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Implementation of the ‘Smith Review’ and progress in strengthening protective security procedures, practices and culture: 12 month follow-up review
19th August 2019
12 months after the initial Smith Review into the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Security Procedures, Practices and Cultures, the follow-up independent review (‘The Vardos Review’) to the implementation of the Smith Review has now been completed. The Vardos Review found that all twenty-eight of the original recommendations covering a range of protective security issues have been appropriately actioned, with a number of positive indicators suggesting a robust and astute security...
Administrative Arrangements Order – amendments made 08 August 2019
8th August 2019
Administrative Arrangements Order (AAOs) formally allocate executive responsibility among ministers. They set out which matters and legislation are administered by which department or portfolio. Read the full Adminstrative Arrangements Order - 29 May 2019
Complaint Handling Guide: Upholding the rights of children and young people
5th August 2019
Volume 7 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Final Report, Improving institutional responding and reporting, identified flaws in how some institutions responded to complaints of child sexual abuse including instances where institutions did not have clear complaint handling policies and procedures. In light of these findings, Principle 6 of the National Principles states that organisations should have processes to respond to complaints and concerns that are...
Federal Executive Council Handbook 2019
17th July 2019
This handbook outlines the diversity of matters submitted to the Executive Council and presented to the Governor-General and Executive Councillors.
Report of the Australian Taskforce to combat terrorist and extreme violent material online
30th June 2019
The terrorist attacks that took place in Christchurch on 15 March 2019 shocked the world. Citizens and governments alike questioned how the mass murder of 51 men, women and children could take place in a peaceful, democratic country like New Zealand. In the hours and days that followed, it became apparent that the internet was exploited to amplify the crimes. The alleged perpetrator livestreamed the murders on Facebook and from there, the video quickly spread, with individuals attempting to...
25th June 2019
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide advice to departments and entities on the procedures to be followed when presenting documents to the Parliament. From time to time, the guidelines will be supplemented with tabling circular/s to address particular issues that arise over the course of the year.
Caveat Removal Guidelines
11th June 2019
The purpose of the ATSIC grants was to further the social, economic and cultural development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This remains a key principle that will govern decision making.
Commonwealth Caveat Further Information
7th June 2019
The Australian Government is committed to supporting Indigenous self-determination by maximising the autonomy and economic independence of Indigenous organisations.