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Our Decisions

​How we make decisions

Our Department decision making processes are controlled within a corporate governance framework, ensuring the department achieves its strategic goals and operational objectives, monitors risk and optimises organisational performance.

The Our Decisions section outlines how we make decisions and what the incentives were leading to these decisions; including research, reviews, decision making processes, guidelines and planning.

Our Boards and Committees

The QFES governance structure comprises the:

  • Board of Management
  • QFES Finance Committee
  • QFES People and Safety Committee
  • QFES Operational Communications Committee.

The QFES Senior Executive Management Forum and QFES Regional Management Team Forum support coordination and collaboration across the QFES.

The QFES governance committee structure and the line of reporting with other bodies are as follows:

QFES Structure 

There are also two public safety portfolio decision-making bodies:

  • Public Safety Portfolio Audit and Risk Committee
  • Public Safety Portfolio Innovation Committee.

A further committee, the Public Safety Executive Coordinating Committee supports coordination and collaboration across the public safety portfolio but does not form part of the QFES corporate governance decision-making structure.

Board of Management

The Board of Management is the key governance group for QFES. The Board provides leadership and direction on strategic and operational issues and supports the Commissioner as the accountable officer in achieving efficient, effective and financially responsible management of QFES. The Board also ensures QFES continues to meet its objectives and the requirements of government.

The Board meets bi-monthly unless otherwise determined by the Chair. Extraordinary meetings may be called at the discretion of the Chair.

QFES Finance Committee

The QFES Finance Committee provides expert advice and supports the Commissioner as the accountable officer to achieve efficient, effective and financially responsible management as required by the Financial Accountability Act 2009.

The committee aims to achieve the following:
· maximise value for money for the government and the community
· maximise organisational resource capacity and capability
· align resources to government, portfolio and agency priorities and objectives, and relative demand
· ensure strategic alignment of programs, projects and initiatives across QFES (whether QFES is the lead or individual as a user)
· provide advice to the Board of Management on any strategic, financial resource allocation risks.

The committee meets monthly, unless otherwise determined by the Chair.

QFES People and Safety Committee

The QFES People and Safety Committee’s purpose is to ensure that QFES has policy and management systems in place so that staff and volunteers can perform their roles safely and efficiently.

The committee meets monthly unless otherwise determined by the Chair.

QFES Operational Communications Committee

The QFES Operational Communications Committee is responsible for the overall Concept of Operations as well as the strategic direction and performance of QFES Operational Communications to support the delivery of services.

The committee meets monthly unless otherwise determined by the Chair. Extraordinary meetings may be called at the discretion of the Chair.

QFES Communications Standards Committee

The Committee will :
    • develop and maintain a structure of regular, consistent and relevant communication with QFES staff and volunteers
    • define and implement communication standards across QFES, including printed, digital, advertising and web material
    • make available clear instructions for any staff or volunteers wishing to undertake workforce engagement
    • establish a system of peer review and feedback of material and establish a mechanism to deal with grievances regarding engagement material
    • establish and maintain brand guidelines for QFES and its operational streams, including brand guidelines for sponsorship agreements
    • establish protocols and guidelines to ensure promotional and engagement material can be measured for effectiveness.

Reviews and reports

Research and surveys

*This publication was produced prior to the current government.