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  • Board members
  • Executives

The board of a public entity has multiple responsibilities to ensure the organisation achieves its strategic and practical objectives.

The board develops and monitors the strategic direction of the public entity through a strategic plan. All decisions the board makes should be consistent with the agreed strategic direction.

The board is responsible for an annual review of the public entity’s policies, codes, delegations, authorisations and related documentation.

The board must ensure it has efficient and effective procedures in place to govern the conduct of its meetings and to keep adequate records.

The board commonly establishes committees to carry out specific aspects of its work. Where it has the power to do so, the board can choose to delegate to another party the right to engage in a stipulated activity.

The board develops and monitors the strategic direction of the public entity through a strategic plan. 


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It is a good idea for a board to give itself an annual 'health check'.


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A board must meet, and report on those meetings, at regular intervals throughout the year. These meetings set the strategy, identify risks and review operational matters as required.


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Boards commonly establish committees to carry out specific aspects of their work.


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