PMSA Organisational Structure
The organisational chart below provides an overview of the structure of the PMSA and our relationship with our four schools.
The PMSA is run by a Board of Directors which comprises up to 13 Board members. Up to five Board members are each appointed by the Presbyterian Church and the Uniting Church and up to three are directly appointed by the PMSA Board. Each Board member is a volunteer and holds office for three years. Board members are eligible for re-appointment up to a maximum period of nine years.
The PMSA Board is supported by three advising committees, a School Council at each of the four schools and the PMSA corporate office.
To assist the PMSA Board provide quality education services to achieve the PMSA vision, mission and values, three PMSA committees provide specialist advice – the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, the Nominations and Human Resources Committee, and the Policy Committee.
Members of these committees are selected based on their expertise and include both PMSA Board members and other specialist adviser members.
Audit, Finance and Risk Committee
The Audit, Finance and Risk Committee is responsible for fulfilling the PMSA’s responsibilities relating to the accounting and reporting practices and operating activities as well as financial and non-financial risk.
This committee ensures the adequacy of the PMSA accounting, administrative, risk management and operating controls; works with external auditors and the internal auditors, School Councils, and School Business Managers to facilitate reporting and operational efficiency; and serves as an independent party to review the financial information presented by schools to the PMSA.
The Audit, Financial and Risk Committee was renamed in 2018 and the committee's Charter has also been revised to include financial and non-financial risk governance.
Nominations and Human Resources Committee
The Nominations and Human Resources Committee is responsible for the smooth continuity of operations of the affairs of the PMSA Board and to develop the employee relations strategy for the PMSA and our schools.
This committee sources and recommends appropriate personnel for the various Board, School Council and Committee roles as well as advises the PMSA Board on matters of corporate governance policies, recruitment processes, and policies and practices in the areas of human resources and industrial relations. This committee also develops the appropriate contract terms and conditions and remuneration arrangements for staff.
This committee was renamed in early 2019. The Charter is currently being revised and will be made publicly available soon.
The Policy Committee is a new committee established in early 2019. The primary objective of the Policy Committee is to oversee the establishment and ongoing monitoring of the overarching policy framework for the PMSA and our schools.
This committee ensures the overall monitoring, creation, storage, implementation and compliance of documents within PMSA’s policy framework are clearly governed for the overall direction.
The Charter for this committee is currently being developed and will be made publicly available soon.
Each of the PMSA schools is run by a School Council which consists of up to nine members. Each School Council is a committee of the PMSA Board and includes the school’s Principal as a non-voting member, up to two PMSA Board members, and up to six independent School Council members appointed from the school’s community. The PMSA Board delegates the responsibility for administration and performance to these School Councils. The school Principals report to these School Councils and have operational responsibility for the schools.
The School Councils of each school are listed on each school’s website:
The PMSA corporate office is the administrative support office for the PMSA Board and undertakes many of the administrative roles to support the PMSA Board, the School Councils and the four schools.