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Human resources

The Harbour Trust had a head count of 70, comprising of 51 full-time staff, 11 part-time staff and eight casual employees. Harbour Trust employees are engaged under section 48 of the SHFT Act, with terms of employment prescribed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Enterprise Agreement 2016–2019 (extended to 2022).

List of Employees by APS classification

Classification

Male

Female

Full-time

Part-time

Ongoing

Non-ongoing

Casual

Executive Director

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

Senior Executive

2

3

4

1

5

0

0

EL2

6

4

9

1

7

3

0

EL1

6

4

7

3

10

0

0

L6

4

7

7

4

9

2

0

L5

2

6

7

1

8

0

0

L4

4

2

5

1

4

2

0

L3

6

3

9

0

9

0

0

L1 - 2

4

6

2

0

0

2

8

Trainees

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

34

36

51

11

52

10

8

Executive remuneration

The categories of personnel covered by the disclosures include key management personnel and senior executives within the meaning of Public Governance Performance and Accountability Rule 2014.

Remuneration policies, practices and governance arrangements

The key management personnel (KMP) include the Members of the Trust and the Executive Director. Pursuant to Section 43 of the SHFT Act, the Trust sets the conditions of employment for the Executive Director, but must first seek advice from the Australian Government Remuneration Tribunal in respect of remuneration and allowances.

Remuneration for the senior executive is set with regard to public sector benchmarks, the nature of the work, specific skills and individual contribution to business outcomes.

Tables showing the remuneration for KMP and senior executives in the reporting year are set out in Appendix 5 and 6.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

Through its employment, the Harbour Trust is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. This is reflected in policies such as the Harbour Trust Disability Action Plan and Indigenous Employment Strategy.

Disability Action Plan

As identified in the Harbour Trust Disability Inclusion Action Plan, the Harbour Trust is committed to reducing, and where possible eliminating discriminatory barriers for people with a disability. This applies to existing employees and those seeking employment. At the end of 2019-20, people with a disability accounted for eight per cent of our overall workforce.

Public Interest Disclosure

The Harbour Trust complied with the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 by reporting to the Commonwealth Ombudsman at the end of 2019-20 that there had been three public interest disclosures during the reporting period.

Access and safety

Risk management

The Harbour Trust has amended relevant policies and procedures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and reported to the Members of the Trust and Portfolio Audit Committee at each meeting in 2020 in respect of actions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Harbour Trust promotes and supports a culture of effective risk management in all its strategic and daily operational activities, complying with its responsibilities under all relevant laws, regulations and adopting effective best practice.

Work Health and Safety

The Harbour Trust continues to improve and embed safety across all activities. During the reporting year, we enhanced our safety focus in the support of events, construction and maintenance activities. Improved reporting processes and staff education saw an increase in accident and incident reporting. This is evident in the Harbour Trust’s response and management of the risk of COVID-19 and enhanced WHS reporting.

In 2020-21 there will be a focus on refreshing the Safety Management System to align with ISO Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use (AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018) including refresher training for staff and internal auditing of the safety management system.

WHS statistics

WHS Statistics

Hazards, incidents, Injuries

2018–19

2019–20

Number of incidents and accidents reported

17

99

Number of lost time injuries

0

7

Note: the large increase in incident and accident reporting in 2019-20 is due to improved WHS reporting and staff training.

Notifiable incidents

Comcare was notified of six incidents during the reporting period.

Judicial decisions and reviews by outside bodies

The Australian Government initiated an Independent Review of the Harbour Trust and its legislative, financial and governance arrangements to ensure that arrangements are fit for the future. The final report of the review was released by the Minister for the Environment on 18 June 2020.

There were no judicial decisions or decisions of other administration appeal tribunals that had a significant impact on the operation of the Harbour Trust in 2019–20.

Furthermore, there were no reports on the operations of the Harbour Trust by the Auditor-General or reports by a parliamentary committee other than the annual Australian National Audit Office audit on the Financial Statements.

Ministerial directions

No ministerial directions were given to the Harbour Trust during the reporting period.

Business Operations

Over the course of the reporting period, the operations of the Harbour Trust were impacted by two significant activities.

In 2019-20, the Harbour Trust was the subject of an Independent Review of its legislative, financial and governance arrangements — the first since the agency commenced in 2001. On 18 June 2020, the Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, released the Report on the Independent Review. This report included 21 recommendations regarding the future of the Harbour Trust and its operations, with a key recommendation that the Harbour Trust become an ongoing Commonwealth entity. On 31 July 2020, the Harbour Trust issued a Statement of Intent detailing how it plans to proceed with the review recommendations. This work will be undertaken during 2020-21.

Also over the reporting year, the Harbour Trust was heavily impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, with a significant impact on revenue streams and business activity. The Minister enabled the release of $14 million from funds held in Harbour Trust reserves to allow the Harbour Trust to deal with revenue short falls and to provide short-term rent relief to commercial and residential tenants in line with policy directions agreed with Government.

While Harbour Trust parklands remained open for community recreation use; Harbour Trust accommodation, visitor centres, programming and events, and the volunteer program were all suspended in the last quarter of 2019-20 in line with government social distancing and lockdown requirements. Harbour Trust offices were closed, with administrative duties being undertaken remotely. Enhanced cleaning protocols were established on public spaces with COVID-safe WHS policies developed for staff and visitor safety. The Harbour Trust re-opened accommodation in July 2020 at a reduced capacity, facilitated the reopening of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN on Cockatoo Island and recommenced elements of the Volunteer Program with a view to recommencing other programmed activities late 2020 and into 2021.