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The objective of this audit is to examine the effectiveness to date of the Department of Defence’s (Defence’s) administration of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) program, with a focus on ERP Tranche 1 activities.
The objective of this audit is to examine the effectiveness of the Department of Defence's (Defence's) administration of contractual obligations relating to the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP).
The objective of this audit is to examine whether COVID-19 procurements to increase the National Medical Stockpile (NMS) were consistent with the proper use and management of public resources and whether COVID-19 deployments of the NMS were effective.
Increased transparency and accountability on progress with major Defence equipment acquisitions has been a focus of parliamentary interest for some time. Beginning in 2007–08, an annual program has been established in conjunction with the Department of Defence to enable the ANAO to review and report to the Parliament on the status of major Defence acquisition projects, as set out in the Defence Major Projects Report. The review includes information relating to the cost, schedule, and progress towards delivery of required capability, of individual projects as at 30 June each year.
This audit would examine the effectiveness and value for money of the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA’s) procurement and contract management arrangements for Community Partnerships.
The operating model for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) includes outsourcing some NDIA functions to partners in the community. This includes the provision of information, linkages and capacity building to the community and broader services to people with disability, pre-planning engagement, data collection and planning discussions with NDIS participants, and plan implementation. As of 2018–19, there were 25 partners in the community operating in all Australian states and territories. The expenditure on partners in the community was $451.8 million in 2018–19, an increase from $288.8 million in 2017–18 and $125.7 million in 2016–17.
This audit would assess the effectiveness of Defence’s management of the acquisition of the Triton aircraft system (Air 7000 Phase 1B) and Sky Guardian (Air 7003). The Triton is to undertake maritime patrol, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance activities and supplement the surveillance activities of the manned Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force. In June 2018, the government approved the acquisition of six Triton aircraft at an expected cost of $7 billion including sustainment and the construction of facilities, with all six aircraft expected to be in service by mid-2025. The Australian Government has announced the purchase of the first two Triton aircraft through a cooperative development program with the United States Navy. The first Triton aircraft is expected to be introduced into service in 2023 and the second introduced into service in 2024. The purchase of a third Triton aircraft was announced on 18 June 2020.
In November 2018, the Australian Government announced the acquisition of an armed remotely piloted aircraft system, and in November 2019 announced the down selection of the MQ-9B Sky Guardian variant. The Australian Government is scheduled to consider the $1.3 billion MQ-9B Sky Guardian acquisition proposal in 2021–22, with initial operating capability anticipated in 2025–26.
This audit would assess the effectiveness of the Department of 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 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 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 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 Department of Defence’s achievement of initial operating capability for the new air combat capability, the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter (AIR 6000 Phase 2A/2B). Defence plans for the Joint Strike Fighter to reach initial operating capability in December 2020 following the completion of the verification and validation program. At that time, Defence plans to have approximately 30 aircraft, including an operational squadron of at least 12 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft available. The total acquisition budget for AIR 6000 Phase 2A/2B is $15.5 billion, with government approving a further $4.6 billion in 2014 for operating and support costs until 2024–25. As of October 2019, 18 aircraft have been delivered to Australia.
This audit would assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the whole-of-government legal services panel established by the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD). In 2017–18, total legal services expenditure reported by Australian Government entities was $856.78 million. Total expenditure for 2018–19 is yet to be reported.
The AGD Secretary’s Review of Commonwealth Legal Services, published in November 2017, found that ‘external legal services providers remain a critical component of the Commonwealth’s overall legal services delivery’. However, the existing model, whereby most entities purchase legal services individually, is causing entrenched inconsistency and procurement administration costs. The review recommended that a whole-of-government legal services panel be established in a manner that ensures appropriate flexibility in usage by entities to suit their individual circumstances. AGD began the process of establishing this panel in 2018. The Whole of Australian Government Legal Services Panel commenced on 15 August 2019.
The proposed audit would assess whether the panel has been designed, and is being utilised, in a manner which ensures efficiency and value for money to the Australian Government.