Management and accountability
Legislative framework and external scrutiny
This section outlines the legislative framework and external scrutiny mechanisms under which Austrade operates.
Legislation under which Austrade operates includes the:
- Australian Trade Commission Act 1985 – defines the functions, duties and powers of the Chief Executive Officer and the Commission
- Export Market Development Grants Act 1997 – provides for the Export Market Development Grants scheme, the Government's principal export finance assistance program, which is administered by Austrade
- Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 – provides the framework for the proper management of public money and public property
- Public Service Act 1999 – governs the establishment and operation of, and employment in, the Australian Public Service.
Austrade was not the subject of any reports tabled by the Auditor-General in Parliament during 2011–12.
During the reporting period, Austrade management considered two Australian National Audit Office reports tabled by the Auditor-General to assess relevance to Austrade operations. Austrade management also reviewed six better practice guides and made recommendations to the Audit and Risk Committee on ways to improve Austrade's management controls and framework.
Judicial decisions and reviews by outside bodies
During 2011–12 there were no parliamentary inquiries into matters directly affecting Austrade, nor any judicial decisions that had a significant impact on the operations of Austrade.
Details of appeals to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal under the Export Market Development Grants Act 1997 are shown on page 94.
During 2011–12, Austrade received no complaints under the Privacy Act 1988.
Training on the Information Privacy Principles and Austrade's own privacy policies is provided as part of regular corporate training, including training for staff being deployed overseas.
Freedom of information
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. 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. Austrade displays on its website a plan showing what information it publishes in accordance with the requirements of the Information Publication Scheme. Austrade has met this requirement.