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Appendix 4: Statutory reporting

Advertising and market research

During 2019–20, the AIC conducted the following advertising campaign:

  • Sign up to the AIC’s new publication alerts.

Further information on this advertising campaign is available on the AIC’s website (aic.gov.au) and in the reports on Australian Government advertising prepared by the Department of Finance. Those reports are available on the Department of Finance’s website: www.finance.gov.au.

Freedom of information

The AIC is subject to the Commonwealth Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). As such, we are 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 section 8 statement in an annual report. Each agency must display on its website a plan showing what information it publishes in accordance with the IPS requirements. The Institute’s plan is available at www.aic.gov.au/about-us/freedom-information/information-publication-scheme.

Environmental performance

This report on ecologically sustainable development and environmental matters is provided in accordance with section 516(a) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The Institute’s executive and staff are committed to the principles of ecologically sustainable development.

Initiatives to reduce the Institute’s environmental impacts include the following:

  • staff are encouraged to use web-based and teleconference facilities where possible rather than undertaking air travel, which has adverse effects;
  • selected seminars are made available electronically so people do not have to travel to the Institute to hear them;
  • all AIC publications are available online, reducing the need for printing and paper use; and
  • waste generation (resource waste and greenhouse gas emissions) is reduced by recycling paper, cardboard, glass, plastics and metals.

The AIC continues to look for ways to reduce its impact on the environment when undertaking new procurements.

Disability reporting mechanism

The National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 is Australia’s overarching framework for disability reform. It acts to ensure the principles underpinning the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are incorporated into Australia’s policies and programs that affect people with disability, their families and carers.

All levels of government will continue to be held accountable for the implementation of the strategy through biennial progress reporting to the Council of Australian Governments. Progress reports can be found at dss.gov.au.

Disability reporting is included 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.