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Acronyms

ACEMS

ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers of Big Data, Big Models, New Insights

ACSRF

Australia-China Strategic Research Fund

AI

Artificial Intelligence

AIMS

Australian Institute of Marine Science

AIMS Act

Australian Institute of Marine Science Act 1972

ANAO

Australian National Audit Office

ARC

Australian Research Council

ASSETS

Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science

ATSIMS

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in Marine Science

AUV

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

BCT

Business Continuity Team

BRII

Business Research Innovation Initiative

BRUVS

baited remote underwater video stations

CDU

Charles Darwin University

CEO

Chief Executive Officer

CFO

Chief Financial Officer

pCO2

partial pressure of carbon dioxide

CNRS

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

CoE

Centre of Excellence

COO

Chief Operating Officer

COS

Centre for Ocean Solutions

CoTS

Crown of Thorns Starfish

COVID-19

Coronavirus

CPSU

Community and Public Sector Union

CSC

Commonwealth Science Council

CSIRO

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

DFAT

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

DSN

Dredging Science Node

EMT

Emergency Management Team

EMBA

Environment that May Be Affected

EPBC Act

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

ESD

Ecologically Sustainable Development

FOI

Freedom of Information

FOI Act

Freedom of Information Act 1982

FRR

Financial Reporting Rule

FTE

full-time equivalent

FY

Financial Year

GBR

Great Barrier Reef

GBRF

Great Barrier Reef Foundation

GBRMPA

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

GCRMN

Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network

GHHP

Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership

GST

Goods and Services Tax

ICRI

International Coral Reef Initiative

IMOS

Integrated Marine Observing System

IOMRC

Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre

IPS

Information Publication Scheme

IT

Information Technology

IUCN

International Union for Conservation of Nature

JCU

James Cook University

KPI

key performance indicator

LTMP

Long-Term Monitoring Program

MMP

Marine Monitoring Program

MP

Member of Parliament

NCRIS

National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy

NESP

National Environmental Science Programme

NGO

Non-Governmental Organisation

NMSC

National Marine Science Committee

NOAA

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOPSEMA

National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority

NPS

Net Promoter Score

NSTC

National Science and Technology Council

NWS

North West Shelf

NWSSRP

North West Shoals to Shore Research Program

OAIC

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

PBS

Portfolio Budget Statement

PGPA Act

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013

PID Act

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013

PMC

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

PMO

Project Management Office

PMS

Project Management System

POGO

Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans

PwC

PricewaterhouseCoopers

QUT

Queensland University of Technology

RAC

Reef Advisory Committee

RDP

Research Data Platform

RRAP

Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program

RIMReP

Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program

RV

Research Vessel

SeaSim

National Sea Simulator

SME

Small to Medium Enterprise

STEM

Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics

TGM

Tactical Global Management

UCPH

University of Copenhagen

UN

United Nations

UQ

University of Queensland

UTAS

University of Tasmania

UWA

The University of Western Australia

WA

Western Australia

WAMSI

Western Australian Marine Science Institution

WAM-V

Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel

WHS Act

Work Health and Safety Act 2011

List of Requirements

requirement for annual reporting is outlined under s. 7 (2) of the AIMS Act, which states that the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 applies to the Institute. That Act deals with matters relating to corporate Commonwealth entities, including reporting and the use and management of public resources.

The list below shows AIMS’ compliance with annual report information requirements for corporate Commonwealth entities as stipulated under s. 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).

The annual financial statements (see page 115) were prepared in accordance with ss. 42 and 43 of the PGPA Act and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Financial Reporting) Rule 2015.

This annual report complies with parliamentary standards of presentation and printing and uses plain English and clear design.

