Governance arrangements

Board of Management

The Board of Management comprises DPC’s senior-level executive officers who:

  • provide organisation oversight
  • provide strategic direction
  • ensure DPC is operating in a fiscally and environmentally sustainable manner
  • ensure DPC is meeting changing community needs and government priorities.

As of 30 June 2023 DPC’s Board of Management members are:

  • Jeremi Moule, Secretary
  • Jennifer Barton, Acting Deputy Secretary, Cabinet, Legal and Governance
  • Jason Loos, Deputy Secretary, Economic Policy and State Productivity and Land Coordinator General
  • Elly Patira, Deputy Secretary, First Peoples – State Relations
  • Matt O’Connor, Deputy Secretary, Industrial Relations Victoria
  • Emma Cassar, Deputy Secretary, Social Policy and Intergovernmental Relations.

Audit and Risk Management Committee

The Audit and Risk Management Committee provides independent assurance and advice on the effectiveness of DPC’s financial management systems and controls, performance, stability, compliance with laws and regulations and risk management.

The committee reports to DPC’s Secretary and is established in line with the Standing Directions under the Financial Management Act 1994.

All members of the committee are independent.

As of 30 June 2023, the committee comprised the following members:

  • Geoff Harry (chair)
  • Andrew Whittaker
  • Rachel Thomson
  • Katie Williams.
Internal audit

In 2022–23 PricewaterhouseCoopers were DPC’s outsourced internal audit providers. DPC’s internal audit program comprises reviews of corporate functions and key compliance requirements, and tests internal controls that support DPC’s operating environment and management practices. The results of all audits are reported to executive management and to the Audit and Risk Management Committee, with progress of implementation of audit recommendations also reported to the committee.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee

The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee is a consultative committee made up of DPC’s health and safety representatives and may also include first aid officers.

The committee has been established in line with the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 to:

  • facilitate cooperation between the employer and employees in instigating, developing and carrying out measures designed to ensure the health and safety of employees in the workplace
  • assist formulation, review and dissemination to employees of policies and procedures relating to health and safety that are to be implemented and complied with at DPC
  • investigate any matter that may be a risk to the health and safety of people at DPC
  • review reported accidents and incidents and maintain DPC’s Occupational Health and Safety Risk Register, including risk ratings and controls
  • attempt to resolve any matter or request for DPC to conduct a review of the matter where no resolution can be determined
  • establish designated working groups to reflect the DPC working environment
  • ensure elections are conducted to fulfil the health and safety representative requirement across the department.

The committee members met half-yearly in 2022–23 to ensure any emerging issues were identified early to enable a timely and proactive response.

Procurement Governance Committee

The main responsibilities of the Procurement Governance Committee are to:

  • ensure strategic direction of procurement activities at DPC
  • provide governance and assurance to the Secretary and Board of Management through its oversight of procurement strategies, policies, procedures, practices and probity
  • ensure compliance with Victorian Government Purchasing Board supply policies and the Financial Management Act.

The Procurement Governance Committee members as of 30 June 2023 were:

  • Nicola Ramsay, Acting Executive Director, Corporate Services (chair)
  • Anthony Bale, Chief Financial Officer
  • Sam Gillespie, Director, WoVG ICT Strategic Sourcing and Digital
  • Kevin Duong, Acting Chief Procurement Officer
  • Lara Pasquale, Acting Chief Operating Officer.