Disclosure of major contracts

The Shrine of Remembrance Trustees have no contracts at or above the prescribed level of $10 million within the 2020–21 reporting period.

Employment and conduct principles

The Shrine of Remembrance is committed to applying merit and equity principles when appointing staff. The selection processes ensure that applicants are assessed and evaluated fairly and equitably on the basis of the key selection criteria and other accountabilities without discrimination. Employees have been correctly classified in workforce data collections.

Freedom of Information

The Shrine of Remembrance is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1982. The Freedom of Information Act 1982 allows the public a right to seek access to documents held by the Shrine of Remembrance. Requests should be forwarded to Shrine of Remembrance Trustees, GPO Box 1603, Melbourne, Victoria 3001.

Shrine Trustees received no Freedom of Information requests within the 2020–21 reporting period.

Compliance with Building Act 1993

During the reporting period the Trustees have complied with the Building Act 1993 as appropriate.

Compliance with neutrality policy

Shrine Trustees adhere to the principles of the National Competition Policy and Competitive Neutrality Policy (Vic) to ensure where services compete, or potentially compete with the private sector, any advantage arising solely from their government ownership be removed if not in the public interest.

Compliance with the Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012

The Public Interest Disclosures Act 2012 encourages and assists people in making disclosures of improper conduct by public officers and public bodies. The Act provides protection to people who make disclosures in accordance with the Act. and establishes a system for the matters disclosed to be investigated and rectifying action to be taken.

The Shrine of Remembrance does not tolerate improper conduct by personnel, nor the taking of reprisals against those who come forward to disclose such conduct. It is committed to ensuring transparency and accountability in its administrative and management practices and supports the making of disclosures that reveal corrupt conduct, conduct involving a substantial mismanagement of public resources, or conduct involving a substantial risk to public health and safety or the environment.

The Shrine will take all reasonable steps to protect people who make such disclosures from any detrimental action in reprisal for making the disclosure. It will also afford natural justice to the person who is the subject of the disclosure to the extent it is legally possible.

Disclosures of improper conduct or detrimental action by the Shrine or any of its employees may be made to the Chairman of Trustees or the Chief Executive Officer. Alternatively, disclosures may also be made directly to the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission:

The number of disclosures made by an individual to the Shrine of Remembrance and notified to the Independent Broadbased Anti-corruption Commission was zero during the years 2018–19, 2019–20 and 2020–21.

Compliance with the Carers Recognition Act 2012

The Shrine of Remembrance has taken all practical measures to comply with its obligations under the Carers Recognition Act 2012. These include considering the care relationship principles set out in the Act when setting policies and providing services, e.g. reviewing our employment policies such as flexible working arrangements and leave provisions to ensure that these comply with the statement of principles in the Act.


In 2020–21 there were 2 consultancies where the total fees payable to the consultants were $10,000 or more. The total expenditure incurred during 2020–21 in relation to these consultancies was $27,995 (excl. GST).

Consultant Details Start date End date Total approved fee
(excl. GST)
Expenditure 2019–20
(excl. GST)
Future expenditure
(excl. GST)
Sandwalk Partners Pty Ltd Shrine Trustees Strategic Planning Review 25/02/2021 25/07/2021 $12,875 $12,875 -
Experiential Environments Melbourne Pty Ltd Visitor Centre concept design 30/09/2020 30/06/2021 $15,120 $15,120 -

In 2020–21 there were 3 consultancies where the total fees payable to the consultants were less than $10,000. The total amount spent on consultancies less than $10,000 was $15,266 (excl GST).

Compliance with the Disability Act 2006

The Disability Act 2006 reaffirms and strengthens the rights of people with a disability and recognises that this requires support across the government sector and within the community.

The Shrine of Remembrance Trustees adhere to the requirements of the Act and continue to develop and update their Disability Action Plan as and when required.

Disclosure of Government Advertising Expenditure

In 2020-21, the Trustees did not undertake any government advertising campaigns with total media spend of $100,000 or greater (excl. GST).

