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Assurance Activities

In addition to conducting performance and financial statement audits, the Auditor-General undertakes other assurance activities. These generally consist of reviews undertaken by agreement with the client, either at the request of the client or in response to requests from stakeholders, including Ministers and Parliamentary Committees. These activities include the Defence Materiel Organisation's Major Projects Report. Individual assurance activities may be handled through the issue of a formal report or by correspondence.


Defence Materiel Organisation - Major Projects Report

Increased transparency and accountability on progress with major Defence equipment acquisitions has been a focus of Parliamentary interest for some time. Beginning in 2007-08, an annual program has been established in conjunction with the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) to enable the ANAO to review and report to the Parliament on the status of  major Defence acquisition projects, as set out in the DMO's Major Projects Report. The review includes information relating to the cost, schedule and capability performance of individual projects as at 30 June each year.

ANAO reports on the DMO Major Projects are made publicly available through the ANAO website.

The 2012–13 Major Projects Report is scheduled to be tabled during Spring 2013.

Click here to view all the DMO Major Projects Reports. 


Assurance Audits of Performance Information

In December 2011 amendments were made to the Auditor-General Act 1997, providing the Auditor-General the explicit authority to undertake audits of the appropriateness of Australian Government entities’ performance indicators and the completeness and accuracy of their reporting in entities’ annual reports.

The ANAO, as a consequence of these amendments, has established a project team within the Assurance Audit Services Group and commenced an audit pilot project for providing assurance over entities’ performance indicators. The project has been designed to assess the status of the Australian Government performance measurement and reporting framework as a basis for implementation of a future program of audits of entities’ performance indicators, and to develop a suitable audit methodology.

ANAO Report No.28 2012–13The Australian Government Performance Measurement and Reporting Framework, Pilot Project to Audit Key Performance Indicators, provides a summary of the work completed to date. The report concluded that entities continue to experience challenges in developing and implementing meaningful performance indicators, and that the administrative framework supporting the development and auditing of performance indicators remains problematic.

In 2013–14, the ANAO will continue to invest resources in developing, refining and testing an approach for the systematic audit of Australian Government entities’ performance indicators. The criteria developed by the ANAO to assist in assessing the appropriateness, and completeness and accuracy, of Australian Government entities’ performance indicators can be found through the link below:

Criteria for the Audit of Key Performance Indicators

For further information please contact Mr Michael White, Executive Director by email on michael.white@anao.gov.au or by phone on (02) 6203 7393


Government Information and Advertising Campaigns

On Wednesday 31 March 2010 the Government announced a policy decision that amends the governance framework for government advertising and information campaigns undertaken by Departments and Agencies. The decision abolishes the role of the Auditor-General in providing an independent review report to the Minister responsible for the agency undertaking the campaign on the proposed campaign's compliance with the Government's guidelines.

The Auditor-General's review reports on government advertising campaigns up to 31 March 2010 are still publicly available below.

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  • National Security Campaign (May - July 2010)

    Tuesday 30th March 2010

    The aim of the May - July 2010 burst of campaign advertising for the National Security Campaign is to build upon previous phases of the campaign through continuing to remind Australians to remain vigilant and to report possible signs of terrorism related activity to the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00.

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  • National Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) Prevention Program: Sexual Health Campaign (May 2009 - June 2010) - Additional material

    Tuesday 30th March 2010

    The campaign for the National STI Prevention Program is designed to inform young Australians aged 15-29 years about the transmission, symptoms, treatment and prevention of STIs, and encourage safe sexual behaviour to contribute to a reduction in the prevalence of sexually transmissible infections among this age group.

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  • National Drugs (February - July 2010) Campaign Additional Material

    Friday 26th March 2010

    The overall aim of the National Drugs Campaign is to contribute to a reduction in the uptake of illicit drugs among young Australians, by raising awareness of the harms associated with drug use and encouraging and supporting decisions not to use. It is also intended to encourage young people using methamphetamines to reconsider their use and direct them to relevant support, counselling and treatment services.

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  • Digital Switchover Campaign - Regional South Australia and Broken Hill Component

    Thursday 25th February 2010

    The Digital Switchover campaign aims to provide all Australians with a smooth transition from analogue to digital television. The first region to switch over to digital television will be Mildura/Sunraysia on 30 June 2010 and the second region will be Regional South Australia & Broken Hill on 15 December 2010. Tailored local communications will be launched in Regional South Australia and Broken Hill from 28 March 2010, and they will include the date of digital switchover for that region.

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  • Defence Force Recruitment Navy Brand Print and Digital 2010 Campaign

    Wednesday 17th February 2010

    The Defence Force Recruitment Campaign is designed to attract the right people to sustain and enhance Defence capability by generating enough enquiries to successfully meet Australian Defence Force's (ADF) recruitment target. The Navy Brand advertising is intended to convey the key messages associated with the Navy.

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  • National Drugs (February - July 2010) Campaign

    Wednesday 17th February 2010

    The overall aim of the National Drugs Campaign is to contribute to a reduction in the uptake of illicit drugs among young Australians, by raising awareness of the harms associated with drug use and encouraging and supporting decisions not to use. It is also intended to encourage young people using methamphetamines to reconsider their use and direct them to relevant support, counselling and treatment services.

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  • National Tobacco Strategy 2010 Campaign

    Monday 15th February 2010

    The overall aim of the campaign activity is to contribute to a reduction in the uptake and prevalence of smoking among young Australians.

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  • Defence Force Recruitment Navy Television Commercials 2010 Campaign

    Wednesday 13th January 2010

    This campaign aims to attract the right people to sustain and enhance Defence capability by generating enough enquiries to successfully meet Australian Defence Force's (ADF) recruitment target. The cut down versions of the Navy television commercials are intended to provide greater flexibility in placing the advertisements and without loss of impact.

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  • Defence Force Multicultural Recruitment (February - June 2010) Campaign

    Thursday 7th January 2010

    This campaign aims to attract the appropriate people to sustain and enhance Defence capability by generating enough enquiries to successfully meet Australian Defence Force's (ADF) recruitment target. The campaign is designed to create a greater level of awareness, among Australia's Indian and Arabic populations, of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as an employer of culturally diverse Australians.

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  • Digital Switchover Campaign - Phase Two (Local Tailored NESB Component)

    Tuesday 22nd December 2009

    The Digital Switchover campaign aims to provide all Australians with a smooth transition from analogue to digital television. Phase Two is a two-pronged approach of multi-regional communications targeting the broader Australian population, combined with further targeted communications in each switchover area prior to the analogue signals being switched off. The first region to switch over is the Mildura/Sunraysia region on the 30 June 2010.Tailored local communications including NESB materials will be targeted to this region from January 2010 until two weeks past the switchover date.

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