C5 - Internal accountability

Directorate structure

As at 30 June 2013, the Directorate’s structure was as follows. See also Section A1.


Director-General – Ms Dorte Ekelund

The Director-General is accountable for the management and strategic coordination of the Directorate and its operational delivery against all output requirements. The Director-General is also the Chief Planning Executive under the Planning and Development Act 2007.

Mr David Papps held the position of Director-General from 1 June 2012 to 24 December 2012. Mr Ben Ponton acted in this position from 25 December 2012 to 12 April 2013.


Deputy Director-General, Policy, Corporate and Regulation – Ms Penny Farnsworth

The position of Deputy Director-General, Policy, Corporate and Regulation is accountable to the Director-General for the management and strategic coordination of the Policy and Regulation and Services divisions, and of the Corporate branch. It includes responsibility for the specific operational delivery of all or specific aspects of:

  • Output 1.1: Regulation and Services
  • Output 1.4: Heritage
  • Output 1.5: Policy
  • Output 1.6: Environment Protection and Water Regulation

The Deputy Director-General is also the Conservator of Flora and Fauna under the Nature Conservation Act 1980.

Mr Alan Traves acted in this position from 7 January 2013 to 8 February 2013.


Deputy Director-General, Planning Policy – Mr Ben Ponton

The position of Deputy Director-General, Planning Policy is accountable to the Director-General for the management and strategic coordination of the City Planning and Planning Delivery divisions. It includes responsibility for most of the specific operational delivery of:

  • Output 1.2: Planning Delivery
  • Output 1.3: Planning Policy

Executive Director, Policy – Mr Alan Traves

The Executive Director, Policy is accountable to the Deputy Director-General, Policy, Corporate and Regulation for the management and strategic coordination of the Policy division and the strategic operational delivery of policy and programs associated with:

  • Output 1.4: Heritage
  • Output 1.5: Policy

Ms Heather Tomlinson acted in this position from 2 January 2013 to 1 February 2013.


Executive Director, Regulation and Services – Mr John Meyer

The Executive Director, Regulation and Services is accountable to the Deputy Director-General, Policy, Corporate and Regulation for the management and strategic coordination of the Regulation and Services division including the Construction Services and Environment Protection and Water Regulation branches, and the strategic operational delivery of policy and programs associated with:

  • Output 1.1: Regulation and Services
  • Output 1.6: Environment Protection and Water Regulation

Executive Director, City Planning – Dr Erin Brady

The Executive Director, City Planning is accountable to the Deputy Director-General, Planning Policy for the management and strategic coordination of the City Planning division, and the strategic operational delivery of policy and programs associated with:

  • Output 1.3: Planning Policy

Executive Director, Planning Delivery – Mr Jim Corrigan

The Executive Director, Planning Delivery is accountable to the Deputy Director-General, Planning Policy for the management and strategic coordination of the Planning Delivery Division, and the strategic operational delivery of policy and programs associated with:

  • Output 1.2: Planning Delivery

Director, Construction Services – Mr Craig Simmons

The Director, Construction Services is accountable to the Executive Director, Regulation and Services for the management and strategic coordination of the Construction Services branch, and the strategic operational delivery of policy and programs associated with:

  • Output 1.1: Regulation and Services

Director, Environment Protection and Water Regulation – Mr Daniel Walters (a/g)

The Director, Environment Protection and Water Regulation is accountable to the Executive Director, Regulation and Services for the management and strategic coordination of Environment Protection and Water Regulation and the strategic operational delivery of policy and programs associated with:

  • Output 1.6: Environment Protection and Water Regulation

The director is also the Environment Protection Authority under the Environment Protection Authority Act 1997.

Mr Daniel Walters acted in this position from 1 June 2012 to 30 June 2013.


Director, Corporate – Mr Adrian Walsh

The Director, Corporate is accountable to the Deputy Director-General, Policy, Corporate and Regulation for the management and strategic coordination of the Corporate branch and the delivery of a range of corporate governance and support services and programs to the Directorate.


