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Council of the National Museum of Australia

The Council of the National Museum of Australia is responsible for the overall performance of the organisation, including setting the strategic direction and establishing goals for management. The Council works with senior management in developing, executing, monitoring and adjusting the appropriate strategies.

The National Museum of Australia Act 1980 (the Act) provides for a Council consisting of a Chair, the Director of the Museum and no fewer than seven but no more than 10 other members. All members are appointed by the Governor-General and, apart from the Director, are part-time appointees for terms of up to three years, although terms of appointment can be extended. The Director can hold office for a period not exceeding seven years.

Council members are appointed under Section 13(2) of the Act.

Members as at 24 June 2016

Mr David Jones (Chair)
Term: 25 June 2015 – 24 June 2018 (appointed as Chair)
Terms: 30 May 2013 – 29 May 2016 (reappointed)
25 February 2010 – 24 February 2013

Dr Janet Albrechtsen
Term: 11 December 2014 – 10 December 2017

Mr Alexander Hartman
Term: 26 February 2015 – 25 February 2018

Professor Catharine Lumby
Terms: 30 May 2016 to 29 May 2019 (reappointed)
30 May 2013 – 29 May 2016

Mr Ben Maguire
Term: 20 August 2015 – 19 August 2018

Michael Traill AM
Term: 5 May 2016 – 4 May 2019

Maureen Plavsic
Term: 5 May 2016 – 4 May 2019

Executive member

Dr Mathew Trinca, Director, National Museum of Australia
Term: From 17 February 2014, for a period of five years. Dr Trinca was the Acting Director of the National Museum from 2 July 2013.

Audit, Finance and Risk Committee of Council

Terms of reference

  1. To examine and recommend the Museum's annual financial statements for Council's endorsement.
  2. To review internal audit reports on the Museum's activities and, on behalf of Council, monitor action taken.
  3. To consider reports of the Auditor-General on the Museum's operations, advise Council of the implications and monitor action taken.
  4. To advise Council on any other matters referred to it.
  5. To consider the development and implementation of both Budget and off-Budget operational and business strategies.
  6. To review the Museum's identified strategic risks and monitor risk management plans.
  7. To review the Museum's fraud risk assessment and fraud control plan and, on behalf of Council, monitor action taken.

Members as at 24 June 2016

Dr Janet Albrechtsen (Chair)
Professor Catharine Lumby
Mr Ben Maguire
Mr Graham Smith

National Museum of Australia Indigenous Reference Group

The primary role of the Indigenous Reference Group (formerly the Indigenous Advisory Committee) of the National Museum of Australia Council is to provide expert Indigenous advice to the Council regarding the Museum's activities that represent and serve the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community.

Members as at 5 May 2017

Mr Jason Eades (Group Interim Deputy Chair)
Ms Henrietta Marrie
Mr Russell Taylor
Mr Vic McGrath
Mr Greg Lehman
Ms Irene Stainton
Mr Adrian Brown
Ms Lee-Ann Buckskin