Financial Services arrangements

NICNAS operates within the financial management framework of the Department of Health and Ageing. It purchases some financial services from Walter Turnbull Pty Ltd.

These arrangements include financial processing and reporting, with associated quality assurance procedures, and purchasing and procurement.

Detail of NICNASs financial performance in 2007-08 is summarised in the Directors Overview and in the Abstract from the Financial Statements (Appendix 01).

Human resources management

At 30 June 2008, NICNAS employed 62 staff, holding the equivalent of 49.49 full-time positions.

Of these, 50 were permanent employees and 12 were non-ongoing staff. Four were employed on Australian Workplace Agreements.

NICNAS paid performance bonuses of $13,637.12 during 2007-08.

The staffing profile for NICNAS is shown in Appendix 20, where staff training and development is also reported. A total of 192.1 days of formal training (some three days for each person) were completed, including orientation and induction training for new staff.

Staff contribution and involvement is encouraged through monthly and annual awards, monthly meetings and a performance development scheme.

Training in awareness of Australian Public Service values continued for all new staff and was offered to all existing staff.

New staff also received customer service training.

NICNAS conducted nine in-house seminars during 2007-08.

Occupational health and safety

A total of two occupational health and safety inspections were undertaken at NICNASs Marrickville office, with no major health or safety issues identified.

Compulsory occupational health and safety inductions were provided for 12 new staff, while 28 ergonomic workplace assessments were done during the year for new and existing staff.

All recommendations were either implemented or are under consideration.

Indoor air quality was independently assessed in response to employee concerns about printer and photocopier emissions. All parameters, including carbon black dust, total inspirable dust, ozone, and microbial contaminants were found to be within acceptable ranges.

NICNASs health and safety representatives received workstation assessment training at the NSW office of the Department of Health and Ageing.