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LIV Governance

The LIV is governed by principles of integrity, transparency and accountability. Our framework of rules, relationships, systems and processes by which authority is exercised and controlled achieves good governance outcomes and is the foundation for the performance and sustainability of the LIV. Good governance is central to everything we do.

Directors are required to comply with the provisions of the LIV ConstitutionCorporations Act 2001 (Cth), Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission Regulation 2013 (Cth) and any other relevant Australian laws.

LIV Council

At all times Council is to comprise the following number of members from these categories in so far as it is practicable:

  • two members of the company being city legal practitioners
  • two members of the company being suburban legal practitioners
  • two members of the company being country legal practitioners
  • one member of the company being a corporate legal practitioner
  • one member of the company being a legal assistance sector practitioner
  • one member of the company being a government lawyer who holds a current local practising certificate
  • one member of the company being a large law firm group principal
  • one member of the company being a new legal practitioner
  • seven other members of the company who fall into any of the above eight categories.

Subject to the Act and Constitution, the Council manages the business of the LIV. The functions and responsibilities of the Council include to:

  • ensure that the LIV has appropriate corporate governance structures in place to maintain compliance with statutory requirements and promotes a culture of corporate and social responsibility
  • provide effective oversight and collaborate with the leadership team in developing, articulating and maintaining the organisation's vision, objectives, strategic plan and policies of the LIV
  • monitor LIV performance and endorse corporate activities as proposed by the Executive and Leadership teams
  • advocate on behalf of the legal profession and the community on legislative changes and reforms.

The LIV's Consititution and Council Charter (PDF) formalise the Board's role, responsibilities, powers and duties (both individually and collectively) in setting the direction, the management and the control of the organisation.