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The Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio supports the sustainability, productivity, international competitiveness and profitability of Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries and the sustainable, efficient and productive management and use of rivers and water resources.
Read an overview of the Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio including details of key activities, expenses and staffing levels. The audit focus section outlines the influences on the ANAO’s allocation of financial audit resources and the selection of performance audit topics and other activities. Also included is a list of material and non-material entities within the portfolio with their corresponding risk profile and key risks. Any risks that are considered key audit matters (KAMs) by the ANAO are separately identified.
The audit would assess the effectiveness of the design and establishment of the Regional Investment Corporation. This assessment would include the advice provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Department of Finance on service delivery arrangements, as well as the corporation’s governance and management of risk.
The Regional Investment Corporation was established to streamline the administration of farm business loan arrangements to ensure they are delivered in a nationally consistent and efficient manner. From July 2018, the corporation will be responsible for delivering the $2 billion National Water Infrastructure Loan Facility and up to $2 billion in Commonwealth farm business concessional loans.
This audit would examine the procurement of strategic water entitlements by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, including consideration of value for money and the application of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules.
Strategic water entitlement purchases are used to meet the water recovery requirements for the environment under the Murray–Darling Basin Plan. The department manages water purchases for environmental flows in the Murray–Darling Basin and, in limited circumstances, can consider proposals to sell water directly to the government.
This audit would assess the effectiveness of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ arrangements to manage biosecurity and food safety risk through third-party accreditation and certification processes.
The value of forest products and food imported into Australia was around $20 billion in 2016–17. Australia’s regulation of biological, plant and timber imports increasingly relies on pre-border testing and certification that imported goods conform to relevant Australian and international standards and trade requirements, as determined by recognised accreditation bodies and foreign governments.
The effective operation of third-party accreditation and certification facilitates efficient movement of goods into Australia with low burden on industry, while appropriately managing risks to domestic human, plant and animal health.
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).
The objective of this audit is to assess whether the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) have effectively administered the Farm Management Deposits (FMD) Scheme.
The objective of this audit is to undertake a two-stage process to examine whether selected entities have appropriate arrangements in place for implementing agreed ANAO performance audit, Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit and other parliamentary committee recommendations. The first stage would be a limited (negative) assurance engagement, and the second stage a reasonable (positive) assurance approach.