Committees

Finance, Audit and Risk

Chair: Craig Cameron

Committee: 

Working Parties

Sponsorship working party: Craig Cameron (Chair), Franziska Trede

Purpose

  • The primary purpose of the Finance, Audit, and Risk Committee is to ensure ACEN remains a sustainable organisation with robust governance and financial systems. The Finance, Audit, and Risk Committee assists and advises the Board on financial and risk matters through sound corporate practices and timely financial reporting. The Committee maintains a Risk Registry for ACEN and helps the Board assess and manage risks.

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;
  • Maintain a Risk Registry for ACEN, help the Board assess risk, and advise the Board on risk management strategies;
  • 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 or financial reviewer;
  • 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, Audit, and Risk Committee shall comprise not less than three members, to be appointed by the Board;
  • The Board shall appoint the Chair of the Finance, Audit, and Risk 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, Audit, and Risk Committee will meet a minimum of four times per year either via face-to-face meetings or by teleconference.

Conference and Awards

Chair: Leoni Russell

Working Parties

Conference working party: Leoni Russell, Craig Cameron, Wayne Read, Erin Stacey, Menuri Subasinghe, Jena Buchan, Nicole Scarvelis, Laura Johns

Awards working party: Leoni Russell, Erin Stacey, Annette Marlow, Kylie Twyford

Purpose

The Conference and Awards committee is responsible for administering the bi-annual ACEN and awards processes through the working parties.

  • Provide advice to the ACEN Board on all matters relating to the ACEN Conference and Awards;
  • Coordinate the administration of the ACEN Conference;
  • Coordinate the process and selection of recipients of ACEN Awards;
  • Promote the ACEN Conference and Awards to ACEN member institutions;
  • Report on the Conference and Awards outcomes and suggest relevant recommendations;
  • Evaluate and refine the process for administering the ACEN Conference and Awards.

Functions

  • 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;
  • Maintain contact with Finance, Audit and Risk Committee around funds for Conference, Awards and Administrative support;
  • Seek representatives from each chapter committee to contribute to the working parties.

Membership

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

Meetings

The working parties will determine meeting requirements.

Research

Chair: Jennifer Rowley

Committee: Franziska Trede, Denise Jackson, Michael O’Connor, Faith Valencia-Forrester, Elizabeth Cook

Working Parties

GOS working party: Denise Jackson

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.

Frequency of Meetings

The Research Committee will meet a minimum of five times per year.

Professional Learning

Chair:

Committee: Rachael Baron, Bonnie Dean, Heather Pate, Faith Valencia-Forrester

Purpose

The Professional Learning Committee facilitates professional development opportunities and resources to facilitate practice sharing, networking and upskilling to achieve ACEN’s objective of enhancing quality WIL.

Functions

  • Provide professional learning opportunities 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
  • 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.

Frequency of Meetings

The Professional Learning committee will meet quarterly.

Engagement and Advocacy

Co Chairs: Michelle J. Eady and Rachael Baron

Committee Members: Karen Robinson, Annette Marlow

Working Parties: Michelle J. Eady, Rachael Baron,  Karen Robinson, Annette Marlow, Holly Capocchiano, Alex Mullany

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 strong communication with the 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

Membership

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

Frequency of Meetings

  • The Engagement and Advocacy Committee will meet a minimum of four times per year.

Student Scholarships

Chair: Karen Robinson

Committee Members: Annette Marlow, Sarah-Jane Gregory

Working Parties

Mentoring Program working party: Karen Robinson

Purpose

The Scholarship committee is responsible for administering the annual ACEN student scholarships and processes.  

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

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;
  • Establish and maintain a mentoring program annually.

Membership

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

Meetings

The Student Scholarship Committee will meet a minimum of four times per year.