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Potential audit: 2023-24
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This audit would assess the effectiveness and efficiency of entities’ administration of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).

The FOI Act and the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 form the legislative framework that provides the public with a right of access to government documents. The ANAO previously undertook an audit of the administration of the FOI Act in 2017.

The Australian Information Commissioner‘s freedom of information functions include conducting merits review of decisions of agencies made under the FOI Act and the handling of complaints. The Information Commissioner is supported in these functions by the Freedom of Information Commissioner, appointed in March 2022. A new whole-of-government information management policy was adopted on 1 January 2021.

Entity
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner; Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Department of Home Affairs
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Potential audit: 2023-24
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This audit would assess the effectiveness of the Impact Analysis (IA) framework in supporting the Australian Public Service’s (APS) capability to undertake quality evidence-based policy analysis.

The IA framework is designed to help policymakers identify the relevant policy problem, examine a range of viable options, assess the costs and benefits of the options, and develop the evidence base for well-informed decision making. The Office of Impact Analysis (OIA) within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet aims to ensure that major policy decisions are supported by sound evidence and analysis. The OIA has a dual role: ensuring compliance with the IA framework; and providing guidance and coaching across the APS to assist entities to produce high quality analysis.

The audit would assess the OIA’s administration of the IA framework, and selected entities’ application of it in their work.

Entity
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
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Potential audit: 2023-24
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This information report would provide data and insights in relation to the executive government’s compliance with legislative requirements to report to Parliament. This information report will neither be an audit nor an assurance review and will present no conclusions or opinions.

The formal presentation of documents and reports by ministers is one of the means whereby the Parliament is kept informed of public sector activity.

Entity
Cross entity
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Potential audit: 2023-24
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This audit would review the progress of the Digital Identity System implementation, design and functionality, including the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders and the allocation and expenditure of funding, including contract management.

The Digital Identity program is delivered by Services Australia, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the Department of Home Affairs and the Digital Transformation Agency. Components of the program include the Trusted Digital Identity Framework, the Identity Exchanges (delivered by Services Australia), myGovID (the Commonwealth’s identity provider, delivered by ATO) and connected services to the system.

Entity
Digital Transformation Agency; Australian Taxation Office; Services Australia
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Potential audit: 2023-24
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This audit would assess whether selected entities have complied with gifts, benefits and hospitality requirements.

Section 27 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 states that an official must not improperly use their position to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit to themselves or another person. Public service entities must meet public expectations of integrity, accountability, independence, transparency and professionalism. The giving or receiving of gifts, benefits and hospitality can create the perception that an official is subject to inappropriate external influence. Perceptions of this sort can give rise to reputational risks for public entities.

Entity
Cross entity
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Potential audit: 2023-24
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This audit would assess the effectiveness of the Department of Finance’s and selected entities’ implementation of the Australian Government’s campaign advertising framework.

Successive Australian governments have maintained a framework to regulate the use of campaign advertising by selected government entities. The overarching aim of the framework introduced in 2008 is to provide the Parliament and the community with confidence that public funds are used to meet the genuine information needs of the community. The Australian Government periodically issues guidance for entities undertaking information and campaign advertising. The latest update to the Australian Government Guidelines on Information and Advertising Campaigns by non-corporate Commonwealth entities was released in December 2022.

Entity
Department of Finance
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Potential audit: 2023-24
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This audit would assess the effectiveness of the Australian Tax Office’s (ATO’s) and Services Australia’s management of the privacy of clients’ personal information and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC’s) management of privacy complaints and investigations.

The Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act) was introduced to promote and protect the privacy of individuals. It regulates how Australian Government agencies handle personal information and includes 13 Australian Privacy Principles that cover the processing of personal information. The Privacy Act is supported by the Privacy Regulation 2013.

The Attorney-General’s Department has overall policy responsibility for privacy and the OAIC has responsibility for administering privacy laws, providing guidance and assistance to entities and monitoring entities’ compliance with the Privacy Act. In December 2022, the Privacy Act was amended to increase maximum penalties and enhance OAIC’s enforcement powers.

Services Australia and the ATO hold and manage client (customer and taxpayer) information in the course of their delivery of services and payments and oversight of the tax and superannuation systems. Services Australia and the ATO share data for the purposes of comparing income data. Risks to the integrity and privacy of client information comprise data breaches through human error or system faults. Thirty-seven per cent of all notifiable data breaches in agencies covered by the Privacy Act in January to June 2022 were from human error and system faults and 63 per cent were from malicious and criminal attack, with 41 per cent of all data breaches resulting from cyber security incidents.

Entity
Services Australia; Attorney-General's Department; Australian Taxation Office; Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
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Potential audit: 2023-24
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This audit would assess whether entities’ procurement activities have been conducted in accordance with the relevant Commonwealth Procurement Rules.

The National Intelligence Community (NIC) was officially formed in 2017 and comprises agencies from the Home Affairs, Defence and Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolios. This audit would examine whether selected NIC entities have appropriately managed the procurement of major capabilities. It would include procurements used to develop capabilities of individual NIC agencies, as well as those that are for a shared capability across the sector.

Entity
Office of National Intelligence; Australian Signals Directorate
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Potential audit: 2023-24
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This audit would assess the extent to which entities’ use of the Management Advisory Services Panel supported the achievement of value for money.

The Management Advisory Services Panel is a cooperative procurement arrangement managed by the Department of Finance. Such arrangements are intended to achieve efficiency and reduce risk, while supporting entities to achieve value for money outcomes. The panel supersedes the Business Advisory Services Panel which ceased operation on 25 October 2022. As of 20 February 2023, there were 413 suppliers on the panel, and all Australian Government agencies are authorised to access it.

Entity
Cross entity; Department of Finance
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Potential audit: 2023-24
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This audit would assess the extent to which entities’ use of the whole of government Legal Services Panel supported the achievement of value for money.

The Legal Services Panel was established as a coordinated procurement and is managed by the Attorney-General’s Department. The panel commenced on 15 August 2019 and is due to expire on 30 June 2024.

It was designed to better leverage the Commonwealth’s purchasing power and improve the efficiency in the Commonwealth’s engagement with external legal services providers.

The panel covers a wide range of legal practice areas, including workplace, industrial relations and compensation, property and environment, corporate and commercial, public law, and litigation specialisation. As of January 2023, there were 61 suppliers on the panel.

There were 1,414 contract notices published on AusTender in 2021–22 under this panel totalling $282.9 million.

Entity
Attorney-General's Department; Australian Government Solicitor
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