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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 21 April 2015

Chair
To be confirmed

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

Mr Nicholas Davie
Terms: 25 October 2012 – 24 October 2015 (reappointed)
7 September 2009 – 6 September 2012

Professor Rae Frances
Terms: 30 May 2013 – 29 May 2016 (reappointed)
25 February 2010 – 24 February 2013

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

Mr David Jones (Deputy Chair)
Terms: 30 May 2013 – 29 May 2016 (reappointed)
25 February 2010 – 24 February 2013

Professor Catharine Lumby
Term: 30 May 2013 – 29 May 2016

Mr Peter Yu
Terms: 30 May 2013 – 29 May 2016 (reappointed)
25 February 2010 – 24 February 2013

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 12 December 2014

Mr David Jones (Council Member and Committee Chair)

Professor Catharine Lumby

Mr Nicholas Davie

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 26 June 2013

Mr Peter Yu (Council Member and Group Chair)

Mr Adrian Brown

Mr Jason Eades

Ms Henrietta Marrie

Mr Russell Taylor

Mr Vic McGrath

Mr Greg Lehman

Ms Irene Stainton