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CASA Annual Report 2002 03 Part 4: Corporate governance

Part 4: Accountability and External Scrutiny

Accountability to the Minister

Following the legislative changes to CASA's Governance structure in 2003, CASA's rolling three-year corporate plan is now formally subject to the Minister's approval. CASA's Corporate Plan for 2005-06 to 2006-07 was submitted to the Minister in June 2005 and has been approved. A copy of the 2005-06 to 2006-07 Corporate Plan is available on the CASA website at www.casa.gov.au. In addition, this Annual Report is a key component of CASA's accountability and reporting requirements to the Minister.

CASA's 2003-2004 Annual Report a Winner!

CASA's Annual Report for the 2003-2004 reporting period, was selected by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (ACT Division) as a Gold Award winner.

The 2003/04 Annual Reports of Commonwealth Agencies reporting under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (the CAC Act) were assessed by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (ACT Division) against both formal reporting requirements of CAC Act entities and contemporary good practices in annual reporting.

Twenty two (22) annual reports were assessed, including both statutory authorities and Commonwealth companies.

The judges report for the 2003-2004 awards states that 'Reports that appear to comment honestly on any challenges and under-achievements against targets during the year received favourable consideration from the judges. CASA was an example of this.'

CASA was also named one of only four commonwealth agencies or departments to win a bronze medal in the Australasian Reporting Awards for the 2003/2004 reporting period.

The awards recognise excellence in annual reporting as assessed against demanding Australasian Reporting Awards criteria.

Awards vice-chairman Arthur Delbridge reported that all gold, silver and bronze winners this year had one thing in common - respect for readers and a synergy in the elements of good communication in reporting: text, tables, graphs and other visuals.

Mr Rob Collins and Ms Nicola Hinder attended the Australasian Reporting Awards for the 2003/2004 reporting period ceremony and received the award on CASA's behalf.

Mr Rob Collins and Ms Nicola Hinder

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