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The objective of this audit is to examine whether selected entities implemented agreed ANAO performance audit, Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit and other parliamentary committee recommendations.
The objective of the audit is to assess whether Defence Housing Australia (DHA) administers its functions efficiently and effectively, and in accordance with the Government Business Enterprise guidelines.
The objective of this audit is to examine the effectiveness of Defence’s administration of the Future Submarine program to date. The deliverables under the program include the design and construction of 12 diesel-electric submarines, and the development and acquisition of the submarines’ support systems for the Royal Australian Navy at a cost of over $50 billion. On 11 February 2019 the Commonwealth signed a Strategic Partnering Agreement with Naval Group which sets out the principles of cooperation for the Future Submarine program.
This is the third in a series of audits of the Future Submarine program. The first audit in this series, Auditor-General Report No. 48 of 2016–17 Future Submarine—Competitive Evaluation Process, reviewed the competitive evaluation process used to select a partner for the design of the submarine. The Future Submarine program was also considered in the context of Auditor-General Report No. 39 of 2017–18 Naval Construction Programs—Mobilisation.
The objective of this audit is to assess the effectiveness of NBN Co. Ltd.’s (nbn) service continuity operations and complaints management relating to the connection of telecommunications services to the National Broadband Network.
This audit would review the effectiveness of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT’s) implementation of its Business Technology Strategy 2017–2019.
The strategy focuses on three objectives:
protect and enhance business continuity;
improve the quality of information and communications technology (ICT) service delivery; and
develop a greater level of flexibility and agility when responding to requests for ICT services.
The strategy outlines a number of major ICT investments and projects, such as the establishment of new data centres and the completion of upgrades to the department’s Secure Australian Telecommunications and Information Network, which is the Australian Government’s largest international network.
The audit would conduct a high-level review of the extent to which the strategy has been implemented effectively to achieve objectives, particularly in the mitigation of risks associated with business continuity and the historically fragmented nature of DFAT’s ICT networks.
This audit would assess the effectiveness of the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) in planning to maintain and support the operation of Parliament in the face of disruptions.
Throughout 2017–18, DPS progressed the upgrade and implementation of its business continuity management framework. Incidents in 2017–18, including IT outages and consequential communications with stakeholders, tested the ability of Parliament to continue to operate effectively despite disruption. Key aspects of this audit include consideration of initiatives to build cohesion, engagement and increased efficiencies between parliamentary departments, as well as the fitness for purpose of the IT network across Parliament House, including cyber security.
This audit would examine the effectiveness of the Department of Defence’s (Defence’s) governance and management of its information and communications technology (ICT) environment and major ICT projects. The audit would assess Defence’s management of ICT issues at the whole-of-Defence, Chief Information Officer Group and project levels.
The Defence Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategic Direction 2016–2020 outlined plans to invest $20 billion in ICT systems over 10 years across both its ICT capital program and sustainment program.
Defence’s Chief Information Officer Group is undertaking a transformation program for Defence’s ICT capability, which is affecting end-user computing, the Defence network, standalone networks and data centres.
This audit would examine the effectiveness of the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority’s (IPEA’s) administration of parliamentarians’ expenses and allowances. The audit would also examine the IPEA’s establishment and transition planning, and the efficiency of new administrative arrangements.
Significant recent changes have been made to the administration of parliamentarians’ expenses and allowances. These changes include reforms to allowable parliamentary expenses in 2017 in response to a parliamentary expenses review completed in 2016; establishment of the IPEA on 1 July 2017; and the introduction of the new Parliamentary Business Resources Framework from 1 January 2018 due to the commencement of the Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017, which replaces the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 framework with a simplified principles-based system.
This audit would examine the effectiveness of management of major multi-year information and communications technology (ICT) projects by selected entities.
Previous performance audits have found that entities have not established appropriate governance and oversight arrangements to support the delivery of project outcomes on time and on budget. In particular, outcomes may be compromised by a lack of competition in tendering processes, scope creep and passive contract management. The scope of this audit would include a selection of key business improvement projects with long-term delivery schedules. The audit would assess the initial scope and benefit proposition, and the effectiveness of entity arrangements to request tenders, manage contracts and maintain value for money following government approval.
This audit would examine the effectiveness of selected entities’ implementation of the annual performance statements requirements for 2018–19 under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014.
This would be the fifth in a series of audits of the implementation of annual performance statements requirements, and would complement the previous and proposed audits of corporate plans and risk management.
