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The SDO is an organisational unit within the Department of Finance. The SDO’s internal governance arrangements are designed to enable effective strategic planning, decision making, risk and control management and optimise operational performance.

The SDO leverages Department of Finance existing and established overarching governance arrangements, including its structures, systems and processes. 

The SDO governance structure includes the following bodies:

  • SDO Advisory Committee provides strategic and administrative advice to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of shared services delivered by the SDO. Its purpose is to provide strategic advice to the Department of Finance Executive Board for medium to long term planning and investment in the SDO, and to monitor SDO’s overall performance, risk and client’s experience.
  • SDO Client Committee provides advice to the SDO Advisory Committee and SDO Management Committee, including input on client relationships, SDO service performance standards and client impacts from SDO operations including in relation to identified risks.
  • SDO Management Committee operates within the SDO at the operational governance level.  As part of its prescribed responsibilities it is required to identify risks facing the SDO and it clients and consider how to manage these risks, and monitor the internal controls environment.
  • SDO Functional Working Group operates within the SDO at the tactical governance level.