Effectiveness of board governance at Old Parliament House

Governance Museums Board of directors Australia

Old Parliament House (OPH) has a governing board and operates under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Establishing Old Parliament House) Rule 2016 (OPH Rule) as a not-for-profit corporate Commonwealth entity. OPH key functions include to conserve, develop and present the OPH building and collections; and to provide public programs and research activities related to Australia’s social and parliamentary history.

Boards play a key role in the effective governance of an entity. Corporate governance is generally considered to involve two dimensions, which are the responsibility of the governing board. These are:

Performance—monitoring the performance of the organisation and CEO…

Conformance—compliance with legal requirements and corporate governance and industry standards, and accountability to relevant stakeholders.

… it is important to understand that governing is not the same as managing. Broadly, governance involves the systems and processes in place that shape, enable and oversee management of an organisation. Management is concerned with doing – with co-ordinating and managing the day-to-day operations of the business.

This topic was selected for audit as part of the ANAO’s multi-year audit program that examines aspects of the implementation of the PGPA Act. This audit provides an opportunity for the ANAO to review whether boards have established effective arrangements to comply with selected legislative and policy requirements and adopted practices that support effective governance. The audit also contributes to the identification of practices that support effective governance that could be applied in other entities. This audit is one of a series of governance audits that apply a standard methodology to the governance of individual boards.

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Auditor-General Report No.34 2018–19