Annual Report 2017–18

Tabled: 20 September 2018

Appendix F. Policies and compliance

Building Act

VAGO does not own or control any government buildings and, therefore, has no responsibilities under the Building Act 1993.

DataVic Access Policy

In August 2012, the Victorian Government endorsed the DataVic Access Policy to enable public access to government data, and to improve how the public sector shares information. VAGO complies with this policy, and relevant data sets are available on our website.

Victorian Industry Participation Policy

During 2017–18, VAGO did not undertake any procurement activity that was subject to the Victorian Industry Participation Policy.

National Competition Policy

VAGO complies with the National Competition Policy, including complying with the requirements of the Department of Treasury and Finance's Competitive Neutrality Policy.

Oversight by the Victorian Inspectorate

In 2017–18, VAGO had nothing to report to the Victorian Inspectorate, and the Inspectorate did not review any of VAGO's activities. We did provide the Inspectorate with a range of documentation, including policies, procedures, and templates related to our coercive powers, to assist the Inspectorate to acquit its legislative responsibilities related to VAGO.

Work arrangements

VAGO offers flexible work arrangements for staff, in response to staff demand and legislative obligations for employers to provide flexible working conditions. We encourage our staff to take advantage of the arrangements available to them.

Merit and equity

VAGO has a range of policies that reflect our commitment to a workplace free from discrimination, harassment and bullying, and that support merit-based recruitment practices.

We also comply with the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and the Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees of Special Bodies.

Our selection processes ensure that applicants are assessed and evaluated fairly and equitably on the basis of the key selection criteria and other accountabilities without discrimination. We also ensure that employees have been correctly classified in workforce data collections.

Protected disclosures

Under the Protected Disclosure Act 2012, VAGO cannot receive protected disclosures.

Disclosures about VAGO officers may be made to the Independent Broad-based Anti‑corruption Commission or the Victorian Inspectorate.

Further information on VAGO's responsibilities is available at: www.audit.vic.gov.au/complaints-about-vago.

Freedom of information

Section 20A of the Audit Act 1994 broadly precludes us from disclosing information we gather during an audit, other than reporting to Parliament. Section 20B of the Audit Act 1994 also precludes third parties from accessing any audit-related information and documents we hold.

Our administrative processes come under the state's freedom of information legislation. For the 12 months ending 30 June 2018, we received four requests for information. Three of these were for audit evidence which we cannot provide, and one request was for information that was already publicly available on our website.

Further information on VAGO's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 is available on our website.

Freedom of information requests

Requests for access to non-audit-related information and documents we hold can be made to the Freedom of Information Officer:

By email
enquiries@audit.vic.gov.au

By phone
03 8601 7000

In writing
Freedom of Information
Victorian Auditor-General's Office
Level 31, 35 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000

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