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Other Accountabilities

Data Privacy

The Administrator’s Data Governance Policy (updated November 2018) details the information collected, the purpose for the collection, its use, storage, disclosure and disposal by the Administrator. A summary of the information collected or produced is available at www.publichospitalfunding.gov.au

The NHFB Data Governance Policy aims to help NHB staff, including contractors, to understand and apply NHFBs best practice approach to managing data,

A range of procedures and policies relating to data governance have been established and are subject to regular audit and assurance reviews.

2018–19 provides an opportunity to further refine and simplify our processes under an updated data governance framework.

Purchasing

In 2018–19 NHFBs purchasing activities were conducted in line with the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines and the NHFB Accountable Authority Instructions.

Consultants

The NHFB engages consultants when specialist expertise or independent research, review or assessment is required. All decisions to engage consultants are made in accordance with the PGPA Act and related regulations including the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and NHFB internal policies. In 2018–19 the NHFB did not enter into any new consultancy contracts.

Australian National Audit Office Access

In 2018–19 NHFB did not enter into any contracts precluding access by the Commonwealth Auditor-General.

Exempt Contracts

In 2018–19 the NHFB did not enter into any contracts that were exempt from publication on the AusTender website.

Grants

There were no grant programs undertaken by the NHFB in 2018–19.

Procurement initiatives to support small business

The NHFB supports small business participation in the Commonwealth Government procurement market. Small and medium-sized enterprise and small enterprise participation statistics are available on the Department of Finance’s website at www.finance.gov.au/procurement/statistics-on-commonwealth-purchasing-con...

Advertising and Market Research

No advertising campaigns or market research were conducted by the NHFB in 2018–19.

Assets Management

In 2018–19 the NHFB leased assets from the Commonwealth Department of Health.

Ecological and Environmental Reporting

The NHFB is committed to the principles of ecologically sustainable development.

In 2018–19 the NHFB continued to minimise its environmental impact by:

  • Encouraging staff and contractors to reduce the volume of printing;
  • Turning off lights and computers when the office is not in use;
  • Using a waste recycling station; and
  • Limiting travel by using technological solutions whenever possible.