Audit, Finance and Risk
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 a non-executive independent audit 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.
At 30 June 2017, Tourism Tasmania consisted of 46 full-time and six part-time staff, four fixed-term, one Head of Agency and one Senior Executive Service (SES). Of the 52 full and part-time staff, there were 35 females and 17 males.
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 www.tourismtasmania.com.au. The agency has not received any disclosures either directly or indirectly referred via the Ombudsman in the year to 30 June 2017.
Board of Directors Attendance 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017
|Board||Current Term||Number of Board Meetings (8 mtgs)|
|James Cretan (chair)||12/08/14 - 11/08/2017 (1st term)||7|
|Michelle Cox||30/10/2014 - 29/10/2017 (1st term)||7|
|Simon Currant||14/03/2016 - 1/09/2017 (7th term)||7|
|Rebecca King||15/09/2015 - 14/09/2017 (1st term)||7|
|Brett Torossi||14/10/2015 - 13/10/2018 (3rd term)||6|
|Kate Vale||1/5/2017 - 28/03/2019 (2nd term)||5|
|John Fitzgerald (CEO) *||15/01/2013 - 14/01/2018 (end of appointment)||7|
*John Fitzgerald is the Chief Executive Officer and his representation on the board is for the term of his appointment.
Audit, Finance and Risk Committee Attendance
In 2016-17, the Audit Finance and Risk Committee met five times.
|Board member||Meetings attended|
|Brett Torossi - Chair||4|
|Michelle Cox+- AFRC board director committee member||4|
|Rebecca King - AFRC board director committee member||1|
|Nicholas Burrows^ - non-executive independent audit committee member||5|
^ Nick Burrows in a non-Executive Director for the Tourism Tasmania Audit, Finance and Risk Committee
+ Michelle Cox - No longer serving on the Tourism Tasmania AFRC
A Whole-Of-Government Framework for Tasmanians with a Disability
Tourism Tasmania continues to develop its consumer website, www.discovertasmania.com.au, and its corporate website, www.tourismtasmania.com.au, 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.
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 the government and its agencies, with the exception of information deemed by the Act to be exempt. In 2016-17 there were no requests for information from Tourism Tasmania.
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 2016-17 financial year with values in excess of $50,000.
|Summary of participation by local businesses||No.|
|Total number of contracts awarded||3|
|Total number of contracts awarded to Tasmanian businesses||1|
|Value of contracts awarded||$1,603,700|
|Value of contracts awarded to Tasmania businesses||$59,800|
|Total number of tenders called and written quote processes run||3|
|Total number of bids and/or written quotations received||19|
|Total number of bids and/or written quotations received from Tasmanian businesses||1|
Workplace Health and Safety
Tourism Tasmania actively manages workplace health and safety by identifying risks and addressing problems promptly.
Activities undertaken during 2016-17
|Number of staff participating in health and wellbeing initiatives||28|
|Number of new incidents received||2|
|Number of new workers’ compensation claims received||1|
|Employee assistance program – number of people attending||8|
Contracts and consultants
The following tables provide detailed information on Tourism Tasmania's contracts and consultancies procured or awarded during 2016-17.
|Media Equation Pty Ltd||Vic, Australia||Digital Asset Management||3 Oct 2017 to 2 Oct 2010||$63,900|
|Taylor Nelson Sofres Australia Pty Ltd (TNS)||NSW, Australia||Market Research Services||1 July 2016 to 30 September 2018||$1,480,000|
|Tascon Constructions Pty Ltd||Tasmania||Building Services||6 June 2017 to 7 July 2017||$59,800|
Consultancy contracts with a value of $50 000 or over (excluding GST)
Contracts awarded because of an exemption to TI 1114 Contractor
Contract extensions/approved in accordance with TI 1115
Contracts executed in accordance with TI 1401(9) containing Confidentiality Provisions as a result of approval by Head of Agency.
|Contract Partner||Date of Approval by Head of Agency on the inclusion of confidentiality provision|
|Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd||4 July 2017|
|Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd||18 July 2017|
|Flight Centre||5 May 2017|
|Flight Centre(Escape)||30 June 2016|
|Escape Travel||26 April 2017|
|Tiger||21 August 2017|
|HelloWorld||10 June 2016|
|HelloWorld||18 July 2017|
|Spirit of Tasmania||12 May 2017|
|Expedia||21 July 2017|
|Expedia||30 February 2016|
|P&O||19 December 2016|