PGPA Rule Reference

Part of Report

Description

Requirement

17BE

Contents of annual report

17BE(a)

About AIMS and Role and Legislation

Details of the legislation establishing the body

Mandatory

17BE(b)(i)

Role and Legislation

A summary of the objects and functions of the entity as set out in legislation

Mandatory

17BE(b)(ii)

Role and Legislation

The purposes of the entity as included in the entity’s corporate plan for the reporting period

Mandatory

17BE(c)

Responsible minister

The names of the persons holding the position of responsible Minister or responsible Ministers during the reporting period, and the titles of those responsible Ministers

Mandatory

17BE(d)

Government Engagement

Directions given to the entity by the Minister under an Act or instrument during the reporting period

If applicable, mandatory

17BE(e)

Government Engagement

Any government policy order that applied in relation to the entity during the reporting period under section 22 of the Act

If applicable, mandatory

17BE(f)

Government Engagement

Particulars of non compliance with:

(a) a direction given to the entity by the Minister under an Act or instrument during the reporting period; or

(b) a government policy order that applied in relation to the entity during the reporting period under section 22 of the Act

If applicable, mandatory

17BE(g)

Performance

Annual performance statements in accordance with paragraph 39(1)(b) of the Act and section 16F of the rule

Mandatory

17BE(h), 17BE(i)

Duty to inform & Ministerial issues

and

Fraud control

A statement of significant issues reported to the Minister under paragraph 19(1)(e) of the Act that relates to non compliance with finance law and action taken to remedy non compliance

If applicable, mandatory

17BE(j)

Governance, AIMS Council

Information on the accountable authority, or each member of the accountable authority, of the entity during the reporting period

Mandatory

17BE(k)

Organisational Structure

Outline of the organisational structure of the entity (including any subsidiaries of the entity)

Mandatory

17BE(ka)

Staff

Statistics on the entity’s employees on an ongoing and non ongoing basis, including the following:

(a) statistics on full time employees;

(b) statistics on part time employees;

(c) statistics on gender;

(d) statistics on staff location

Mandatory

17BE(l)

About AIMS

Outline of the location (whether or not in Australia) of major activities or facilities of the entity

Mandatory

17BE(m)

Corporate governance

Information relating to the main corporate governance practices used by the entity during the reporting period

Mandatory

17BE(n), 17BE(o)

Financial reporting

Note 3.3. in Financial Statements

For transactions with a related Commonwealth entity or related company where the value of the transaction, or if there is more than one transaction, the aggregate of those transactions, is more than $10,000 (inclusive of GST):

(a) the decision making process undertaken by the accountable authority to approve the entity paying for a good or service from, or providing a grant to, the related Commonwealth entity or related company; and

(b) the value of the transaction, or if there is more than one transaction, the number of transactions and the aggregate of value of the transactions

If applicable, mandatory

17BE(p)

Results and Commentary on Performance

Any significant activities and changes that affected the operation or structure of the entity during the reporting period

If applicable, mandatory

17BE(q)

n/a

Particulars of judicial decisions or decisions of administrative tribunals that may have a significant effect on the operations of the entity

If applicable, mandatory

17BE(r)

Public Accountability

Particulars of any reports on the entity given by:

(a) the Auditor General (other than a report under section 43 of the Act); or

(b) a Parliamentary Committee; or

(c) the Commonwealth Ombudsman; or

(d) the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

If applicable, mandatory

17BE(s)

n/a

An explanation of information not obtained from a subsidiary of the entity and the effect of not having the information on the annual report

If applicable, mandatory

17BE(t)

Indemnities and insurance

Details of any indemnity that applied during the reporting period to the accountable authority, any member of the accountable authority or officer of the entity against a liability (including premiums paid, or agreed to be paid, for insurance against the authority, member or officer’s liability for legal costs)

If applicable, mandatory

17BE(taa)

Governance, Audit Committee

Governance, AIMS Council

Note 3.2 to the Financial Statements

The following information about the audit committee for the entity:

(a) a direct electronic address of the charter determining the functions of the audit committee;

(b) the name of each member of the audit committee;

(c) the qualifications, knowledge, skills or experience of each member of the audit committee;

(d) information about each member’s attendance at meetings of the audit committee;

(e) the remuneration of each member of the audit committee

Mandatory

17BE(ta)

Note 3.2 to the Financial Statements

Information about executive remuneration

Mandatory

17BF

Disclosure requirements for government business enterprises

17BF

17BF(1)(a)(i)

External Revenue

An assessment of significant changes in the entity’s overall financial structure and financial conditions

If applicable, mandatory

17BF(1)(a)(ii)

