Department of Corporate and Information Services annual report 2016-17
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Annual Report 2016-17 | Department of Corporate and Information Services80 CO R PO RATE G O VER N AN CE INTERNAL AUDIT FUNCTION In accordance with the Financial Management Act, the department has an internal audit function to assist the Accountable Officer. A Strategic Audit Plan is managed by the internal audit function and monitored by the Audit Committee. In 2016-17, the following audits and reviews to test internal controls and processes were completed. Internal audit/review Objective Cabinet Information Security Annual review of the departments Cabinet information access and handling controls, accountability and security culture. Official Travel Assess department travel transactions for compliance with the Travel Policy Framework, legislation and policies through biannual reviews. Work Health and Safety An independent risk assessment of the departments work health and safety environment to identify strategic work health and safety risks and recommended mitigation or treatment actions. Air Service Providers to Northern Territory Government Undertake an operational and technical audit, assessing compliance of the aviation contractors on governments aviation services panel. Employee Assistance Program Assess contractor compliance with key requirements of the contract regarding delivery of Employment Assistance Program to Northern Territory Government. Review of Active Microsoft Directory Environments Assess the active directory environments of the main Northern Territory Government environment, Power and Water Corporation environment, and Police, Fire and Emergency Services environment. Desktop and Wireless Vulnerability Assessments Assess security controls across the Northern Territory Government ICT networks. STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES Comprehensive standard operating procedures are in place for shared services functions across finance, human resources, information management, procurement and property management services. These procedures are regularly reviewed and updated to assist staff to ensure consistent, appropriate and repeatable processes are followed in providing services. POLICIES AND PROCEDURES In addition to the abovementioned controls, a range of subject specific policies, procedures and templates are provided to assist governance committees and employees in areas such as: the management of risks; treatment of gifts and benefits; procurement processes; guarantees and liabilities; travel; work health and safety; fraud control; and human resource management. All policies, procedures and templates are located on the staff intranet site for easy access by employees. All policies are required to be approved by the Executive Management Board. The following departmental policies were updated or developed in 2016-17: Gifts and Benefits Policy updated to incorporate enhanced reporting requirements and reference to Social Events Procedures Accounting and Property Manual updated to ensure compliance with changes to the Treasurers Directions, the all-of-government Travel Policy Framework and related requirements for overseas travel, and to reflect other procedural and organisational changes Fraud Control Policy reviewed to improve ease of use for agency staff and align with organisational changes Employee Exit Policy developed to assist employees exiting the agency either temporarily or permanently and to monitor employee satisfaction through feedback. Other all-of-government policies approved by the Chief Executive during 2016-17 include: Mobile Application Development Policy Digital Security Policy Data and Voice Cabling Policy ICT Logging Policy ICT Access Policy.
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