This audit would examine the effectiveness of the administration of the Australian National University (ANU). The audit would focus on the effectiveness of key elements of the management and control frameworks, and overall governance arrangements established by the ANU to support administration and achievement of its objectives.
The ANU is governed under the Australian National University Act 1991 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, and has a budget in excess of $1 billion.
This audit would examine the effectiveness of the management of cyber security risks within selected entities.
The scope would include:
reviewing the actions taken by selected entities in prioritising cyber security to support the themes stated in Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy;
assessing cyber security controls implemented against the entities’ cyber security frameworks; and
comparing the entities’ implemented cyber security frameworks and controls against the mandatory controls required under the Protective Security Policy Framework and the Australian Signals Directorate’s Essential Eight Maturity Model.
This audit would assess the effectiveness of governance arrangements for selected Commonwealth Aboriginal land councils, which play an important role in representing the interests of Aboriginal peoples in the management of Aboriginal land within their respective regions.
Aboriginal land councils are established under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. The accountable authorities for Aboriginal land councils under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) are the chair and chief executive officer or director of the land council. Under the PGPA Act, the accountable authorities are subject to the requirements to establish and maintain an appropriate system of risk oversight and management, and an appropriate system of internal control.
This audit would assess whether accountable authorities’ governance and administrative arrangements are consistent with relevant legislative requirements; whether the authorities have structured their operations in a manner that supports effective governance; and whether they have established fit-for-purpose arrangements to oversee compliance with key legislative and policy requirements.
This audit would examine the effectiveness of the Department of the Environment and Energy’s (the department’s) collection, management and use of energy-related data to inform policy development, advice to government, and reporting to key domestic and international stakeholders.
Since 2015, the department has been developing new energy market data capabilities in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Australian Energy Market Operator. The department’s data projects are designed to help improve energy affordability and reliability, and to address major gaps and challenges in forecasting, infrastructure planning, innovation and policy development. The audit would assess whether the department has established sound information governance arrangements to support the ongoing transformation of the energy market for the benefit of industry and consumers.
This audit would examine the use of incentive-to-retire provisions for Senior Executive Service (SES) officers in the Australian Public Service (APS).
Accountable authorities have the discretion to offer an SES employee an incentive to retire under section 37 of the Public Service Act 1999. The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has provided advice and guidance about the basis for offering an incentive to retire, determining the offer amount, and the minimum time period before re-entering the APS. APSC guidance is that such incentives may be offered where the SES employee is in excess of requirements or no longer has the skills to perform at their SES classification. In determining the incentive amount, a balance is to be struck between an offer that gives the employee sufficient incentive to retire and the requirement to ensure the proper use of public money.
APSC guidance further states that the standard non-SES redundancy formula of two weeks’ pay per year of service, to a maximum of 48 weeks, is an appropriate reference point, and that agency heads are to consult the Australian Public Service Commissioner where a payment in excess of 48 weeks is considered. Incentive-to-retire payments are subject to the restrictions applying to subsequent employment in the APS as set out in section 48 of the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 2016.
The audit would examine the effectiveness of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation’s (ASIO’s) workforce policies and practices to support its functions as set out in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979. ASIO intelligence assessments inform government decision-making in relation to its counter-terrorism, counter-espionage and broader domestic security objectives.
The Government’s 2017 Independent Intelligence Review highlighted continuing challenges in maintaining intelligence capabilities in light of the specialised nature of the function and the limited pool from which personnel can be drawn. The review recommended reforms to human resource strategies and practices, including the implementation of more effective models of recruiting, managing, developing and deploying professional staff and skills. The audit would assess ASIO’s strategies for managing increasing demand for skilled and security-vetted staff, and provide assurance on the extent of its progress in implementing recommendations of the 2017 review.
The objective of the audit was to examine whether selected entities implemented agreed ANAO performance audit, the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, and other parliamentary committee recommendations.
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the management of cyber security risks by three government business enterprises or corporate Commonwealth entities. The entities selected for audit are ASC Pty Ltd, the Australian Postal Corporation and the Reserve Bank of Australia.
The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of the design and implementation of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s (PM&C’s) evaluation framework for the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), in achieving its purpose to ensure that evaluation is high quality, ethical, inclusive and focused on improving outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Social Services’ role in implementing the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010–2022 (the National Plan).