External Revenue and Health & Safety

An assessment of any events or risks that could cause financial information that is reported not to be indicative of future operations or financial conditions

If applicable, mandatory

17BF(1)(b)

n/a

Information on dividends paid or recommended

If applicable, mandatory

17BF(1)(c)

n/a

Details of any community service obligations the government business enterprise has including:

(a) an outline of actions taken to fulfil those obligations; and

(b) an assessment of the cost of fulfilling those obligations

If applicable, mandatory

17BF(2)

n/a

A statement regarding the exclusion of information on the grounds that the information is commercially sensitive and would be likely to result in unreasonable commercial prejudice to the government business enterprise

If applicable, mandatory

Performance Statement

The accountable authority must include a copy of the annual performance statements in the entity’s annual report that is tabled in the Parliament.

The annual performance statements must:

(a) provide information about the entity’s performance in achieving its purposes; and

(b) comply with any requirements prescribed by the rules.

s. 39(1) and (2)

Performance section

The performance statement must include a statement:

  declaring that the performance statements are prepared for section 39(1)(a) of the PGPA Act and any other applicable legislation

  specifying the reporting period for which the performance statements are prepared

  declaring that, in the opinion of the accountable authority, the performance statements accurately present the entity’s performance and comply with s. 39(2) of the PGPA Act.

s. 16F(2)

Statement of preparation

The performance statement must include the results of the measurement and assessment of performance.

s. 16F(2)

Performance statement

AIMS performance against research KPIs

The performance statement must include an analysis of the factors that contributed to the entity’s performance, including any changes to:

  the entity’s purpose, activities or organisational capacity; or

  the environment in which the entity operated that may have had a significant impact on performance.

s. 16F(2)

Performance section

Financial statement

The accountable authority must prepare annual financial statements and given to the Auditor-General.

s. 42(1)

Part 5

The accountable authority must ensure that all the subsidiaries’ financial statements are audited by the Auditor-General.

s. 44(2)

n/a

A copy of the financial statement and the Auditor-General’s report must be included in the annual report.

s. 43(4)

Part 5

The financial statement must comply with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Financial Reporting) Rule 2015.

s. 42(2)(a)

Part 5

Other requirements

Statement of Expectations

Suggested practice

Statement of Ministerial Expectations

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

EPBC Act Section 516A(6)

Environmental performance

Equal Employment Opportunity (Commonwealth Authorities) Act 1997

EEO Act Section 9

EEO & workplace diversity

Work Health and Safety Act 2011

WHS Act Schedule 2, Part 4, Section 4(1)

Health and Safety

Privacy Act 1988

Governance

Freedom of Information Act 1982

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC)

Governance

National Disability Strategy 2010–2020

PMC

Staff

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013

PID Act

Staff

Fraud control

Governance

Alphabetical Index

(page numbers reference the printed / PDF version of the annual report)

A

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in Marine Science (ATSIMS): 55, 58, 68

Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS): 55, 68

AIMS@JCU: 39, 51, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 161

AIMS Strategy 2025: 13, 19, 32, 36, 41, 61, 65, 69, 89, 96, 108, 112, 114

Andrews, the Hon. Karen: 32, 83

Arafura Timor Research Facility: 74

ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies: 51, 56, 58

Assisted Gene Flow: 69

Audit Committee: 11, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 108, 173

Australian Institute of Company Directors: 87, 88, 89

Australian Institute of Marine Science Act 1972 (AIMS Act): 18, 83, 164

Australian National Audit Office (ANAO): 89, 167

Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN): 61

B

baited remote underwater video stations (BRUVS): 167

Bardi Jawi rangers: 72

blue economy: 46, 53

C

Cape Ferguson (research vessel): 28, 31, 74, 96. See also research vessels

capital planning: 74

Central Queensland University: 52, 58

Chairman of the Council

certification letters: 8, 21, 118

foreword report: 10

Charles Darwin University: 52, 56, 57, 74, 86, 167

Chief Executive Officer

certification letters: 8, 118

foreword report: 13

citation impact, Clarivate Analytics inCites: 29, 33, 38

climate change: 13, 14, 18, 24, 26, 27, 37, 43, 47, 52, 64, 79, 86, 144, 149, 154, 163

