Annual Report 2016-17

Other mandatory information

Advertising campaigns

During 2016–17, the Commission did not conduct any advertising campaigns.

The Commission is required to disclose payments to advertising, market research, polling, media advertising and direct mail organisations. Payments of $13,000 or less (including GST) are excluded, consistent with s.311A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. The Commission did not make any payments above the threshold in 2016–17. During 2016–17, the Commission paid a total of $10,848 (including GST) to a media advertising organisation for recruitment advertising, media releases and publication of information.

During 2016–17, however, the Commission did make payments above the 2015–16 threshold of $12,700 (including GST) for advertising services received in 2015–16. See the note in Omissions and material errors.

Disability reporting mechanism

Since 1994, non-corporate Commonwealth entities 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 at 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 progress reports was published in 2014 and can be found at

Information Publication Scheme

The Commission is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and is required to publish information to the public as part of the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). Under Part II of the FOI Act, the Commission must display on its website a plan showing what information it publishes in accordance with the IPS requirements. The Commission's information publication plan is available at Information publication scheme.


The Commission did not administer any discretionary or other grant programs in 2016–17 and no discretionary or other grants were made.

Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

Australian Government agencies are required to report on their performance regarding the environment and ecologically sustainable development under s.516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The Commission operates to ensure that energy resources are utilised as efficiently as practicable in the context of a working tribunal and that it maintains a healthy working environment for both staff and the public.

Programs are in place for the recycling of paper, packaging, batteries, equipment, toner and other materials, to reduce the Commission's carbon footprint.

Kitchens in a number of offices have separate bins to manage waste, including organic, recycling and general waste.

Sensor lighting is installed in hearing rooms, conference rooms, meeting rooms and offices. A timer mechanism automatically switches lighting off when rooms are not occupied. All showers continue to be fitted with energy-efficient T5 lighting and shower timers.

The Commission has continued to reduce its carbon footprint by utilising video conferencing as an alternative to travel.

The Commission ensures that new leases over a certain size have a green rating. The Commission actively encourages its landlords to increase their National Australian Built Environment Rating System rating, a national rating system that measures the environmental performance of Australian buildings, tenancies and homes.

The Commission's Melbourne office participated in Earth Hour 2017, a campaign to create awareness of global warming by encouraging people to adopt better energy conservation habits. On 25 March 2017, the Commission's Melbourne premises turned off all lights, appliances and desktop computers.

Omissions and material errors in the 2015–16 annual report

Table 11, page 40

Some numbers and percentages in Table 11 were not aligned with the correct payment ranges. The correct numbering is presented in Table 19 of this report.

Table 14, page 44–45

The number of applications granted under the categories '40,000-maximum amount', 'No loss of wages' and 'Unknown' in 2015–16 were incorrect. The correct data is presented in Table 24 of this annual report.

Table 18, page 51

The numbers under the categories 'Withdrawn before a conference' and 'Withdrawn before or after a conference or hearing to deal with extension of time' in 2015–16 were incorrect. The correct data is presented in Table 28 of this annual report.

Table 19, page 52

The per cent of total disputes resolved under the 'Dispute resolved: monetary and non-monetary' category was incorrectly shown as 28 per cent. The figure should have been 38 per cent. The correct data is presented in Table 29 of this annual report.

Table 20, page 52

The $90,000–$99,999 range was incorrectly duplicated.

Anti-bullying, page 61

In this section it was incorrectly reported that 52 anti-bullying applications were finalised with a decision in 2015–16. The figure should have been 57, as five granted applications were mistakenly omitted from the data set. The correct data is presented in Table 39 of this annual report.

Table 34, page 75

The median number of days between lodgment of a dispute application and its resolution in 2015–16 was shown as 20 for 50 per cent of matters, and 47 for 90 per cent of matters. The figures should have been 16 and 42 respectively. The correct data is presented in Table 15 of this annual report.

Terminating or suspending protected action, page 76

In this section it was incorrectly reported that the Commission received 14 applications to suspend or terminate protected industrial action. The figure should have been 15.

Regulating registered organisations, page 88

This section incorrectly referred to the 'Registered Organisations Act' instead of the 'Fair Work Act'. The online PDF and HTML versions of the annual report were amended to remove this incorrect reference to the Registered Organisations Act.

Advertising campaigns, page 129

In this section, a payment made to Dentsu Mitchell Media Australia Pty Ltd for $33,041 (including GST) for publication of information on the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal's Contractor Driver Minimum Payments RSRO 2016 was inadvertently omitted. The Commission paid Dentsu Mitchell Media $132,112 (including GST) for advertising services in 2015–16.

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