Governance is the processes, activities and relationships that make sure the organisation is effectively and properly run.

Good governance is when charities have practices and procedures in place that help them to deliver their work effectively and transparently and when the roles and responsibilities of people in the charity are clearly understood. This includes the particular roles of board members and the roles of staff, volunteers and members. Of course, good governance is more than the rules of your charity and the individual behaviours of board members. Good governance involves strong relationships between the members of your governing body and stakeholders and is much more about working as a collective than individual responsibilities.

NSW Police Legacy Limited was incorporated in 1991 as an Australian Public Company limited by Guarantee (ABN 59 601 251 804)

The management of NSW Police Legacy is entrusted to the Board of the organisation, subject to the Constitution.

The NSW Police Legacy Board is made up of dedicated volunteers representing a broad cross-section of the police community, bringing a range of complementary skills and experience.


The Board consists of the following nominees and shall elect one of these nominees as Chairman:-

a)   Seven nominees of the New South Wales Police Association.

b)   One nominee of the Minister for Police.

c)   One nominee of the Commissioner of Police.

d)   One nominee of the Board of Directors, NSW Police Legacy Ltd

The officers of the Company shall consist of a President, a Vice-President and an Honorary Treasurer, all of whom shall be members of the Company.


The Directors of the Company are subject to all the sanctions and rules provided in the Corporations Law administered by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) as well as those by the more recently formed Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC). NSW Police Legacy is a registered charity with the ACNC.

The ACNC is the independent national regulator of charities. The ACNC:

  • –  registers organisations as charities
  • –  helps charities understand and meet their obligations through information, guidance, advice and other support
  • –  maintains a free and searchable public register so that anyone can look up information about registered charities
  • –  is working with state and territory governments (as well as individual federal, state and territory government departments and agencies) to develop a ‘report-once, use-often’ reporting framework for charities.


The ACNC will also be responsible for ensuring that charities comply with their obligations under the ACNC Act and regulations made under it, including enforcing governance and external conduct standards for charities.

The Board’s primary responsibility is to manage NSW Police Legacy’s limited resources judiciously in order to ensure it can meet the ongoing needs of Legatees. It also shares ultimate responsibility for overseeing the work of NSW Police Legacy and must make sure that it remains true to its charitable purpose.

In addition, the board is responsible for providing leadership and strategy and ensuring compliance with the regulators.

The responsibility for the day-to-day management is delegated by the Board to the Company Secretary. The Board appoints the Company Secretary who in turn reports to the Board on a regular basis.

© 2013 NSW Police Legacy