The Australian Red Cross Society is governed by a Royal Charter and the Rules of the Society.
Periodical changes are made to both the Royal Charter and Rules of the Society on the recommendation of the Council of the Society and under the approval of the Governor General of Australia as the Queen's representative.
The governance structure of Australian Red Cross consists of the following levels.
His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of Australia, is the Patron of the Australian Red Cross Society.
The responsibilities of the Council are limited and include to receive reports and financial statements, elect office bearers and appoint members to the Board, appoint auditors and to amend the Royal Charter and Rules (which are the equivalent of a Constitution and subject to final approval by the Governor General).
The Council is made up of the President and 53 voting members: the President, the Deputy President, the Chair - Audit and Risk Management Committee, the Youth Member, up to six Special Councillors, the Chair of each of the eight Divisional Advisory Boards from our State and Territory offices, the Chairman of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, up to three Appointed Members and 32 representatives taken from the States and Territories. The Governor-General or their representative is the Patron of the Society and is a non-voting member of Council.
The Council usually meets once a year at the Annual General Meeting.
All members of the Council are volunteers who freely donate their time, energy and professional expertise to Australian Red Cross.
The Board is the governing body of the Society and exercises all the powers of the Society that are not, under the Charter and Rules required to be exercised by the Council.
The Board consists of 16 persons: the President, the Deputy President, the Chair - Audit and Risk Management Committee, the Youth Member, the Chair of each of the eight Divisional Advisory Boards from our State and Territory offices, the Chairman of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and up to three Appointed Members. The Board governs all national, state and territory functions and meets at least eight times a year.
All members of the Board are volunteers who freely donate their time, energy and professional expertise to Australian Red Cross.
Chief Executive Officer
The Board delegates day-to-day management of the affairs of Australian Red Cross to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) (Secretary-General). The CEO manages these delegations through the Executive and Leadership teams.
The CEO is accountable to the Board for implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Board's decisions, and for oversight of operational management according to the policy and systems which the Board establishes. The CEO also provides advice and recommendations to the Board, especially for the future directions of the organisation.