Performance and accountability
Each year we provide details of what we intend to achieve, why we've chosen these goals, how we plan to deliver them and whether they were achieved. This information appears in our:
- Annual budget statement
- Strategic corporate plan
- Annual report.
We publish our budget and direction statement in May each year. It outlines what we aim to achieve and the expected performance results for our programs. It appears in the Australian Government's Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolio budget statement.
Strategic corporate plan
We develop a plan each year to establish:
- Our strategic objectives
- Key activities we'll undertake to meet them
- Performance measures.
It also includes an analysis of:
- Our operating environment
- Our capability to deliver what we promise
- A forecast of demand for our services
- How we will monitor and manage risk.
We produce our annual report at the end of the financial year. It includes financial outcomes and how we performed against our objectives.
You can view our previous reports within the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolio's annual reports.
View the portfolio's annual reports
Other governance frameworks
Our activities each year are also guided by:
- Our Customer Service Charter which outlines our service commitments
- Principles set out in our Cost Recovery Implementation Statement showing how we cover some of the costs of administering IP rights
- The Regulator Performance Framework (RPF), which aims to reduce unnecessary or inefficient regulation. We complete a self assessment against the RPF each year.
These documents are available below.
Procurement and contracts
We publish details of current contracts and expected contract opportunities in the year ahead.
Our procurement contracts
Each financial and calendar year we compile a list of all active procurement contracts valued at $100,000 or more, in accordance with the Senate Order on listing entity contracts guidelines.
You can find our reports by searching for us on AusTender.
Our procurement plan
Expected contract opportunities for the next year are set out in our Annual Procurement Plan.
Annual legal services expenditure
Our total legal services expenditure in the 2020-21 financial year was:
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Public interest disclosure scheme
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (the PID Act) encourages and enables public officials to raise suspected wrongdoing within the Commonwealth public sector. It also details how authorities should respond.
Under the PID Act:
- Disclosers are afforded protection from reprisal and some immunity from liability
- All Australian government agencies, Commonwealth companies and public authorities must investigate suspected wrongdoing and take appropriate action.
If a PID is made, we follow the portfolio procedures under the PID Act.
How do I make a PID?
You can make a report of suspected wrong doing to an authorised officer. Our authorised officers are the Director General and the Deputy Director Generals.
You can do this:
- In person
- Over the phone
- In writing, including by email
- Through your supervisor, if you're an IP Australia staff member.
You can also make a public interest disclosure anonymously.
Find out more about the PID scheme from the Commonwealth Ombudsman.
If you are considering reporting suspected wrongdoing, you should review the contents of the PID Act, find out more from the Commonwealth Ombudsman and seek independent legal advice.
Breaches of the code of conduct
As per section 13 of the Public Service Act 1999, everyone who works at IP Australia Is required to adhere to the APS (Australian Public Service) Code of Conduct. Suspected breaches will be dealt with as per our procedures for determining breaches of the Code of Conduct and for determining sanction.
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