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Corporate governance

We operate under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). The corporate focus throughout 2018/19 was the effective maintenance of high standards of governance, accountability and reporting in order to fulfil all PGPA requirements and build organisational capacity to achieve our research and communication objectives. This corporate oversight is conducted through senior management committees (detailed below).

The Family Law Act 1975 sets out our role, functions and governance arrangements. During 2018/19, the responsible minister for AIFS was the Hon. Dan Tehan (until 28 August 2018), the Hon. Paul Fletcher (until 29 May 2019) and Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston.

Fraud control

During the financial year 2018/19, no fraud was identified. The next fraud risk assessment is scheduled to be conducted in 2019/20.

Annual Report 2018/19 Fraud Control Certification

In accordance with section 10 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014, I, Anne Hollonds, Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies, hereby certify that I am satisfied that the Institute has:

  • undertaken a fraud risk assessment and updated the fraud control plan
  • put in place appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation, and reporting mechanisms that meet the specific needs of the Institute
  • taken all reasonable measures to appropriately deal with fraud relating to the Institute.

Anne Hollonds
Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies
06 September 2019