Polycarpaea longiflora. Photo by Karla Forrest/DBCA
Polycarpaea longiflora. Photo by Karla Forrest/DBCA

Financial statements

Key performance indicators

Ministerial directives

No Ministerial directives were received during the financial year.

Government policy requirements

Occupational health, safety and injury management

The DBCA's commitment to health, safety and wellbeing (HSW) is underpinned by a duty that is shared by managers, leaders, supervisors and employees to establish and implement appropriate management systems and practices. HSW is integrated into the department’s core values and corporate planning processes.  

DBCA’s Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Injury Management Framework

The Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Injury Management Framework (the Framework) is designed to ensure a consistent and coordinated approach to the management of health, safety, wellbeing and injury management within the department. The Framework aligns with elements of the WorkSafe Plan and is compliant with the Code of Practice: Occupational Safety and Health in the Western Australia Public Sector, Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 and other legislative requirements. 

DBCA is committed to supporting injured employees to return to work, wherever medically appropriate. The objective of injury management is to assist injured or ill employees return to pre-injury duties in a safe, timely and durable manner. The department’s Injury Management Standard Operating Procedure focuses on early intervention of injury management strategies that may allow the injured employee to remain at work or return to work at the earliest appropriate time.  

The department’s Corporate HSW committee is committed to maintaining and promoting a strong workplace HSW culture. The committee is responsible for communicating strategic direction; reviewing systems; monitoring performance; and providing support, advice and guidance on the application and advancement of HSW systems and practices within the department.  

DBCA acknowledges the key roles that employee-elected Health and Safety Representatives; management-appointed Safety Officers; local health, safety and wellbeing committees; managers; and employees have in assisting with the management and governance of health, safety and wellbeing within the department. Effective communication and consultation are critical elements that have been built into this Framework.  

Wellbeing Support Programs 

The provision of quality wellbeing support continues to be a high priority for DBCA and is further strengthened via the Employee Assistance Program, Peer Supporter Network, Critical Incident Peer Responder Program, Chaplaincy services and Mental Health First Aid training. These services have been crucial in providing quality support to staff and families, who have been adversely impacted by the disruptions and uncertainty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The department has also had an increased focus on wellbeing initiatives, particularly for staff involved in bushfire responses. This includes providing access to national support services and promotional resources for emergency service workers, representation on the Black Dog Institute advisory committee, and staff participation on courses offered from bushfire support services.  

In readiness for updated Work Health and Safety legislation, the department has amended the Standard Operating Procedure for Health and Safety Committees to ensure wellbeing is embedded into our health and safety practices.

Table 10: Health and safety performance indicators

Measure Results – prior years Current reporting year Results against target
  2018–19 2019–20 2020–21 Target Comment on result
Number of fatalities 0 0 0 0 Achieved
Lost time injury and/or disease incidence rate 2.67 3.0 2.7 0 or 10% reduction Not achieved
Lost time injury and/or disease severity rate 2.5 6.8 11 0 or 10% reduction Not achieved
Percentage of injured workers returned to work:          
(i) within 13 weeks 97.4% 95% 88% Greater than or equal to 80% Achieved
(ii) within 26 weeks 100% 98% 95% Greater than or equal to 80% Achieved
Percentage of managers trained in occupational safety, health and injury management responsibilities >80% >80% <80% Greater than or equal to 80% Not achieved

*In 2020, DBCA developed a new Health, Safety and Wellbeing training course specifically for managers and supervisors. The completion rate of the new training course has been impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Board and committee remuneration

The remuneration rates for boards and committees that assist DBCA are disclosed below.

