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C5 Internal accountability

Organisational structure

The organisational structure of the Directorate is shown in Figure C5.1 below.

Figure C5.1: The Directorate structure at 30 June 2013

Chart showing the Directorate's organisational structure at 30 June 2013.Source: Human Resources Branch
Note: The Board of Senior Secondary Studies is a statutory authority resourced by the Directorate. Children's Policy and Regulation Unit reports to the Executive Director, Tertiary Education and Performance.

Senior executives

Director-General, Ms Diane Joseph

The Director-General is responsible for the efficient administration of the Directorate and establishing its corporate and strategic directions. The Director-General is responsible for implementing Australian and ACT Government commitments relating to education and training in the ACT.

Deputy Director-General, Ms Leanne Cover

The Deputy Drector-General oversees key strategic planning and coordination activities across the Directorate, manages a range of national and whole of government initiatives and responds to issues at ministerial, intergovernmental and key stakeholder levels. The Deputy Director-General has responsibility for the Office for Schools and the Information, Communications and Governance Branch.

Executive Director, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement,
Mr Stephen Gniel

The Executive Director, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement has responsibility for the delivery of educational support services in public schools. These services support areas of curriculum, student welfare and transitions, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs, early childhood and special education programs.

Executive Director, Corporate Services, Mr Mark Whybrow

The Executive Director, Corporate Services has responsibility for the planning and coordination of the human, financial and physical resources of the Directorate. The Executive Director, Corporate Services is responsible for finance and corporate support, human resources and schools capital works; building new schools and maintaining existing schools infrastructure; and managing budget and finances of the Directorate.

Executive Director, Tertiary Education and Performance,
Ms Jayne Johnston

The Executive Director, Tertiary Education and Performance has responsibility for implementing the ACT commitments arising from the local and national agenda for tertiary and vocational education. The Executive Director is responsible for the coordination of the national assessment programs, performance reporting and the assessment of educational programs through the management of a range of data collections, and the coordination of the Directorate's international education program. The Executive Director has responsibility for regulation of early childhood education and care services under the National Quality Framework.

Directorate committees

The Directorate committee structure is designed to improve the effectiveness of decision-making and to ensure that decisions align with delegations and accountability and deliver on the commitments of the Strategic Plan. Individual committee performance and terms of reference are reviewed annually and reported to the Senior Executive Team. The committees and their membership at 30 June 2013 are discussed below.

Senior Executive Team

The Senior Executive Team is the peak decision-making body of the Directorate and is responsible for significant operational, policy and resourcing decisions and approvals. The Senior Executive Team sets and reviews the strategic direction of the Directorate and monitors performance in key areas, including educational and financial performance. The team is also responsible for ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, accounting standards and Directorate policies.

Table C5.1: Senior Executive Team at 30 June 2013

Member

Position

Ms Diane Joseph

Director-General (chair)

Ms Leanne Cover

Deputy Director-General

Mr Mark Whybrow

Executive Director, Corporate Services

Mr Stephen Gniel

Executive Director, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement

Ms Jayne Johnston

Executive Director, Tertiary Education and Performance

Source: Planning and Performance Branch

Corporate Executive

Corporate Executive assists the Senior Executive Team in determining priorities through providing advice in relation to strategic policy and management issues. Corporate Executive receives and considers reports from the Directorate's committees and reviews, and advises on any issues referred to it by the Director-General. It may establish working groups to undertake specific tasks. Outcomes from Corporate Executive meetings are communicated to staff and other committees as appropriate.

Table C5.2: Corporate Executive at 30 June 2013

Member

Position

Ms Diane Joseph

Director-General (chair)

Ms Leanne Cover

Deputy Director-General

Mr Stephen Gniel

Executive Director, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement

Ms Jayne Johnston

Executive Director, Tertiary Education and Performance

Mr Mark Whybrow

Executive Director, Corporate Services

Mr Michael Bateman

Director, Office for Schools

Mr Rodney Bray

Director, Schools Capital Works

Ms Joanne Garrisson

Director, Information, Communications and Governance

Ms Beth Mitchell

Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Student Engagement

Ms Anne Huard

School Network Leader, Belconnen

Mr Steve Kyburz

School Network Leader, North/Gungahlin

Mr Stephen Gwilliam

School Network Leader, Tuggeranong

Mr Wayne Prowse

School Network Leader, South/Weston

Ms Tracy Stewart

Director, Planning and Performance

Ms Leanne Wright

Director, Learning and Teaching

Ms Coralie McAlister

Director, Human Resources

Ms Ann Goleby

Director, Training and Tertiary Education

Source: Planning and Performance Branch

School Network Reference Group

The School Network Reference Group is a communication and consultation group. The group considers key strategic policy and operational matters and provides advice to the Corporate Executive and Senior Executive Team. The group raises policy and operational issues impacting on effectiveness and improvement from a school perspective. Membership includes two principals nominated by each network and appointed by the Executive Director, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement for a period of 12 months.

