We have specific annual reporting requirements under the PGPA Rule. An index of compliance with our mandatory reporting requirements is at Appendix 4: Compliance index.
Finance law non-compliance
The AIHW had no significant issues relating to finance law non-compliance in 2018–19.
Related entity transactions
The AIHW had no related entity transactions in 2018–19.
Judicial or tribunal decisions
There were no legal actions lodged against the AIHW and no judicial decisions directly affecting us in 2018–19.
Reports by other bodies
No reports were made by the Auditor- General, a Parliamentary Committee, the Commonwealth Ombudsman or the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner in relation to the AIHW in 2018–19.
Unobtainable information from subsidiaries
The AIHW does not have any subsidiaries.
Indemnity applying to the entity and its officers
We have insurance policies through Comcover and Comcare that cover a range of insurable risks, including property damage, general liability and business interruption.
In 2018–19, the Comcover insurance policy included coverage for directors and officers against various liabilities that may occur in their capacity as officers of the AIHW.
Standard premiums of $22,680 excluding goods and services tax (GST) were paid to Comcover in 2018–19, compared with $20,025 for 2017–18.
The AIHW made no claims against its directors and officers liability insurance in 2018–19.
Compliance with the Legal Services Directions 2017
The Legal Services Directions 2017 requires us to provide the Attorney-General’s Department within 60 days of the end of the financial year:
- a report of our legal services expenditure for the financial year
- a certificate about the service of any documents in respect of legal proceedings involving the Commonwealth (if any).
We complied with our obligations for 2018–19 and our legal expenditure was $162,969.70
Advertising and market research
Section 311A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 requires us to report payments of $13,800 and above for advertising and market research. In 2018–19, the AIHW did not undertake any advertising campaigns or make individual payments for advertising that exceeded the prescribed threshold.
Section 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 requires entities based, or operating, in Australia, which have an annual consolidated revenue of more than $100 million, to report annually on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains, and actions to address those risks.
The AIHW’s consolidated revenue was below the $100 million threshold.
Freedom of information
In accordance with section 11C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), the AIHW is required to publish information that has been released in response to a freedom of information access request.
The AIHW is not required to publish:
- personal information about any person if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’
- information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’
- other information, covered by a determination made by the Australian Information Commissioner, if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’
- any information if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of modifications that would need to be made to delete the information listed in the above points.
In 2018–19, the AIHW received 7 requests made under the FOI Act.
Information Publication Scheme
The FOI Act established the Information Publication Scheme for Australian Government agencies subject to the FOI Act. Under the scheme, agencies are required to publish a range of information, including an organisational chart, functions, annual reports and certain details of document holdings.
The required information is published on our website www.aihw.gov.au/about-us/freedom-of-information/information-publication-scheme-ips.
Freedom of information requests and enquiries should be sent to:
FOI Contact Officer
Ethics, Privacy and Legal Unit
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
GPO Box 570
Canberra ACT 2601
or emailed to foi [at] aihw.gov.au.