The Hon Tony Abbott MP
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 2013. This report includes the annual report of the Merit Protection Commissioner, as required by section 51 of the Act.
This report has been prepared in accordance with section 44(1) of the Act, which requires that you table the report in parliament. It reflects the Requirements for annual reports for departments, executive agencies and FMA Act bodies approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit in June 2013.
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.
Stephen Sedgwick AO
Australian Public Service Commissioner