Disclosure of ICT expenditure

ICT expenditure refers to the Shrine’s costs in providing business enabling ICT services within the current reporting period. It comprises Business As Usual (BAU) ICT expenditure and Non-Business As Usual (Non-BAU) ICT expenditure. Non-BAU ICT expenditure relates to extending or enhancing our current ICT capabilities. BAU ICT expenditure is all remaining ICT expenditure which primarily relates to ongoing activities to operate and maintain the current ICT capability.

During the reporting period, the Shrine of Remembrance had a total BAU ICT expenditure of $62,520 and no Non-BAU expenditure.

Statement of Availability of other Information

In compliance with the requirements of the Standing Directions of the Minister for Finance, details in respect of the items listed have been retained by the Shrine of Remembrance and are available on request, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1982. During 2020–21:

  • Declarations of pecuniary interests were duly completed by all relevant officers.
  • No shares were held by a senior officer as nominee or held beneficially in a statutory authority or subsidiary.

Reporting of office-based environmental impacts

The Shrine of Remembrance maintains and regularly reviews an environmental practices policy and is committed to minimising the environmental impacts associated with its activities.

As part of a Social Procurement Framework aimed at supporting local and sustainable suppliers, the Shrine, now uses all biodegradable materials in its wreaths, made from Australian grown flowers and foliage.

The Shrine maintains a 960,000 litre underground water storage tank which is used to store building and hard stand run-off. This water supports irrigation across the site and reduces consumption of potable water. Irrigation is scheduled to occur at night to minimise evaporative loss and drip irrigators are used in densely planted areas to further conserve water.

Within the Shrine monument a building management system allows for efficient control of climate and lighting systems to meet the needs and expectations of visitors in an energy efficient manner. All public bathrooms utilise auto-operated hand dryers. Newer rooms/areas are also fitted with motion detectors to turn lights on and off in response to use as a means of reducing electrical consumption. All new and replacement lighting products have been high efficiency LED products.

Throughout each of Victoria’s Covid-19 lockdown closures, lighting, HVAC and standby utilities were powered down and/or minimised to reduce energy consumption and avoid light exposure to collections items. This, along with BMS efficiencies and LED changeovers, assisted in the overall reduction of energy consumption by 21 per cent (131,542 kWh) this financial year.

The Shrine utilises Microsoft SharePoint electronic document storage and retrieval system to protect document integrity and minimise the use of paper; this is a cloud based computing solution reducing the requirement for on-site computing hardware thus minimising electrical costs and waste disposal of aged computer and server hardware. Redundant ICT equipment was e-recycled throughout the year.

All internal communications, including committee and board meeting agenda and minutes, are distributed electronically to minimise the environmental footprint by reducing printer power, paper and ink consumption, and carbon emissions in transportation. Recycling bins are located in all office areas to collect paper for re-use. Latex and Nitrile gloves are now being collected and where possible recycled. The Papercut software solution was implemented to assist our policy of minimising hard copy printing. Since last report, printing across the organisation has been reduced by 42 per cent, due mostly to office closures.

Pest control within the Shrine is of critical importance in both protecting the collection and ensuring visitors enjoy a positive experience. The Shrine has chosen to use manual control mechanisms, such as traps, in preference to toxic chemical controls wherever practicable.

Local Jobs First

The Shrine of Remembrance adheres to the Local Jobs Act 2003 introduced in August 2018 which brings together the Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) and Major Project Skills Guarantee (MPSG) policy which were previously administered separately.

Social procurement

The Shrine undertook social procurement activities during the year with an aggregated spend of $4,570 with two social enterprises, ADEs or Aboriginal businesses engaged.

Workforce data

The Shrine of Remembrance Trustees directly employs a Chief Executive Officer, operational staff, casual and contract employees.

Staff numbers 2019–20 2020–21
Chief Executive Officer 1 1
Shrine Employees (total) 38 36
Effective full-time equivalent 29.75 30.47

The salary of one executive employee is reported within note 8.3 of the financial accounts.

The Shrine is also supported by 90 volunteers.

Model Financial Report

This Annual Report is modelled on the Model Financial Report as far as possible for this entity.

Design & Print Annual Report

The Shrine of Remembrance has taken all practical measures to comply with its obligations under the requirements of FRD 30D.

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Reviewed 01 November 2021

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