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This annual report documents the performance of the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) in the financial year ending on 30 June 2013. It addresses the Requirements for Annual Reports for Departments, Executive Agencies and FMA Act Bodies approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit in June 2013; the performance measures set out in the outcomes and programs framework in the 2012–13 Portfolio Budget Statements; section 28 of the Auditor-General Act 1997; and other annual reporting requirements set out in legislation.
The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's (DIBP’s) management of the Central Movement Alert List (CMAL) system, having particular regard to the recommendations contained in Audit Report No. 35 of 2008–09.
This report complements the interim phase report released in June 2013 (Audit Report No.49 2012–13), and provides a summary of the final audit results of the audits of the financial statements of all Australian Government entities, including the Consolidated Financial Statements for the Australian Government.
The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of physical security arrangements in selected Australian Government agencies, including whether applicable Australian Government requirements are being met.
The APS Code of Conduct establishes the standards of conduct required of APS employees. The APS Code of Conduct is set out in section 13 of the Public Service Act 1999 (the Act). The Act also sets out the APS Values and APS Employment Principles which apply to APS staff. [The APS Values, APS Employment principles and the APS Code of Conduct are at Attachment A]. A breach of the Code of Conduct constitutes misconduct.
A person who is or was an APS employee is also taken to have breached the Code of Conduct if the person is found to have provided false or misleading information in connection with their engagement as an APS employee [s 15(2A) of the Act is also at Attachment A].
The Auditor-General must, under subsection 15(3)(a) of the Act, establish procedures for determining breaches of the Code of Conduct by APS employees or former APS employees (suspected of having breached the Code whilst an employee in the ANAO or in connection with the person's engagement as an ANAO employee). It is a requirement that the procedures must comply with procedural requirements set out in the Australian Public Service Commissioner's Directions 2013 and must have due regard to procedural fairness.
The procedures may be different for: different categories of APS employees or former APS employees; or for APS employees or former APS employees who have been convicted of an offence against a Commonwealth, State or Territory law in respect of conduct that is alleged to constitute a breach of the Code of Conduct; or for APS employees or former APS employees who have been found to have committed such an offence but no conviction is recorded.