Other legal requirements

Reportable expenditure

In accordance with section 175ZE of the Electoral Act 1907, the FPC incurred the following expenditure in advertising, market research, polling, direct mail and media advertising. Total expenditure for 2016–2017 was $31,545.70 (excluding GST). 

Expenditure type Description Amount Total
Advertising agencies   $0 $0
Market research agencies   $24,600 $24,600
Polling organisations   $0 $0
Direct mail organisations   $0 $0
Media advertising organisations      
Adcorp Recruitment $3,088.53 $18,034.57
  Forest operations notices $14,946.04  
Total     $42,634.57

 

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

Our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAP) sets out a number of initiatives scheduled to be implemented over a period of time through to 2019. The Plan is reviewed annually and outcomes are monitored to ensure the initiatives are still relevant and the level of accessibility continues to be suitable. 

Freedom of information

The FPC did not receive any new freedom of information request during 2016-2017.

Internal control

Through the Audit and Risk Committee, the FPC oversees the financial reporting process, internal control systems, risk management, the audit process, and compliance monitoring with applicable laws and regulations.

Management has responsibility for establishing and maintaining the system of internal control supporting the achievement of our business objectives.

Compliance with public sector standards and ethical codes

The FPC complies with the Public Sector Code of Ethics through its own Code of Conduct which was reviewed in July 2016. 

More than 75 per cent of staff completed the Accountable and Ethical Decision Making (AEDM) refresher training. Ninety-six per cent of staff completed their performance management review. 

Our Code of Conduct draws on Public Sector Commission (PSC) guidelines and identifies the minimum standards of conduct required by all Directors of the FPC. A Corporate Governance Charter sets out the roles and responsibilities of the Commission and management using PSC guidelines and other corporate governance resources.

Public Interest Disclosure

The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2003 has been enacted to protect the privacy and confidentiality of both the individual making a public interest disclosure and the subject of that disclosure. 

Public Interest Disclosure Officers for the FPC have been appointed. Internal procedures relating to our obligations under the Act have been implemented. 

There were no public interest disclosures for 2016-2017.

State Records Act 2000

In accordance with section 61 of the State Records Act 2000 and the State Records Commission Standards (Standard 2 – Principle 6), the FPC has an approved Record keeping Plan (RKP).

The RKP describes how records are created, maintained, managed and disposed of in accordance with regulatory and best practice requirements, ensuring proper and adequate records are maintained.

The FPC has an online induction process for new staff and regular awareness training for existing staff. This has proved to be an effective way of ensuring staff awareness of their roles and responsibilities and their compliance with the RKP.