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Annual Report 1999/00 Arts and Museums



Annual Report 1999/00 Arts and Museums

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Tabled Paper 2120


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The review concluded that M AGN T is satisfying the requirements under relevant legislation, the Heritage Conservation A ct 1999 (administered by the Department of Lands, Planning and Environment), in its delivery of the program. Appropriate strategies are being developed in response to the outcomes of the review. Resourcing and staffing of the program is limited, however, and the Agency is unable to respond positively to a general perception that more could be achieved in the area of interpretation of heritage buildings. A g en cy C o m p lian c e A u d i t 2 0 0 0 In May 2000 Ernst and Young conducted an Agency Compliance Audit on behalf of the Northern Territory Auditor-Generals Office. The Auditors reported that the accounting and control procedures examined provide reasonable assurance that the responsibilities of the Accountable Officer, as set out in Treasurers Directions and Procurement Regulations and Guidelines, will be met if those systems continue to operate in the manner identified during the audit. In particular, the audit found that physical controls over M A GN T (Bullocky Point) exhibit assets appear sound. The Auditor-General noted that the Departments Accounting and Property Manual is not complete but is currently being updated, acknowledging that the update currently in process is required due to the changes to the Departm ents organisational procedures, implemented as a result of the NTPS-wide review, Planning for Growth (1998/99). O C C U P A T IO N A L H E A L T H A N D S A F E T Y The Department places a high priority on the occupational health and safety of both staff in the workplace and visitors to our various venues. To this end an active Occupational Health and Safety Committee provides a vehicle whereby OH&.S staff and building concerns, can be raised and addressed at an appropriate level. Major issues progressed by the Department during the reporting period include: M useum and A rt G allery of the N T - B ullocky P o in t Construction of a new wet store housing natural science specimens ($1 million). This action followed the closure in January 1998 of the former facility, on the recommendation of Commercial Risk Consultants to the Department of Transport and Works, on the grounds that the store failed to comply with standards set by AS 1940, as well as the breach of a number of procedures within the Northern Territory Dangerous Goods Regulations Upgrade of the fresh air intake system Improvements to disabled access to the on site Cornucopia restaurant Upgrade of external lighting at the Cornucopia restaurant to improve security and safety The removal of the stage in the theatre to allow disabled access to the podium area The health and safety of staff and customers is paramount

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