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External scrutiny

External audit

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) provides our external audit services. The outcome of the 2019–20 financial statements audit is in Part 5 of this report. We were not subject to any other ANAO audits during 2019–20.

No capability reviews were conducted during 2019–20.

Judicial decisions and decisions of administrative tribunals

No judicial or tribunal decisions that could have a significant impact on agency operations were made during 2019–20 or are pending.

Parliamentary committees

No adverse reports of ASEA’s operations by the Auditor-General, a Parliamentary Committee or the Commonwealth Ombudsman were made in 2019–20 or are pending.

Significant issues relating to non-compliance with the finance law

ASEA had no significant issues to report to its minister in relation to non-compliance with the finance law during 2019–20.

Fraud

ASEA complies with section 10 of the PGPA Rule and the Australian Government Fraud Control Policy by minimising the risk of fraud by preventing, detecting, investigating, recording and reporting instances of fraud and corruption through policies, procedures and practices that align with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework.

In 2019–20, we developed a new five-year Fraud Control Plan which will cover the life of NSP 2019–2023. It is designed to communicate clearly to staff and contractors the requirements under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is a living document and will be updated as necessary during this period. We will ensure that serious non-compliance and fraud is dealt with promptly and effectively, a register of incidents is maintained, and that training opportunities in fraud awareness will be identified and offered to staff.

Freedom of Information

ASEA is covered by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) and is required to publish information to the public as part of the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). This requirement is in Part II of the FOI Act, and has replaced the former requirement to publish a statement concerning the functions and documents of the agency in the annual report. An agency must display on its website a plan showing what information it publishes in accordance with the IPS requirements. ASEA’s current IPS information can be found at www. asbestossafety.gov.au/research-publications.

ASEA received no requests under the FOI Act in 2019–20.

No applications to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal were made in 2019–20 with respect to any decision made by us under the FOI Act.