Treasury and Finance's General Purpose Financial Statements Framework to disclose certain board and committee information as part of their annual report. Employees involved in this process should refer to section APS 4.12 of the General Purpose Framework for guidance.
Boards which require assistance in preparing their annual reports should refer to DPC Circular PC013 – Annual Reporting Requirements.
Cabinet procedures for boards and committees
Public Sector employees who are involved in the administration of SA Government boards and committees should refer to the Cabinet procedures for boards and committees published by Cabinet Office. This includes guidance and Cabinet templates for:
- establishment of new boards and committees
- appointments to boards and committees.
Boards and Committees Unit
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
State Administration Centre
200 Victoria Square
Adelaide SA 5000
GPO Box 2343
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (08) 8429 5218 or (08) 8429 5219