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Management and accountability

Our information resources

Information communications technology and records management

During 2014–15 the information communication technology and records management area completed major upgrades and improvements to the corporate server infrastructure, internal and external internet sites, staff desktop hardware and software and ICT security systems.

Key accomplishments included:

Our planning and finances


  • With the introduction of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 we revised or updated our internal financial policies, procedures and guidance.
  • Began implementing the new internal resource management framework, which highlighted areas where financial management services can be improved and streamlined

Work health and safety

Executive commitment, work health and safety structure and oversight

The MDBA comprises two 'persons conducting a business or undertaking' under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, the six member Authority and the MDBA. Both the Authority and the MDBA have responsibilities under the Work Health and Safety Act for the safety of their workers and workplaces. All MDBA's senior executive service employees are officers under the Work Health and Safety Act and have been provided with information and training to assist them in carrying out their responsibilities.

Our workforce

Workforce planning

During 2014–15 the human resources team worked with line managers to better understand operational workforce issues and to continue to implement actions from the strategic plan. We continued to implement the revised organisational structure taking into account the transition from developing the Basin Plan to implementing it.

Our people


  • We continue to boost our leadership capability with the successful delivery of the final executive level 1 and executive level 2 MDBA leadership programs.
  • We increased the rate of employee participation in our learning and development activities provided in-house.
  • We continued to upgrade the CHRIS21 payroll system to enhance performance.
  • We developed an electronic performance management system called ePerform.

Risk management

Men working on a large slab of fallen rock, Hume Reservoir 1952Men working on a large slab of fallen rock, Hume Reservoir 1952 (MDBA historic images collection).

Senior management committees

During the year senior management committees continued to provide advice and assurance to the Chief Executive and to manage cross-agency aspects of our business.