Overview of Governance:

The Association of Biosafety for Australia and New Zealand (ABSANZ) is a single-entity, not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee and is governed by a Board of Directors elected by ABSANZ members.  Nine of the eleven Directors must be financial members of ABSANZ, and up to two may be external.   

The Constitution

Our Constitution is the document that determines the way ABSANZ operates, and is reviewed on an annual basis. 

Board Charter:

The ABSANZ Board Charter outlines how ABSANZ is governed and how ABSANZ promotes and protects the interests of its members and key stakeholders. 

The charter sets out the: 

  • the role and responsibilities of the Board and its Directors
  • responsibilities delegated to committees of the Board
  • role and responsibilities of the Company Secretary
  • responsibilitie delegated to the Association Manager
  • conflicts of interest
  • induction of new directors and ongoing training
  • performance review

Strategic Plan:

ABSANZ Strategic Plan 2023 - 2026 sets out the vision, mission, core activities, and goals of ABSANZ. 


Committee Terms of Reference:

The purpose of the ABSANZ Committee Terms of Reference document is to establish a framework for Committees to operate and support the ABSANZ Board in delivery of the ABSANZ objectives. Importantly, this policy sets out the accountability and various roles and responsibilities of ABSANZ Committees to facilitate their efficient and effective operation.

Policy and Procedures:

In keeping with the constitution, ABSANZ is committed to providing for its members a professionally managed Association.  This will be achieved through the adoption and implementation of sound Policies and Procedures. Procedures cover Privacy, Website Terms of Use, Conflicts of Interest, Financial and Delegations of Authority. 

 Policy and Procedures