Table C5.3: School Network Reference Group at 30 June 2013

Member

Position

Ms Diane Joseph

Director-General (chair)

Ms Leanne Cover

Deputy Director-General

Mr Michael Bateman

Director, Office for Schools

Ms Anne Huard

School Network Leader, Belconnen

Mr Steve Kyburz

School Network Leader, North/Gungahlin

Mr Stephen Gwilliam

School Network Leader, Tuggeranong

Mr Wayne Prowse

School Network Leader, South/Weston

Mr Peter Sollis

Principal, Hawker College

Ms Wendy Cave

Principal, Macquarie Primary School

Ms Julie Cooper

Principal, Franklin Early Childhood School

Mr Ian Copland

Principal, Woden School

Ms Chris Pilgrim

Principal, Forrest Primary School

Ms Fran Dawning

Principal, Neville Bonner Primary School

Ms Julie Murkins

Principal, Lake Tuggeranong College

Mr Murray Bruce

Principal, Gordon Primary School

Source: Planning and Performance Branch

Information and Communication Technology Working Group

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Working Group assists the Director-General through developing and implementing ICT policies, programs and strategies. The working group makes recommendations to Corporate Executive about ICT strategic directions, policies and proposals for system-wide ICT initiatives.

Table C5.4: Information and Communication Technology Working Group at 30 June 2013

Member

Position

Ms Leanne Cover

Deputy Director-General (chair)

Ms Jayne Johnston

Executive Director, Tertiary Education and Performance

Mr Stephen Gniel

Executive Director, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement

Mr Mark Whybrow

Executive Director, Corporate Services

Ms Leanne Wright

Director, Learning and Teaching

Ms Joanne Garrisson

Director, Information, Communications and Governance

Ms Tracy Stewart

Director, Planning and Performance

Ms Ann Goleby

Director, Training and Tertiary Education

Mr Stephen Gwilliam

School Network Leader, Tuggeranong

Mr Mark Huxley

Chief Information Officer

Mr Christopher Norman

Director, Customer Service, Shared Services - ICT

Source: Planning and Performance Branch

School Planning Working Group

The School Planning Working Group provides advice about priority placement areas and makes recommendations to Corporate Executive about strategic directions, policies and proposals for system-wide planning initiatives. The working group responds to issues arising from school audits, external validation, reviews and reports. The group also investigates, reviews and advises on any issues referred to it by the Director-General or Corporate Executive.

Table C5.5: School Planning Working Group at 30 June 2013

Member

Position

Ms Leanne Cover

Deputy Director-General (chair)

Mr Mark Whybrow

Executive Director, Corporate Services

Ms Jayne Johnston

Executive Director, Tertiary Education and Performance

Mr Stephen Gniel

Executive Director, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement

Ms Tracy Stewart

Director, Planning and Performance

Mr Rodney Bray

Director, Schools Capital Works

Mr Michael Bateman

Director, Office for Schools

Source: Planning and Performance Branch

Security and Emergency Management Committee

The Security and Emergency Management Committee provides advice to the DirectorGeneral on significant security proposals, directions, policies and training. The committee acts as the Directorate's decision-making and coordinating body in the event of a Territory-wide emergency.

Table C5.6: Security and Emergency Management Committee at 30 June 2013

Member

Position

Mr Mark Whybrow

Executive Director, Corporate Services (chair)

Mr Stephen Gniel

Executive Director, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement

Ms Coralie McAlister

Director, Human Resources

Mr Rodney Bray

Director, Schools Capital Works

Mr Michael Bateman

Director, Office for Schools

Ms Joanne Garrisson

Director, Information, Communications and Governance

Ms Wendy English

Manager, Corporate Support

Mr Dougal Wilson

Manager, Risk Management and Audit

Source: Planning and Performance Branch

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee monitors and reviews Directorate adherence to relevant legislative requirements and its approach to business ethics and corporate conduct. The committee is responsible for overseeing the risk management and audit functions. This committee also reviews the annual financial statements and provides advice to the Director-General on significant risks, audit outcomes and implementation of mitigation strategies.

