Letter of transmittal

Dear Ministers

It is my pleasure to present you the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations’ Annual Report for 2012–13. I present this report in accordance with my capacity as Secretary of that department at 30 June 2013.

This report was prepared in accordance with section 63 of the Public Service Act 1999, which requires me to provide a report for you to present to the Parliament. It reflects the Requirements for Departmental Annual Reports as approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit.

The report includes the Auditor-General’s report and the department’s audited financial statements in accordance with section 57 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

The report provides information on the administrative operations of the social security law for the working age payments responsibility of the former department. I am required to report on these under subsection 241(1) of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999.

As required by the Commonwealth Fraud Control Guidelines, I certify that I am satisfied the former department:

  • prepared fraud risk assessments and fraud control plans
  • had in place appropriate fraud prevention, detection, investigation, reporting and data collection procedures and processes that meet the department’s specific needs
  • took all reasonable measures to minimise the incidence of fraud against the department and to investigate and recover the proceeds of fraud against the department.

Yours sincerely

Lisa Paul

17 October 2013

Scanned copy of the cover letter