Table 11: Animal Ethics Committee (Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions)

Position Name Type of remuneration Period of membership Gross/actual remuneration ($)
Chair Juanita Renwick Not eligible for remuneration 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Member Category A Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 2,450
Member Category A Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 2,100
Member Category B Not eligible for remuneration 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Member Category B Not eligible for remuneration 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Member Category C Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 2,450
Member Category C Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 2,450
Member Category D Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 2,450
Member Category D Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 2,450

Total (Members not identified by name due to privacy reasons)

Categories:
A Veterinarian
B Scientist
C Animal welfare
D Independent community representative
E Other

    14,350

Table 12: Conservation and Parks Commission

Position Name Type of remuneration Period of membership Gross/actual remuneration ($)  
Chair Christopher Doepel Fortnightly 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 40,570.16  
Deputy Chair Jo-anne Lanagan Fortnightly 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 25,538.18  
Member Penny Bond Fortnightly 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 19,426.94   
Member Tahn Donovan Fortnightly 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 19,426.94  
Member Ross Dowling Fortnightly 1/7/2020 to 6/5/2021 16,737.07  
Member Kim Eckert Fortnightly 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 19,426.94  
Member Alan Walker Fortnightly 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 19,426.94  
Member John Keesing Not eligible for remuneration 7/5/2021 to 30/6/2021 0  
Total       160,553.17

Table 13: Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Advisory Committee

Position Name Type of remuneration Period of membership Gross/actual remuneration ($)
Chair Regina Flugge Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 3,482
Member Russell Babcock Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 2,282
Member Nerreda Hillier Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Member Jacqueline Hine Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 2,282
Member William Humphreys Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 2,282
Member Vicki Long Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 2,282
Member Frazer McGregor Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 1,853
Member Kane Simpson Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 995
Member Hazel Walgar Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 1,853
Member Rachael Cooyou Sessional 30/11/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Total 17,311

Table 14: North West Shelf Flatback Turtle Conservation Program Advisory Committee and Scientific Panel

Position Name Type of remuneration Period of membership Gross/actual remuneration ($)
Chair Lyn Beazley Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Member Narelle Montgomery Not eligible for remuneration 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Member Juanita Renwick Not eligible for remuneration 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Member Andrew Smith Not eligible for remuneration 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Member Lyndon Brooks Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 3,300.00
Member Col Limpus Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Member Kellie Pendoley Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 173.25
Member Abbie Rogers Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Total     3,473.25

Table 15: Purnululu World Heritage Area Advisory Committee

Position Name Type of remuneration Period of membership Gross/actual remuneration ($)
Chair Christopher Done Sessional 1/7/2020 to 28/2/2021 1,085
Member Tanba Banks Sessional 1/7/2020 to 28/2/2021 566
Member Paul Butters Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 712
Member Glen Chidlow Not eligible for remuneration 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Member Jose Drill Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 429
Member Vincent Edwards Not eligible for remuneration 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Member Matthew Hobson Not eligible for remuneration 1/7/2020 to 28/2/2021 0
Member Sarah Legge Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 849
Member Cherylene Nocketta Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 995
Total 4,636

Table 16: Shark Bay World Heritage Advisory Committee

Position Name Type of remuneration Period of membership Gross/actual remuneration ($)
Chair Phillip Scott Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 1,514
Member Diana Walker Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 995
Member Libby Mattiske Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 995
Member Grant Donald Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 343
Member Elisabeth McLellan Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 712
Member Julianne Bush Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 1,141
Member Brendon Bellottie Not eligible for remuneration 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Member Laura Gray Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 995
Total 6,695

Table 17: Swan River Trust Board

Position Name Type of remuneration Period of membership Gross/actual remuneration ($)
Chair Hamish Beck Fortnightly 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 17,919.68
Deputy Chair Dr Joanna Pearce Fortnightly 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 10,709.50
Member Jo Wilkie Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 3002.22
Member Marenée Provost Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 3,316.95
Member Sara Saberi Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 3,316.95
Member Vanessa Martin Sessional 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 3,316.95
Member Peter King Not eligible for remuneration 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Member Jacquie Stone Not eligible for remuneration 1/7/2020 to 30/6/2021 0
Total       41,582.25

WA Multicultural Policy Framework

DBCA’s Workforce and Diversity Plan 2021-2025 has been submitted to the Office of Multicultural Interests for approval as its Multicultural Plan, after incorporating relevant actions from the Western Australian Multicultural Policy Framework. 

