Appendix 3- Compliance with requirements for government agencies

This appendix provides the department’s 2009–10 reports against particular legislated requirements. It also provides a signed statement by the Clerk certifying that the department complies with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines.

Section 74 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 In 2009–10, within the department there were:
  • no accidents or dangerous occurrences that required the giving of notice under section 68 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991
  • no investigations or notices under sections 29, 46 or 47 of the Act.
Further information about the Occupational Health and Safety arrangements for the department can be found in the Management and Accountability chapter.
Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 The department is not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1982. However, the department’s policy is 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.

Two requests for information were received during the year and relevant documents were provided.
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 the department’s 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 In 2009–10, the department paid a total of $321,544 for advertising. Of the total, $298,855 was in relation to Senate committee activities, and the balance was for recruitment and other minor advertising, delivered through Adcorp Australia, the government contractor.

No market research, polling, direct mail or creative advertising organisations were engaged during the year.
Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 The department is not subject to the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Most aspects of the Parliament’s environmental management, and hence the department’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 In 2009–10, the department expended $74,983.83 on legal services. This amount does not include $114,417 for the provision of independent legal advice supporting the work of the legislative scrutiny committees. There was no expenditure on counsel during the year.

In accordance with the Legal Services Directions 2005, the Clerk of the Senate certified to the Office of Legal Services Coordination the department’s compliance with certain matters under paragraph 11.2 of the directions.

Fraud Control Certification