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Appendix 7 : Corrections and amendments

There were some identified deficiencies in the 2001-02 Department of Transport and Regional Services Annual Report. Below is an explanation of those and the actions taken to remedy them in this report.

Senate Report: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee Annual reports (No. 1 of 2003)

Certification of appropriate internal controls

The committee considered that the department's omission to certify that fraud measures are in place did not comply with the requirements contained in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Requirements for Annual Reports (paragraphs 2.25 and 2.26)

This certification has now been inserted into the letter of transmittal of the 2002-03 Annual Report and included in Part 4: Management and accountability.

Service Charter

In the 2001-02 Annual Report no complaints data was provided. The committee suggested that a statistical table detailing any complaints received and how the department responded and resolved the issue would have been helpful.

This information is now provided in Part 4: Management and accountability.

ANAO Report No. 45 - Reporting of Financial Statements and Audit Reports in Annual Reports

Review of Financial Statements

The ANAO audit completed in January 2003 identified a number of omissions in the web version of the department's 2001-02 annual financial statements.

To ensure this does not occur in this report the financial statements have been inserted as signed off by the Auditor General in both the printed and the electronic versions. The printed annual report has the approved statements scanned and inserted. The electronic/Internet annual report has the same scanned financial statements. These are provided in HTML and PDF options to ensure we are providing the level of access required for the electronic version.

Other variations from 2001-02 annual report

Appendix 4 Freedom of Information - information has been added on categories of documents, functions and decision-making powers and arrangements for outside participation.

In the 2001-02 Annual Report the department reported on the status of transport safety recommendations and safety advisory notices issued by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). This information is not required in the department's annual report. It is published in the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report which can be found at www.atsb.gov.au

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