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During 2019, in consultation with AES members and their representative bodies, the Board conducted a review of the 2016–2019 strategic priorities. Rather than making a radical change to the existing strategic domains the board’s view was that the current strategic domains (Cultural Capacity, Influence, Professionalism, Relevance, and Organisational stability) were still appropriate, with some rationalisation and minor changes in emphasis. This process reduced the domains from five to four. A member consultation confirmed the board’s direction and supported the suggested strategic domains and desired outcomes. Informed by the positive consultation, the board formally adopted the 2019–2022 Strategic Priorities in August 2019.

The 2019 – 2022 domains are:
Cultural Capacity: Indigenous and non-Indigenous capacity in culturally safe evaluation theory, practice and use.
Pathways: Clear professional and career pathways.
Relationships: Collaboration and partnerships to strengthen the field of evaluation.
Vitality: An organisation meeting diverse member needs today and tomorrow.

To support the achievement of the strategy and to advise the Board, the Board restructured their advisory committees.

Each committee’s focus will be on a strategic domain and will play an advisory role to the Board and work to support and enact the AES Strategic Plan 2019–2022.

The main function of each committee will be to advise the Board on:

  • Current Strategy (e.g. existing Domain priorities, matters referred by the Board)
  • Emergent Strategy (e.g. bring new/nascent/emerging issues to the Board’s attention)
  • Operational Strategy (e.g. oversee and provide governance for discrete projects these undertaken by project teams whose membership would draw upon the broader AES membership)

Do you want to join an AES Committee?

We are currently taking expressions of interest for the Pathways and Relationships committees. More information here.

AES Committee Structure

Click here for a PDF of the AES Committee Structure.

The advisory committees

Indigenous Culture and Diversity Committee (replaces Cultural Capacity & Diversity), supporting Cultural Capacity domain, membership is drawn exclusively from Indigenous members of the AES.
Pathways Committee (replaces Learning and Professional Practice), supporting the Pathways domain, membership open to members of the AES with the skills to support this domain.
Relationships Committee (replaces Advocacy and Alliance), supporting the Relationships domain, membership open to members of the AES with the skills to support this domain.
Vitality Committee (replaces Membership & Alliances), supporting the Vitality domain, membership drawn from Regional Network Committee Convenors or their delegate. Note that Vitality is also supported by the Finance and Audit standing committee.

Finance and Audit

Chair: Carina Calzoni

The purpose of the Finance and Audit Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with regard to financial management of the AES, the management of risk, and the conduct of audit requirements.

2020 Brisbane Conference Committee

Convenors: Sarah Renals and Natasha Doherty
Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project teams

In early 2020 there will be opportunities for members to volunteer to sit on project teams. Projects teams will be:

  • Under the auspice of the Board and one or more advisory committee
  • Time limited groups, with a clear goal and end point
  • Be supervised by one or more advisory committees, and managed by the CEO
  • Representative of the diversity of the AES membership
  • Wherever possible will be supported by a paid project manager

AES Member Regional Networks

AES Members are encouraged to become involved with their local Regional Network Committee. The Regional Networks provide networking and seminar events in each region, assist in the planning of the professional learning program, and advise the Board and AES committees on member issues in their region. Please contact your region's convenor for more information. 

Special Interest Groups and Communities of Practice

Members are encouraged to form Special Interest Groups (SIGs), or Communities of Practice, around areas of common interest. More information.


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