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The objective of this audit is to examine whether the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development exercised appropriate due diligence in its acquisition of the ‘Leppington Triangle’ land for the future development of the Western Sydney Airport.
The objective of this audit is to assess whether the strategic water purchases by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources were conducted consistent with government policy, supported by appropriate program design, were planned and executed appropriately, and, achieved value for money.
This audit would examine the effectiveness and value for money of the Department of Defence’s (Defence’s) procurement process for the proposed long-term contract for the operation of the propellant facility at Mulwala and the munitions facility at Benalla. The audit would also follow up on Defence’s implementation of a 2016 ANAO recommendation that Defence develop a cost-effective implementation plan for the future operation of the facilities.
The Mulwala and Benalla facilities provide propellant, explosives and munitions to the Australian Defence Force. The Mulwala facility was redeveloped between 2007 and 2015 at a cost of over $415 million.
This audit would assess the effectiveness of the Department of Defence’s (Defence’s) administration of the Hunter class frigate program, including the value for money of Defence’s acquisition of Hunter class frigates, and planning for construction and entry into service.
In June 2018, the Australian Government announced the acquisition of nine Hunter class frigates to replace the Royal Australian Navy’s existing Anzac class frigates. The Hunter class is based on the BAE Systems Type 26 design, and will be built at the Osborne shipyard in South Australia, with the first-of-class expected to enter service in the late 2020s. The acquisition cost of the Hunter class frigates is approximately $35 billion.
In addition to providing capability to the Royal Australian Navy, the acquisition of the Hunter class frigates is an integral part of the Australian Government’s 2017 Naval Shipbuilding Plan, which seeks to create a viable and sustainable Australian naval shipbuilding industry, based on a continuous build of naval surface ships and submarines.
This audit would examine the effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s Indigenous Procurement Policy in stimulating business development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, while maintaining value for money in government procurement. The audit would also assess the extent to which the recommendations from Auditor-General Report No. 1 of 2015–16, Procurement Initiatives to Support Outcomes for Indigenous Australians, have been implemented.
The Indigenous Procurement Policy was released on 25 May 2015 by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs and the Minister for Finance, replacing the previous Indigenous Opportunities Policy. Since its commencement, over 1000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses have won more than $1,084 million of government contracts.
The policy outlines a series of annual procurement targets, rising from 0.5 per cent of domestic contracts (by number) in 2015–16 to three per cent from 2019–20. It also includes a mandatory set-aside rule for contracts in remote areas and contracts between $80,000 and $200,000, whereby Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enterprises can be given the chance to demonstrate value for money before an approach to the market.
This audit would examine the effectiveness and value for money of the Department of Home Affairs’ management of the civil maritime surveillance services contract.
The Department of Home Affairs has a contract with Surveillance Australia, a subsidiary of Cobham Aviation, for the conduct of coastal patrol services using Dash 8 aircraft. The contract was established in 2006 and runs through to 2021.