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New Directors

Post by dlb » Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:27 pm

CPA Australia have just announced the appointment of new Directors to the Board of the organisation, surely we have to fight this! The independent inquiry isn't finished yet and isn't one of the main arguments that members should directly vote for Directors going forward, like most other professional bodies in Australia today?

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Re: New Directors

Post by nakedadmin » Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:49 pm

No the IRP did not recommend that. They recommended some minor useless tweaks to the Representative Council model.

We need to vote at the next General Meeting for the changes we want. We'll need to draft the changes and put up the resolutions etc. The inside the tent people including the new Directors are unlikely to help.
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Re: New Directors

Post by theallseeingeye » Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:02 pm

A number of long-service cpa representatives on the new Board.
The smartest thing they could do right now, if they are truly advocates of change and accountability, is to nail their colours to the post pronto, so we know what they stand for.
The real risk here is that with less than 4000 signed-up "spillers" , the new Board will carry on the old Board's antipathy , i.e. that it is only a minority of members who are dissatisfied , so all the fuss will eventually go away. If they put out a statement backing the feeble recommendations of the IRB, That will be very telling indeed. It would be a big mistake which will mire CPA in continuing controversy, negative media coverage, and damage the brand even further. We shall see.

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Re: New Directors

Post by JWheldon » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:46 am

Does Ric De Santi Deputy Auditor -General of Tasmania have a perceived conflict of interest in his newly remunerated appointment to the board of CPA Australia? Should Ric De Santi resign his position as a board member of CPA Australia, in the best interest of the State of Tasmania, and the Tasmanian Audit Office?

"Deputy Auditor-General
The role of the Deputy Auditor-General is to provide policy advice to the Auditor-General on auditing and accounting issues and acts as the Auditor-General in his/her absence. The position of Deputy Auditor-General encompasses the role of Chief Operating Officer whereby it has responsibility for the operations of the Tasmanian Audit Office. The Financial Audit and Corporate Support Services units report directly to the Deputy Auditor-General.
Ric De Santi is the current Deputy Auditor-General."

Tasmanian Audit Act 2008

Version current from 31 March 2017
"13. Deputy Auditor-General
(1) Subject to and in accordance with the State Service Act 2000 , a person is to be appointed or employed as Deputy Auditor-General, and the person so appointed or employed is to perform such functions as the Auditor-General directs.
(2) The Deputy Auditor-General –
(a) is to act as Auditor-General during any illness, suspension or absence of the Auditor-General, and during any vacancy in that office; and
(b) while so acting, is to exercise the powers and perform the functions of the Auditor-General and receive a salary at the same rate as that payable to the Auditor-General.
(3) Any act or thing done by the Deputy Auditor-General in the exercise of powers and performance of functions of the Auditor-General has the same effect as if it were done by the Auditor-General.
(4) Any act or thing that is required under a written law to be done to, by reference to or in relation to the Auditor-General is taken to be effectually done if done to, by reference to or in relation to the Deputy Auditor-General when the Deputy Auditor-General is acting in the office of Auditor-General.
(5) The Deputy Auditor-General, when acting in the office of Auditor-General, has the same immunities and independence as the Auditor-General.
(6) Before performing the functions and exercising the powers of the Auditor-General for the first time under subsection (2) , the Deputy Auditor-General must make a declaration in the form set out in Schedule 2 before the Governor "

Given that Ric De Santi, has a very important role in the Tasmanian Auditor-General's office, and would act as the Auditor-General in the absence of his boss Rod Whitehead, how would he be able to effectively carry out that role, given there would be a need to take time off to attend to a remunerated role as board member of CPA Australia. Would this new board appointment with CPA Australia be in breach of his employment agreement?

Reference is made to an advertised position at the Tasmanian Audit Office, for Assistant Auditor-General Financial Audit Services, vacancy number 356486, which states on page 6 of the job advertisement, under "Special requirements", that "Significant out of hours work may be required during the Audit Report period (i.e. July to October) and some work outside normal hours may be required at other times. Generally, periods of leave will not be granted from July to October."

Reference is made to the Tasmanian "State Service Act 2000" and
9. The State Service Code of Conduct
(1) An employee must behave honestly and with integrity in the course of State Service employment.
(2) An employee must act with care and diligence in the course of State Service employment.
(3) An employee, when acting in the course of State Service employment, must treat everyone with respect and without harassment, victimisation or discrimination.
(4) An employee, when acting in the course of State Service employment, must comply with all applicable Australian law.
(5) For the purpose of subsection (4) ,
Australian law means –
(a) any Act (including this Act) or any instrument made under an Act; or
(b) any law of the Commonwealth or a State or Territory, including any instrument made under such a law.
(6) An employee must comply with any standing orders made under section 34(2) and with any lawful and reasonable direction given by a person having authority to give the direction.
(7) An employee must maintain appropriate confidentiality about dealings of, and information acquired by, the employee in the course of that employee's State Service employment.
(8) An employee must disclose, and take reasonable steps to avoid, any conflict of interest in connection with the employee's State Service employment.
(9) An employee must use Tasmanian Government resources in a proper manner.
(10) An employee must not knowingly provide false or misleading information in connection with the employee's State Service employment.
(11) An employee must not make improper use of –
(a) information gained in the course of his or her employment; or
(b) the employee's duties, status, power or authority –
in order to gain, or seek to gain, a gift, benefit or advantage for the employee or for any other person.
(12) An employee who receives a gift in the course of his or her employment or in relation to his or her employment must declare that gift as prescribed by the regulations.
(13) An employee, when acting in the course of State Service employment, must behave in a way that upholds the State Service Principles.
(14) An employee must at all times behave in a way that does not adversely affect the integrity and good reputation of the State Service.
(15) An employee must comply with any other conduct requirement that is prescribed by the regulations.
(16) For the purposes of this section, a reference to an employee includes a reference to an officer and a reference to State Service employment includes a reference to an appointment as an officer and an arrangement made under section 46(1)(a) .

Would this role have a perceived effect upon the Tasmanian Audit Office, which as per their website, under "Our Values" states, "At all times we act with integrity and independence, are ethical, knowledgeable, transparent and work to the highest standards." Given that his new role as a remunerated board member of CPA Australia, which runs an education business, and that business, may receive financial benefits from the provision of education services to government employees in the State of Tasmania, which may potentially or be perceived to be in conflict with his role as Tasmanian Deputy Auditor-General and a possible breach of section 9 "The State Service Code of Conduct"

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