AHL is a not-for-profit company wholly owned by the Australian Government and is limited by guarantee.
AHL is recognised as a public benevolent institution by the Australian Taxation Office and has deductible gift recipient status.
The Australian Government, through the responsible Minister, is the sole member of the company.
The Board of Directors (appointed by the Minister) is responsible for the governance practices of AHL. The Board determines the strategic directions of the company, consistent with the priorities and expectations determined by the Minister.
The AHL Constitution sets out the objectives and powers of the company, providing the framework for AHL to conduct its business.
AHL operates in compliance with the following legislation:
- Corporations Act 2001
- Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (CAC Act) and its successor Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and the PGPA Rules
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005
- Public Service Act 1999
- Auditor-General Act 1997
- Privacy Act 1988
- Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
- Freedom of Information Act 1982
- Work Health and Safety Act 2011
- Archives Act 1983
- Fair Work Act 2009
- Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
- Public Interest Disclosure ACT 2013
The AHL Board of Directors is responsible for the company’s operations and directions. The Board sets strategic policy, determines major financial commitments, and ensures compliance with legislation and government policy.
The Chief Executive Officer is appointed by the Board of Directors. The Chief Executive Officer manages the day to day affairs of the company, supported by the Executive team and guided by policies set by the Board and by Government.
AHL’s Annual Report is submitted to the Minister in accordance with section 36 of the CAC Act 1997.