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Annual Report 2016-2017 Department of the Legislative Assembly



Annual Report 2016-2017 Department of the Legislative Assembly

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DLA Annual Report 2016-17 Page 18 Performance Management Work Partnership Plans (WPPs) are developed by individual employees and their managers, using unit business plans as the foundation for identification of goals, projects and training needs. WPPs ensure unit goals are achieved and employees are supported in reaching individual goals and given feedback on their performance. WPPs also aim to allow employees to reach their full potential, achieve job satisfaction and maximise their opportunities and contribution. As a result, the Department can link training to performance goals, enabling the prioritisation of training needs and investment for training resources. In the longer term, the process enhances the agencys succession planning. Access to Information In compliance with section 11 of the Information Act, the Departments structure, functions and types of information held is available on its website along with how access may be sought. Applications to access government information held by the DLA can be lodged with the Director Business Services. All applications must: Be in writing Include the applicants name and an address for correspondence Provide sufficient detail to identify the information Include sufficient proof of the applicants identity (photo identification) An application fee of $30 can be processed by the Receiver of Territory monies. The DLA will endeavor to respond to applications within 30 days. If an application is complex, large or requires third party consultation, the DLA will advise the applicant that an extension of time is requires and will provide an estimated time frame. No applications for access to information under the Information Act were received in the reporting period. Privacy The Department complies with the 10 Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) that appear in a Schedule to the Information Act. Staff with access to personal information are aware of their obligations to manage information carefully and records management access caveats are in place and audited. A talent release form has been developed for the use of any images for promotional material. The DLA is developing a Privacy Policy consistent with the IPPs for release in October 2017. No privacy complaints were received in the reporting period. Records and Archives Management Pursuant to section 134 of the Information Act the DLA manages corporate records in compliance with Northern Territory Government records management standards. The Department also uses its Functional Records Disposal Schedule (No. 2015/7) to manage and store records specific to the Legislative Assemblys function. The DLA has a specific increased focus on improving records management through its Information Management Strategic Plan 2016-2020. Measures contained in the Plan include: Setting rules for how documents are saved to the corporate record system to ensure information can be easily found