The objective of the audit was to assess whether the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities had designed and implemented appropriate governance and administration arrangements for the transition and delivery of sustainable reforms to services on Norfolk Island.
The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of risk management, data monitoring and public reporting arrangements associated with the Australian Government's funding of public hospital services under the 2011 National Health Reform Agreement (NHRA).
The objective of the audit was to continue to examine the progress of the implementation of the annual performance statements requirements under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and thePublic Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014(PGPA Rule) by selected entities.
The objective of the audit was to assess whether the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has established effective risk management arrangements to support the implementation of the Statistical Business Transformation Program.
The objective of this audit was to assess the department’s design, implementation and monitoring of select 2014–15 and 2015–16 Budget measures aimed at achieving $1.2 billion in savings and other benefits.
The objective of this audit was to examine the extent to which the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, now the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) has implemented the recommendations made by the ANAO in Audit Report #5 2016–17, Passenger Security Screening at Domestic Airports.
The objective of the audit was to continue to examine the progress of the implementation of the annual performance statements requirements under the PGPA Act and the PGPA Rule by the selected entities. The audit was also designed to:
provide insights to entities more broadly, to encourage improved performance; and
continue the development of the ANAO’s methodology to support the possible future implementation of annual audits of performance statements.
The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Taxation Office's processes for estimating and monitoring the costs, savings and benefits associated with the Reinventing the ATO program.
The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of the Environment and Energy’s arrangements for the preparation and reporting of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions estimates and projections.
The objective of the audit was to assess whether the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) supports good governance in Indigenous corporations consistent with the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI).
The objective of the audit was to examine the implementation of the annual performance statements requirements under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework.
The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the governance of the Northern Land Council in fulfilling its responsibilities and obligations under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976, Native Title Act 1993 and Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
The objective of the audit was to assess the selected entities’ progress in implementing the corporate planning requirements under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and related PGPA Rule 2014.
This audit assessed corporate plans for the 2016–17 reporting period, and complements the report published in August 2016 which assessed corporate plans for the 2015–16 reporting period.
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness to date of the implementation of the Tourism 2020 strategy by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and Tourism Australia.
The audit objective was to re-assess the three entities' compliance with the 'Top Four' mandatory strategies in the Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM). The audit also aims to examine the typical challenges faced by entities to achieve and maintain their desired ICT security posture.
The audit objective was to examine the effectiveness of the Australian Taxation Office's monitoring and implementation of recommendations about its administration made by the ANAO and parliamentary committees
The objective of the audit was to assess the extent to which the Department of the Environment and Energy has implemented the recommendations from ANAO Report No. 43 2013–14 and strengthened its framework for the delivery of its regulatory activities.
The audit objective was to assess Defence’s implementation of the five recommendations in ANAO Report No.19 2014-15 Management of the Disposal of Specialist Military Equipment and the related recommendation in JCPAA Report 449 Review of Auditor-General's Reports Nos. 1-23 (2014-15).
The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Parliamentary Services’ arrangements for managing contracts and retail licences, including the extent to which the department has implemented recommendations from the previous ANAO audit.
The objective of the audit was to assess whether select Australian Government entities are effectively managing and controlling the use of Commonwealth credit and other transaction cards for official purposes in accordance with legislative and policy requirements.
The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Employment and the Department of Education and Training's administration of the Shared Services Centre to achieve efficiencies and deliver value to its customers.
assess the effectiveness of the ongoing administration of the Australian Government’s campaign advertising framework; and
assess the effectiveness of the selected entities’ administration in developing advertising campaigns and implementing key processes against the requirements of the campaign advertising framework applying at the time, and relevant legal and government policy requirements.
The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the arrangements established by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), a division of the Department of the Environment, to support Australia’s Antarctic Program.
The objective of this audit was to assess how effectively the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) administers the science and technology work it undertakes for the Australian Defence Organisation.
The audit objectives were to examine the effectiveness of Defence’s management of the test and evaluation (T&E) aspects of its major capital equipment acquisition program; and to report on Defence’s progress in implementing T&E recommendations made in the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee’s August 2012 report, Procurement procedures for Defence capital projects.
The objective of this audit was to assess the adequacy and effectiveness of the Australian Electoral Commission’s implementation of those recommendations relating to improving the accuracy and completeness of the electoral roll and other matters from Audit Report No.28 2009–10 that have not previously been followed-up by the ANAO.