How we make decisions
Queensland Police Service (QPS) decision making processes are represented within a corporate governance framework. The QPS governance framework is itself a component part of the larger Public Safety Portfolio (PSP) governance framework which also includes the governance frameworks of the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA), the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and the Inspector-General Emergency Management (IGEM).
QPS governance strategies include those which: will improve performance, contribute to the community, enable financial integrity, account for risk/risk mitigation and will further contribute to the capability and culture of the Service. Our key elements, common to good governance, include accountability, transparency and openness and recognition of stakeholder rights.
Review of QPS governance structures were undertaken by Deloitte (2013) and Board Matters (2015). These were benchmarked against public and private sector agencies and a number of recommendations subsequently made. Modifications to governance processes were then implemented by the Service which have more effectively streamlined organisational decision making processes.
The initial hierarchy of the QPS governance framework consists of the:
• Board of Management (BoM);
• Demand and Resource Committee (D&RC);
• Audit and Risk Committee (A&RC); and
• Program Management Committee (PMC).
The BoM supports the Commissioner on strategy, direction and setting the tone of the Service and monitors that the supporting committee/board structures allow the execution of all board responsibilities.
The D&RC delivers oversight to the organisational prioritisation of resources and assists the BoM by supervising that effective processes are used relating to direction and control of finances, people, assets and ICT.
The A&RC scrutinises, challenges and delivers oversight of the management responsibilities imposed on the Commissioner under legislation. The A&RC assists BoM including through review and monitoring financial management and reporting processes and oversight of risk management, internal control and compliance systems.
The PMC monitors the appropriate development and implementation of the QPS Program and assists the BoM through accountable decision making, delivery of appropriate/timely advice and assurance on product delivery and program/project performance. The PMC also serves as a point of escalation for any constituent program/project performance issues.
Executive Leadership Team (ELT)
Although not a formal part of the governance framework the ELT assists the Commissioner in operational execution of decisions. The BoM also requests and relies on ELT recommendations and advices.
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