Our governance

At St John Ambulance NSW, our mission is to save lives through first aid. All our activities are directed towards that goal.

Our governance

At St John Ambulance NSW, our mission is to save lives through first aid. All our activities are directed towards that goal.
We are an entity limited by guarantee, with no share capital under the provisions of the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission Act 2012. The ultimate responsibility for the governance of the company rests with the Board of Directors.

Board Committees

The Board is supported by the following committees:

People and Culture Committee

Supports the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities in the area of people-based policy and procedures (both volunteers and employees), to enhance the culture of the organisation and deliver oversight of the people governance structures.

Clinical Governance Committee

Supports the Board in ensure appropriate clinical governance processes are in place across the organisation, to enhance clinical quality and safety. This includes ensuring effectiveness of policy and other clinical risk controls, through audit and review of data.

Honours and Awards Committee

Supports the Board in recommending the award of commendations, medals and prizes to members of St John Ambulance NSW, external organisations and to members of the community. In addition, the Committee facilitates the process for admissions to, and promotion within, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (the Order).

Audit, Risk and Investment Committee

Supports the Board in fulfilling its statutory and corporate governance responsibilities in the areas of financial reporting, risk management and investment strategy.

Risk Management Approach

Through its Audit, Risk & Investment Committee, the Board oversees the establishment and implementation of St John Ambulance NSW's risk appetite and management system. This is designed to protect our reputation and manage those risks that might preclude us from achieving our organisational goals.

Training Governance

St John Ambulance Australia is a Recognised Training Organisation (RTO number: 88041) and issues nationally recognised qualifications and statements of attainment. St John Ambulance Australia’s medical and technical advisory committees authorise the content of courses, ensuring excellence in educational outcomes using the latest teaching techniques and course content to meet both Australian and International standards.

Clinical Governance

St John Ambulance NSW is governed by several clinical governance committees including: the St John Australia National Clinical Governance Committee, the St John Ambulance NSW Clinical Governance Committee and the Clinical Systems team. These committees and teams ensure an organisation-wide focus on patient safety and quality, and values clinical governance as an essential and integrated part of corporate governance. All St John Ambulance NSW clinical personnel operate under St John Ambulance Australia’s National Clinical Practice Guidelines which ensure that each patient receives the highest level of care to achieve the best possible medical outcome.

Commitment to Child Safety

St John Ambulance NSW cares about keeping children and young people safe. Protecting and promoting the emotional, physical, cultural, and spiritual wellbeing of children and young people is central to all aspects of the operations and culture of St John Ambulance NSW. We’re committed to creating and maintaining an environment where members act in the best interest of children and young people and have zero tolerance to any form of abuse.

Our 2022 Impact Report