Governance and Management
Having an effective governance model is of high importance to the TDLU.
Broadly, governance refers to a range of regulations, rules, processes, and principles that ensures high quality practice and accountability while reducing the risk of harm. With respect to research, The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018) states that an appropriate governance framework should be in place that considers quality, safety, privacy, risk management, financial management, and ethical acceptability.
Strong governance supports a primary objective of the service, by directly contributing to the promotion, protection and maintenance of the wellbeing, health and prosperity of the population of Tasmania and Australia. The TDLU Governance Framework can be found here.
A Management Committee comprising representatives of state and commonwealth government agencies and the community sector and tertiary education, meet three times annually to provide advice, including making recommendations regarding strategy, policy, funding priorities, stakeholder engagement, performance and accountability. The Tasmanian state government departments of Health, Education, Premier and Cabinet and Justice are represented on the Committee, together with the Australian Bureau of Statistics as the independent statistical agency of the Government of Australia. The Committee operates under agreed terms of reference, with minutes recorded and actions arising actively managed. A senior representative of the Tasmanian Government DoH is the nominated chair of the Committee, and has responsibility for convening and conducting meetings in accordance with its terms of reference. Members of the Committee bring a wealth of experience and expertise to support the operations of the TDLU in numerous areas including research, ethics, policy, planning, education, legal and technical.