As an Australian Government agency, the department reports annually on its performance in relation to several legislated provisions, as detailed in the following table.
Reports against particular legislation, 2006–07
|Section 74 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991
||During the year, no occupational health and safety incidents required reporting to Comcare under section 68 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991.
Additional information on occupational health and safety performance is included in the ‘Management and accountability’ section of this report.
|Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982
||The Department of the Senate is not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1982. However, it is departmental policy to comply with the intent of the Act to the extent practicable, having regard to the legal issues which may arise through the non-application to the department of the protections afforded by the Act.
No requests for information were received during the year.
|Privacy Act 1988
||The department is not subject to most of the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988. The provisions relating to tax file numbers apply, and the department has common law obligations in relation to the handling of personal information. It is departmental policy to observe, as far as practicable, the Privacy Principles set out in the Act.
No privacy issues were raised with the department during the year.
|Section 311A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
||During 2006–07, the department paid a total of $276,780 for advertising. Of the total, $268,188 was for Senate committee activities, and the balance was for recruitment and other minor advertising, delivered through hma Blaze, the government contractor.
The department did not engage market research, polling, direct mail or creative advertising organisations.
|Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
||Although the department was not subject to the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, it adopted policies and practices that contributed to best environmental performance during the year. Most aspects of the parliament’s environmental management are coordinated by the Department of Parliamentary Services, and details are provided in that department’s annual report.
|Legal Services Directions 2005
||During 2006–07, the department expended $118,141 on legal services. Of this amount, $110,061 was directed towards the provision of independent legal advice in supporting the work of the legislative scrutiny committees. There was no expenditure on counsel during the year.
|Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines 2002
||In accordance with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines 2002, the department provided fraud control information to the Australian Institute of Criminology.