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The audit would assess the effectiveness of the design and implementation of the range of measures designed to support the aviation sector.
Australia's aviation sector has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Australian Government's economic response to COVID-19 includes $1.9 billion over four years from 2019–20 for a package of measures to support the sector. These include:
the Australian Airline Financial Relief Measures, which will provide for rebates and fee waivers for aviation fuel excise, air services charges on commercial aircraft operators and domestic and regional aviation security charges; and
the Domestic Aviation Network Support program, which is designed to maintain connectivity on major domestic air routes.
In addition, through the COVID-19 Response Package — Relief and Recovery Fund, $428 million will be provided to ensure that regional communities continue to receive essential air services and to maintain essential trade links.
The audit would examine the design and evidence base for the assistance packages, implementation and administration of the programs, as well as performance measurement and evaluation.
On 28 July 2020, the Hon Catherine King MP wrote to the Auditor-General requesting an audit into the design and administration of the Regional Airlines Funding Assistance Program.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Department of Home Affairs; Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications; Civil Aviation Safety Authority; Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
This audit would assess how economically and effectively the COVIDSafe app was designed and is being used.
On 26 April 2020, the Australian Government released the COVIDSafe app. The app uses Bluetooth to find other phones with the COVIDSafe app and records the date, time, distance and duration of contact. It is designed to support the manual process of finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. When the app was released, the Minister for Health described it as ‘one of the critical tools we will use to help protect the health of the community by quickly alerting people who may be at risk of having contact with COVID-19’. Around 6.7 million people had downloaded the app by the end of July 2020.
The audit would examine the design and procurement processes for the app, how effectively it has been promoted and the extent to which it has assisted in contact tracing.
The audit would assess the Department of Health's implementation of the COVID-19 Response Package for mental health and preventive health.
A budget of $122.1 million over three years from 2019–20 has been allocated to support implementation of the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan and the mental health of Australians during, and when recovering from, the COVID-19 pandemic. The budget has been allocated to a range of measures and entities, including:
targeted support for vulnerable groups to address social isolation and anxiety;
not-for-profit organisations providing counselling and support services, including to establish a dedicated counselling and support line for people experiencing stress and anxiety due to COVID-19; and
extending the Suicide Prevention Research Fund and National Gateway to Best Practice and Quality Improvement project.
The audit would examine the design, implementation and administration of the programs, stakeholder management, and performance measurement and evaluation.