Australian Red Cross is governed by the Council of the Australian Red Cross Society and the Australian Red Cross Board.
The Board comprises up to 16 members who together oversee the role of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the organisation, and manages the Executive Team, which provides high-level advice to the CEO on key strategic and operational matters.
The Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), is the Patron of the Australian Red Cross Society.
Council of the Australian Red Cross Society
Meeting once a year at the Annual General Meeting, the Council’s responsibilities include receiving reports and financial statements and electing and appointing Board Members.
The Council is made up of the President and 54 voting members, including all members of the Australian Red Cross Board, up to six Special Councillors and 32 members elected or appointed by the Divisional Advisory Boards of each state and territory, one of whom must be a youth member from each state and territory.