Principles of Governance

Principles of Governance Adopted by the Board of Directors of Western Care Association
The Board of Directors of Western Care has adopted the following principles and practices of governance:
Principle 1:  Leading our organisation
We do this by agreeing our vision, purpose, mission, values and objectives, making sure that they remain relevant.  Developing, resourcing, monitoring and evaluating a plan so that our organisation achieves its stated purpose and objectives; managing, supporting and holding to account volunteers and all who act on behalf of the Association.
Principle 2:  Exercising control over our organisation
We do this by identifying and complying with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements; making sure there are appropriate internal financial and management controls; identifying major risks for our organisation and deciding ways of managing the risks.
Principle 3:  Being transparent and accountable
We do this by identifying those who have a legitimate interest in the work of the Association and making sure there is regular and effective communication with them about our organisation; responding to stakeholders questions or views about the work of our Association and how we run it; encouraging and enabling the engagement of those who benefit from our organisation in the planning and decision-making of the organisation.
Principle 4:  Working effectively
We do this by making sure our Board of Directors, individual Board members, committees, staff and volunteers understand their role, legal duties and delegated responsibilities through Board meetings that are efficient and effective; making sure that there are suitable board recruitment, development and retirement processes.
Principle 5:  Behaving with integrity
We do this by being honest, fair and independent; understanding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest and conflicts of loyalties; protecting and promoting our organisation's reputation.