Responsibilities and duties of a governance practitioner

A governance practitioner's responsibilities and duties can cover a broad spectrum of activity. These can include:

Governance, risk management and compliance policy and practice

  • Advising directors and officers on director duties, the Corporations Act, the organisation’s constitution, stock exchange and other regulatory and statutory requirements (both within Australia and in other jurisdictions, where appropriate).
  • Advising the board (or governing body) on corporate governance principles and the implementation of governance programs and risk management frameworks.
  • Developing, implementing, communicating and maintaining governance, risk and compliance policies, processes and procedures.
  • Maintaining the corporate structure, including subsidiaries and associated administration.

Corporate strategy and board management-administration

  • Carrying out the instructions of the board (or governing body).
  • Implementing the corporate strategy (especially giving effect to board decisions).
  • Monitoring compliance by management with standing delegations from the board (or governing body) and reporting any breaches.
  • Ensuring corporate accountability by communicating with the organisation's stakeholders and broader community.
  • Ensuring effective information flows within the board (or governing body) and with and between board committees, and between non-executive directors and management.
  • Acting as a conduit between members (especially major and institutional investors in listed companies) and non-executive directors.
  • Managing board and committee administration.
  • Preparing minutes and meetings (for example AGMs, other general meetings, director and committee meetings).

Board performance, remuneration and evaluation

  • Assisting with the recruitment and induction of directors.
  • Facilitating professional development programs for the board.
  • Assisting with board (or governing body) evaluations.
  • Overseeing director fees and entitlements.
  • Managing the director handbook/manual.
  • Managing directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance.

Human resources, legal and finance

  • Advising (where appropriate) on employee benefits and employee incentive plans.
  • Advising on intellectual property asset management (for example patents, trademarks, business & domain names) and trade practices legislation.
  • Providing broader legal advice and guidance (for example powers of attorney, work health and safety, employment law, anti-money laundering requirements).
  • Advising on relevant financial issues (accounting, finance, taxation, dividend reinvestment plans, superannuation).
  • Monitoring organisational investments.
  • Advising (where required) on environmental issues.
  • Advising on privacy legislation.

External adviser communication-liaison

  • Communicating with external advisers (legal, accounting etc) and corporate representatives.
  • Liaising and coordinating activity with share registries.

General administration

  • Managing seals and document execution.
  • Undertaking general administration and property management functions.
  • Overseeing document retention and management.

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