• Roles and responsibilities


    The ABR Advisory Board is chaired by the Registrar of the ABR. The Chair's responsibilities include:

    • deciding on membership and formally inviting or releasing members
    • planning the Advisory Board workload in consultation with members
    • calling meetings and setting the agenda
    • leading meetings, ensuring that principles and processes of the Advisory Board are maintained
    • settling Advisory Board deliberations in consultation with members
    • determining priorities and final decisions for matters under discussion
    • establishing and reviewing short-term and long-term Advisory Board goals
    • ensuring an annual review of the Advisory Board
    • ensuring that action items are progressed and completed within acceptable timeframes
    • being responsible for paying any hospitality expenses associated with the Advisory Board
    • maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, and
    • ensuring outcomes agreed by the Advisory Board are communicated and implemented within the ABR structure.

    Chair: Registrar of the ABR


    Members' responsibilities include:

    • agreeing on priorities within ABR budget allocation
    • playing a key role in strengthening linkages to key whole-of-government forums and projects
    • resolving cross agency issues
    • providing direction to resolve issues
    • communicating to the Advisory Board matters affecting their constituents
    • assisting with the identification of risks and underlying issues
    • providing advice on industry trends and issues
    • sponsoring co-design of systems, products and further work
    • assuring the alignment of the ABR with its intended whole of government role
    • ensuring their own agency's alignment with the ABR's intended whole-of-government role - Treasury to play a key role in policy development and legislative amendments to facilitate a whole-of-government approach
    • guiding, approving, monitoring and reviewing strategic and operational plans
    • shaping future direction
    • identifying integration opportunities and future roles for the ABR
    • considering recommendations from other forums and projects
    • providing leverage with other/non-participating agencies
    • communicating decisions, in particular, 'out of session' decisions as relevant, and
    • championing ABR outcomes.

    Members are expected to attend as many meetings as possible, either in person or by other means. Should a member of the ABR Advisory Board be unavailable to attend a meeting, it is expected that they give notice to the secretariat and where possible arrange for a suitable replacement to attend on their behalf.

    Members may recommend other organisations that could add value to the Advisory Board, but invitations to join or participate at particular meetings may only be issued by the Chair.

    Member organisations may nominate a substitute representative, and/or (within reason) additional representatives for a particular meeting, provided agreement of the Chair is obtained.


    Other attendees are invited where they contribute to consideration of particular agenda items, or as presenters of agenda items.


    Secretariat services for the ABR Advisory Board are provided by ABR Business Management.

    The role of the secretariat includes:

    • scheduling meetings
    • preparing and distributing agenda and papers
    • organising the taking of minutes and maintaining records, including outcomes at out of session deliberations
    • arranging for minutes to be distributed
    • managing the recording and monitoring of action items, and
    • providing other secretariat support as required.

    Other forums

    ABR Advisory Board members will play a key role in strengthening the linkages to key whole-of-government forums and projects.

    The table at Attachment A lists the key whole-of-government forums, committees and projects with which ABR Advisory Board member agencies are engaged.

    The table will be maintained through interaction with board member agencies.

      Last modified: 09 Mar 2012QC 22552