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Appendix 7: Other mandatory information

Advertising and market research

Under section 311A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, the AAT is required to set out particulars of any payments above the applicable threshold paid to advertising agencies, market research organisations, polling organisations, direct mail organisations or media advertising organisations.

We did not undertake any advertising campaigns in 2018–19. Non-campaign advertising expenditure of $34,251 was paid to Universal McCann for advertising employment vacancies.

We paid $14,719 to ORIMA Research to conduct a survey of users of the AAT’s services.

There were no other reportable payments made in 2018–19.

Grants

The AAT did not administer any grants programs in 2018–19.

Disability reporting mechanism

Since 1994, non-corporate Commonwealth entities have reported on their performance as policy adviser, purchaser, employer, regulator and provider under the Commonwealth Disability Strategy. In 2007–08, reporting on the employer role was transferred to the Australian Public Service Commission’s State of the Service reports and the APS Statistical Bulletin. These reports are available at www.apsc.gov.au. From 2010–11, entities have no longer been required to report on these functions.

The Commonwealth Disability Strategy has been overtaken by the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020, which sets out a 10-year national policy framework to improve the lives of people with disability, promote participation and create a more inclusive society. A high-level, two-yearly report will track progress against each of the six outcome areas of the strategy and present a picture of how people with disability are faring. Copies of these reports can be found at www.dss.gov.au.

Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

The AAT does not develop or administer legislation or policy relating to the environment but takes steps to ensure our operations are environmentally sustainable.

When arranging new leases and fit-outs in 2018–19, we considered the principles of ecologically sustainable development. The AAT’s Long Term Accommodation Masterplan, adopted in May 2015, states a preference for leases in buildings with NABERS ratings of at least 4.5 and refers to compliance with a range of Australian Government policies, including the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations Policy and the National Waste Policy. We signed one long-term lease for additional space in Perth in 2018–19, which included the required Green Lease Schedule. The building has a NABERS rating of 4.5.

We also limit our impact on the environment in day-to-day operations by implementing simple measures such as ensuring lights and electrical devices are switched off when not required, encouraging double-sided printing, providing facilities to support members and staff who walk or cycle to work, and recycling office waste.

Environmental performance reporting, 2018–19

THEME

STEPS TAKEN TO REDUCE EFFECT

MEASURES TO REVIEW AND IMPROVE REDUCING THE EFFECT

Energy efficiency

Install sensor-controlled lighting in any new fit-outs or refurbishments to tenancies.

Consider energy ratings of office machines when replacement is necessary.

The AAT is not able to access consolidated data on electricity consumption across all tenancies.

Waste

Participate in office waste recycling schemes.

All registries recycled paper during the reporting year.

Some registries also recycled glass, plastics, metals, toner cartridges, organic material and e-waste such as batteries and equipment.

As the AAT participates in whole-of-building recycling schemes with other tenants, separate data on recycling quantities is not currently available.

Water

Install water saving devices such as dual-flush cisterns and waterless or low-water urinals in any new fit-outs or refurbishments to tenancies.

The AAT is not able to access data on water consumption in each of its tenancies.

Corrections of material errors in previous annual report

The AAT’s annual report for 2017–18 contained the following errors.

  • Chart 3.2 (page 25) set out the number of applications lodged, finalised and on hand in each of the AAT’s divisions for that year. The information for the Freedom of Information Division was incorrect. The chart showed there were 63 applications lodged and 47 applications on hand at 30 June 2019. It should have showed there were 47 applications lodged and 63 applications on hand.
  • In Table 3.13 (page 48), the average time for acknowledging receipt of an application was recorded as one day. The correct figure is two days.
  • Table A4.4 (page 135) set out the number of hearings conducted in each of the three financial years from 2015–16 to 2017–18. The AAT has become aware that a small number of hearings were excluded from those figures. The correct number of hearings conducted in each of the years are: 24,877 in 2015–16; 26,696 in 2016–17; and 22,166 in 2017–18.