Table C5.7: Audit Committee at 30 June 2013

Member

Position

Ms Jenny Morison

External Member (chair)

Ms Diane Fielding

External Member

Ms Leanne Cover

Deputy Director-General

Ms Jayne Johnston

Executive Director, Tertiary Education and Performance

Mr Mark Whybrow

Executive Director, Corporate Services

Source: Planning and Performance Branch

Establishment Committee

The Establishment Committee operated in 2012 to assist the Director-General in relation to staffing policies, programs and strategies. The committee monitored staffing trends and issues arising from school audits, external validation, reviews and reports. The committee considered all proposals to fill existing positions in central office or to create new positions. In 2013 the functions of the Establishment Committee were undertaken by Human Resources branch.

Table C5.8: Establishment Committee at 21 December 2012

Member

Position

Ms Leanne Cover

Deputy Director-General

Mr Mark Whybrow

Executive Director, Corporate Services (chair)

Ms Stephen Gniel

Executive Director, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement

Ms Jayne Johnston

Executive Director, Tertiary Education and Performance

Ms Coralie McAlister

Director, Human Resources

Ms Sushila Sharma

Director, Finance and Corporate Support

Source: Planning and Performance Branch

Workforce Capability Working Group

The Workforce Capability Working Group assists the Director-General to create a networked learning organisation by developing the workforce capability of all staff. The focus of this group is to set strategic directions, improve strategic planning, ensure alignment and provide governance for the Directorates' professional learning and training activities. The Workforce Capability Group supports the development of staff and their practices by building a workforce responsible and empowered to drive their professional learning and training needs and committed to improving business productivity and learning outcomes for students.

Table C5.9: Workforce Capability Working Group at 30 June 2013

Member

Position

Ms Leanne Cover

Deputy Director-General (chair)

Ms Jayne Johnston

Executive Director, Tertiary Education and Performance

Ms Stephen Gniel

Executive Director, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement

Mr Michael Bateman

Director, Office for Schools

Ms Coralie McAlister

Director, Human Resources

Ms Joanne Garrisson

Director, Information, Communications and Governance

Ms Leanne Wright

Director, Learning and Teaching

Source: Planning and Performance Branch

Remuneration for senior executives

Section 10 of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995 requires its administrative body (the Tribunal) to inquire into and determine the remuneration, allowances and other entitlements of the Director-General and executives within the meaning of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

The Tribunal through a determination in May 2013 increased the remuneration for the Director-General and executives by two percent with effect from 1 July 2013.

Corporate and operational plans

Strategic plan

The Directorate's Strategic Plan provides the organisational context to facilitate the delivery of a sustainable world-class education and training system that is responsive to changing needs of the ACT community.

The Directorate's Strategic Plan 2010-2013: Everyone matters was in its final year of implementation. The plan has at its core the aim of ensuring all young people in the ACT learn, thrive and are equipped with the skills to lead fulfilling, productive and responsible lives.

To achieve the Directorate's vision and purpose, the Strategic Plan identified priorities and performance measures in four areas:

The priority areas link the Directorate's legislative objectives to its strategic outcomes and focus resources on achieving operational commitments. An overview of the Directorate's achievements against its strategic objectives is provided in Section A2.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Matters: Strategic Plan 2010-2013 was in its third year of implementation. The plan provides clear direction for closing the learning achievement gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and other students.

The Excellence in Disability Education in ACT Public Schools: Strategic Plan 2010-2013 was also in its third year of implementation. The plan was developed to ensure that schools are safe and inclusive. The plan describes the priorities to improve the learning outcomes of students with disability.

The School Improvement in ACT Public Schools: Directions 2010-2013 is linked to the Strategic Plan and provides an integrated and systematic approach to school improvement based on the principle that the core work of all school leaders is to improve student learning outcomes.

Reporting on strategic goals and outcomes is primarily done through the Directorate's annual report. For the last four years, the Directorate's Annual Report has won awards from the ACT Division of the Institute of Public Administration Australia:

Operational plan

The operational plan supports the Strategic Plan and provides detail on how the Directorate plans to achieve the strategic goals and priorities by listing key activities for each year. The 2012-13 Priorities links performance measures from the Strategic Plan. Progress towards the achievement of key activities listed in the operational plan is reported regularly to senior executive.

Business planning

Supporting the Strategic Plan and operational plans are specific school and branch plans. These plans detail the operational activities and outcomes that comprise the Directorate priorities for the year and specify performance indicators by which performance is measured. The performance of directors and principals is monitored against performance targets in these plans.

The school plan is a blueprint that outlines how the school will achieve improved levels of performance. In addition, an annual internal operating plan sets out how the school plan will be progressed in that year. Individual school plans are available to school communities and published on school websites.

Branch business plans are internal operational plans which document the activities each branch will undertake to achieve the annual operational plan and the strategic plan priorities. Branches report their progress to senior executive on achievements against priorities in business plans.


For more information contact:
Director
Planning and Performance
(02) 6205 5511