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The objective of this audit is 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.
The objective of this audit is to examine whether Services Australia is appropriately managing current welfare payment information communication technology (ICT) system risks while preparing to transition to the new system.
This audit would assess the Department of Defence’s administration of the sustainment and capability assurance programs for the Royal Australian Navy’s Seahawk Romeo helicopters.
The Royal Australian Navy operates 24 Seahawk Romeo helicopters. The aircraft are sustained by the Maritime Helicopter Support Company, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation administered through a United States Foreign Military Sales agreement. The Seahawk Romeo Capability Assurance Program (SEA 5510 Phase 1) operates within a cooperative framework with the United States Navy to continuously upgrade the 24 Romeo helicopters.
This audit would examine the effectiveness of a selection of entities’ development and implementation of intellectual property (IP) policies and practices.
The Australian Government is a major investor in the creation and development of IP through activities in science, health, education, public infrastructure, information technology, defence, and arts and culture. The Intellectual Property Principles for Commonwealth Entities provide a policy for the management of IP by Commonwealth entities covered by the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. Entities have been individually responsible for implementing the Statement of IP Principles since 1 July 2008.
This audit would examine the effectiveness of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s (CEFC’s) selection of investments, including determination of an appropriate risk return, ongoing management of the portfolio of funded projects, and the extent to which the corporation is meeting its legislated objective.
The CEFC was established with a charter to stimulate investment in clean energy, as a pathway to the decarbonisation of the Australian economy by increasing the flow of funds into renewable energy, energy efficiency and low-emissions technologies. The CEFC provides direct or indirect commercial investments (in the form of debt and/or equity financing), which are intended to attract private sector finance for projects at large-scale demonstration, pre-commercial or commercial stages. At June 2018, after five years of operation, the CEFC had made cumulative commitments of $6.6 billion to projects with a total value of $19 billion.
This audit would assess the effectiveness of NBN Co Limited’s (NBN Co’s) strategies to manage its transition from building to operating the national broadband network (NBN).
Construction of the NBN is scheduled for completion by June 2020, followed by a further 18-month timeframe for completing the migration from legacy infrastructure to the NBN. As at 30 June 2018, approximately 75 per cent of NBN construction was complete.
The transition of its operating model from network construction to one focusing on ongoing network operations was identified as a key risk in NBN Co’s Corporate Plan 2019–22. The audit would examine the extent to which NBN Co has established and implemented measures to address this risk.
This audit would examine whether the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has effectively managed nuclear and related scientific assets to support Australia’s international competitiveness in scientific research, and to 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 $100 million in depreciation in 2017–18. 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 of the effectiveness of the collection management practices of a selection of Australia’s national cultural institutions. The audit would take into account any broader policy reform work undertaken by the Department of Communications and the Arts (the department) in response to the findings of Auditor-General Report No. 46 of 2017–18, Management of the National Collections.
The Auditor-General’s report focused on the collections held by the Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery of Australia. The audit made nine recommendations.
A follow-on audit would focus on a further two of the 12 national cultural institutions and examine asset management and collection sustainment policies and practices. The audit would also examine the role of the department as the responsible policy entity.