In its present form, NCI operates as an unincorporated collaborative venture (the Collaboration) of a number of leading national research organisations, initially the Australian National University, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), and Geoscience Australia to further their commitment to the long-term advancement of national, advanced computing services for research. Subsequently the Collaboration was joined by Intersect Australia, the Queensland Cyber-infrastructure Foundation, and a consortium of research-intensive universities through an Australian Research Council Multi-Institutional Agreement for a large ARC Linkage Infrastructure Grant, the parties to which are ANU, Monash University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Queensland, and the University of Sydney.
The structure of the Collaboration is set out in the NCI Collaboration Agreement which details the goals of the Collaboration, sets out its governance structure, articulates the partner contributions, and details the resource shares model (required by both the parties to the Agreement, and by the Australian Government as the funder of infrastructure).
NCI is governed by the Australian National University on the advice of NCI Board, to within the limits of the Statutes and policies of the University.
The Board comprises:
- An independent Chair appointed by the Board
- Director, NCI
- One nominee board member appointed by each of the Major Collaborators (presently ANU, CSIRO, BoM and GA)
- Additional independent board members appointed for two year terms by the NCI Board, because of their expertise or to broaden the opportunities and role of NCI.
The Board is advised by two sub-committees:
- Nominations Committee: the role of which is to consider the range of skills, expertise and background which independent members may bring to the Board; propose and receive nominations from Major Collaborators to fill vacancies of independent members; and to review the performance of the Director.
- Finance, Audit, Risk and Management Committee: the role of which is to receive reports on risk management and to recommend to the Board on matters requiring action, recommend on the initiation of audits and receive University-initiated audits and to advise the Board appropriately, consider management issues referred by the Board.
Emeritus Professor Michael Barber
NCI Steering Committee
Professor Sean Smith
Professor Margaret Harding
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
The Australian National University
Deputy Director (Environment & Research)
Bureau of Meteorology
Dr David Williams
Executive Director National Facilities & Collections
Dr James Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Professor Robin Stanton
Dr Thomas Barlow
Advisors to the Steering Committee
Dr Ben Evans
Associate Director, Research, Engagement and Initiatives (NCI)
Advisor to the NCI Steering Committee.
Mr Allan Williams
Associate Director, Services and Technologies
NCI Business Manager