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Corporate governance

We operate under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). The corporate focus throughout 2019/20 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 Groups.

The Family Law Act 1975 sets out our role, functions and governance arrangements. During 2019/20, the responsible minister for AIFS was Senator the Hon Anne Ruston.

Fraud control

During the financial year 2019/20, no fraud was identified. The next fraud risk assessment is scheduled to be conducted in 2020/21.

Annual Report 2019/20 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

07 September 2020