Corporate Governance

The Qantas Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that Qantas has an appropriate corporate governance structure to ensure the creation, protection and enhancement of shareholder value. This requires that appropriate accountability and control systems are in place.

The Board endorses each of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) Corporate Governance Council's Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations, 2nd Edition (ASX Principles). In response to the ASX Principles, Qantas publicly discloses each of its corporate governance tools. This Corporate Governance section exemplifies Qantas' commitment to corporate governance.

At Qantas, the Board maintains, and ensures that Qantas management maintains, the highest level of corporate ethics. As such, the various charters and policies located under this Corporate Governance section will be reviewed, and where necessary, updated, on a regular basis.

Qantas Constitution

The Qantas Constitution is Qantas' key governance document. The Board must ensure that it and Qantas complies at all times with the provisions of the Constitution.

The Qantas Sale Act requires the Constitution to contain specific provisions designed to protect Qantas' position as an Australian designated airline.

Corporate Governance Statement

The Board adopts a Corporate Governance Statement annually.

The 2013 Corporate Governance Statement was adopted by the Board in September 2013 and was included in the 2013 Annual Report.

Qantas' Executive Remuneration Philosophy

The Board also adopts an Executive Remuneration Philosophy. Qantas' 2013 Executive Remuneration Philosophy was adopted by the Board in September 2013. It is included in the Directors' Report section of the 2013 Annual Report.

The Qantas Board

The Board comprises a majority of independent Non-Executive Directors who, together with the Executive Directors, have extensive commercial experience and bring independence, accountability and judgement to the Board's deliberations to ensure maximum benefit to stakeholders including shareholders, customers, suppliers, employees, government regulators and members of the community where Qantas operates.

Board Committee Members

  • Audit Committee: Garry Hounsell (Chairman), Maxine Brenner, Jacqueline Hey and Barbara Ward
  • Nominations Committee: Leigh Clifford (Chairman), Richard Goodmanson, Garry Hounsell and Paul Rayner
  • Remuneration Committee: Paul Rayner (Chairman), Maxine Brenner and William Meaney
  • Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee: Richard Goodmanson (Chairman), Alan Joyce, William Meaney and Barbara Ward

Board Committee Charters

The Board adopted its Board Charter on 1 September 2003 and it was last revised on 28 August 2013.

Committees are responsible for considering detailed issues and making recommendations to the Board. The Board has approved charters for each Committee:

Qantas Group Business Practices Document

The Qantas Group is committed to complying with all applicable laws and regulations, and to conducting business with the highest levels of ethics and integrity. The Qantas Group Business Practices Document provides an overview of Qantas' values and business practices and highlights the standards to be upheld by all employees, including in relation to Continuous Disclosure, Employee Share Trading, Risk Management, Safety, Whistleblower Protection and Stakeholder Communications (including Shareholder Communications).

Qantas Diversity Statement

The Qantas Group is committed to promoting diversity in its workforce. The Qantas Diversity Statement provides an overview of Qantas' diversity-related initiatives and practices as they relate to Recruitment and Selection, Talent and Inclusion and Flexible Work Arrangements.

Other Information

The following Corporate Governance related material is also available through the Investors section:

  • Announcements made to the Australian Securities Exchange by Qantas
  • Shareholder Information
  • Annual Reports
  • Annual General Meeting
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