Our senior management committees are key elements of our governance and assurance. They include the ATO Executive Committee, Audit Committee and the People Committee (largely comprised of external private and public sector experts).
We also have a number of high-level committees that provide leadership and executive management of our performance.
› For more information on these committees, visit ato.gov.au.
In 2013, we initiated a review of our consultative arrangements to establish a more targeted framework to ensure our forums now focus at the highest level of stewardship of the tax and superannuation systems. The new arrangements commenced on 1 July 2013.
Figure 3.2 Key management committees and forums, at 30 June 2013
The ATO Executive Committee assists the Commissioner in setting the strategic direction and responsibilities to:
- administer Australia's tax system and aspects of its superannuation system
- deliver on our commitments to government
- manage the ATO as an agency head consistent with the requirements of the Public Service Act 1999, the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and the Financial Management and Accountability Regulations 1997.
Members of the committee at 30 June 2013 were:
- Commissioner – Chris Jordan
- Second Commissioners – Bruce Quigley, Geoff Leeper and Neil Olesen
- Chief Finance Officer – Frances Cawthra
- First Assistant Commissioner ATO People – Shane Reardon
- Chief Information Officer – Bill Gibson
- Chief Operating Officer – Robert Ravanello.
The Audit Committee, chaired by Second Commissioner Corporate Services and Law, provides assurance and assistance on our risk management, control and compliance frameworks, external accountability and requirements, legislative compliance, and internal and external audit. To ensure our Audit Committee is free to act in an objective, impartial manner and free from any conflict of interest, a minimum of three independent private sector members are appointed.
During 2012–13, independent members were:
- Mark Sullivan AO – Managing Director, ACTEW Corporation
- Jennifer Clark – member and chair of various Australian Government audit committees
- Margaret Gibson (until May 2013) – professional director and former partner and board member of PricewaterhouseCoopers
- John Brown (from May 2013) – member and chair of various Australian Government and state government audit committees.
The People Committee, chaired by the Commissioner, provides guidance on our people system. The committee convened quarterly and met with key senior attendees from other Commonwealth or territory agencies and expert consultants, as well as ATO employees. This year, discussions focused on integrity frameworks, productivity, engagement and trust, leadership types and cultural models, values-based leadership, complaints and feedback.