Good governance principles for WA boards and committees

This section sets out the Good governance principles for WA boards and committees.

The principles have been established through consultation with public sector bodies and boards. The principles are not mandatory. They are an information resource for establishing and maintaining good governance practices. Application of the principles must be flexible to suit the nature of the each board and there is no ‘one right way’ to use them. 

The seven principles are:

  1. Roles and responsibilities are clear and understood
  2. The board structure and composition ensures relevant expertise and diversity
  3. The board has a strategic focus
  4. Relevant risks are identified and managed
  5. Control systems have integrity and support accountability
  6. A culture of responsible and ethical decision making is promoted
  7. The board operates effectively

Applying the principles

To ensure their relevance to public sector boards, the principles are:

  • applied on an ‘if not, why not’ basis
  • structured to be flexible, so that they can be applied across the range of public sector boards in a way which suits the individual circumstances and role of each board
  • structured to enable boards to consider their operations at any point of time and apply good practice in a manner applicable to their particular circumstances at that time
  • applied with a full understanding of the outcomes that the board is seeking to achieve.

Page last updated 21 December 2016