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Corporate governance framework

The Commission’s predicted outcomes and anticipated use of resources are set out in its Portfolio Budget Statements for 2016–17. Actions designed to deliver the outcomes are detailed in the Commission’s Corporate Plan 2016–17, group business plans and individual performance agreements.

The Commission’s Executive Committee provides strategic oversight and support for the Commissioner. It considers and determines the business, operational and policy strategies of the Commission, approves the Corporate Plan, and is responsible for the financial management of the Commission.

Ernst & Young was responsible for the internal audit function in 2016–17. Four audit reviews were completed—payroll, the Commonwealth Indigenous Employment Strategy, business continuity management, and third party risk management.

Compliance and accountability

The Commission conducts an annual review of its compliance with the financial management and accountability framework. The results of the 2016–17 review confirmed that our internal control environment is operating effectively. No significant non-compliance was detected.

The Commission also has an ongoing process of reviewing its human resource policies to ensure that they are consistent with best practice and contemporary human resource management principles.

Ethical standards

The Commission supports a culture of strong commitment to the APS Values and Code of Conduct and ensures that this is reflected in our day-to-day work. New starters at the Commission receive clear guidance about expectations in this regard.