Government appropriation

The financial statements that form part of this Annual Report disclose the total appropriation funding and related expenditure for the NHFB for the 2013–14 financial year.

Corporate governance

Strategic Planning

The NHFB Strategic Plan 2013–16 is in place. It describes what we are aiming for as an organisation: our vision, mission, values, strategic objectives and key deliverables. Our Strategic Plan 2013–16 is available from: www.nhfb.gov.au/publications. See page 11 for an overview of the Strategic Plan.

Senior executive committee

The NHFB Executive Committee is the primary decision making body in the NHFB. The Committee provides advice and makes recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer on policies, direction, initiatives and immediate and emerging issues. The Committee also acts as a forum for discussion, prioritisation and forward planning. See page 7 for further information on this committee.

Risk management

The NHFB integrates its risk management practices with broader management and operational processes to achieve optimal business outcomes.

The NHFB uses a suite of risk management tools including a Risk Management Framework, a Risk Register and a Risk Management Plan which comply with AS/NZS ISO31000: Risk Management.

Fraud control

The NHFB has:

  • prepared fraud risk assessments and a fraud control plan;
  • appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation, reporting and data collection procedures and processes in place; and
  • taken all reasonable measures to minimise the incidence of fraud, including the provision of fraud awareness training to all staff in 2013–14.

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

Audits and reviews

During 2013–14 the NHFB engaged CT Alliance to undertake a reasonable assurance review of the control and governance model underpinning the National Health Funding Administrator Payments System, inclusive of the December 2013, April 2014 and June 2014, system releases.

The review was conducted in accordance with the Framework for Assurance Engagements issued by the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB) and concluded that Payment System controls are effective in all material aspects.

Public Service Code of Conduct

The NHFB promotes adherence to the Australian Public Service (APS) Values and Code of Conduct.

External scrutiny

Audit committee members, including the Chair, are independent and external to the NHFB. See page 28 for further information on the Audit Committee.

No judicial or tribunal decisions have been made or are pending with regard to the NHFB.

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

Assets management

In 2013–14 the NHFB leased all assets from the Commonwealth Department of Health.

Purchasing

The NHFB’s purchasing activities were conducted in line with the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines and the NHFB Chief Executive Instructions.

Consultants

No consultants were engaged by the NHFB in 2013–14.

Australian National Audit Office access clauses

The NHFB did not enter into any contracts precluding access by the Auditor–General.

Exempt contracts

The NHFB did not enter into any contracts that were exempt from publication on the AusTender website.

Work Health and Safety

The NHFB 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, as consistent with the legislative requirements of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988.

The NHFB has adopted and continues to utilise the Work Health and Safety framework of the portfolio department, the Department of Health. This framework includes the Health and Safety Management Arrangements, which outline the responsibilities of executive management, supervisors and employees in maintaining and promoting effective health and safety practices, and appointing health and safety representatives.

In 2013–14 the NHFB:

  • appointed and trained formal health and safety representatives;
  • arranged for staff workplace assessments to be conducted and, based on recommendations, purchased chairs and additional appropriate workplace equipment;
  • provided free influenza vaccinations to employees;
  • provided stress management and support through access to an Employee Assistance Provider; and
  • 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 the internet, laptop computers, tablets and mobile phones; and
    • encouraging employees to participate in a range of healthy eating and healthy living activities in Health Week, 31 March to 4 April 2014.

Health and safety outcomes

In 2013–14 the NHFB 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 NHFB did not undertake any advertising campaigns or market research during 2013–14.

Ecological and environmental reporting

The NHFB is committed to the principles of ecologically sustainable development.

In 2013–14 the NHFB has continued to minimise its environmental impact by:

  • encouraging all staff members to reduce the volume of printing;
  • turning off lights and computers when the office is not in use; and
  • utilising waste recycling stations.

Disability Reporting

Commonwealth agencies have previously reported in Annual Reports on their performance as policy adviser, purchaser, employer, regulator and provider under the Commonwealth Disability Strategy.

This has been replaced by reporting under the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020. This strategy sets out a ten–year national policy framework to improve the lives of people with disability, promote participation and create a more inclusive society.

Information and reporting on the National Disability Strategy is available at: www.dss.gov.au/our–responsibilities/disability–and–carers/program–services/government–international/national–disability–strategy.

Information Publication Scheme

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) gives members of the public a right to access copies of documents, other than exempt documents, held by the NHFB.

Agencies subject to the FOI Act are required to publish information to the public as part of the Information Publication Scheme (IPS).

In accordance with the FOI Act requirements, the NHFB publishes FOI information on its website at:www.nhfb.gov.au/contact–us/freedom–of–information.

No FOI requests were received by the NHFB in 2013–14.

Grant Programs

There were no grant programs undertaken by the NHFB in 2013–14.

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