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  • Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

    Directors’ Report

    2012

    ACN 159 297 444

  • Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Directors’ Report 24 September 2012 Page 1 of 4

    Reference in Corporations

    Act 2001

    AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT ACN 159 297 444 DIRECTORS’ REPORT

    s 300B(2)(a) & (b) Your directors present this report on the company for the financial year ended 30 June 2012.

    s 300B(3)(a) Directors The names of each person who has been a director during the year and to the date of this report are:

    Ms Adele Hulse

    Dr June Allan

    Ms Deidra De George

    Ms Kristine Trevaskis

    Ms Vicki Kyritsis – from 21 November 2011

    Ms Fay Gertner – from 21 November 2011

    Mr John Patton – to 23 February 2012

    Dr Geoff White – to 19 November 2011

    Ms Andrea Murphy – to November 2011

    Ms Wendy White – October to December 2011

    Directors have been in office since the start of the financial year to the date of this report unless otherwise stated.

    s 300B(1)(c) Principal Activities The principal activities of the company during the financial year were to provide services for bereaved persons and a range of education and training programs.

    s 300B(1)(a) The company’s short-term objectives are to:

    ● offer counselling and specialist support services to bereaved persons across five regional areas in Victoria

    ● create and provide a course in education that complies with VQRA standards and qualifies ACGB as an RTO

    ● maintain financially profitable education and training programs

    ● develop web-based education services.

    The company’s long-term objectives are to:

    ● create an Australian data base of evidence-based best practices in bereavement therapy linked to library and information services

    ● become a centre of excellence in bereavement counselling theory and practice

    ● ensure a sound commercial basis.

  • Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Directors’ Report 24 September 2012 Page 2 of 4

    s 300B(1)(b), (d) & (e)

    To achieve these objectives, the company has adopted the following strategies:

    ● Regular board level education and training.

    ● ACGB strives to attract and retain quality staff and volunteers who are committed to working with bereaved persons. Volunteer contribution is significant and made at all levels of the organisation.

    ● Staff and volunteers work in partnership with a range of community stakeholders who continue to support ACGB’s projects and initiatives. The Centre ensures community stakeholders understand and are committed to the objectives of ACGB through ongoing education in order for the projects to succeed.

    ● Staff and volunteers are committed to creating new programs while maintaining existing programs in support of the bereaved. Committed staff and volunteers allow ACGB to engage in continuous improvement.

    ● ACGB’s staff and volunteers strive to meet consistent standards of best practice and provide clear expectations of professional accountabilities and responsibilities to all stakeholders. This is evidenced by the revision of policies at all levels and the performance of staff and volunteers being assessed, based on these accountabilities. This ensures staff operate in the best interests of their clients and the Centre.

    s 300B(3)(b) Information on Directors

    Ms Adele Hulse Chair (non-executive)

    Qualifications Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education

    Experience Appointed Chair in 2002. Board member since 1996.

    Special Responsibilities Ms Hulse is a member of the Operations Committee and the Finance Committee.

    Dr June Allan Director, Deputy Chair

    Qualifications Doctor of Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Social Studies, Special Certificate in Bereavement Counselling Practice, Member of the Australian Association for Social Workers.

    Experience Board member since 2003

    Special Responsibilities Dr Allan is a member of the Academic Board.

  • Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Directors’ Report 24 September 2012 Page 3 of 4

    Ms Deirdra De George Director, Secretary

    Qualifications Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education, Advanced Certificate of Business Administration, Cert 1V in Assessment and Workplace Training, Cert IV TAE4011, Diploma in Vocational Education and Training Practice

    Experience Board member since 2009

    Special Responsibilities Ms De George is the chair of the Academic Board and a member of the Finance Committee.

    Ms Vicki Kyritsis Director, Treasurer

    Qualifications Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, Graduate Diploma in Public Relations, Cert IV TAA

    Experience Member since 2012

    Special Responsibilities Ms Kyritsis is a member of the Operations Committee and the Finance Committee.

    John Patton Board member since 2007

    Qualifications Bachelor of Economics, ACA, ASIA

    Geoff White Board member since 2005

    Qualifications Doctor of Philosophy, Masters in Education Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science, Diploma of Education.

    Andrea Murphy Board member since 2007

    Qualifications Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Health Counselling

    Wendy White Board member from October 2011 to November 2011

    Qualifications Bachelor of International Development (ABID)

    Fay Gertner Board member from November 2011

    Qualifications Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law

    Kristine Trevaskis Board member since November 2010

    Qualifications Bachelor of Social Work

  • Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Directors’ Report 24 September 2012 Page 4 of 4

    s 300B(3)(c) Meetings of Directors During the financial year, 11 meetings of directors were held. Attendances by each director were as follows:

    Director Directors’ Meetings

    Number eligible to attend Number attended

    Ms Adele Hulse 11 11

    Dr June Allan 11 6 (3 months leave)

    MsDeirdra De George 11 11

    Ms Vicki Kyritsis 7 6 (joined November)

    Ms Kristine Trevaskis 11 10

    Ms Fay Gertner 7 6 (joined November)

    Mr John Patton 11 0 (resigned February)

    Dr Geoff White 6 3 (resigned December)

    Andrea Murphy 4 2 (resigned November)

    Wendy White 3 2 (resigned December)

    s 300B(3)(d) & (e)

    Membership The company is incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 and is a company limited by guarantee. If the company is wound up, the constitution states that each member is required to contribute a maximum of $50 each towards meeting any outstanding obligations of the entity. At 30 June 2012, the total amount that members of the company are liable to contribute if the company is wound up is Nil as the company was converted from an Incorporated Association on 2 July 2012.

    s 298(1AB) Auditor’s Independence Declaration The lead auditor’s independence declaration for the year ended 30 June 2012 has been received and can be found on page 24 of the financial report.

    Signed in accordance with a resolution of the Board of Directors.

    Adele Hulse (Director)

    Dated this 24th day of September 2012.