What governance means

Governance is of fundamental importance to JAS-ANZ because it gives confidence that we are fulfilling our goals. It defines what we mean by ‘well managed’ and how we function to:

  1. meet the expectations of our stakeholders
  2. ensure we meet statutory and commercial obligations
  3. comply with community expectations.

JAS-ANZ aims to be effective, efficient and transparent in delivering our services. We are impartial in decision making and regularly monitor our performance, always looking for ways to improve.

We treat everyone we deal with fairly and with courtesy and respect. We protect privacy and confidentiality every step of the way.

Governance structure

Governing Board

At the top, overseeing all operations, is our 10-member Governing Board which has sole authority over the rights and responsibilities of JAS-ANZ. This includes authority over the conduct of the Technical Advisory Council and the Accreditation Review Board.

Board members are appointed by the Australian and New Zealand governments.

The Governing Board appoints the members of the Technical Advisory Council.

Technical Advisory Council

The Technical Advisory Council represents JAS-ANZ stakeholders and ensures our activities are impartial and transparent. It advises the Governing Board on matters relating to JAS-ANZ, including the Accreditation Review Board.

The Technical Advisory Council—no more than 25 members with a Chairperson and a Deputy Chairperson—ensures that technical experts and stakeholders are involved in developing accreditation programs. It also supervises working groups and technical committees.

Accreditation Review Board

The Accreditation Review Board is appointed by the Governing Board. It comprises individuals with appropriate technical experience and expertise from a cross section of industries and technologies. The Accreditation Review Board is responsible for decisions in relation to the granting, maintaining, extending, reducing, suspending and withdrawing accreditation.


The Secretariat is the administrative arm of the Board. It is located in Canberra, Australia, and Wellington, New Zealand. It:

  • administers the accreditation process
  • coordinates the work of technical committees associated with accreditation programmes
  • provides input into national and international committees and working groups
  • provides input into the development of new accreditation programs.

Reporting on performance

JAS-ANZ operates in an open and transparent way and makes available a wide range of information available to the public on this website. Reporting against our performance is an integral part of our professional operations.  The Treaty requires the Governing Board to provide to the Australian and New Zealand Ministers a Statement of Corporate Intent (prior to the commencement of the finanical year) and an annual report (at the end of the financial year).  These reports are provided to: