Annual Report 2011/2012 Professional Standards Councils
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69Professional Standards Councils Annual Report 201112 and within the confines of the legislative requirements of schemes. A copy of the application form required to be completed by associations, along with application guidelines, can be accessed on the website of the Council at www.psc.gov.au. A large amount of information is requested of associations when completing an application for a scheme. This information includes insurance data about the level and nature of claims, insurance data from the previous 10 years concerning the highest claims and types of claims, risk management strategies of the association, education and other qualification requirements, COE and codes of conduct and ethics. WhISTLebLOWerS prOTeCTION The Whistleblowers Protection Act 1994 (Qld) aims to protect public interest by protecting persons who disclose: unlawful, negligent or improper conduct affecting the public sector danger to public health or safety danger to the environment. The Professional Standards Council of Queensland did not receive disclosures covered by the Whistleblowers Protection Act 1994 (Qld) during the reporting period. rISk MANAgeMeNT The risk management and internal audit practices of the Council and the OPSC are described elsewhere in this annual report. CONSuLTANTS Any costs incurred by hiring consultants during the reporting period are detailed in the Consolidated Financial Performance Extract. OVerSeAS TrAVeL There was no overseas travel in the reporting period. INfOrMATION SySTeMS ANd reCOrd keepINg Sound record keeping practices underpin good governance. The Council has a system in place which ensures the accurate storage, capture and retrieval of documents as required by the Public Records Act 2002 (Qld) and Information Standard 40: Record keeping and Information Standard 31. WASTe MANAgeMeNT The OPSC staff are governed by the NSW DAGJ Environment Policy as the OPSC operates in NSW. The policy demonstrates a commitment to reducing the effect of our operations on the natural environment. NSW DAGJ also has in place a sustainability policy. The Council and OPSC have continued to comply with these policies and assist to limit the impact of their operations on the environment. For example, Council papers for regular Council meetings are produced on 50 per cent recycled paper, and in most cases lengthy addenda are provided to Councillors electronically. A number of Councillors are now receiving their papers in electronic format only, thereby reducing the use of paper and print processing. Promotional material such as the annual report are produced on 55 per cent recycled paper, only the required number of reports is printed and the report is available on the internet. fINANCIAL perfOrMANCe The audited financial statements of the Professional Standards Council of Queensland are attached as an addendum to this report. For an unaudited statement of the revenue and expenditure of this Council, refer to the Consolidated Financial Performance Extract of the Professional Standards Councils at the beginning of this section. F in a n c ia l r e p o r t s