Note: Output classes referred to in the table above reflect those defined in the ACT Budget 2012–13 Budget Paper No. 4.

Committees

The Directorate has the following formal decision-making and advisory committees:

Committee name

Role of committee

Membership

Executive Management Board (EMB)

This is ESDD’s peak decision-making body and is responsible for significant operational, policy and resourcing decisions and approvals. EMB establishes and reviews the strategic direction of the Directorate and monitors performance in key areas, including financial performance. It ensures compliance with laws, regulations, accounting standards and policies.

  • Director-General (chair)
  • Deputy directors-general
  • All executive directors
  • All directors
  • Chief Finance Officer

Executive Policy Committee (EPC)

EPC considers and advises the Director-General on significant and major matters of strategic importance related to the Directorate’s outputs.

  • Director-General (chair)
  • Deputy directors-general
  • All executive directors
  • All directors
  • Chief Finance Officer

Major Projects Review Group

MPRG provides an agency-wide perspective on complex development proposals during the development
assessment stage.

  • Executive Director, Planning Delivery
  • Managers of Development Assessment and Leasing
  • Representatives from Design Policy
  • Other relevant section managers/technical coordinators from within ESDD as required

Managers Forum

The Managers Forum enables senior managers to engage in effective discussion and debate around policy and operational issues and organisational wellbeing, and facilitates whole-of-management briefing and training.

  • Director-General
  • Deputy directors-general
  • All executive directors and directors
  • All senior managers

Audit Committee
(further information about this committee can be found in section C1)

The Audit Committee has oversight of risk, compliance, external accountability and the internal control environment on behalf of the Director-General.

  • Independent external chair
  • Independent deputy chair
  • External appointee
  • Three appointees internal to ESDD

Directorate Consultative Committee (DCC)

The DCC aims to promote cooperation, improve communication, encourage greater productivity and job satisfaction and provide input into matters of concern to staff at all levels. The DCC operates with formal terms of reference agreed between ESDD and the unions and under the provisions of the Environment and Sustainable Development Enterprise Agreement 2011–13

  • Staff chosen by the work group or by the geographic area they represent to enable all work groups and areas to be represented
  • Management representatives nominated by the Director-General
  • Union officials party to the Agreement

Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Committee

The Committee develops and administers WHS policy within the Directorate.

  • Director, Corporate
  • Senior Manager, Strategic HR
  • Assistant Manager, Strategic HR
  • Nominated representatives of designated work groups and locations

Work Safety Representatives Committee

The Committee provides a practical forum for identified Work Safety Representatives to meet and provide mutual support in WHS projects and activities.

  • Assistant Manager, Strategic HR
  • All identified Work Safety Representatives

Survey Practice Advisory Committee

The Committee provides advice to the Surveyor-General about the practice of surveying, guidelines, reviews etc.

  • Surveyor-General
  • Deputy Surveyor-General
  • Two representatives from professional entities (private surveyors)
  • Representative from the Registrar-General’s Office

ACT Place Names Committee

The ACT Place Names Committee provides advice to the Minister on place naming policy; new division (suburb) names; geographic names; themes to be adopted for naming roads and other public places; various naming submissions and contentious naming issues.

  • Co-chair – Surveyor-General
  • Co-chair – Historian, National Museum of Australia
  • Two representatives ACT Heritage Council
  • Representative CMCD
  • Representative local media
  • Representative local historian
  • Representative ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elected body
  • Representative Multicultural
    Representative
  • National Capital Authority

Remuneration for senior executives

In accordance with the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995, the Remuneration Tribunal establishes and reviews the remuneration of senior executive officer positions and full and part-time statutory authority positions.

Corporate and operational planning

The Directorate finalised its Corporate Plan 2012–14 during the year, confirming the Interim Corporate Plan then in place. The Corporate Plan provides (and will continue to provide) a high-level framework for more detailed business planning and the identification and definition of specific actions, tasks and key performance measures.

It is expected that a redevelopment of the Plan will be undertaken during 2013–14.