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Australian Research Council Bill 2001

Part 6 Planning and reporting

Division 1 Strategic plans

42   Board to prepare strategic plans

             (1)  The Board must prepare a strategic plan at least once a year and give it to the Minister for approval under section 43. The plan must comply with the requirements of this section.

             (2)  The plan must be in writing.

             (3)  The plan must cover a period of at least 3 years.

             (4)  The plan must:

                     (a)  set out the goals, priorities, policies and strategies to be adopted by the ARC in performing its functions; and

                     (b)  set out performance indicators for the assessment of the ARC’s performance of its functions; and

                     (c)  deal with any other matters that the Minister, by notice in writing to the Board, requires to be dealt with in the plan.

43   Ministerial approval of strategic plans

             (1)  After receiving a strategic plan (or a revised strategic plan) from the Board, the Minister must either:

                     (a)  approve the plan; or

                     (b)  give the plan back to the Board with a written request for the Board to give the Minister a strategic plan (prepared in accordance with section 42) for the same period, revised to take account of specified concerns of the Minister.

             (2)  If the Minister requests the Board to give him or her a revised strategic plan, the Board must do so as soon as reasonably practicable.

             (3)  The Minister must cause a copy of a strategic plan that he or she has approved to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after that approval.

             (4)  A strategic plan is of no effect unless it has been approved by the Minister.

44   Variation of strategic plans

             (1)  If the Board considers that a variation of a strategic plan is necessary or desirable, the Board may, with the approval of the Minister, vary the strategic plan.

             (2)  The Minister must cause a copy of a variation that he or she has approved to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after that approval.

             (3)  A variation of a strategic plan is of no effect unless the variation has been approved by the Minister.

45   Annual report to include assessment of ARC’s performance using performance indicators in strategic plan

                   The annual report for the ARC for a financial year must include an assessment of the ARC’s performance of its functions during that year. The performance indicators set out in the strategic plan as required by paragraph 42(4)(b) must be used in making that assessment.



 

Division 2 Annual report

46   Annual report

             (1)  The Board must, as soon as practicable after 30 June in each year, prepare and give to the Minister a report of the operations of the ARC during the year that ended on that 30 June. The report must also deal with:

                     (a)  any matters required by other provisions of this Act to be dealt with in the report; and

                     (b)  any other matters that the Minister, by notice in writing to the Board, requires to be dealt with in the report.

Note:          Other provisions of this Act that require matters to be dealt with in the report are subsections 6(4), 7(3), 10(2) and 11(2), and section 45.

             (2)  The report must be prepared in accordance with the guidelines referred to in subsection 63(2) of the Public Service Act 1999 (as if the report were a report to which those guidelines applied).

             (3)  The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the day on which the Minister receives the report.