Governance disclosures

Contracts with senior officers

At the date of reporting no senior officers had any interests in existing or proposed contracts with the FPC, other than normal employment contracts.

Commissioners

The FPC governing body is a Commission of seven Commissioners appointed by the Governor, on the Minister for Forestry’s recommendation. The Governor appoints a Chair and Deputy Chair from the Commissioners. Commissioners may hold office for up to three years and are eligible to be reappointed. Profiles for the Commissioners can be found on the Commissioners page.

Committees

Audit and Risk

The Audit and Risk Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Commission on the adequacy of internal and external audit arrangements, financial statements, financial administration policies, internal control systems, business policies and practices, compliance with laws, monitoring business risk and reporting procedures. Members of the committee included Mr Geoffrey Totterdell (Chair – 1 July to 31 July 2018), Ms Amelia Yam (Chair from 1 August 2018), Mr Bob Pearce, Mr Nick Bayes (1 July 2018 to 31 January 2019), Dr Louise Duxbury (from 1 February 2019) and Co-opted Commissioner Ms Catherine Broadbent (from 1 February 2019). 

People and Safety

The People and Safety Committee was formed in December 2017 to have oversight of the FPC’s corporate culture, people and leadership, and the health, well-being and safety of FPC staff and contractors. Mr Ross Holt (Chair), Mr Robert Pearce (from 1 July 2018 to 1 February 2019), 
Ms Vanessa Elliott, Mr Nick Bayes (from 1 February 2019) and Ms Jacqueline Jarvis (from 1 February 2019) are members of the Committee. 

Plantation Investment

The Plantation Investment Committee was formed in March 2019 to have oversight of the Softwood Strategy, with an emphasis on the estate expansion requirements to ensure industry sustainability. Mr Ross Holt (Chair), Ms Amelia Yam, Ms Jacqueline Jarvis and Mr Bob Pearce are 
members of the Committee.

Commission meetings and remuneration

The role and functions of the Commission are set out in the Act and the Commission is subject to the provisions within the Statutory Corporations (Liability of Directors) Act 1996. The Commission is responsible for the performance of the FPC’s statutory functions and determines its strategic direction.

The Commission formally met seven times throughout the year. Individual members of the Commission provided their expertise on a number of important strategic issues relating to the forestry industry, safety, strategic risk management, financial and fire management. The Commissioners visited a variety of forestry field operations and met with key industry stakeholders.

The Act requires Commissioners to disclose the nature of all material of personal interest in a matter being considered, or about to be considered by the Commission, as soon as possible after the relevant facts have come to the knowledge of the commissioner.

  Commission Audit and Risk Committee People and Safety Committee Plantation Investment Committee
Number of meetings held 7 5 4 3
Name Period of membership Gross annual remuneration Attended Eligible to attend Attended Eligible to attend Attended Eligible to attend Attended Eligible to attend
Mr Ross Holt (Chair) 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 $50,000 7 7 - - 4 4 3 3
Mr Geoffrey Totterdell (Deputy Chair - 1 October 2017 to 31 July 2018) 1 July 2018 to 31 July 2018 $2,405 0 1 - - - - - -
Mr Robert Pearce 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 $20,850 7 7 5 5 2 2 3 3
Ms Amelia Yam (Deputy Chair - 17 September 2018 to 30 June 2019) 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 $20,850 7 7 5 5 - - 3 3
Ms Vanessa Elliott 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 $4,811 7 7 - - 4 4 - -
Mr Nick Bayes 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 $20,850 5 7 3 3 2 2 - -
Dr Louise Duxbury 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019 $20,850 7 7 1 2 - - - -
Ms Jacqueline Jarvis 16 November 2018 to 30 June 2019 $12,830 4 4 - - 2 2 3 3
Ms Catherine Broadbent (Co-opted Commissioner) 1 February 2019 to 30 June 2019 $ 2 2 - - - -