As set out in the NACCHO constitution, the Board is comprised of 16 directors, including: a Chair and Deputy Chair, who are elected by the members directly (serving three-year terms), with the remaining 14 directors appointed annually by the eight state/territory jurisdictions.
At least four Board meetings are scheduled annually. They are attended by the Company Secretary, CEO and Deputy CEO. All NACCHO directors are offered formal training and assistance. There is a Code of Conduct for directors and a NACCHO Board Governance Charter.
Three key NACCHO committees report to the Board.
1. Audit and Assurance Committee
2. Finance Committee
3. Remuneration Committee
The Board sets NACCHO’s strategic directions through a formal five-year plan that is regularly reviewed, updated and published.
The NACCHO Board sets organisational priorities and develops Strategic Directions under the leadership of the Chair and with active support from the CEO. The Chair liaises with the CEO to ensure these priorities are understood and translated into agreed activities that the Secretariat undertakes through an annual Business Plan. This is monitored and managed by the CEO, who reports regularly to the Board.
As a registered charity operating as a company limited by guarantee, NACCHO operates under a formal constitution, as well as meeting its legal obligations under the Corporations Act and other legislation.
NACCHO prides itself on a long history of community control. It is accountable to its 143 members. The NACCHO constitution requires it to hold an Annual General Meeting each calendar year. This involves the presentation of the Annual Report, agenda papers for the Board, and reporting requirements to adhere with ASIC and ACNC requirements.
The NACCHO AGM is held in conjunction with a two-day national members’ conference (attended by about 400 delegates) and, in recent years, a one-day national youth conference.
NACCHO has been holding extensive consultations on the development of a new constitution since 2017. The Board initiated a review of NACCHO’s constitution in order to ensure that it is clear and accessible, that it enables best practice governance and to make NACCHO more directly controlled by its members. The review was comprehensive and developed following numerous consultations with members, including:
NACCHO plans to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting to put a new constitution to members, as soon as practicable after the COVID-19 crisis and the relaxation of travel restrictions and health orders across the country.