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4 October 2018

The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dear Minister

I am pleased to present to you the 2017–18 Annual Report of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, as required by section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

I certify that the report has been prepared in accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Non-corporate Commonwealth Entity Annual Reporting) Rule 2016 as approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit on 6 May 2016.

I also certify, in accordance with section 10 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014, that:

  • fraud risk assessments and fraud control plans have been prepared for the Department
  • appropriate mechanisms for preventing, detecting incidents of, investigating or otherwise dealing with, and reporting and recording fraud are in place for the Department
  • all reasonable measures have been taken to appropriately deal with fraud relating to the Department.

The report also contains material on the operations of the Defence Service Homes Insurance Scheme, submitted under section 50B of the Defence Service Homes Act 1918, and the Office of Australian War Graves, submitted under section 13(1) of the War Graves Act 1980.

In addition, a report on the operations of the Data Matching Program in the Department is submitted in accordance with section 12 of the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990. The Department works closely with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to ensure that the program strictly adheres to privacy safeguards and principles.

Liz Cosson AM CSC
Secretary
Department of Veterans’ Affairs

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