Other legal requirements

Treasurer’s Instruction 953 – Publication and Presentation of Annual Estimates 

In accordance with Treasurer’s Instruction 953, the 2021–22 annual estimates for DBCA are published in the DBCA 2020–21 Annual Report. Actual results will be reported against these estimates in the DBCA 2021–22 Annual Report.

Download the 2021–22 annual estimates (PDF 223KB).

Credit cards – unauthorised use

There were 104 personal transactions charged to government credit cards by 91 different cardholders to 30 June 2021. The majority of those occurring due to mistaking a government credit card for a personal credit card for small transactions where a PIN was not required, or a merchant’s online payment facilities defaulting to the government credit card details that were provided on a previous occasion. 

In each case, the cardholder provided written advice to their cost centre manager, the Chief Finance Officer, and the Notifiable Authority of the personal use of a government credit card, consistent with the requirements of Treasurer's Instruction 321-2.

Table 18: Unauthorised use of credit cards

Financial year 2020–21

Aggregate amount of personal use expenditure for the reporting period

$6,502.54
Aggregate amount of personal use expenditure settled
by the due date (within five working days)
$6,502.54
Aggregate amount of personal use expenditure settled after five working days $0.00
Aggregate amount of personal use expenditure outstanding
at balance date
$0.00

Advertising

In accordance with section 175ZE of the Western Australian Electoral Act 1907, DBCA incurred the following expenditures in advertising. 

Table 19: Expenditure and advertising organisations  

Total expenditure 202021 $144,015.15
Expenditure was incurred in the following areas:  
Advertising agencies  
Initiative Media Australia Pty Ltd $68,008.59 
Direct mail organisations Nil
Market research organisations Nil
Media advertising organisations $76,006.56
A.R.M Marketing Pty Ltd $874.50
Albany and Great Southern Weekender $3,022.00
Aurora Magazine $1,095.01
Aussie Drawcards $2,523.30
Australia's South West Inc. $1,150.00 
Collie Chamber of Commerce $3,600.00
Concept Media $256.08
Denmark Bulletin $1,049.99
Denmark Chamber of Commerce $345.75
Executive Media Pty Ltd $1,900.01
Great Southern Weekender $198.00
Initiative Media Australia Pty Ltd $21,976.74
Letsgokids Pty Ltd $1,045.00
Lizart Productions Trading as East Kimberley Directory $81.32
Parks and Wildlife Service Facebook $1,029.99
Premium Publishers $400.40
Shire of Exmouth Community Notice Board $40.00
Southern Forests Blackwood Valley Tourism Association $2,050.00
State Law Publisher $3,672.76
Tourism Council Western Australia $23,331.00
Visual Publications $2,000.00
WAITOC- Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Committee $2,200.00
Walpole Community Resource Centre $802.50
Walsh Media $660.00
West Australian Newspapers $702.23

Disability access and inclusion plan outcomes 

In the final year of the department's current Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2015–2020 (DAIP), work continued to improve access to facilities and services with participatory inclusion being the primary and ongoing aim. The DAIP is monitored by the department's Diversity and Access Committee, which includes representatives from seven divisions and authorities, including four Corporate Executive representatives.  

The planning, design and construction of recreation facilities and buildings to provide universal access is considered on each occasion and achieved where budgets and site conditions allow. In all circumstances, universal access is investigated, and where it is unachievable, alternative opportunities that enable some interaction with the location, experience or environment are developed.  

During 2020–21, an accessible boardwalk at Ngajarli in Murujuga National Park was completed and provides improved access to culturally significant rock art. Other projects completed include the first two stages of the William Bay National Park renewal project providing accessible parking bays, toilets and picnic facilities, and an accessible lookout at Fortescue Falls in Karijini National Park. 

Construction of the accessible floating dock at Danggu (Geikie Gorge National Park) is underway, and a range of other accessible (including assist access) infrastructure projects began or continued in 2020–21, including finalisation of the design of two bridges enabling trail use in Dwaarlindjirraap (Lane Poole Reserve) and Flora Road (Collie Adventure Trails). An accessible lookout at Flora was also completed overlooking the Collie River valley. Designs are progressing for an accessible walk to Trig Point in Maidens Reserve and Mangrove Boardwalk in Kalgulup Regional Park (Bunbury). 

