Board sub-committees

Communications and Membership

The purpose of the subcommittee is to assist the Board in developing and delivering an effective and sustainable communications and membership strategy in order to:

  • Maintain a strong membership base, and
  • Keep ACEN members informed about WIL matters

Functions

  • Review existing communications and membership strategies from a strategic perspective
  • Develop proposals and recommend strategies to the ACEN Board to maintain a strong ACEN membership
  • Develop proposals and recommend communication strategies to the ACEN Board to keep ACEN members informed on national and international news, resources and events related to WIL
  • Provide advice to the ACEN Board on all matters relating to ACEN communications and membership
  • Act in the interests of the ACEN membership generally

Membership

Member of ACEN Board and not less than three members drawn from the Board and/or State Chapter Committees.

Frequency of meetings Minimum of four per year.

Members: John McPhee, Esther May

Student Scholarships

Functions

The subcommittee will:

  1. Provide advice to the ACEN Board on all matters relating to the ACEN Student
  2. Coordinate the administration of the ACEN Student Scholarship annually.
  3. Coordinate the selection of recipients of ACEN Student Scholarship annually.
  4. Consult with the ACEN Board on criteria for selecting scholarship winners.
  5. Promote the ACEN Student Scholarship to ACEN member institutions.
  6. Collate a report on the scholarship outcomes and suggest relevant recommendations
  7. Evaluate and refine the process for administering the ACEN Student Scholarship for ACEN consideration on an annual basis.

Members: Sonia Ferns, Wayne Fallon

Research, Scholarship and Professional Learning

Overview

The purpose of the subcommittee is to assist the Board by providing advice in relation to achieving the objectives around research and scholarship as outlined in the ACEN strategic plan with the purpose of enhancing WIL throughout Australia.

Functions

  • Identify and advance research and scholarship in priority areas.
  • Endorse and support research and scholarship proposals and projects.
  • Support the dissemination of findings from research and projects to the sector.
  • Provide advice in relation to current issues, challenges and trends impacting on WIL research and scholarship in Australia.
  • Establish mechanisms to assist in identifying areas of research priority and facilitate collaborative discussions to support WIL research and scholarship priorities
  • Administer the ACEN research scholarship scheme
  • Act in the interests of the ACEN membership generally
  • Provide a mechanism to build capacity and ensure sustainability amongst ACEN members

Membership:

Member of ACEN Board and not less than three members drawn from the Board and/or State Chapter Committees.

Frequency of meetings A minimum of 5 per year

Members: Jude Smith, Rachael Hains-Wesson

Finance and Audit

Terms of Reference

The primary purpose of the Finance and Audit Committee is to ensure ACEN remains a sustainable organisation with robust governance and financial systems. The Finance and Audit Committee assists and advises the Board on financial matters through sound corporate practices and timely financial reporting.

Functions

The subcommittee will:

  • ensure the Board adopts, maintains and applies appropriate accounting and financial reporting processes that adhere to its legal obligations;
  • ensure the Board complies with its approved Financial Procedures;
  • ensure the Board maintains effective risk management and internal financial control systems;
  • develop an annual budget framework that aligns with ACEN’s strategic objectives;
  • monitor ACEN’s financial performance against approved budgets;
  • monitor the cash flow position and ensure action is taken to maintain this at an acceptable level;
  • provide reliable and relevant financial reports to the Board eleven times per year;
  • recommend the appointment of an external auditor;
  • facilitate the independence of the external audit process and address issues arising from the audit process; and
  • ensure transparency and integrity of published financial information.

Membership

  • the Finance and Audit Committee shall comprise not less than three members, to be appointed by the Board;
  • the Board shall appoint the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee from amongst its elected Directors; and
  • members of the finance and audit committee should be financially literate with at least one member having recent and relevant experience or training in finance or accounting.

Meetings

The Finance and Audit Committee will meet a minimum of four times per year either via face to face meetings or by teleconference.

Members: Michael Whelan, Alan Blackman, Annabelle Willox