Public interest disclosures
All Authority employees have a responsibility to report suspected wrongdoing, including: corruption; maladministration; serious and substantial waste of public money; and breaches of the GIPA Act. The Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 (PID Act) is aimed at encouraging and facilitating the disclosure, in the public interest, of wrongdoing in the public sector.
The Authority is committed to protecting staff that make public interest disclosures. The Authority ensured that staff are aware of their responsibilities under the PID Act by hosting training covering PIDs and how and to whom disclosures can be made. The Authority has its own guidelines for PID and also a PID Internal Reporting Policy available to all Authority staff.
The PID Act, section 31, requires each public authority to report on its obligations under the Act. In accordance with section 31 of the Act and clause 4 of the Public Interest Disclosures Regulation 2011, the Authority confirms that there were no public interest disclosures for the reporting period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021
Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998
As a NSW Government agency, the Authority is committed to compliance with the requirements of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act). Clause 8 of the Annual Reports (Statutory Bodies) Regulation 2015 requires a statement of the action taken complying with the PPIP Act, and any statistical details of any review conducted by or on behalf of the Authority under Part 5 of that Act.
In compliance with the provisions of the PPIP Act, the Authority has a published Privacy Management Plan.
The Authority reports that no internal reviews were conducted by or on behalf of the Authority under the PPIP Act during this financial reporting year period.
The Authority’s Obligations Register was reviewed and updated during the reporting period.
All of the Authority’s staff completed their annual compliance refresher training. In addition, all managers completed their annual compliance attestations.
Cyber security policy attestations
During the reporting period, NSW Treasury and its outsourced service provider GovConnect, provided information technology services to the Authority, which included cyber security training, processes, procedures, controls and oversight. In agreement with Cyber Security NSW, NSW Treasury’s Attestation on the NSW Cyber Security core requirements forms the basis of the Authority’s Attestation. See Appendix B.
Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009
The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) requires NSW government agencies to make mandatory disclosures of information, encourages proactive releases of information and provides mechanisms for individuals to apply to access government information. Under section 7(3) of the GIPA Act, agencies must review their proactive release of government information program at least once every 12 months. The Authority proactively releases information about strategies and initiatives and listed policy documents for public access freely on its website, including:
- media releases
- operational policies
- details on how stakeholders can comment or participate in the Authority's work via social media
- contract award notices
- a register of meetings with registered lobbyists
The Authority did not receive any formal access applications pursuant to the GIPA Act in this reporting period.
Consumer response and complaints
The Authority is not aware of any complaints lodged. The Authority responds to correspondence from the public when received.