ACWA is governed by a Board made up of representatives of NSW child, youth and family service agencies and peak organisations. Board Members are elected by members at ACWA's Annual General Meeting (usually held in October each year) and serve for two years.
The Board is responsible for guiding and monitoring ACWA's strategic direction and financial affairs on behalf of members and meets every six weeks.
The ACWA Board uses a range a resources to fulfill its governance responsibilities, as outlined in the ACWA Constitution and ACWA Guide. These documents include, but are not limited to:
- A Declaration of Remuneration and Conflict of Interest Form that the board complete each financial year. In addition to this form, disclosure of conflict of interest is a standing agenda item at each monthly board meeting and directors are asked whether they have any new declarations. Details of potential or actual conflicts raised are logged on a Board Register of Interests along with conflict management details.
- Self assessment is a process that can be used to inform future planning and board performance. The ACWA board has used the Queensland University of Technology Developing Your Board tool.
- A Board Member Agreement is signed when a new director joins the board of governance. This outlines a code of conduct in line with the legal and ethical responsibilities of a board member. The ACWA Guide outlines in further detail the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct of the organisation, which applies to all ACWA employees and volunteers.
ACWA's current Board Members are: