SCOUTS SA ANNUAL REPORT 2017
The overall responsibility for the
corporate governance of Scouts
Australia (SA Branch) rests with the
Branch Executive Committee (BEC).
The BEC as a collective, ensures that
the Association maintains systems and
processes that are properly controlled
and functioning effectively, and that
management is complying with the
policies and directives approved by the
BEC. The BEC also conducts reviews of
all Branch policies on a regular basis to
ensure the ongoing conformance with
State and Federal requirements.
THE ROLE OF MEMBERS
In accordance with the Branch
Constitution, the voting members of the
‘Branch’ are responsible for voting on the
election of the BEC at the Annual General
Meeting. All BEC members, are subject to
re-election by rotation at least every two
years. The Annual General Meeting also
provides members with the opportunity
to receive the audited financial reports
and select the auditors for the Association.
The BEC is responsible for the overall
corporate governance of Scouts Australia
(SA Branch), including its strategic
direction, establishing goals, and
monitoring the achievement of those
goals. The key functions of the BEC include:
• Making a recommendation to the Chief
Scout of the Branch (for subsequent
appointment by the Chief Scout of
Australia) for the appointment of the
Branch Chief Commissioner per the
• Appointing a Chief Executive Officer
and determining an appropriate
• Setting the ‘vision’ and Strategic Plan
for the Association.
• Establishing the objectives (and reviewing
performance against those objectives) for
the Chief Commissioner of Branch and
the Chief Executive Officer.
• Preparing an annual budget, and
monitoring results on a regular basis.
• Ensuring that risk management and
governance systems are in place and
operational throughout the organisation.
• Ensuring that Scouts Australia (SA Branch)
complies with the law and conforms
to the highest standards of financial,
environmental and ethical behaviour.
• Overseeing the Association’s finances
through the CEO (including bequests,
properties and all commercial activities).
BEC members spend an average of 24
days per annum on BEC matters, including
review and preparation time, meetings
and attendance at functions. The President
and Branch Chief Commissioner commit
significant additional time attending
to special responsibilities including
representing Scouts Australia (SA Branch)
at functions and presentations.
BEC members are volunteers, receiving
no fees for their commitment as BEC
The BEC and its individual members
aim to keep all significant stakeholders
informed of major developments and of
the performance of Scouts Australia (SA
Branch). Typical activities include:
• Providing reports as necessary to
Government, private enterprise sponsors,
and other funding stakeholders.
• Reporting as necessary to relevant
• Reviewing audit processes and reports.
• Communication at Annual General
Meetings and via other forums, including
• Representing or reporting on Scouts
Australia (SA Branch) activities and
performance via the Annual Report.