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Board committees

Audit, Finance and Risk

The Audit, Finance and Risk Committee (AFRC) meets at least five times a year. The primary role of the committee is to assist the board fulfil its corporate governance responsibilities in overseeing and reviewing Tourism Tasmania's internal controls, internal audit relationships, contract engagements,  risk management and financial reporting. The committee comprises two board directors and an appointed committee member with expertise in corporate governance and financial reporting. Regular attendees of the AFRC meetings are Tourism Tasmania's Director of Operations and Planning, Business Services Manager,  the appointed Internal Auditors and the Tasmanian Audit Office, and the Signing Officer.

Our staff

At 30 June 2016, Tourism Tasmania consisted of 48 full-time and 11 part-time staff, three fixed-term, one Head of Agency and one level SES. Of the 59 full and part-time staff, there were 42 females (71%) and 17 males (29%).

Right to Information

Tourism Tasmania responds to requests for information in accordance with the Right to Information Act 2009. The Act allows members of the public the right to access information held by government and its agencies, with the exception of information deemed by the Act to be exempt. In 2015-16 there were  no requests for information from Tourism Tasmania.

Public Interest Disclosures Act

The purpose of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2002 (Act) is to encourage and facilitate the making of disclosures about the improper conduct of public officers or public bodies. The Act provides protection to persons who make disclosures in accordance with the Act, and establishes a system by  which the matters disclosed can be investigated and action to rectify any deficiencies can be taken.

The agency is committed to the aims and objectives of the Act. It does not tolerate improper conduct or detrimental action by the agency or members, officers or employees. The procedures for reporting disclosures are available at

The agency has not received any disclosures either directly or indirectly referred via the Ombudsman in the year to 30 June 2016.

Tourism Tasmania

Board of Directors Attendance 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016

BoardCurrent TermNumber of Board Meetings (7 mtgs)Audit Finance & Risk Committee (5 mtgs)
James Cretan (chair)12/08/14 – 11/08/2017 (1st term)7N/A
Michelle Cox30/10/2014 – 29/10/2017 (1st term)75
Simon Currant14/03/2016 – 1/09/2017 (7th term)7N/A
Rebecca King15/09/2015 – 14/09/2017 (1st term)6N/A
Dallas Newton +2/03/2012 – 11/08/2015 (1st term)12
Brett Torossi14/10/2015 – 13/10/2018 (3rd term)75
Kate Vale30/10/2014 - 29/10/2016 (1st term)6N/A
John Fitzgerald (CEO) *15/01/2013 – 14/01/2018 (end of appointment)7N/A

*John Fitzgerald is the Chief Executive Officer and his representation on the board is for the term of his appointment.

+ No longer serving on the Tourism Tasmania Board Directors – term ceased during the 2015-2016 FY.

Audit, Finance and Risk Committee Attendance

In 2015-16, the Audit Finance and Risk Committee met five times.

Board memberMeetings attended
Brett Torossi    Chair               5
Michelle Cox AFRC board director committee member5
Dallas Newton (retired board director)2
Nicholas Burrows^ (board appointed committee member)2

^ Nick Burrows in a non-Executive Director for the Tourism Tasmania Audit, Finance and Risk Committee

A Whole-Of-Government Framework for Tasmanians with a Disability

Tourism Tasmania continues to develop its consumer website,, and its corporate website,, in accordance with the Tasmanian Government's accessibility standards with due attention paid to the principles described by the World Wide Web Consortium  (W3C). Tourism Tasmania publishes the websites using a content management system that is widely used by government organisations, universities, art galleries, large museums and commercial enterprises in Australia and worldwide. On the website, Tourism Tasmania provides accessible product, attractions  and tours to ensure this market segment can easily find them.

Workplace Health and Safety

Tourism Tasmania actively manages workplace health and safety by identifying risks and addressing problems promptly.

Activities undertaken during 2015-16

Flu vaccinations32
Incidents reported2
Workers compensation claims0
Employee Assistance Program8
Fire wardens4
Total number of bids and/or written quotations received from Tasmanian businesses0

Government procurement

Tourism Tasmania undertakes procurement in accordance with the mandatory requirements of the Treasurer's Instructions, including ensuring Tasmanian businesses are given every opportunity to compete for agency business. Tourism Tasmania's policy is to support Tasmanian businesses whenever they offer  best value for money for the government. The following details are provided in accordance with Treasury Instruction 1111 for all contracts awarded and procurement processes undertaken (excluding consultancies) during the 2015-16 financial year with values in excess of $50,000.

Summary  of participation by local businesses          No.
Total number of contracts awarded10
Total number of contracts awarded to Tasmanian Businesses 6
Value of contracts awarded   $10,250,828
Value of contracts awarded to Tasmania businesses  $2,827,692
Total number of tenders called and written quote processes run7
Total number of bids and/or written quotations received60
Total number of bids and/or written quotations received from Tasmanian businesses17

Contracts and consultants

The following tables provide detailed information on Tourism Tasmania's contracts and consultancies procured or awarded during 2015-16.

ContractorLocationDescriptionPeriodTotal Value
Initiative Media Australia Pty LtdNSW, AustraliaMedia Buying and Strategy1 Jul 2015 to 30 Jun 2020$1,523,750
Xsquared Architects Pty LtdTasmaniaArchitectural Services9 Sep 2015 to 30 Sep 2015$77,390
Tascon Constructions Pty LtdTasmaniaBuilding Services14 Sep 2015 to 30 Nov 2015$981,410
JimJam Ideas Pty LtdNSW, AustraliaCreative Agency Services (retained)1 Dec 2015 to 30 Nov 2018$2,980,730
Custard Pty Ltd (Red Jelly)TasmaniaAsian Photo Shoot17 Feb to 31 Mar 2016$88,442
Isentia Pty LtdVic, AustraliaMedia Monitoring2 Mar 2016 to 1 Mar 2018$68,000
BDO HobartTasmaniaInternal |Audit Services31 Jan 2016 to 31 Jan 2019$225,450
2014-15 Contractor    reporting amendment
Funnelback Pty LtdNSW, TasmaniaWebsite development29 Jul 2014 to 21 Aug 2014$123,000

Consultancy contracts with a value of $50 000 or over (excluding GST)


Contracts awarded because of an exemption to TI114Contractor

ContractorLocationDescriptionPeriodTotal Value        
Taylor Nelson Sofres Australia Pty Ltd (TNS)NSW, AustraliaMarket Research Services1 Dec 2015 to 30 Sep 2016$134,656
Custard Pty Ltd (Red Jelly)TasmaniaCreative Agency Services (projects)1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2019$1,080,000
Squiz AustraliaTasmaniaWebsite hosting and maintenance15 Jun 2016 to 14 Jun 2018$375,000

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