DBCA continues to run numerous initiatives and activities in line with the DAIP. These include: 

  • creating the new DAIP 2021–25 
  • undertaking Disability Confident Recruiter status renewal for 2021–22 
  • using a nationally agreed system of bushfire alerts and warnings 
  • partnering with National Disability Services WA to implement strategies to increase employment of people with disability, including a five per cent employment target for people with disability  
  • ensuring staff have the capability to support candidates with disability by providing disability awareness information in Selection Panel member training. In 2020–21, 81 staff members attended the training 
  • employing people with disability on fee-for-service contracts through Western Australian Disability Enterprises (WADEs) – this currently includes Activ, Intelife and Westcare  
  • using a range of disability recruitment specialists and continuing to email all advertised positions to recruitment agencies  
  • encouraging managers to use section 66 of the WA Equal Opportunity Act 1984 in the advertisement of vacant positions, enabling people with disabilities to be given priority when being considered for the role 
  • holding an annual event to celebrate the International Day of People with Disability, and acknowledge the work provided by the WADEs engaged by DBCA
  • ensuring events, building reception areas and parking facilities are accessible to people with disability  
  • ensuring DBCA's website continues to meet contemporary best-practice and applicable legislative requirements for access for people with disability, and information is available in alternative formats
  • monitoring and addressing complaints about disability access. 

Compliance with public sector standards and ethical codes

Under section 31 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994, DBCA is required to report on its compliance with public sector standards and ethical codes.

Table 20: Compliance with public sector standards and ethical codes

Compliance issue Significant action taken to monitor and ensure compliance
Public Sector Standards
No breach claims were lodged in 2020–21. DBCA's People Services Branch intranet site has information on the Public Sector Standards including a hyperlink to the Public Sector Commission website. Policies and guidelines relevant to the standards are also available on the intranet. The online Accountable and Ethical Decision Making course and the department's Selection Panel Training course also provide information about the Public Sector Standards. 
Department's Code of Conduct and Public Sector Code of Ethics

Of the 12 allegations of breaches of discipline across the Department in 2020–21 (excluding the three Statutory Authorities), all were suspected to have breached the Department’s Code of Conduct and the Public Sector Code of Ethics, as prescribed by Commissioner's Instruction No. 7 Code of Ethics. Of the 12 allegations, six have been finalised in 2020–21. 

All allegations carried over from 2019–20 have been finalised.  

The Public Sector Code of Ethics is currently contained within DBCA's Code of Conduct. Therefore, a breach of the Code of Ethics is also a breach of the Code of Conduct, however, a breach of the Code of Conduct is not automatically a breach of the Code of Ethics. 

All employees are required to read and sign the Code of Conduct as part of the induction process or when a significant review occurs. Further, the document includes a section on how employees can report breaches of the Code. 

DBCA ensures compliance with the Code of Conduct through quarterly reporting to all divisions on completion of the signed acknowledgment page. The Code of Conduct is also included in the Induction program for new starters and in mandatory Accountable and Ethical Decision Making Training which staff are required to complete every five years. Intermittent reminders are also sent to staff via broadcast emails to remind them of their obligations and the requirement to sign the Code.  

Recordkeeping plans

As required under section 19 of the State Records Act 2000 (the Act), DBCA has an approved Recordkeeping Plan. The department's recordkeeping program is supported by policy, procedures and training to ensure compliance with the Act.

Completion of an e-learning course covering the legislative and policy framework for recordkeeping is a mandatory induction requirement for all new staff, including temporary staff and contractors. In addition, all staff were enrolled in the online refresher course ensuring DBCA's recordkeeping awareness program continues to be effective.

DBCA is continuing to work towards a more digitally-focused recordkeeping environment to support business outcomes and deliver better services.

Page reviewed 21 Sep 2021