The Board is the sole supervisory body of Family Life (the ‘Agency’) operating under the rules of the Constitution. The agency is a non-profit, Company Limited by Guarantee governed by a voluntary Board.
Family Life knows the importance of a strong board, and has worked hard to achieve a balance of experienced and new board members, seeking board members who can offer diverse skills, experience and knowledge to the organisation.
The Department of Human Services website features a case study on Family Life’s Board – Strong Board underpins growth for Family Life. This case study shows how a strong board and good governance are helping Family Life to achieve its mission — and build a sustainable future.
“The board focuses on building a depth of leadership within Family Life. Leaders are able to communicate their vision, explain reasons for change, lead by example and thus engage the staff.” Len Gill, Chair. More about the DHS case study can be found here.
The Family Life Board operates to the following corporate governance model:
- Constitution and governance charter
- Defining governance roles
- Improving Board process
- Continuous improvement
Key Board functions
The Constitution gives power to the Board to:
- Control and manage the business affairs of the Company.
- Perform all such acts and things as appear to the Board to be essential for the proper management of the business of the Company.
- Exercise all such powers and functions as may be exercised by the Company.
The Role of the Board
In essence, the principal role of the Board is to:
- Give vision and leadership to the Agency
- Review and maintain the Agency mission
- Formulate policies for the community service of Family Life
- Ensure that these policies are delivered efficiently and effectively
- Maintain an overall control of the operation of Family Life, including ensuring financial management and viability.
- In performing these roles, the Board must be mindful of the accountability requirements of funding bodies including state and federal governments.
The Board Structure
Board members are nominated and appointed for the expertise they can bring to the Agency, with this expertise then directed through the sub-board structure. A succession planning strategy is in place to enrol expertise through the sub-board structure and occasional working groups. The appointment and termination of Board members and the proceedings at Board meetings are well defined in the Constitution. The office bearers comprise a Chair, two Vice-Chairs, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
The Board seeks to ensure that its membership includes a relevant mix of skills and experience in the law, government, finance, welfare, technology and community.
For additional details about the Board including their tenure, duties and responsibilities, please click here to see the Family Life Constitution.