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.
- The Boards and Committees Unit
- 2014 Reform of Boards and Committees
- Current listing of Government Boards and Committees
- Policy, guidelines and forms
- The Boards and Committees Information System (BCIS)
- Register your interest in becoming a Board member
- Further information and related links
- Contact us
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.
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.
- DPC Circular 16 - Remuneration for Government Appointed Part-Time Boards and Committees, February 2014 revision (PDF, 199KB)
- DPC Circular 22- Establishment and governance requirements of government boards and committees, October 2014 (PDF, 149KB) - revised October 2014 as part of the State Government's boards and committee reform agenda.
- Payment rates for South Australian Government Boards and Committees [remuneration framework] (PDF, 45KB)
- Form for the inclusion of a new member on BCIS [updated 09/10/2015] (PDF, 63KB)
- Treasurer's Instructions 7 - Treasurer's Representatives - Statutory Boards, Commissions and Committees (PDF, 25KB)
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.
- 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
- 2015 annual report (PDF, 2.6MB)
- 2014 annual report (PDF, 1.5MB)
- 2013 annual report (PDF, 1.7MB)
- 2012 annual report (PDF, 1.7MB)
- 2011 annual report (PDF, 2MB)
- 2010 annual report (PDF, 1.5MB)
- 2009 annual report (PDF, 1.5MB)
- 2008 annual report (PDF, 21MB)
- 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.
- 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).
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