Compliance with Finance Law
In accordance with paragraph 19(1)(e) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, AFMA must include a statement in the annual report on any significant issues reported to the responsible minister that relate to non-compliance with the finance law in relation to the entity. If such a statement has been included in the annual report, the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 also requires the annual report to include an outline of the actions taken to remedy the non-compliance.
AFMA's review of compliance for 2019-20 with finance law (the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and associated rules and instruments) indicates that there are no significant matters that warrant reporting to the minister.
During 2019-20 AFMA maintained a strong push on improved performance with respect to our responsibilities under the Commonwealth Procurement Rules. Our staff are kept well informed of any changes in procurement rules through our internal communication such as intranet news stories, revised templates and targeted training sessions.
Our approach to procurement and contract management is based on a self-service model enabling our staff at all levels within the organisation to undertake procurement and contract management activities within a clearly defined framework.
The relevant policies, procedures, tools and process maps are all easily accessible on our intranet for our staff to utilise. Importantly, training in procurement and contract management was delivered to all Executive Level staff across the organisation. To further support procurement and contract management capabilities within AFMA, a Community of Practice has been fostered so that experience can be shared with all our staff across the agency.
Australian National Audit Office Access clauses
All contracts valued at $100 000 or more (GST inclusive) let during the year provided for the Auditor-General to have access to the contractor's premises.
The Chief Executive Officer did not exempt any contracts let during 2019-20 from being published on AusTender on the basis that publication would disclose exempt matters under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
AFMA did not conduct any advertising campaigns during the year.
AFMA did not administer any grants during the year.