During the COVID 19 pandemic, we explored new ways to manage our partnerships through new workplace measures. This ranged from proactive support from our public and private sector actors to address the additional security challenges posed by the pandemic to tailored home technical assistance. In fiscal year 2019/20, ASIO spent $313,025 on marketing and advertising for recruitment activities and campaigns. For more information on these advertising campaigns, see www.asio.gov.au and Australian government advertising reports prepared by the Ministry of Finance. These reports are available on the Ministry of Finance`s website (see also Appendix G). The draft agreement, the sixth, was presented shortly before Christmas to employees of the country`s highest national security authority, but was rejected by 76 percent of the overwhelming employees. The Asio Fraud Strategy 2019-21 (www.asio.gov.au/asio-fraud-strategy-statement.html) provides more information on our anti-fraud and management agreements. ASIO has made significant progress in increasing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring inclusive jobs. Led by our 2018-20 Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, progress has been overseen by the ASIO Diversity and Inclusion Council and supported by diversity champions and asio networks. In an unprecedented move, staff of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) voted in favour of rejecting the recent labour agreement presented to them by the organization`s management. ASIO`s media office confirmed the rejection of the draft agreement, but said negotiations were continuing. The current contract expires next month. AsIO does have a staff association, but is not affiliated with any other public service union and its negotiations generally remain strictly internal.
During the reporting period, we conducted a fraud risk assessment and reviewed the ASIO 2019-21 fraud control plan to correct the identified risks. Under this framework, all staff members are required to undergo mandatory e-learning every three years on ethics and accountability, including fraud modules. The core internal audit and compliance functions are key elements of the ASIO approach to corporate governance. They ensure that our risk, control and compliance measures ensure that our resources are used effectively, effectively and ethically. It also means taking all appropriate measures to prevent, deter and combat fraud. These efforts are also aimed at ensuring that ASIO is ready to meet current and future security challenges. The Security and Compliance Committee, chaired by the Deputy Director General for the Provision of Intelligence Services, advises the Executive Committee on security and compliance issues.
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