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Annual Report 2011/2012 Professional Standards Councils



Annual Report 2011/2012 Professional Standards Councils

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15Professional Standards Councils Annual Report 201112 All States and Territories have agreed to appoint the same members to each Council. The Professional Standards Agreement 2011 allows each State and Territory (other than NSW and Victoria) and the Commonwealth to nominate one member. NSW and Victoria are entitled to nominate two members each to the Councils, making a total of 11 members. OrgANISATIONAL STruCTure The structure and reporting lines of the Professional Standards Councils Australiawide are represented in Figure 1. This shows the Office of the Professional Standards Councils receiving Cover of Excellence scheme applications on behalf of the eight Councils and providing secretariat support to them. Once a Council makes a decision to recommend or amend a scheme, the relevant Minister is informed. With the authorisation of the Minister, an approved scheme is then published or notified in the Government Gazette. If an association seeks Commonwealth prescription of its scheme, under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (formerly the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth)), Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth), then a Council will co-operate with the Commonwealth Treasury during the application assessment stage, so that any such decision made by the Councils would be consistent with Commonwealths policy in regard to prescription of such schemes at Commonwealth level. Each Council consists of one chairperson, one deputy chairperson and a number of councillors. Other work of the Councils is delegated to the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee (FARMC), the Star Grants Committee, the Operations Committee (overseeing operational matters of the Secretariat), and the Legal Issues Advisory Group (LIAG). The Professional Standards Legislation Working Group (PSLWG) comprises policy officers from each of the State and Territory departments of Attorney General and Justice where a Professional Standards Council is constituted. The PSLWG communicates to each of the Councils and to the relevant State and Territory Ministers about professional standards legislation reform, review and scheme issues. OPERATIONS L-R: Brian Rayment QC, Esther Alter, Joanne Metcalfe and Hugh Plaistowe O P E R AT IO N S