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This review would examine the Department of Employment’s reporting of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Recovery program’s performance.
Under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Recovery program, the department provides funding to liquidators to pursue recovery efforts (including court proceedings) against insolvent companies. The program commenced, as a pilot, on 1 July 2015. The Government subsequently announced that, from 1 January 2017, the program would continue and be expanded. In 2017–18, the program has a budget of $47 million over four years. The Government has estimated that the recovery program will achieve additional Fair Entitlements Guarantee recoveries of $165.7 million over four years.
This audit would examine the Department of Education and Training’s administration of its grant programs. Specifically, the audit would assess the extent to which the department has incorporated key lessons from implementing the Early Years Quality Fund into the design and implementation of its grant programs administration. It would also examine the cost of administering grants rounds.
ANAO Audit Report No. 23 of 2014–15, Administration of the Early Years Quality Fund, recommended a range of actions that the department should take to improve the equity, transparency and accountability of future grant programs. In its Report 454, Early Years Quality Fund, the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA) reinforced the obligation to manage all aspects of grant processes in accordance with approved program guidelines and the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines. The JCPAA also considered that there would be merit in the ANAO conducting follow-up audits of the effectiveness of the department’s grants administration.
This audit would assess the extent to which the Department of Education and Training has incorporated the lessons from the design and administration of the VET FEE-HELP scheme in the development of the VET Student Loans program.
VET FEE-HELP was a loan scheme established by the Australian Government in 2008 to assist eligible students enrolled in vocational education and training courses to pay tuition fees. The scheme was replaced by the VET Student Loans program, which commenced on 1 January 2017. ANAO Audit Report No. 31 of 2016–17, Administration of the VET FEE-HELP Scheme, made no formal recommendations, but outlined a number of key learnings. These included the importance of integrating risk management principles and processes, developing robust key performance indicators and establishing strong data analytics capability and management reporting processes.
This audit would examine the Department of Education and Training’s administration of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability in the context of the effectiveness of data collection systems, cost of implementation, performance against targets, interaction with other disability programs and/or management of risk.
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability is a joint initiative of all Australian governments and all state and territory government and non-government education authorities. The initiative commenced in 2009, with the aim of identifying the number of school students with disability and the level of reasonable educational adjustment provided to them. The data is intended to inform decisions about Commonwealth funding for students with disability. The first report, including 2015 data from all schools and published in December 2016, showed 468 265 students required funding for reasonable adjustment due to disability.
This audit would examine the Department of Education and Training’s design and administration of the Trade Support Loans program.
The Trade Support Loans program was established in 2014 to reduce skills shortages in priority trades. The Government allocated $1 billion for the period from 2015–16 to 2019–20 to provide financial support to apprentices while they undertake training. Eligible apprentices can apply for Trade Support Loans of up to $20 000 over four years. Loans are repayable once the borrower’s income reaches a specified threshold ($55 874 in 2017–18).
The objective of the audit was to assess the selected entities’ progress in implementing the corporate planning requirements under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and related PGPA Rule 2014.
This audit assessed corporate plans for the 2016–17 reporting period, and complements the report published in August 2016 which assessed corporate plans for the 2015–16 reporting period.
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.