Corporate governance

Corporate framework

The Commission's governance framework supports transparent, accountable decision-making by establishing clear lines of authority and requiring monitoring and reporting of operational performance. It is the mechanism through which our strategic goals can be achieved and is based on the following principles:

  • Ÿeffective vision, leadership, and strategic direction;
  • Ÿtransparency and disclosure of decision-making processes;
  • clear lines of responsibility and accountability;
  • participation in the governance process by employees.

These principles ensure that the Commission maintains its focus on:

  • meeting its statutory responsibilities under the Act;
  • Ÿ effective and efficient performance management;
  • Ÿimproving service delivery through a process of engagement with key stakeholders;
  • Ÿreporting on performance.

While the Commission is independent of government, it is accountable to the Queensland Parliament through the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.

Managing the ADCQ

Accountability for the Commission's operations under the Financial Accountability Act 2009 resides solely with the Commissioner as the Accountable Officer.

The Commissioner is appointed under section 238 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 for a term of no longer than seven years. ADCQ employees are appointed under the Public Service Act 2008 .

Two committees have been established to support the Commissioner in achieving the strategic goals and operational objectives of the Commission. They are the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and the Leadership Group.

The ELT supports the Commissioner by providing advice in the following areas:

  • Ÿestablishing priorities;
  • developing an overarching fiscal strategy;
  • Ÿmaintaining the corporate governance framework;
  • Ÿoverseeing major initiatives and projects;
  • Ÿmanaging external relationships;
  • Ÿsetting corporate performance objectives;
  • ŸfosŸtering an appropriate corporate culture that supports the Commission's values and code of conduct;
  • Ÿensuring business continuity;
  • Ÿproviding the strategic focus for corporate communications and marketing.

The members of the ELT are:

  • ŸAnti-Discrimination Commissioner (Chair);
  • ŸDeputy Commissioner (Deputy Chair);
  • ŸDirector, Complaint Services;
  • DirectorŸ, Corporate Services;
  • Director, Community Engagement.

The Leadership Group is a sub-committee of the ELT . The group is responsible for providing advice to the Commissioner in the following areas:

  • Ÿoverseeing strategic and operational planning processes to ensure that strategies, goals and performance measures address overarching priorities;
  • monitoring performance to ensure services are being delivered to the required level and quality;
  • Ÿdriving the identification and establishment of best practice in all aspects of service delivery;
  • Ÿmonitoring the effectiveness of governance practices including policies and procedures;
  • Ÿallocation and management of resources;
  • Ÿensuring the integrity of reporting systems and that appropriate systems of internal control are in place to manage risk;
  • Ÿensuring there are adequate processes in place to comply with statutory reporting requirements;
  • Ÿensuring that planning and performance management processes are based on an understanding of operational issues and constraints;
  • Ÿmaintaining relationships and partnerships with stakeholders.

The members of the Leadership Group are:

  • Anti-Discrimination Commissioner (Chair);
  • Deputy Commissioner (Deputy Chair);
  • ŸDirector, Complaint Services;
  • Principal Lawyer;
  • ŸDirector, Corporate Services;
  • Director, Community Engagement;
  • Manager, Far North Queensland Region;
  • ŸManager, North Queensland Region;
  • Manager, Central Queensland Region;
  • Manager, Brisbane Complaints Team; and
  • Coordinator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Unit.