Committees

The ACEN committees were reviewed, renamed and allocated at the face-to-face meeting in Melbourne in February 2020

The purpose and functions listed here are subject to review.

Engagement and Advocacy

Includes: Membership, advocacy, social media and external liaison.

Chair: Matthew Campbell

Committee Members: Judie Kay and Michelle Eady.

Purpose

The purpose of the subcommittee is to assist the Board in developing and delivering effective and sustainable advocacy and engagement strategy in order to:

  • Maintain a strong membership base
  • Keep ACEN members informed about WIL matters, and
  • Advance advocacy on behalf of member interests

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 engagement 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 advocacy and engagement activities
  • 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.

Meetings

A minimum of four meetings per year.

Awards and Student Scholarships

Includes: Biennial awards, information webinar related to awards, yearly student scholarships.

Chair: Cate Clifford

Committee Members: Annette Marlow, Leoni Russell, Susan Rowland and Sonia Ferns

Purpose

The Awards and Student Scholarships committee is responsible for administering the annual ACEN student scholarships and biennial ACEN awards processes.

  • Provide advice to the ACEN Board on all matters relating to ACEN Awards and Student Scholarships;
  • Coordinate the administration of the ACEN Awards biennially and Student Scholarships annually;
  • Coordinate the selection of recipients of ACEN Awards biennially and Student Scholarships annually;
  • Consult with the ACEN Board on criteria for selecting scholarship and award winners;
  • Promote the ACEN Awards and Student Scholarships to ACEN member institutions;
  • Report on the scholarships and awards outcomes and suggest relevant recommendations;
  • Evaluate and refine the process for administering the ACEN Awards biennially and Student Scholarships for consideration annually.

Functions

  • Provide advice to the ACEN board on the administration and review of the ACEN student scholarship;
  • Develop proposals and recommend strategies to the ACEN Board for ratification;
  • Act in the interests of the ACEN membership generally;
  • Provide a mechanism to build capacity and ensure sustainability amongst ACEN members;
  • Be responsible for the selection and supervision of a person to provide administrative help in extracting and summarising data for student scholarships;
  • Maintain contact with Finance Committee around funds for Scholarships and Administrative support;
  • Seek a representative from each chapter committee to sit and contribute on the final selection/ranking committee for Awards.

Membership

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

Meetings

A minimum of four meetings per year.

Research and Impact

Includes: Research Grants, GOS data and the Research Symposium

Chair: Anna Rowe

Committee Members: Denise Jackson, Franziska Trede and Sonia Ferns

Purpose

The purpose of the committee is to assist the ACEN Board by providing advice on achieving the research and scholarship objectives outlined in the ACEN strategic plan to enhance WIL throughout Australia.

Functions

  • Identify and advance research in WIL priority areas through scholarly practice.
  • Build the capacity of ACEN members including early career researchers and higher degree. research students to undertake research into WIL.
  • Endorse and support WIL research proposals and projects.
  • Work closely with the Advocacy and Engagement, and Professional Learning committees to support the dissemination of findings and recommendations from WIL research and projects to the sector via appropriate channels such as the website and webinars/events.
  • Provide advice in relation to current issues, challenges and trends impacting on WIL research and impact in Australia.
  • Establish mechanisms to assist in identifying areas of research priority and facilitate collaborative discussions to support WIL research priorities.
  • Administer the ACEN research grants scheme and organise research symposiums and other research events.
  • Oversee the collection, storage and ethical use of GOS data.
  • Act in the interests of the ACEN membership generally.
  • Build members’ capacity for ACEN sustainability.

Membership

Members of the ACEN Board and not less than three members drawn from the Board and/or State

Chapter Committees.

Meetings

A minimum of 5 meetings per year.

Finance and Audit

Includes: Budget, approve ongoing expenditures, maintain approval processes, audit and financial governance.

Chair: Susan Rowland

Committee Members: Annette Marlow and Matthew Campbell.

Purpose

The 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

  • 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.

Professional Learning And Resources

Includes: Case Studies, Reserach Conversations, Webinars and Masterclasses

Chair: Sharon Scott

Committee Members: Bonnie Dean, Erin  Stacey and Ceri McLeod

Purpose

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

Functions

  • Provide professional learning opportunities about WIL to broaden and extend expertise
  • Design and develop innovative models of professional learning
  • Deliver professional learning via various platforms including face-to-face and online
  • Develop and distribute quality resources for a variety of audiences including practitioners and industry through case studies and good practice guides
  • Share quality, innovative WIL practice illustrating a diversity of disciplines, models and methods
  • Support the dissemination of findings from research and projects to the sector
  • Build capacity and ensure sustainability amongst ACEN members.

Membership

Meetings