During 2016–17, 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 5.
Information on grants awarded by the ARC during the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 is available on the ARC website.
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 (APSC) State of the Service reports and the APS Statistical Bulletin. These reports are available on the APSC website. 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 the Department of Social Services website.
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.
Correction of information published in previous annual reports
The ARC identified the following error in the ARC Annual Report 2015–16.
The last dot point on page 73 says ‘Across all schemes, the participation rates for women were lower than the rates of men, ranging from 16 per cent for Industrial Transformation Training Centres to 57 per cent for Discovery Indigenous’. The sentence should read ‘Across all schemes except Discovery Indigenous, the participation rates for women were lower than the rates of men’.
Information required by other legislation
Information required by other legislation is provided in Appendix 5 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.