Government appropriation

For the period 1 July 2012 up to and including 24 June 2013, the Commonwealth Department of Health (previously the Department of Health and Ageing), as the portfolio department, managed the Funding Body’s appropriation on itsbehalf. Upon being granted independent right to directly receive its appropriation under section 32 of the FMA Act on 24 June 2013, the Funding Body, as a stand–alone agency was responsible for these funds.

The financial statements that form part of this Annual Report, disclose the total appropriation funding and related expenditure for the Funding Body for the full 2012–13 financial year.

Corporate governance

Fraud control

The Funding Body has:

  • prepared fraud risk assessments and a fraud control plan
  • appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation, reporting and data collection procedures and processes
  • taken all reasonable measures to minimise the incidence of fraud and to investigate and recover the proceeds of fraud.

The Funding Body’s Fraud Control Plan was developed in accordance with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines.

The Funding Body has a Strategic Plan 2013–16 and Operational Plans (2012–13) in place for all business units.

Senior executive committees

Table 4 lists the Funding Body senior executive committees and provides a brief description of their responsibilities.

Table 4: Senior executive committees
Senior executive committees Responsibilities
Executive Committee Provide advice and make recommendations to the Funding Body CEO on policies, direction, initiatives and immediate and emerging issues
Business Continuity Steering Committee Develop and implement business continuity processes and practices
Strategic Plan Working Committee Provide assurance and advice in the development and implementation of the three year Strategic Plan
Annual Report Committee Provide assurance and advice on direction and content accuracy in the development of the Annual Report

Risk management

The Funding Body’s objective for effective risk management is to integrate its risk management practice with broader management processes and improvements to achieve better outcomes.

Upon commencing operations, the Funding Body undertook a risk assessment and produced a Risk Management Framework, a Risk Register and a Risk Management Plan in accordance with best practice methodology and standards.

Audits and reviews

The Funding Body engaged CT Alliance to undertake two internal audits of the Payments System, in August 2012 and December 2012.

The Funding Body engaged a further audit by CT Alliance, which commenced in June 2013.

Public Service Code of Conduct

The Funding Body has adopted the Australian Public Service (APS) Values and Code of Conduct.

External scrutiny

Audit committee members, including the Chair, are independent and external to the Funding Body.

No judicial or tribunal decisions have been made to the Funding Body, or are pending.

No reports on the operations of the Funding Body have been released by the Auditor–General, a Parliament Committee or the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Assets management

The Funding Body leased all assets from the Commonwealth Department of Health shared services.

Purchasing

The Commonwealth Department of Health conducted the Funding Body’s purchasing activities in line with the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines and Chief Executive Instructions.

Consultants

No consultants were engaged by the Funding Body, or by the Commonwealth Department of Health (on behalf of the Funding Body).

Australian National Audit Office access clauses

The Funding Body can confirm that neither the Commonwealth Department of Health (on behalf of the Funding Body) or the Funding Body, entered into any contracts precluding access by the Auditor–General.

Exempt contracts

The Funding Body can confirm that neither the Commonwealth Department of Health (on behalf of the Funding Body) or the Funding Body, entered into any contracts that were exempt from publication on the AusTender website.

Work Health and Safety

The Funding Body is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for all employees, contractors and visitors, together with return to work opportunities for ill or injured employees, consistent with the legislative requirements of the WorkHealth and Safety Act 2011 and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988.

The Funding Body, being a newly established Agency, adopted the Work Health and Safety framework of its portfolio department. This framework included the Health and Safety Management Arrangements (the Arrangements), which were used to guide the Funding Body’s health and safety management practices. The Arrangements also outlined the responsibilities of executive management, supervisors and employees in maintaining and promoting effective health and safety practices, and appointing health and safety representatives.

The Funding Body is currently developing its own due diligence framework for best management work, health and safety practices, through consultation with employees and their representatives, with the view to completion and implementation in the second half of 2013.

Health and safety initiatives

The Funding Body implemented the following health and safety initiatives in 2012–13:

  • appointed health and safety representatives
  • arranged for staff workplace assessments to be conducted and, based on recommendations, purchased chairs and additional appropriate workplace equipment
  • modified access to the premises to accommodate staff with disabilities
  • provided free influenza vaccinations to employees
  • encouraged employees to adopt healthy work and lifestyle practices by:
  • provision of eyesight testing and reimbursement of prescribed eyewear costs specifically for screen based equipment
  • flexible working locations and home–based work including, where appropriate, access to laptop computers and mobile phones.

Health and safety outcomes

The Funding Body had no reportable incidents or serious personal injury incidents and no notices or directions under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Advertising and market research

The Funding Body attests that it undertook no advertising campaigns or market research during
2012–13.

Ecological and environmental reporting

The Funding Body is committed to the principles of ecologically sustainable development, adopting the philosophies of its portfolio department. As a newly established Agency, the Funding Body is conscious of the size of its environmental footprint, taking an aspirational approach to future environmental performance. The Funding Body intends to continue with these philosophies.

Since its inception, the Funding Body has introduced steps to minimise its environmental impact. It has achieved this by:

  • encouraging all staff members to reduce the volume of printing, with suggestions such as adjusting the settings to minimise waste and using soft copies where possible
  • turning off lights and computers when the office is not in use
  • introducing waste recycling stations
  • occupying their minimal space economically.

Disability reporting

Changes to disability reporting in Annual Reports

Since 1994, Commonwealth departments and agencies have reported on their performance as policy adviser, purchaser, employer, regulator and provider under the Commonwealth Disability Strategy.

In 2007–08, reporting on the employer role was transferred to the APS Commission’s State of the Service Report and the APS Statistical Bulletin. These reports are available at www.apsc.gov.au. From 2010–11, departments and agencies were no longer required to report on these functions.

The Commonwealth Disability Strategy has been overtaken by a new National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 (the Strategy), which sets out a ten–year national policy framework to improve the lives of people with disability, promote participation and create a more inclusive society. A high–level two–yearly report will track progress against each of the six outcome areas of the Strategy and present a picture of how people with disability are managing. The first of these reports will be available in 2014, and will be available at www.dss.gov.au.

The Social Inclusion Measurement and Reporting Strategy agreed by the Government in December 2009, will also include some reporting on disability matters in its regular ‘How Australia is Faring’ report and, if appropriate, in strategic change indicators in agency annual reports.

Information Publication Scheme

Agencies subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) are required to publish information to the public as part of the Information Publication Scheme (IPS) as stated in Part II of the FOI Act. This requirement has replaced the former requirement to publish a Section 8 statement in the Annual Report.

Agencies are required to display on their website, a plan showing what information it publishes in accordance with the IPS requirements.

In accordance with the FOI Act requirements, the Funding Body publish this information on its website, www.nhfb.gov.au.

Grant programs

There were no grant programs undertaken by the Funding Body, or by the Commonwealth Health portfolio on behalf of the Funding Body.

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