Additional Published Information

Consultancies

The Commission had no professional consultancy expenditure in the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Overseas travel

There was no overseas travel undertaken by the Commissioners or Commission staff in 2017-18.

Indigenous matters

The primary objective of the Commission is the advancement of Indigenous peoples in the welfare reform communities. This commitment and the associated policies of the Commission to support this commitment are demonstrated throughout the Commission’s Annual Reports. The operations of the Commission are aimed at strengthening relationships in the communities, fostering respect, building community members capabilities in order to access future opportunities and ensuring accountability. The Commission promotes an environment where Indigenous cultures are acknowledged through our conferencing process which is conducted in the local language where required. The Commission encourages the positive contributions that community members can make to their local communities and the empowerment which results from rebuilding local Indigenous authority. 

An example of the Commission’s commitment to reconciliation is the development of Community Engagement Guidelines for the welfare reform communities. The protocols specified in these guidelines determine the behaviour and engagement strategies to be practised by Commission staff and visitors in and out of community.

Complaints management

The Commission maintains high standards of professionalism and integrity in relation to community members who are notified to the Commission and agencies with which the Commission has dealings in the performance of its functions. The Commission has an Employee Complaints Management Policy and an External Complaints Management Policy located under Policies and Guidelines which comply with the Australian and International Service Standards (AS4269/ISO10002). These policies meet the requirements of section 218A of the Public Service Act 2008 wherein the chief executive must implement effective strategies to:

  • resolve public service employees’ grievances efficiently, effectively and confidentially and
  • establish an effective and professional complaints resolution system for aggrieved employees

and the requirements of section 219A of the Public Service Act 2008 wherein the chief executive must implement effective strategies to:

  • provide for the department to take responsibility for managing the receipt, processing and outcome of a customer complaint; and
  • comply with any Australian Standard about the handling of customer complaints that is in effect from time to time; and
  • provide for giving notice of the outcome of a customer complaint to the complainant (unless the complaint was made anonymously.

These policies provide a mechanism for complaints management and resolution through an independent and transparent process which provides for natural justice in resolving grievances. The Commission takes seriously all complaints against its decisions and actions and the conduct of its staff, and through its complaints management policies.

  • actively encourages feedback about how it handles complaints
  • takes a client focused approach in handling complaints
  • accepts complaints orally or in writing and
  • uses information about complaints to improve its business processes.
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