ESF was established by government ordinance in 1967. There have been no amendments to the ordinance since that time. Shortcomings in the governance of the organisation were highlighted by the Legislative Council Public Accounts Committee in January 2005.
The ESF Ordinance (Amendment) Bill was passed by the Legislative Council in March 2008. This was the culmination of an extensive consultation process. The full Amended Ordinance and Regulation documents can be viewed by clicking on the link. The Amended Ordinance and Regulation provides for a number of changes to the governance and management of ESF, responding to issues raised by the Public Accounts Committee. The most substantial changes are to the structure and composition of ESF's governing body and committees.