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Governance Officer

Apply now Job no: 987663
Work type: Permanent (Full Time)
Location: NSW
Categories: Legal

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Location: National Office – Sydney CBD | Flexible work location
  • Make a meaningful difference to the lives of Australians in need


About Us

Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian charity that has been helping vulnerable Australians move towards independence for more than 160 years.

Every day we support people nationwide by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies and much more. We are generously supported by our funders, partners and tens of thousands of everyday Australians, who make the work of our tireless volunteers and staff possible.

Mission Australia is committed to keeping children and young people safe with zero tolerance of harm or abuse, and expect all our employees and volunteers to reflect this commitment. 


Your Opportunity

We are seeking an experienced Governance Officer to assist the General Counsel & Company Secretary to ensure good corporate governance of the Mission Australia Group and support the effectiveness of the Mission Australia Group board.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Perform the duties and responsibilities of an assistant company secretary within the Mission Australia Group.
  • Assist with the preparation and running of board and committee meetings including:
    • assisting in preparing agendas,
    • attending meetings and taking minutes
    • working with other stakeholders in relation to timely distribution of Board papers via Diligent Board Portal
    • organising Annual General Meeting, under direction of the Company Secretary, including preparing relevant papers.
  • Plan board business in conjunction with the General Counsel & Company Secretary including preparing and maintaining the annual board calendar.
  • Provide support to monitor, develop and implement the Enterprise Policy Framework
  • Incorporate best practice corporate governance processes into board business and maintain strong corporate governance framework.
  • Maintain and update databases and on-line reporting to ASIC, ACNC and other regulators.
  • Maintain and monitor director suitability checks to ensure board compliance with licensing requirements.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with internal stakeholders across all levels including Board Members and Executive Assistants 
  • Monitor the Integrity Line and Whistle-blower Line, maintain the Whistle-blower Register and Integrity Line Register including preparation of reports to the Board and Committees as required.


Requirements for Success

  • Experience in providing a high level of administrative and secretarial support to Boards, committees and/or senior managers.
  • Demonstrable ability to coordinate board meetings including agenda development, organisation of papers and reports as well as recording of minutes.
  • Company secretarial experience with training from appropriate body (AICD / Chartered Secretary / legal degree / accounting or legal training).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to interact well with all levels of the organisation including board members.
  • Proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint
  • Ability to competently use the online Diligent Board portal.
  • Ability to set priorities, plan work programs and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent organisation skills and attention to detail.
  • Preparedness to travel interstate from time to time where Board meetings are held interstate.


Before starting work with us, you will need to undertake a national police history check, qualifications and referee checks, and have a clearance to work with children/vulnerable people. 

Culture & Benefits  

A career with Mission Australia will offer you rewarding experiences to make a difference to the lives of Australians in need. We have an innovative and supportive culture guided by our values of compassion, integrity, respect, perseverance and celebration.

To ensure our employees feel valued, empowered and celebrated we provide a range of employee benefits including:

  • NFP salary packaging benefits reducing taxable income (details via AccessPay)
  • Generous discounts with hotels, travel insurance and major retailers
  • Free, confidential counselling services via our EAP
  • Discounted health care with Medibank Private

Diversity & Inclusion

Mission Australia is an inclusive employer. We celebrate our diversity and strive to reflect contemporary Australian society and all the communities in which we work, in order to better serve our clients. We welcome and encourage applications from Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, People with Disability, Sexually and Gender Diverse people, people with lived experience of adversity and from people of all ages.

As such, if you require any adjustments to submit your application, we invite you to get in touch via email


Next Steps

To be considered for this opportunity, please click ‘Apply for this job’ and send your cover letter and resume today. As a committed Circle Back Initiative employer, we will respond to your application.

For more information, feel free to view the Position Description via Download File PD Governance Officer.docx

For further information regarding working with us, visit Working for Mission Australia.


Applications close at midnight on 23-Jun-2021. Please send through your application as soon as possible as shortlisting will commence before the closing date.

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Application close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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Please be advised Mission Australia does not accept unsolicited resumes. Mission Australia will not recognise an entitlement to an introduction or placement fee unless the Agency has been briefed by a member of the Recruitment team on a specific position for which we have requested candidates. Note we are not considering additions to our list of Panel Suppliers.

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Founding Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'