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The Role of the Independent Director: Evidence from a Survey of Independent Directors in Australia


  • Albie Brooks,

  • Judy Oliver,

  • Angelo Veljanovski

Albie Brooks, Department of Accounting and Business Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Parkville Victoria 3052, Australia. Tel: +61 3 8344 5305; fax: +61 3 9349 2397; email:


The purpose of this paper is to report the results of a survey of independent directors on a range of issues relating to the execution of their role including the independent directors' perceptions relating to board effectiveness, board interactions, information sources, and performance and evaluation. A survey was forwarded to independent directors of the top 200 Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed companies. The paper aims to provide the perceptions of independent directors themselves and so contribute to the literature through a better understanding of the nature of the work performed by Australian company independent directors and the environment in which it occurs. Findings suggest that the fundamental role of the independent director has not changed as a result of the corporate governance reforms.