Appendix 3 - Compliance with requirements for government agencies

This appendix provides the department’s 2010–11 reports against particular legislated requirements. It also includes 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 2010–11, within the department there were:

  • no accidents and one incident that required the giving of notice under section 68 of the Act
  • 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 in the absence of the protections afforded by the Act.

Three requests for information were received during the year. Information was provided in response to one request.

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.

One privacy issue was raised with the department during the year concerning a matter outside the department’s control.

Section 311A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

In 2010–11, the department paid a total of $278,115 for advertising. Of the total, $250,227 was in relation to Senate and joint 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, and hence the department’s, environmental management, are coordinated by the Department of Parliamentary Services.

Legal Services Directions 2005

In 2010–11, the department expended $15,740 on legal services. This amount does not include $133,053 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

Fraud Control Certification text description