Letter of transmittal

National Archives of Australia and National Archives of Australia Advisory Council Annual Report 2015-16

Our reference: 2016/3603

Senator the Hon George Brandis QC
Parliament House

Dear Attorney-General

We have pleasure in forwarding to you the annual reports on the operations of the National Archives of Australia and the National Archives of Australia Advisory Council for the year ended 30 June 2016.

We certify that information in the attached annual report, and information provided for whole of government reporting, is an honest and accurate account and that all material information on the operations of the National Archives of Australia and the Advisory Council has been included for the period of 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

The Archives’ annual report has been prepared for the purpose of section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act), and is submitted in accordance with subsections 68(1) and 68(2) of the Archives Act 1983, which require the Archives and the Advisory Council to furnish you with reports of their operations and proceedings during the preceding 12 months, as soon as practicable after 30 June each year.

This report also includes the Archives’ audited financial statements as required by sections 42, 43 and 46 of the PGPA Act.

This report has been prepared in accordance with section 70 of the Public Service Act 1999, which requires that you table the report in Parliament. It reflects the requirements for annual reports for non-corporate Commonwealth entities as published by the Department of Finance in July 2016 (Resource Management Guide No. 135) and as approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit on 2 May 2016.

As required by section 10 of the PGPA Act, I as the Director-General certify that the Archives has prepared fraud risk assessments and a fraud control plan; that we have fraud prevention, detection, investigation and reporting mechanisms that meet our needs; and that I have taken all reasonable measures to deal with fraud relating to the Archives.

Yours sincerely

Signature of David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives of Australia

David Fricker
4 October 2016

Signature of Dr Denver Beanland, Chair of the National Archives of Australia Advisory Council

Dr Denver Beanland
Chair, Advisory Council
4 October 2016

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