Corporate Governance

Aboriginal Housing Victoria is:

  • a company limited by guarantee and established under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth);
  • a registered housing agency under the Housing Act 1983 (Vic); and
  • a registered charity under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth) and a public benevolent institution, entitled to tax concessions under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth).

Under its constitution AHV's principal objectives areo to develop, manage, maintain, hold, re-furbish, upgrade, acquire, sell, dispose, lease and collect rent in relation to affordable, secure housing for Aboriginal people in Victoria that is adequate to meet their social, cultural and economic needs.

AHV ascribes to modern governance models and pays heed to the Principles and Recommendations of the ASX Corporate Governance Council. To that end, AHV has established a Board Charter, Governance Policy, Code of Conduct and Terms of Reference for its two Board Committees (Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and Governance Committee) to articulate its corporate governance. Matters covered within these governance documents include:

  • the role of the Board and Management;
  • the duties of Directors;
  • Board composition and performance;
  • financial management and reporting;
  • compliance and risk management; and
  • reputational management and stakeholder relations.


Board Members

The AHV Board is comprised of non-executive directors that bring a diverse perspective to the Board’s consideration of strategic, risk and performance matters and are best placed to exercise independent judgement and review and constructively challenge the performance of management. The Chairperson is elected by the full Board and is required to meet regularly with the Chief Executive Officer. In accordance with the AHV constitution,

  • there are no less than 5 and no more than 7 Directors on the Board.
  • Directors hold office for a term commencing on the date from which he or she is appointed and concluding at the expiry of the third Annual General Meeting of the Company following appointment.
  • Directors are permitted to be elected to the Board for no more than three consecutive terms, and must not seek re-election thereafter until a break of one term has passed.

Board composition

The Board will comprise individuals who have the skills and experience relevant to the pursuit of the AHV objectives in all or any of the areas of business, social housing, governance, law, accounting and communications.

All directors must live in Victoria and a majority must be Aboriginal. 

Board Committees

The Board has established specialist committees to assist in the execution of its duties and to maintain a high level of probity and accountability. The Committees allow detailed consideration of complex issues. Current committees of AHV are:

  • Finance Audit and Risk Committee; and
  • Governance Committee

The committee structure and membership is reviewed on an annual basis. Each committee has its own documented charter setting out its roles and responsibilities, membership requirements and the manner in which the committee is to operate. All matters determined by the committees are submitted to the full Board as recommendations for Board ratification. Minutes of committee meetings are tabled at the ensuing Board meeting.

Board responsibilities

The role of the Board is to select and support the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), set strategic goals and priorities, and work with the CEO to consider and endorse strategies for the achievement of corporate objectives. The Board will assess the organisation’s financial health and ensure effective policies, procedures and controls are in place to manage the organisation and mitigate risk. Furthermore the Board is tasked with ensuring that the organisation otherwise operates in accordance with the law.

The duties of the Board are set out in the Board Charter, Governance Policy and Code of Conduct. These include;

  • Corporate governance, including monitoring the effectiveness of the company’s corporate governance practices and making changes as needed, ensuring a formal and transparent board nomination and election process; and monitoring and managing potential conflicts of interest.
  • Reviewing and guiding corporate strategy, risk policy, annual budgets and business plans; setting performance objectives; monitoring implementation and corporate performance; and overseeing major capital expenditures, acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Selecting, compensating, monitoring and, when necessary, replacing key executives and overseeing succession planning.
  • Aligning key executive and board remuneration with the longer term interests of the company.
  • Ensuring the integrity of the corporation’s accounting and financial reporting systems, including the independent audit, and that appropriate systems of control are in place, in particular, systems for risk management, financial and operational control, and compliance with the law and relevant standards.
  • Overseeing the process of disclosure and communications.


Place your cursor over the images below to find out more about AHV's Board members.

  • Tim Chatfield

    Tim Chatfield - Chairperson

    Current Chairperson of Aboriginal Housing Victoria; (7 years)

    Tim has held a wide range of positions within the Aboriginal community, including the Aboriginal Heritage Council, ATSIC, Framlingham Aboriginal Trust and many others. Tim holds a Graduate Diploma of Governance (AICD).

  • Ian Hamm

    Ian Hamm - Deputy Chairperson

    Ian is a career public servant, with experience at both the Commonwealth and State levels of government. He is Chair of Connecting Home Ltd, a service for the stolen generations, a director of the Tiger in Community Foundation and member of the Sustainable Forestry Council for the Victorian Association of Forest Industries.

  • Mark Lipson

    Mark Lipson - Chair, Finance Audit and Risk Committee

    Mark is a Forensic Accountant with over 25 years of expertise in professional accounting practice and family law matters. Mark is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, Professional Conduct Tribunal, Member, CPA Australia, and Member, Forensic Accountants Special Interest Group. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators in Australia, and a part time ordinary Member of VCAT in the legal practice list.

  • Rob Leslie

    Rob Leslie

    Robert Leslie was appointed to the AHV Board in 2015. Robert was the Chief Executive Officer of Yarra Community Housing for over 15 years and has extensive community housing and development experience. Robert holds a B.VSc. (Hons), and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2012).