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Strategic Priority 8

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STRATEGIC
PRIORITY
8
Collaborating to achieve significant whole-of-government objectives
 
KEY ACTIVITIES
  • Providing legal and legal policy advice to Operation Sovereign Borders in protecting Australia’s borders
  • Implementing the Government’s deregulation agenda to reduce unnecessary red tape costs on individuals, businesses and community organisations
  • Contributing to the Government’s Efficiency through Contestability Programme through supporting various reviews of the department and the portfolio
  • Reviewing Commonwealth legal services to ensure an aligned and efficient approach to managing legal risk.
PERFORMANCE MEASURES RESULT
KPI 2: Our effectiveness in achieving objectives
Measure: Stakeholder and client feedback on satisfaction and quality of collaboration to achieve significant whole-of-government objectives
Stakeholder survey indicated 97% of respondents were satisfied.
KPI 4: Our professionalism, skills and commitment
Measure: Stakeholder and client satisfaction with the professionalism and commitment of staff involved in collaborating to achieve significant whole-of-government objectives
Stakeholder survey indicated 95% of respondents were satisfied.

Analysis

Operation Sovereign Borders

The department continued its role in providing legal and legal policy advice to support Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB). The department chaired the OSB Legal Issues Group meetings to ensure major operational and policy decisions take account of legal risk. In addition, the department continued to work on the instructing group for significant OSB-related litigation where it plays an important role in identifying and mitigating legal risk to Australia’s border protection policy.

Implementing the Government’s deregulation agenda

The department contributed to the regulatory reform agenda by assisting with the Amending Acts 1980 to 1989 Repeal Act 2015 (assented to on 12 November 2015), and the Amending Acts 1990 to 1999 Repeal Act 2016 (assented to on 11 February 2016), which together repealed approximately 1,747 amending and repeal Acts.

We also contributed to two Statute Law Revision Acts (assented to on 12 November 2015 and 11 February 2016) to make technical improvements and corrections to legislation.

Reviewing Commonwealth legal services

The Review of Commonwealth Legal Services commenced on 1 July 2015. It is examining how legal services can be delivered most effectively and efficiently, focusing on ensuring high-quality and coordinated advice to the Commonwealth and its entities.

Throughout the year, the review looked at Commonwealth legal services arrangements and consulted with government agencies, private sector legal service providers, experts and other jurisdictions. It also released two issues papers and received 125 submissions in response. Mr David Borthwick AO PSM, was engaged to provide the Secretary with independent advice on the review.

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