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At 30 June 2017, the office had 15 ongoing APS employees located in the Australian Capital Territory (not including the Inspector-General). Four employees worked part-time.
No employees identified as Indigenous.
The profile of the organisation is summarised in the following two graphs:
The membership and functions of the Audit Committee are structured according to the PGPA Act. At 30 June 2017 the members were Mr Trevor Kennedy (Attorney-General's Department) as Chair, Ms Sarah Vandenbroek (Department of Communications and the Arts) and Mr Jake Blight (OIGIS). The Inspector-General attends the meetings as an observer.
The Audit Committee meets on a periodic basis to consider matters including:
- risk management
- internal control
- financial statements
- compliance requirements
- internal audit
- external audit
- governance arrangements.
The Committee reviews the Risk Management Plan annually based on its assessment of the office's risk performance over the period. The Risk Management Plan includes controls designed to mitigate risks including the following:
- personnel related risks
- accidental or intentional loss of information
- segregation of duties
- failure or compromise of information technology systems
- physical security of the office and facilities
- corporate liability
- fraud prevention, detection and management
- corporate compliance requirements.
Through its various mitigation strategies, the residual risk accepted by the office is maintained within the low-medium levels in each of the categories listed above.
At 06 February 2017, all non-SES staff were employed under OIGIS Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019. One SES staff member was employed under a section 24(1) determination.
The salary range available to APS employees in OIGIS throughout 2016–17 is provided at Annex 5.2.
The only notable non-salary benefit for OIGIS non-SES staff is a taxable annual allowance in recognition of the requirement to undergo regular and intrusive security clearance processes necessary to maintain a Top Secret Positive Vet clearance, as well as other restrictions placed on employees as a result of reviewing the activities of the intelligence agencies. The annual allowance was $1093 per annum until 06 February 2017, when on commencement of the OIGIS Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019 it became $1125.
Training and staff development
We continued the internal training program introduced in early 2012. The program of short training sessions, run once a fortnight, ensures that staff develop and maintain specialised knowledge and skills, and supplements on the job training. Topics covered in 2016–17 included:
- recent changes to legislation
- Parliamentary committees
- the Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments
- issue motivated groups
- the law of armed conflict
- performance management
- security awareness.
Staff were also provided with regular opportunities throughout 2016–17 to attend other training courses and seminars relevant to their roles. A studies assistance scheme is available to reimburse employees for approved courses of study.
OIGIS does not have a performance pay scheme.