Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission
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28 The agencys OH&S instructions, guides and checklists incorporate information and procedures that are relevant to operational requirements. The NTEC provides training on OH&S issues for all field officers and senior polling officials and advice concerning safe working practices with application to both staff and electors. Mobile polling schedules are limited to eight hour shifts, where possible, and mobile polling teams are issued with appropriate safety equipment which includes EPIRBs and mobile satellite phones. Two staff members from the Darwin office completed a 4WD driver training courses. No reportable safety issues were recorded during the year. Report under section 7 of the Carers Recognition Act Since 1995, carers of people unable to attend a polling place on polling day are eligible to apply for a postal vote under provisions of the Act. A carer may apply for a single election or on an ongoing basis as a registered postal voter. At 30 June 2011, 39 carers were registered as postal voters. Two NTEC staff were granted carers leave during the reporting year. Insurance Reporting Over the course of 2010-11, the NTEC made no self insurance or commercial insurance claims in any insurable risk category and paid no insurance premiums. The NTEC has in place a number of mitigation strategies to help reduce the insurable risk arising from its operations. The agency maintains an Accounting and Property Manual, which contains specific reference to insurance and litigation matters. These include detailed instructions for drivers of Commission vehicles with reference to the NT Fleet handbook. Records Management Pursuant to section 131 of the Information Act, the agency has implemented processes to achieve compliance with the archives and records management provisions prescribed in Part 9 of the Information Act. Corporate Review A consultant was employed to work with staff on: Revising the corporate plan and Revisiting the performance development framework for the agency. The approach employed for both tasks was consensus seeking and included MyVote Central personnel who were included in discussions by video link. The updated corporate plan (refer Appendix C) takes into account the increased service levels for the local government sector since 2008. The focus on four key areas for electoral service delivery was again reinforced with an emphasis on corporate activities underpinning enrolment, elections and education activities, in that revised order.