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Annual Report 2014-15

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 of directors 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 three board members. Attending the AFRC on request are the Deputy Auditor General, finance director State Growth, and Tourism Tasmania’s director operations and planning, business services coordinator, business  services officer and internal auditors.

Government procurement

Tourism Tasmania undertakes procurement in accordance with the mandatory requirements of the Treasurer's Instructions relating to procurement, including ensuring businesses are given every opportunity to compete for agency business. It is Tourism Tasmania’s policy to support Tasmanian businesses  whenever they offer best value for money for the government.

The following details are provided in accordance with Treasury Instructions 1111 for all contracts awarded and procurement processes undertaken (excluding consultancies) during 2014-15 financial year with values in excess of $50,000.

Board of Directors attendance 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015

BoardCurrent TermNumber of Board Meetings (7 meetings)Audit Finance & Risk Committee (6 meetings)
James Cretan (Chair)12/8/14 - 11/8/2017 (1st term)6n/a
Michelle Cox30/10/2014 - 29/10/2017 (1st term)53
Simon Currant2/9/2013 - 1/9/2015 (6th term)7n/a
Dallas Newton +2/3/2012 - 1/3/2015 (1st term)65
Brett Torossi14/10/2013 - 13/10/2015 (2nd term)76
Kate Vale30/10/2014 - 29/10/2016 (1st term)4n/a
John Fitzgerald* (CEO)15/1/2013 – 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.

+ Dallas  Newton's term is extended to 1 September 2015

No longer  serving on the Tourism Tasmania board of directors – terms  concluded during the 2014-2015 FY

Kim Seagram15/10/2012 – 30/04/2015 (3rd term)   6n/a

Summary of participation by local business

(for contracts, tenders and/or quotations with a value of $50,000 or over, ex GST)

Total number of contracts awarded3
Total number of contracts awarded to Tasmanian businesses0
Value of contracts awarded$2,029,350
Value of contracts awarded to Tasmanian businesses0
Total number of tenders called and written quotation processes run3
Total number of bids and/or written quotations received20
Total number of bids and/or written quotations received from Tasmanian businesses0

Our staff

As at 30 June 2015, Tourism Tasmania had 52 staff consisting of 46 full-time and 6 part-time staff. Of the 52 staff there were 48 permanent, two fixed term, one Head of Agency and one SES. In addition, casual guides engaged by Tourism Tasmania amounted to 0.96 paid FTE (average over 26 pay periods).

Of the 52 staff there were 34 female (65%) and 18 male (35%).

Contracts and consultants

The following tables provide detailed information on Tourism Tasmania's contracts and consultancies procured or awarded during 2014-15.

Contracts with a value of $50,000 or over (ex GST) and excluding consultancy contracts

Name of contractorLocation of contractorDescription of contractPeriod of contractTotal value of contract
Development Counsellors InternationalNew York City, USAProvision of in-market trade representation for the North American marketOne financial year 1/07/2014 to 30/06/2015 with option to extend for one year to 2016$260,000
Last Order PleaseFrankfurt, GermanyProvision of in-market trade representation for continental EuropeOne financial year 1/7/2015 to 30/6/2016 with option to extend for one year to 2017$245,600
Initiative Media Australia Pty Ltd

NSW, Australia

Media Strategy and BuyingThree financial years 1 June 2015 to 30 June 2018 Two one-year option to extend for two years to 2020$1,523,750

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


Contracts awarded because of an exemption to TI114


Contract extension approved in accordance with TI 1115(4)

Name of contractorDescription of contractPeriod of extensionTotal value of contract extension
Roy Morgan ResearchTasmanian Visitor Survey1/01/2016 to 31/12/2016$367,000
Development Counsellors InternationalProvision of in-market trade representation for the North American market1/07/2015 to 30/06/2016$115,000

Right to Information

Tourism Tasmania has a legal obligation to respond to requests for information in accordance with the Right to Information Act 2009. The act provides members of the public with the right to access information held by government and its agencies, with the exception of information deemed by the Act to be exempt.

In 2014-15, Tourism Tasmania provided information as an active release in relation to one request.

Tourism Tasmania did not receive any other RTI requests.

A Whole-Of-Government framework for Tasmanians with a disability

Tourism Tasmania continues to develop the Tourism Tasmania consumer website in accordance with the Tasmanian Government’s accessibility standards with due attention paid to the principles laid down by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Tourism Tasmania publishes the  website with a content management system that is widely used by a range of 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 they are  easily found by this market segment.

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