NT Government Department of Education Annual Report 2017-18 Department of Education Annual Report 2017-18 - Page 3

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION EXECUTIVE Level 14, Mitchell Centre 55-59 Mitchell Street, Darwin Postal address GPO Box 4821 DARWIN, NT, 0801 Tel (08) 8999 5857 Fax (08) 8999 3537 Vicki.Baylis@nt.gov.au The Honourable Selena Uibo MLA Minister for Education Parliament House DARWIN NT 0800 28 September 2018 Dear Minister RE: Department of Education 2017–18 Annual Report I am pleased to present this report on the activities of the Northern Territory Department of Education from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 in accordance with section 28 of the Public Sector Employment and Management Act, section 22 of the Education Act, section 12 of the Financial Management Act and section 131 of the Information Act. To the best of my knowledge and belief as the Accountable Officer, pursuant to section 13 of the Financial Management Act, the system of internal control and audit provides reasonable assurance that: a) b) c) d) e) f) g) Proper records of all transactions affecting the agency are kept and the department’s employees observe the provisions of the Financial Management Act, the Financial Management Regulations and Treasurer’s Directions. Department procedures provide proper internal control, and a current description of those procedures is recorded in the Accounting and Property Manual, which has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Financial Management Act. No indication of fraud, malpractice, major breach of legislation or delegation, major error in or omission from the accounts and records exists. In accordance with the requirements of section 15 of the Financial Management Act, the internal audit capacity available to the agency is adequate, and the results of internal audits have been reported. The financial statements in this annual report have been prepared from proper accounts and records and are in accordance with the Treasurer’s Directions. In accordance with the requirements of section 18 of the Public Sector Employment and Management Act, all Employment Instructions issued by the Commissioner for Public Employment have been satisfied and reported for 2017–18. Procedures within the department complied with the requirements of the Information Act. In addition, the Chief Executive of the Department of Corporate and Information Services (DCIS) has advised that in relation to items a) and e), and to the best of her knowledge and belief, proper records are kept of transactions undertaken by DCIS on behalf of Treasury, and the employees under her control observe the provisions of the Financial Management Act, the Financial Management Regulations and Treasurer’s Directions. The Auditor-General has conducted compliance audits during the year to provide audit assurance that DCIS has maintained appropriate controls and record-keeping practices. Yours sincerely Vicki Baylis Chief Executive