Boards and Committees

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.

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The Boards and Committees Unit

The Boards and Committees Unit is responsible for the following work program:
  • 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.

2014 Reform of Boards and Committees

In July 2014 the Premier announced a large scale reform of government’s 429 boards and committees to abolish those that were no longer necessary and reform existing boards to create efficiencies, eliminate duplication and improve accountability. The reform encompassed key government priorities including:

  • improving connection between government and the community and engagement with stakeholders
  • dramatically reducing red tape
  • enhancing productivity and performance
  • improving accountability and governance, and
  • open government.

Consultation throughout the reform occurred with boards, stakeholders and the community.

On 22 September the Premier released an interim report outlining the government’s proposed approach.

On 30 October the final report reflecting the outcomes of the reform was released, which included:

  • abolish: 108
  • merge: 19
  • other reform: 61
  • subject to further investigation: 31
  • reclassify: 120
  • retain in current form: 90

You can view the Premier’s media statement regarding the boards and committees reform. You can also read letters sent by boards and committees about the reform, as well as submissions from interested parties. Please note, letters are being processed and added over a period of time.

To deliver the outcomes identified in the report, the Statutes Amendment (Boards and Committees – Abolition and Reform Act 2015  was brought into operation on 1 July 2015.


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Current Listing of Government Boards and Committees

An online listing of South Australian Government boards and committees is available on this site under 'Current Listing' in the menu. 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 Boards and Committees Unit has produced the following policies and guidelines for members of boards and committees.
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 aims to prevent the proliferation of boards and committees by promoting community engagement strategies and departmental structures as the first consideration 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 all existing boards and committees undergo regular review.
Provides general guidance on the role of a board, recruitment of members, reporting relationships, performance monitoring and other matters.
The remuneration framework contains the payment rates that apply to SA Government Boards and Committees.
Provides an overview of the honesty and accountability requirements that apply to members of government boards and committees.

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The Boards and Committees Information System (BCIS)

BCIS is the central register of South Australian Government Boards and Committees and is used by the government in a number of ways. If you are involved with the administration of government boards and committees, such as an executive officer or employee of a department or Minister’s office, and you would like to find out about BCIS, what it provides or about the annual report to Parliament, please visit the BCIS component of Intra SA (available to South Australian Government employees only).
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
If you would like to view previous BCIS annual reports, which are also available from the South Australian Parliament website, please select from the following:


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 participate, you are encouraged to register your interest to serve on a government board by:
  • Providing an expression of interest in 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.
  • Providing an expression of interest in writing to 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. Contact information for the Boards and Committees Unit is available on this page. Email applications are acceptable.

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.


Further information and related links

Two important targets have been set by the government in regard to the gender composition of boards and committees. These are detailed in South Australia's Strategic Plan as follows:
  • 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)

Under DPC Circular 16 (PDF, 198KB), 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 Employment’s Determination 3.2 (PDF, 771KB).

Agencies are required under the Department of Treasury and Finance's General Purpose Financial Statements Framework (PDF, 176KB) 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.

Contact Us

Street Address: 
State Administration Centre
200 Victoria Square
Adelaide SA 5000
Postal address:
GPO Box 2343
Adelaide SA 5001
Telephone: (08) 8226 5557 or (08) 8226 2763

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