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The objective of this audit is to assess the design and implementation of the Streamlining Government Grants Administration (SGGA) Program in improving the effective and efficient delivery of grants administration.
This audit would assess the effectiveness of the administration of the Community Health and Hospitals Program. The program represents a government investment of $1.25 billion over seven years, from 201819, in local services, infrastructure projects and programs intended to address local service gaps and fund new and existing facilities. Projects will be delivered through Primary Health Networks, targeted grant funding, and transfer payments to states and territories.
The audit would focus on areas within the Department of Health’s administrative responsibility, including the selection and allocation of program funding to states and territories, including through Primary Health Networks; and departmental value-for-money decision-making regarding national projects.
This audit would assess the effectiveness with which funding is being delivered through the Drought Communities Program and Drought Communities Program Extension.
The program was established in 2015, with 23 councils eligible for up to $1.5 million each in funding. The original program is now closed.
The Drought Communities Program Extension commenced in late 2018. The extension was expanded in November 2019 and January 2020, bringing the current number of eligible local government areas to 180 and funding for the extension to $301 million.
After a council is declared as eligible, it is able to apply through the Business Grants Hub to have project proposals assessed against the published program guidelines. The audit would examine the process by which councils are declared as eligible, as well as the processes by which eligible councils obtain access to program funding and the oversight of the delivery of approved projects.
This audit would assess the effectiveness of the National Indigenous Australians Agency’s (NIAA’s) arrangements to control the risk of grant recipient fraud and noncompliance.
Through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, the NIAA is administering a $5.2 billion grants program over the four years to 2022–23. As at February 2020, the NIAA was funding 1,838 grants to over 1,000 service providers, valued at $3.97 billion. Inadequate control of fraud and noncompliance would create a significant risk of misuse of public money, and would have a detrimental impact on the performance and availability of services to Indigenous Australians. The audit would provide assurance that the NIAA has effective arrangements supporting the integrity of programs aimed at improving the lives of Indigenous peoples.
This audit would assess whether projects that received grant funding under the 20 Million Trees Program have been effectively delivered and the funding appropriately acquitted.
Auditor-General Report No. 4 2016–17Award of Funding under the 20 Million Trees Programme, examined the award of funding under the program. The published program guidelines required that projects with a budget of $60,000 or greater were required to have a timeframe of between 18 months and three years; and projects with a budget of less than $60,000 were required to be completed within 18 months. Delivery of funded projects should be substantially completed when this audit is undertaken.
This audit would examine the design of the Building Better Regions Fund program, development of the program guidelines, the award of grant funding, and evaluation of each round, as well as arrangements for the overall evaluation of the program against its objectives.
The $841.6 million Building Better Regions Fund is a competitive grants program that was established in 2016 to drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities. Three rounds have been completed, with 832 grants worth $643.3 million reported as having been awarded across those three rounds. Applications for the $200 million fourth round, which was for projects that would benefit communities in drought-affected communities, closed on 19 December 2019. Two streams of funding have been available in each round (infrastructure projects and community investments). Separate program guidelines for each funding stream were issued under each funding round. The guidelines included eligibility requirements (including the project’s geographic location being in a ‘regional’ area), co-funding requirements and weighted merit assessment criteria. The guidelines have also set out the staged decision-making process for the award of grant funding.