As a Native Title Representative Body, the North Queensland Land Council Native Title Representative Body Aboriginal Corporation is registered under the CATSI Act (2006). We have a community based Board, elected on a biennial basis from nine wards throughout the region. All of our current Directors have undertaken accredited Governance training and adhere strictly to good governance principles in the conduct of their meetings.
Statement of the Main Corporate Governance Practices in Place
Our main corporate governance practice starts with the clear statement in the North Queensland Land Council Native Title Representative Body Aboriginal Corporation (NQLC) Rule Book which provides for the roles of the Board of Directors (Board) and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO, or known also as the Executive Officer) in accordance with the ‘separation of powers principle’. The formal adoption of this principle by the NQLC in 2001 set the platform for the continued good governance of the organisation over the ensuing years. Strong adherence to this principle has brought tangible benefits in the efficiency and capacity of the organisation to deliver native title services. Clause 15 (1) (i) of the Rule Book provides as follows:
The Board is responsible for:
- The setting of policy and of determining the priorities of the business or functions of the Corporation;
- The setting of and approvals of budget plans;
- Strategic planning;
- Statutory functions;
- Any functions required to be carried out by the Corporation in accordance with conditions attached to any grant of monies or the conditions set out in any PFA;
- Appointment of auditors in accordance with the Rules;
- Appointment of a CEO;
- Setting, running and keeping records of all Annual General Meetings, all General Meetings and all Ward Meetings of the Corporation;
- Appointment of a Public Officer or Secretary as required by the CATSI Act;
- Representing the Corporation at political forums, seminars and meetings relevant to the functions or objects of the Corporation;
- General planning for the carrying out of the objects and goals of the Corporation.
Clause 15 (1) (ii) of the NQLC Rules also provides that the function of the CEO is as follows:
The CEO appointed by the Board to manage the affairs of the Corporation is responsible for implementing the policies and general planning set by the Board and in conducting the day-today business of the Corporation.
The CEO is responsible for:
- The day to day management and administration of the NQLC in accordance with the Policy and Procedure Manuals;
- Implementing decisions of the Board;
- Managing the day to day financial resources of the organisation within PM&C guidelines and in accordance with the approved budget and variations;
- Managing the staff of the organisation including appointments, disciplinary and grievance procedures and performance review;
- Providing advice and assistance to the Board to facilitate effective decision making processes for the performance of the functions of the NTRB;
- Identifying funding sources and in kind support from Government and non-Government agencies;
- Ensuring that native title groups within the gazetted area of the NQLC are aware of the functions and framework of the organisation;
- Ensuring the operations of the organisation are integrated with and complimentary to the operation of other indigenous organisations within the region;
- Promoting the role of the NQLC at a local, regional and national level;
- Developing advocacy positions and submissions on behalf of the NQLC.