Welcome to Lifeskills Plus

The Board of Directors' Role

General

The Board’s primary task is to act on behalf of the Lifeskills Plus Inc. Association members, in accordance with the objects of the association, its vision, core values, mission, relevant legislation, and to achieve the following;

  1. Monitor the organisations’ culture to ensure consistency with stated organisational objectives and core values.

  2. Clearly articulate the vision and mission of the organisation in collaboration with management.

  3. Establish policies aimed at achieving the vision and mission.

  4. Appoint a CEO who is equipped to provide leadership in achieving the organisation’s objectives. 

  5. Govern by policy determination, establishing executive policies and boundaries for execution by the CEO.

  6. Ensure that to achieve the vision and mission, the CEO is provided with resources which are adequate and appropriate.

  7. Ensure the accountability of the CEO, and itself (the Board).

  8. Ensure the support of the beneficiaries of the organisations’ services: the clients.

Functions and Duties of the Board

In order to fulfil its roles the Board will:

  1. Ensure the highest standards of ethical behaviour and corporate accountability.

  2. Maintain an active interest in matters impacting on the health and welfare of persons with a disability and their families, especially as they affect the ability of the Organisation to fulfil its objectives.

  3. Bring relevant knowledge and careful consideration to all matters.

  4. Act at all times in accordance with Australian law and the Constitution of the Association.

  5. Report to the Association the Board’s effectiveness in achieving Board goals in relation to the Constitution’s objectives (Annual General meeting).

  6. Ensure the Organisation meets the requirements of the Disability Service Standards under the Disability Services Act (DSA) 1993

  7. Enable the CEO to be the operational executive of the Organisation, being regarded (for the purposes of corporate governance) as the only employee of the Board.

  8. Establish and review policies which govern the relationship between itself, as the Board, and the CEO as outlined in the Duty Statement.

  9. Ensure the work of the Organisation is adequately resourced and through the CEO, that these resources are managed effectively.

  10. Establish policies and boundaries for the financial operations of the Organisation and approve and monitor the budget prepared by the CEO in accordance with these policies.

  11. Establish Board Committees to ensure effective planning and assist in providing advice to the Board and CEO as required.

  12. Receive reports from the CEO about the Organisation’s operations.

  13. Ensure accountability of the CEO and through the CEO, other staff.

  14. Demonstrate leadership in the community of the organisation and the wider community.

  15. Promote and support the work of the Organisation among carers and the wider community.

  16. Be a forum for discussion of matters (normally for management decisions) on which the CEO seeks the advice and wisdom of Board members.

  17. Ensure the organisation carries appropriate insurance coverage, checking both value and scope and reviewing the conditions and exclusions of the insurance coverage.

  18. Review the risks to which the organisation could be exposed and develop a written plan to manage or mitigate such risks.

  19. Carry out all other matters for which the Board is responsible under the Constitution.

  20. Develop the Strategic Goals of the Organisation