The agency supports small business participation in the Commonwealth Government procurement market. Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and Small Enterprise participation statistics are available on the Department of Finance's website: www.finance.gov.au/procurement/statistics-on-commonwealth-purchasing-contracts/.
We are committed to the continued development and support of Indigenous businesses, under the Commonwealth Indigenous Procurement Policy.
All procurement and purchasing activities conducted by the office were in accordance with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules.
During the reporting period the office did not employ the services of consultants.
ANAO access clauses
No contracts for greater than $100 000 (which did not provide for the Auditor-General to have access to the contractor's premises) were entered into during the reporting period.
No contracts that have been exempt from publishing on AusTender have been entered into during the reporting period.
Compliance with the finance law
No significant instances of non-compliance requiring a report to the responsible Minister in accordance with the PGPA Act have been recorded in the office for 2015–16.
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). This requirement is in Part II of the FOI Act and has replaced the former requirement to publish a section 8 statement in an annual report. Each agency must display on its website a plan showing what information it publishes in accordance with the IPS requirements. As an exempt agency under the FOI Act, the scheme does not apply to this office. Indexed file lists were published on our website in the reporting period in accordance with the Senate Continuing Order No 10 (Harradine Order).
Freedom of information
This office is an exempt agency for the purposes of the FOI Act.
Advertising and market research
The following information is provided in accordance with the requirements of section 311A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.
The office did not incur any expenditure on advertising campaigns, market research, polling or direct mailing during the reporting period.
Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance
The following information is provided in accordance with the requirements of section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The office, through its co-location with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), continues to benefit from that Department's commitment to energy saving measures. This includes the large number of energy and water saving measures, designed to reduce greenhouse emissions, which are incorporated into the building in which we are among the occupants (One National Circuit). These measures include, but are not limited to, energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling.
Due to the small size of the office, PM&C does not separately measure the utilities we use and provides these utilities free of charge. For this reason, ecologically sustainable development and details of environmental performance are not specifically quantified in this report.
Nonetheless, the office is committed to ensuring that its activities are environmentally responsible. While the majority of the office's infrastructure is provided and maintained by PM&C, there are a number of areas for which the IGIS is directly responsible in which the IGIS takes into account the environmental impact and acts accordingly to minimise it. These include:
- recycled paper was used for approximately 98 per cent of the office's photocopying, facsimile reports and document printing in 2015–16
- printers are configured to print double-sided by default
- all unclassified office paper and cardboard waste is recycled
- empty toner cartridges are recycled, except where security considerations apply.
Disability reporting mechanism
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 Australian Public Service 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 have no longer been required to report on these functions.
The Commonwealth Disability Strategy has been overtaken by the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020, 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 faring. The first of these reports was published in 2014, and can be found at www.dss.gov.au.
Correcting the Record
In the IGIS Annual Report 2014–15, we reported the employment of one female SES Band 1 officer (p.44, Management of Human Resources, Gender Balance). This information was incorrect. In 2014–15, we had one male SES Band 1 officer.