NCI is governed by The Australian National University on the advice of the NCI Advisory Board, which comprises an independent Chair, the NCI Director, one member from each of the Major Collaborators and additional independent members appointed because of their expertise or to broaden the opportunities and role of NCI.

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. 

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 collaborator contributions, and details the resource entitlements.

Governance

NCI is governed by the Australian National University on the advice of the NCI Advisory Board, to within the limits of the Statutes and policies of the University.

The Advisory 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 Advisory Board, because of their expertise or to broaden the opportunities and role of NCI.

The Advisory 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.