NWYAS is governed by a Management Committee which consists of members of the community who contribute their time voluntarily to the organisation. The Management Committee are responsible for the overall governance of the organisation, and delegate operational matters to the Manager.

The key areas of responsibility of the Management Committee of an Incorporated Association defined by the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 and are summarised at http://www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au/management-committee.htm.

NWYAS adopted a revised constitution at the Annual General meeting of 2012, with pro bono advice provided by Minter Ellison through QPILCH.