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The objective of this audit is to assess the extent to which the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (Agriculture) has addressed the recommendations from ANAO Audit Report No. 46 of 2011–12, Administration of the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS).
This audit would examine the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ management of its Service Delivery Modernisation program, including whether expected efficiencies and costs savings have been achieved.
In 2013, the Australian Public Service Commission undertook a capability review of the department which indicated that service delivery arrangements were not client focused, and that these arrangements were paper based, manually intensive and inconsistent with best practice. The Service Delivery Modernisation program was established to improve access to information for staff working in the field, allowing them to release imported goods faster and to reduce the time spent by officers interacting with importers, customs brokers and their agents. The department estimated that the program would lead to an annual saving of $8.7 million in compliance costs.
This audit would examine the effectiveness of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ management of agricultural export quotas. The audit would examine whether the department is managing the quotas effectively by minimising the percentage of unused quotas; minimising issues with exports to avoid loss of quotas; providing consistency of decision-making when attributing allocations; and minimising administrative burden and cost for applicants.
The Australian Government has negotiated a number of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements which include reduced tariff rate arrangements for certain products, which are administered via quotas. These quotas enable exporters to reduce the amount of import tax paid on goods exported to a particular country. The department currently manages 33 export quotas with Japan, the United States and the European Union. The department reported that, in 2015–16, over 30 000 certificates were issued to exporters accessing quotas for reduced tariffs in the quota system, and exporters saved approximately $700 million in tariffs.
The objective of the audit was to examine the implementation of the annual performance statements requirements under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework.
The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority’s (APVMA’s) implementation of reforms to agvet regulation and the extent to which the authority has achieved operational efficiencies and reduced the cost burden on regulated entities.