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.
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
|Board||Current Term||Number of Board Meetings (7 meetings)||Audit Finance & Risk Committee (6 meetings)|
|James Cretan (Chair)||12/8/14 - 11/8/2017 (1st term)||6||n/a|
|Michelle Cox||30/10/2014 - 29/10/2017 (1st term)||5||3|
|Simon Currant||2/9/2013 - 1/9/2015 (6th term)||7||n/a|
|Dallas Newton +||2/3/2012 - 1/3/2015 (1st term)||6||5|
|Brett Torossi||14/10/2013 - 13/10/2015 (2nd term)||7||6|
|Kate Vale||30/10/2014 - 29/10/2016 (1st term)||4||n/a|
|John Fitzgerald* (CEO)||15/1/2013 – 14/01/2018 (end of appointment)||7||n/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 Seagram||15/10/2012 – 30/04/2015 (3rd term) 6||n/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 awarded||3|
|Total number of contracts awarded to Tasmanian businesses||0|
|Value of contracts awarded||$2,029,350|
|Value of contracts awarded to Tasmanian businesses||0|
|Total number of tenders called and written quotation processes run||3|
|Total number of bids and/or written quotations received||20|
|Total number of bids and/or written quotations received from Tasmanian businesses||0|
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 contractor||Location of contractor||Description of contract||Period of contract||Total value of contract|
|Development Counsellors International||New York City, USA||Provision of in-market trade representation for the North American market||One financial year 1/07/2014 to 30/06/2015 with option to extend for one year to 2016||$260,000|
|Last Order Please||Frankfurt, Germany||Provision of in-market trade representation for continental Europe||One 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|| |
|Media Strategy and Buying||Three 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 contractor||Description of contract||Period of extension||Total value of contract extension|
|Roy Morgan Research||Tasmanian Visitor Survey||1/01/2016 to 31/12/2016||$367,000|
|Development Counsellors International||Provision of in-market trade representation for the North American market||1/07/2015 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 www.discovertasmania.com.au 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.