3.5 Other mandatory information

Advertising campaigns

During 2015–16 the ARC conducted no advertising campaigns.

Additional information on advertising and market research as required under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 is provided in Appendix 6.

Grant programs

Information on grants awarded by the ARC during the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 is available at www.arc.gov.au.

Disability reporting mechanism

Since 1994, Commonwealth departments and agencies have reported on their performance as policy adviser, purchaser, employer, regulator and provider under the Commonwealth Disability Strategy. In 2007–08, reporting on the employer role was transferred to the Australian Public Service Commission’s State of the Service reports and the APS Statistical Bulletin. These reports are available on the APSC website: www.apsc.gov.au. From 2010–11, entities have no longer been required to report on these functions.

The Commonwealth Disability Strategy has been overtaken by the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020, which sets out a 10-year national policy framework to improve the lives of people with disability, promote participation and create a more inclusive society. A high-level, two-yearly report will track progress against each of the six outcome areas of the strategy and present a picture of how people with disability are faring. The first of these reports was published in 2014, and can be found at www.dss.gov.au.

Information Publication Scheme

Entities subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) are required to publish information to the public as part of the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). This requirement is in Part II of the FOI Act and has replaced the former requirement to publish a section 8 statement in an annual report. Each agency must display on its website a plan showing what information it publishes in accordance with the IPS requirements.

ARC information relating to the IPS is published on the ARC website at www.arc.gov.au/information-publication-scheme.

Correction of information published in previous annual reports

Under the Annual Report requirements, agencies are required to identify errors in their previous annual report. The ARC identified the following errors in the ARC Annual Report 2014–15.

The result for Measure 10 on page 69 was incorrect due to a transposition error. The correct figure for the proportion of completed Linkage research projects that reported the research supported higher degree by research students should be 75.9 per cent rather than 79.5 per cent. This error does not effect the outcome of this measure.

Information required by other legislation

Information required by other legislation is provided in Appendix 6 including:

  • work health and safety (Schedule 2, Part 4 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011)
  • advertising and market research (section 311A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918)
  • ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance (section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999).

The ARC is not defined as a ‘public service care agency’ and has no obligations under the Carer Recognition Act 2010.