Code of Conduct: 89, 105

co-investment: 51, 81

collaboration: 14, 19, 22, 30, 33, 43, 48, 51, 52, 54, 55, 65, 70, 71, 87, 97, 99, 110

Comcare, (incident reporting, insurance): 111

compliance: 67, 83, 90, 92, 93, 95, 97, 170, 171

consultancy services: 93

coral bleaching: 22, 23, 64, 68, 69, 71, 98, 99, 143, 146, 147

coral cover: 98, 99

Corporate governance: 171

Corporate Plan: 27, 29, 35, 89, 92

Council: 10, 11, 12, 32, 33, 41, 46, 47, 51, 55, 61, 79, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 91, 92, 93, 105, 161, 162, 166, 167, 169, 171, 173

COVID-19: 10, 13, 14, 15, 28, 29, 31, 45, 50, 58, 71, 74, 78, 80, 81, 102, 107, 108, 110, 167

crown-of-thorns starfish: 23, 47, 68, 69, 149, 158

CSIRO: 13, 15, 22, 39, 46, 52, 53, 54, 55, 64, 65, 71, 74, 79, 86, 159, 160, 167

Curtin University: 53

Customer service charter: 94

cyclones: 22, 23, 70

D

Darwin: 4, 10, 18, 52, 56, 57, 67, 74, 86, 103, 156, 158, 159, 162, 167

data management and dissemination: 61

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: 48, 49, 167

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science: 33, 46, 56

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources: 35, 84, 102

Department of the Environment and Energy: 114, 157, 158

Disability Strategy: 106, 175

diversity: 104, 105, 110, 114, 143, 146, 152, 156, 157, 158, 175

dredging: 54, 67, 68, 79, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158

E

Edith Cowan University: 53

Employee assistance program: 106

Energy usage: 113

Enterprise Agreement: 89, 104

Environmental performance: 112, 175

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999: 114, 168, 175

Equal employment opportunity and workforce diversity: 104

External revenue: 15, 27, 28, 29, 80, 81, 173

F

field operations: 74, 76, 102

Financial reporting: 83, 89, 92, 168, 170, 172, 174

Financial statements: 88, 90, 92, 115, 119, 124, 170, 173, 174

Fraud control plan: 89, 92

Freedom of Information: 94, 168, 175

Freedom of Information Act 1982: 94, 168, 175

Functions of the Institute: 164

G

gender equity: 105

Geoscience Australia: 46, 52, 157, 158

Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN): 11, 30, 48, 168

Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF): 13, 48, 65, 68, 79, 86, 156, 161, 162, 168

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA): 10, 15, 22, 23, 43, 51, 68, 71, 156, 157, 162, 168

Griffith University: 52, 85

H

Harassment: 105

Health and Safety: 93, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 170, 175

Homeward Bound: 161

I

impacts: 10, 13, 18, 27, 28, 30, 34, 37, 47, 52, 54, 67, 68, 79, 99, 112, 144, 146, 147, 151, 156

Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC): 4, 39, 51, 54, 56, 74, 162, 168, 180

Indigenous Partnerships Plan: 36, 72

industry: 32, 33, 35, 46, 56, 67, 83, 84, 102

Information Publication Scheme (IPS): 95, 168

insurance cover, organisation. See also Comcare, (incident reporting, insurance)

Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS): 11, 51, 52, 53, 64, 65, 162, 168

International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI): 11, 30, 48, 50, 70, 168

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN): 51, 161, 168

J

James Cook University (JCU): 12, 13, 39, 48, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 60, 79, 85, 99, 161, 168

Joint venture: 36, 48, 54, 83, 157

Journal articles: 30, 37, 59, 143. See also publications

judicial decisions: 94, 172

K

key performance indicators: 28

Kimberley: 53, 54, 68, 72, 157, 158

Kimberley Marine Research Program: 53, 54, 157

L

Legislation (affecting the Institute): 164, 170, 174

Letter of transmittal: 8

Long-term monitoring program (LTMP): 23

lost time injuries: 110

M

management and accountability: 82

Marine Monitoring Program (MMP): 51, 52, 162, 168

ministerial directions: 83

modelling: 27, 41, 44, 45, 53, 54, 55, 64, 67, 114, 144, 147, 156, 158

monitoring: 11, 12, 23, 27, 29, 30, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 92, 96, 97, 114, 143, 145, 149, 151, 157, 161, 162, 163, 168, 169

