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Part 3.3 Other information
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: .
OIGIS is 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.
Total actual expenditure on consultancy contracts for 2016-17 was $21 325.55 (GST inclusive). This represents six consultancy contracts for a range of services, including financial planning for staff members, and meeting national security accreditation requirements. This compares to no consultancies in 2015-16.
ANAO access clauses
No contracts for greater than $100 000 were entered into during the reporting period, which did not provide for the Auditor-General to have access to the contractor's premises.
No contracts have been entered into during the reporting period that have been exempt from publishing on AusTender.
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 OIGIS. Indexed file lists were published on OIGIS's 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 Freedom of Information Act 1982.
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 . 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 .