Annual Report 2008-2009

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The department demonstrated strong and flexible resource management in its timely responses to the Government’s new policy initiatives and budget priorities. These included the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Pacific engagement, the United Nations Security Council campaign and new policy positions to manage people smuggling and Afghanistan issues.

Working with the Department of Finance and Deregulation, we undertook a ‘root and branch’ review of the adequacy of the department’s resources. The work of the review was considered in the development of our 2009–10 budget.

In response to the Government’s new workplace legislation, the department made appropriate transitions from Australian Workplace Agreements to agreements under section 24(1) of the Public Service Act 1999. We negotiated a new Collective Agreement, which included substantial revisions to our performance management system and new arrangements to manage flex-time and time-off-in-lieu provisions. The transition to an upgraded version of our human resource management information system was also achieved with limited disruption to payroll and HR functionality.

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