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Letter of transmittal

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Parliament House

CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Minister

It is my pleasure to submit to you the Annual Report of the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (the department) for the year ended 30 June 2019.

This report presents results for the 2018–19 financial year for the department previously known as the Department of Jobs and Small Business and does not present results that reflect the Administrative Arrangements announced on 29 May 2019. My entity was nominated by the Department of Finance to prepare the annual performance statements and annual report for the 2018–19 year for the outgoing workplace relations function including work health and safety, rehabilitation and compensation, under subsection 14A(4) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 (PGPA Rule), instead of the administering entity.

This report has been prepared in accordance with section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). This requires me as the accountable authority to prepare an annual report on the entity’s activities over the reporting period for you to present to Parliament.

As the accountable authority, I am confident the department’s audited financial statements included in this report satisfy the requirements of section 42 of the PGPA Act. In addition, the annual performance statements in this report are prepared in accordance with section 39 of the PGPA Act and accurately reflect the department’s performance for the 2018–19 financial year.

As required by section 10 of the Rule, I certify that the department has:

  • prepared fraud risk assessments and a fraud control plan
  • appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation and reporting mechanisms that meet its specific needs
  • taken all reasonable measures to appropriately deal with fraud relating to the department.

Yours sincerely

Kerri Hartland's Signature signed 19th September 2019