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Annexure 5.3: Other mandatory information

Subsection 17AH(2) of the PGPA Rule provides for the inclusion of other mandatory information, as required by an Act or instrument, in one or more appendices to an annual report prepared for a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.

The following information is provided in accordance with Schedule 2, Part 4 of the WHS Act. Due to its small size, the Office does not have a separate Workplace Health and Safety Committee. Instead, workplace health and safety matters are addressed at all-staff meetings, the Executive Committee meetings, Audit Committee meetings and, as the need arises, directly with the Inspector-General through SES, Directors and the Workplace Health and Safety Representative.

No notifiable incidents resulting from undertakings carried out by the Office that would require reporting under the WHS Act have occurred during the year. No investigations were conducted relating to undertakings carried out by the Office and no notices were given to the Office under Part 10 of the WHS Act.

In 2020, all employees who were required to work from home as a result of COVID-19 restrictions completed a work from home safety checklist and assessment. All employees who required additional equipment had this provided to them by the Office.

The following information is provided in accordance with the requirements of s 311A of the
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.

The Office did not incur any expenditure on advertising campaigns, market research, polling
or direct mailing during the reporting period.

The following information is provided in accordance with the requirements of s 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The Office is committed to ensuring that its activities are environmentally responsible.

Through its co-location with the AGD the Office continues to benefit from AGD’s commitments to energy saving measures. This includes a large number of energy and water saving measures, such as energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling which are incorporated into the Office premises at 3-5 National Circuit.

Utilities consumption for the Office were not separately measured. For this reason, ecologically sustainable development and details of environmental performance are not able to be quantified in this report.

While the majority of the Office’s infrastructure is provided and maintained by a host Department, the Office takes into account and acts to minimise the environmental impact across a number of areas for which it is directly responsible.

These include:

  • purchasing and using Australian made recycled and/or carbon neutral paper
  • configuring printers to print double-sided by default
  • recycling all unclassified office paper and cardboard waste
  • recycling empty toner cartridges
  • continued use of a hybrid vehicle.