Key committees

Our corporate committees are a key element of our governance and assurance arrangements. The committees support the Commissioner in leadership and strategic management.

FIGURE 3.1 Key management committees and forums, at 30 June 2016
ATO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AUDIT AND RISK COMMITTEE

GROUP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES

KEY CORPORATE COMMITTEES EXTERNAL COMMITTEES, FORUMS AND PANELS
Client Engagement Resource Forum Stewardship Committees
Law Design and Practice Security Committee Tax technical panels
Service Delivery and Business Reporting and Registrations Integration Forum Whole‑of‑government committees
Corporate and Enabling Services Reinventing the ATO program boards  
Enterprise Solutions and Technology Law Forum  
  Marketing and Communications Governance Committee  
  Business Continuity Management Steering Committee  
  National Consultative Forum  

The ATO Executive Committee assists the Commissioner in setting direction and managing the agency, and executing our responsibilities to government. It comprises the Commissioner and Second Commissioners, the Chief Information Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Four permanent advisers support the committee: the Chief Finance Officer, Deputy Commissioner ATO Corporate, Deputy Commissioner ATO People and the Senior Adviser, Office of the Commissioners.

The Audit and Risk Committee provides independent assurance to the Commissioner on the ATO’s financial and performance reporting responsibilities, risk management approaches, and system of internal control.

There are five members of the Audit and Risk Committee, including three independent members:

  • Jennifer Clark (appointed 2011) has broad experience in business, finance and governance through a career as an investment banker and as a non-executive Director since 1991. She is currently a member of a number of audit committees including for the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Defence, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Department of Finance.
  • John Brown (appointed 2013) is a retired KPMG partner with comprehensive experience in a range of areas, including accounting, audit, information technology audit, and due diligence and risk management. He has extensive audit committee experience, including at the Department of Defence and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Peter Achterstraat (appointed 2013) has an accounting and finance background and extensive public sector experience. He has dealt with over 20 audit and risk committees, including seven state-owned electricity corporations, water utility corporations, and transport and infrastructure organisations.