Australian Red Cross is governed by the Council of the Australian Red Cross Society and the Australian Red Cross Board (the Board). The Council’s responsibilities range from receiving reports and financial statements to electing Office Bearers and Additional Board Members.

The Board comprises up to 16 members who together oversee the role of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO has the responsibility for the day-to-day management of the organisation, and manages the National Leadership Team, which provides high-level advice to the CEO on key strategic and operational matters.

Our Patron

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of Australia is the Patron of the Australian Red Cross Society. This year we were honoured to have him launch our Centenary book, The Power of Humanity: 100 years of Red Cross in Australia. The Governor-General emphasised the unique role Red Cross has played in serving the nation for a century at a special event he graciously hosted along with Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove at Government House, Canberra.

Australian Red Cross governance and management structure