Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office: Annual Report 2012-13

Management & accountability

Corporate Governance

Portfolio Minister

Responsibility for administration of the legislation under which ASNO operates – the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987, Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994 and Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Act 1998 – rests with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Bob Carr.

Director General ASNO

The Director General ASNO reports directly to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The position combines the statutory offices of the:

  • Director of the national authority for nuclear safeguards (formerly Director of Safeguards), as established by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation (Safeguards) Act 1987
  • Director of the national authority for the Chemical Weapons Convention, as established by the Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1994
  • Director of the national authority for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, as established by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Act 1998.

The Director General ASNO is a statutory position, appointed by the Governor-General. Remuneration for this position is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

Dr Robert Floyd was appointed as the Director General ASNO on 29 November 2010 for a period of five years.

Assistant Secretary ASNO

The Assistant Secretary ASNO deputises for the Director General and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office. Dr John Kalish has held this position since April 2010.

ASNO Staff

ASNO has a small core of staff whose day-to-day activities are overseen by the Director General. ASNO staff are employed under the Public Service Act 1999 as a division within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). ASNO staff, other than the Director General, are also employed under the DFAT Enterprise Agreement. Further details can be found in Table 14 and the DFAT Annual Report 2012–13.

In 2012–13 ASNO achieved an average staff level of 16.8 (against an approved level of 17.3)

From 1 July 2011, ASNO implemented a revised organisational structure. In order to best draw upon the expertise of ASNO staff and promote efficiencies across thematic work areas. The revised organisational structure is closely aligned with ASNO's outputs and can be found in Figure 6.

Figure 6: ASNO's Organisational Structure – (as at 30 June 2013)

Director General
Robert Floyd
 
 
Assistant Secretary
John Kalish
 
 
CWC Implementation

Josy
Meyer
J

Implementation of CWC obligations and policy and technical advice.
CTBT and Disarmament

Malcolm Coxhead

Verification measures related to nuclear disarmament and fissile material.
Bilateral
Safeguards


A/g Lara Santana

Development and implementation of bilateral nuclear cooperation agreements, and tracking of Australian and foreign Obligated Nuclear Material.
IAEA
Safeguards


Craig
Everton


IAEA safeguards policy and implementation, Asia-Pacific Safeguards Network and coordination of the Australian Safeguards Support Program.
Non-Proliferation

Vacant

Technical evaluation and analysis of nuclear safeguards and related development and support activities.
Nuclear Security

Stephen Bayer

Development of nuclear security regimes, and physical protection of nuclear material and associated items.

Table 14: ASNO Staff at 30 June 2013

Male
Female
Total (Approved)
SES B2
1
0
1 (1)
SES B1
1
0
1 (1)
Executive Level 2
3
2
5 (5)
Executive Level 1
3
1
4 (4)
APS Level 6
0
2
2 (3.5)
APS Level 5
1
1
2 (1.3)
APS Level 4
0
1
1 (1.5)
TOTAL
9
7
16 (17.3)

Training and Development

ASNO's primary training requirements are professional development of specialist skills. ASNO is proactive in managing this training, in part through a schedule of conference programs and formal training coordinated by the IAEA. Further details are in Table 15.

Table 15: Training and Development Activities during 2012–13

Training and Development Activity
Person Days
Formal DFAT courses
44
Structured work unit & on-the-job training including planning days
12
Seminars, workshops, conferences, overseas negotiations
44
External formal courses
26
Academic study
0
Other (IAEA Consultancy)
30
TOTAL
156