Appendix 6: Legal services directions
The legal services directions reflect the obligations imposed on Chief Executives by the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and emphasise the general requirement that Commonwealth resources be used efficiently and effectively.
Chief Executives are required to take responsibility for the proper recording and public reporting of their agency’s legal services expenditure. Proper recording will enhance the ability of Chief Executives to engage in decision-making about legal resources that complies with their legal obligation to use resources efficiently and effectively. Making publicly available records about expenditure will enhance transparency. In accordance with the Directions, the CEO has certified that:
- ARPANSA has appropriate systems and procedures in place to ensure compliance with the Directions
- ARPANSA has no record of any alleged, possible or determined breach of the Directions by this Agency during the financial year.
Details of the legal services expenditure for the Agency for 2014-15 are provided in Table 13.
|Table 13: Legal services expenditure by ARPANSA for 2014-15|
|Legal Service||Expenditure (incl. GST)|
|Agency’s total legal services expenditure||$195 379.09|
|Agency’s total external legal services expenditure||$27 163.09|
|External expenditure on solicitors||$27 163.09|
|External expenditure on counsel||0|
|Other disbursements on external legal services||0|
|Agency’s total internal legal services expenditure||$168 216|