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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.
The objective was to examine whether the award of funding under the Supporting Reliable Energy Infrastructure Program was informed by an appropriate assessment process and sound advice that complied with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines.
The ANAO conducted separate audits of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Children and Schooling program and the Safety and Wellbeing program, the findings and conclusions of which are presented in this report. The objective of the audits was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s and the National Indigenous Australians Agency’s administration of the IAS Children and Schooling and the Safety and Wellbeing programs.
The objective of the audit was to assess whether the award of funding under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages program was informed by appropriate departmental advice and that processes complied with the grants administration framework.
The objective of the audit was to assess whether the award of a $443.3 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was informed by appropriate departmental advice and through processes that complied with the grants administration framework.
The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Attorney-General’s Department’s design of the Data Retention Industry Grants program, including performance monitoring, reporting, evaluation and assurance arrangements.
The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Health's design, implementation and administration of primary healthcare under the Indigenous Australians' Health Program (IAHP).
The audit objective was to determine whether selected grant programs are being administered efficiently by the Australia Council in relation to suitable comparators. The selected grant programs are collectively known as the Australia Council Grants Program.
The objective of the audit was to assess whether the Department of Education and Training established the Apprenticeship Training – alternative delivery pilots program in accordance with the Commonwealth Grants and Rules Guidelines.
The objective of this audit was to assess whether appropriate steps were taken to protect the Commonwealth's interests and obtain value for money in respect to the $3.5 billion in Commonwealth funding committed to the NSW Government for the WestConnex project.
The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the design process for the Rural Research and Development for Profit Programme, including performance measurement and reporting arrangements.
This edition of audit insights summarises key messages from Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) performance audits about the management of conflicts of interest by Australian Government entities in relation to procurement activity and grants programs.
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Communications and the Arts’ assessment and selection of base stations for funding under the first round of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.