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The objective of this audit is to examine whether selected regulatory entities effectively apply the cost recovery principles of the Australian Government’s cost recovery framework. The selected regulatory entities are the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, and the Department of Health (Therapeutic Goods Administration).
An assurance review would examine whether the Department of Health has obtained assurance that the financial benefits from the Prostheses List reforms accruing to private health insurers have been passed on to consumers in the form of premium reductions.
The Prostheses List legislates the minimum benefits payable by private insurers (if insurance is held by the patient) for specific prostheses. As of 1 February 2018, the minimum benefit payable by private health insurers was reduced. In return for the reduction in payment obligations, private health insurers advised that every $200 million in prostheses benefits reductions will decrease private health insurance premiums by one per cent.
Private health insurers submit applications to the Minister for Health for premium increases at the same time each year. Each application is examined by the Department of Health and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. This process is known as the annual premium round. Premium changes take effect from 1 April each year.
The objective of this audit was to assess the department’s design, implementation and monitoring of select 2014–15 and 2015–16 Budget measures aimed at achieving $1.2 billion in savings and other benefits.
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 objective of the audit was to continue to examine the progress of the implementation of the annual performance statements requirements under the PGPA Act and the PGPA Rule by the selected entities. The audit was also designed to:
provide insights to entities more broadly, to encourage improved performance; and
continue the development of the ANAO’s methodology to support the possible future implementation of annual audits of performance statements.
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.