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Thursday, 8 February 2007
Page: 8

Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, in writing, on 14 September 2006:

(1)   For each financial year since 1 July 2000, on how many occasions have departmental employees accessed files or records without proper authorisation.

(2)   In each instance identified in Part (1), (a) what action was action taken against the employee and (b) if the unauthorised access involved customer records, in how many instances was the customer notified.

(3)   Are employees able to access personal or customer files without (a) being detected, or (b) leaving a record of their access.

(4)   What auditing procedures exist to monitor employee access to files and records.

Mr Vaile (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   There have been no recorded instances of unauthorised access to files and records during the period requested.

(2)   Not Applicable.

(3)   No. All personal and customer files are stored and handled in accordance with the Australian Government Protective Security Manual.

(4)   As indicated in Part (3) access to files is controlled on an ongoing basis in accordance with requirements established under the Australian Government Security Manual.