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.

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:

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:

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.

Gender representation

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.

Reporting requirements

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.

Contact

Boards and Committees Unit
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
State Administration Centre
200 Victoria Square
Adelaide SA 5000

Postal address:
GPO Box 2343
Adelaide SA 5001

Phone: (08) 8429 5218 or (08) 8429 5219
Email: boardsandcommittees@dpc.sa.gov.au