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This audit would examine whether the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has effectively managed nuclear and related scientific assets throughout their life cycle (including decommissioning), to support Australia’s international competitiveness in scientific research, and provide a reliable domestic supply of radiopharmaceuticals to the Australian nuclear medicine community.
ANSTO manages over $1 billion of nuclear and related scientific assets, for which it incurred over $75 million in depreciation in 2018–19. These assets include highly specialised facilities, such as the Open Pool Australian Lightwater nuclear research reactor, the Australian Synchrotron electron accelerator, and nuclear medicine production equipment. These facilities aim to advance Australia’s commercial and scientific interests by employing world-leading technology. ANSTO has identified asset management and expansion as a strategic corporate objective.
This audit would assess the effectiveness of NBN Co Limited’s strategies to manage its transition from building to operating the national broadband network (NBN). While NBN Co will continue to have a build commitment for new developments and ‘complex connections’, construction of the NBN ‘volume rollout’ is scheduled for completion by June 2020, followed by a further 18-month timeframe for completing the migration from previous infrastructure to the NBN.
The transition of NBN Co’s operating model from network construction to one focusing on ongoing network operations was identified as a key risk in the NBN Co Corporate Plan 2020–23. The audit would examine the extent to which NBN Co has established and implemented measures to address this risk.
This audit would examine the efficiency and economy of the Department of Defence’s management of its inventory, including forward provisioning, monitoring of stock levels and location, and the timely and safe management of ageing stock.
Defence’s 2018–19 Financial Statements identified that Defence had $7.2 billion in inventories (an increase of almost $0.3 billion since 30 June 2018). Defence holds inventory for its own use and does not ordinarily hold inventory for sale.
The audit would continue the ANAO’s series of audits of cyber security. The scope would include comparing the entities’ cyber security framework and controls against the mandatory controls required under the Protective Security Policy Framework and the Australian Signals Directorate’s Essential Eight Maturity Model.
The audit’s objective was to assess the effectiveness of the selection, contracting and ongoing management of investments by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and the extent to which the CEFC is meeting its legislated objective.
The objective of this audit was to assess whether the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) designed and is implementing its property investment strategy in a way that is delivering the intended benefits, and how any lessons learned are being reflected in a new strategy that is being developed.