Murdoch University: 53

Museum of Tropical Queensland: 58

N

National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS): 32, 53, 168

National Environmental Science Programme (NESP): 37, 50, 51, 52, 56, 65, 79, 157, 158, 163, 168

National Marine Science Plan 2015-2025: 11, 36, 46, 53, 55

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): 65, 169. See also US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Ningaloo Reef: 70, 143, 150, 158

North West Shoals to Shore Research Program (NWSSRP): 169

O

ocean acidification: 37, 47, 79, 143, 155, 161

oil and gas: 28, 29, 34, 44, 45, 67, 87, 150

Ombudsman: 94, 172

organisational structure: 101, 105, 171

outcomes: 26, 27, 29, 31, 33, 34, 36, 47, 49, 67, 74, 99, 107

P

Partnerships: 14, 19, 27, 30, 36, 43, 51, 53, 58, 72, 83, 87, 165

ports: 34, 36, 53, 67

postgraduate students: 33, 56, 68

Powers of the Institute: 26, 165

Privacy Act 1988: 94, 175

publications: 15, 30, 34, 37, 39, 59, 60, 143

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013: 35, 83, 166, 169, 170

Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014: 83

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (PID): 106, 169, 175

publicly funded research agency: 54, 56

Q

quality assurance, science: 61

Queensland Government: 47, 52, 65, 68, 70, 163

Queensland University of Technology: 13, 49, 55, 57, 79, 85, 96, 169

R

radiation safety: 113

recovery: 10, 13, 15, 23, 26, 55, 71, 86, 98, 102, 147, 154

recycling: 112, 113

Reef 2050 Plan: 11, 23, 30, 36, 47, 51, 68

Reef and Rainforest: 52, 158, 159, 163

Reef HQ Aquarium: 58

Reef Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program (RIMReP): 11, 30, 47, 68, 163, 169

Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP): 10, 13, 25, 47, 163

Reef Trust Partnership: 83

Remuneration, key management personnel: 88, 134, 173

research infrastructure: 27, 31, 32, 33, 34, 46, 53, 74, 168

research vessels: 14, 28, 34, 53, 74, 75, 102. See also Cape Ferguson (research vessel); See also Solander (research vessel)

resilience: 13, 18, 23, 27, 47, 48, 49, 52, 68, 69, 144, 146, 150, 151, 152, 155, 160, 161

revenue: 15, 27, 28, 29, 80, 81, 128, 173

S

Santos: 56, 152, 155, 156, 157

science leadership: 46

SeaSim: 31, 34, 78, 79, 169

sediment: 79, 143, 144, 149, 154, 159

Solander (research vessel): 28, 31, 74. See also research vessels

sponges: 44, 45

staff: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 28, 34, 37, 50, 56, 57, 59, 61, 69, 71, 74, 78, 79, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 171

stakeholder engagement: 66, 85, 86

T

Torres Strait: 4, 33, 52, 55, 58, 68, 73, 105, 167

Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA): 73

U

United Nations: 48, 85, 161, 169

University of Queensland: 13, 39, 52, 55, 57, 85, 169

University of Tasmania: 39, 52, 53, 159, 169

University of Western Australia: 56

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): 65, 169

W

WA ChemCentre: 53

WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation: 53

WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development: 53, 54

WA Department of Water and Environmental Regulation: 53

WA Global Ocean Observing System: 53

water quality: 37, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 65, 67, 68, 70, 153, 156, 157, 158, 163

weather stations: 73

Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI): 51, 53, 54, 79, 156, 157, 158, 159, 163, 170

Western Australian Museum: 53

whistle-blower policy: 106

Woodside Energy Ltd: 53, 157

workers’ compensation: 111. See also Comcare, (incident reporting, insurance)

Work Health and Safety Act 2011: 111, 170, 175

workplace behaviour: 105