Accountability

External scrutiny

Reports by the Auditor-General, Parliamentary Committees or Commonwealth Ombudsman

As at 30 June 2016, no reports had been made by the Auditor-General regarding FWBC for 2015–16.

No reports by the Commonwealth Ombudsman had been issued under s 54A(6) FWBI Act for the reporting year.

Judicial review

During the reporting year two judicial review applications were made. No judicial decisions or decisions by administrative tribunals or the Australian Information Commissioner had a significant effect on the operations of FWBC.

Freedom of information

Agencies subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) are required to publish information to the public as part of the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). This requirement is in Part II of the FOI Act and has replaced the former requirement to publish a section 8 statement in an annual report. Each agency must display on its website a plan showing what information it publishes in accordance with the IPS requirements.

FWBC has published an agency plan which describes how FWBC proposes to implement and administer the IPS. The agency plan is available on the FWBC website at www.fwbc.gov.au/IPS.

Statistics

FWBC received 15 FOI requests during the reporting period.