Review of Lord Howe Island Governance Arrangements

The Lord Howe Island Governance Review is now available here 

The NSW Government has commissioned a review of governance arrangements for Lord Howe Island. The review will be undertaken by retired High Court Chief Justice Murray Gleeson AC.

The review will consider options for increasing the role of the local community in leadership positions and for protecting against the risk of conflict of interest.

Mr Gleeson will conduct consultations with the local community in April 2012. The final report is due by 30 June 2012.

Call for submissions

The review welcomes submissions from the public. Interested individuals and organisations are invited to consider the terms of reference and provide written submissions addressing the terms of reference by Friday, 18 May 2012.

All submissions addressing the terms of reference will be treated as public and may be published, unless the submission indicates that it is to be treated as confidential.

Information which is potentially defamatory, offensive, contravenes anti-discrimination laws or is outside the scope of the terms of reference will not be published.

Submissions can be made by:

Terms of Reference

The objective of this review is to provide advice to the NSW Government on governance arrangements for Lord Howe Island, including options for increasing the role of the local community in leadership positions, such as the appointment of an Islander representative as Chair of the Board.

In preparing the advice, the review is to have regard to:

  • The Lord Howe Island Act 1953, including the Lord Howe Island Board’s charter; and
  • Previous Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) reviews in regard to the governance of Lord Howe Island and previous governance health check audits.

The advice should include recommendations on:

  • The appropriate make-up and functions of the Lord Howe Island Board;
  • Minimising and managing conflicts of interest, including non-pecuniary interests; and
  • The appropriate allocation of functions and powers between the Chair of the Board and the General Manager.

The review may consider possible legislative amendments and alternative governance models.