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Introduction to the Annual report

Australian Public Service Commissioner

October 2012

The Honourable Julia Gillard MP

Prime Minister

Parliament House

Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Prime Minister

In accordance with section 44 of the Public Service Act 1999, I am pleased to present my annual report for the year ended 30 June 2012. This report includes the annual report of the Merit Protection Commissioner, as required by section 51 of the Public Service Act 1999.

This report has been prepared in accordance with section 44(1) of the Public Service Act 1999, which requires that you table the report in Parliament. It reflects the Requirements for annual reports for departments, executive agencies and FMA Act bodies endorsed by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit in June 2012.

The report includes the Commission’s audited financial statements as required by section 57 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

In addition, and as required by the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines, I certify that I am satisfied that the Commission has prepared fraud risk assessments and a fraud control plan; has in place appropriate fraud control mechanisms that meet the Commission’s needs; and has taken all reasonable measures to minimise the incidence of fraud and to investigate and recover the proceeds of fraud.

Yours sincerely

Stephen Sedgwick AO

Public Service Commissioner


The Australian Public Service Commissioner’s annual report 2011–12 is provided in accordance with the provisions of section 44 of the Public Service Act 1999 (the PS Act). The report has been developed with the aim of transparent reporting under the Commission’s outcome and program structure.

Part 1: Overview

The report’s overview includes the Public Service Commissioner’s review and an overview of the Commission’s role and responsibilities, outcome and program structure, organisational structure and financial performance. The Commissioner’s review summarises some of the principal developments affecting the work of the Commission, including highlights of significant achievements during 2011–12.

Part 2: Performance review

The performance review provides a detailed discussion of the Commission’s performance under its two programs. The performance information in Part 2 covers the Commission as a whole. To ensure comprehensive reporting against the program structure, the performance review includes the work of the Merit Protection Commissioner.

Part 3: Annual report of the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal

Part 3 contains the annual report of the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal.

Part 4: Management and accountability

The management and accountability component of the report provides an overview of the Commission’s approach to corporate governance and the management of resources within the Commission.

Part 5: Annual report of the Merit Protection Commissioner

In accordance with the provisions of section 51 of the PS Act, Part 5 contains the Merit Protection Commissioner’s report on her statutory role and responsibilities.

Part 6: Financial statements

Part 6 contains the Commission’s audited financial statements for 2011–12.

Appendices

The appendices provide detailed information on staffing, work health and safety, the Information Publication Scheme and other matters relevant to the Commission’s activities.

Contact us

The Commission welcomes your comments on this report. To make a comment, or to request more information, please contact:

Ms Natalie Francis

Strategic Communications Team

Client Engagement Group

Australian Public Service Commission

Level 3, LGA House

148 Frome Street

Adelaide SA 5000

Tel: (08) 8203 9314

Fax: (02) 6276 9380

Email: natalie.francis [at] apsc.gov.au

Website: www.apsc.gov.au

Internet address for report: www.apsc.gov.au/publications-and-media/parliamentary/annual-report