Audit and Governance

Boards of Public & State Bodies have a duty to ensure that their organisations are compliant with all relevant statutory obligations. Their role in this regard involves a) an understanding of what the statutory obligations are and b) seeking and securing assurance on the adequacy of the mechanisms in place to secure compliance with them. The Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2016 states at paragraph 1.23 that “The Board should have a list of statutory obligations and regulations that are required to be complied with and the execution of which depends on the Secretary of the Board” and at paragraph 1.3 that “The Board should review the controls and procedures adopted by the State body to provide itself with reasonable assurance that such controls and procedures are adequate to secure compliance by the State body with their statutory and governance obligations.”

As such, good Governance is broader than compliance with a relevant governance code; it also encompasses compliance with statutory obligations such as the State Body’s parent Act, the Companies Act (where applicable) as well as relevant statutory provisions such as Ethics/Standards in Public Office legislation, the Official Languages Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Protected Disclosures Act, Data Protection/GDPR etc.

This half-day workshop provides an overview of the main statutory requirements for public bodies and will draw on the Institute’s experience in advising and facilitating Boards, Board Members and Executives. 

Statutory Obligations for Public and State Bodies

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Key Facts

Commences

6 November 2017

Application Deadline

October 2017 Bookings for this course close one week in advance of start date.

Duration

Half Day

Fees & Enrolment

Fee: The cost of this half-day workshop is €195 for Corporate Members of the Institute and €240 for Others.  Fee includes course materials, lunch and refreshments.

Booking: Bookings must be received in writing using a booking form or the online booking option (see below).

All bookings will be confirmed via email. Please send completed booking forms to:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration
57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135
Email: training@ipa.ie

All IPA courses are subject to minimum participant numbers and bookings will typically close one week prior to the course start date.

Cancellation Policy: Please note, that in the event of a cancellation less than 48 working hours before the commencement of a course, a 15% cancellation fee will be charged.  Cancellation fee will also apply to non-arrivals on the day.

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The Programme

Boards of Public & State Bodies have a duty to ensure that their organisations are compliant with all relevant statutory obligations. Their role in this regard involves a) an understanding of what the statutory obligations are and b) seeking and securing assurance on the adequacy of the mechanisms in place to secure compliance with them. The Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2016 states at paragraph 1.23 that “The Board should have a list of statutory obligations and regulations that are required to be complied with and the execution of which depends on the Secretary of the Board” and at paragraph 1.3 that “The Board should review the controls and procedures adopted by the State body to provide itself with reasonable assurance that such controls and procedures are adequate to secure compliance by the State body with their statutory and governance obligations.”

As such, good Governance is broader than compliance with a relevant governance code; it also encompasses compliance with statutory obligations such as the State Body’s parent Act, the Companies Act (where applicable) as well as relevant statutory provisions such as Ethics/Standards in Public Office legislation, the Official Languages Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Protected Disclosures Act, Data Protection/GDPR etc.

This half-day workshop provides an overview of the main statutory requirements for public bodies and will draw on the Institute’s experience in advising and facilitating Boards, Board Members and Executives. 

Who is this for?

The Statutory Obligations workshop will be of value to Board Members, Board Secretaries and those senior members of the Executive who will be charged with compliance and implementation of the suite of statutory obligations. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Appreciate and understand the Board’s role in compliance with the relevant statutory obligations.
  • Understand what the key statutory obligations are and what they entail.
  • Learn about securing assurances on the adequacy of the systems and controls in place for achieving compliance.
Course Content

The workshop will cover the following areas:

  • Statutory obligations that Board Members and Public Bodies need to be aware of.
  • How to identify what the key statutory obligations are.
  • Information on the key statutory obligations, such as parent legislation, the Companies Act, Ethics/Standards in Public Office legislation, the Official Languages Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Protected Disclosures Act, Data Protection/GDPR etc.
  • How to seek and secure assurance that the controls and procedures in place in the body are adequate to secure compliance by the State body with their statutory and governance obligations
Other Information

The workshop can be tailored to the specific needs of individual Boards and run in-house in organisations as required. 

Course Leader

This workshop will be delivered by members of our experienced team of Governance Specialists: Dr. Tom Ward and Kate O’Donnell.

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