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The creation of the Home Affairs portfolio in December 2017 brought together Australia’s federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management, multicultural affairs, and immigration and border-related functions and agencies.
Read an overview of the Home Affairs 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 Australian Border Force’s (ABF’s) processes for ensuring the accuracy of the Integrated Cargo System data supplied to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Australia’s international merchandise trade statistics are a key input into Australia’s balance of payments and national accounts. The source data is supplied each night to the ABS by the ABF, an operationally independent agency in the Home Affairs portfolio, from data input into the Integrated Cargo System by importers and exporters. Responsibility for monitoring and improving the accuracy of data input into the Integrated Cargo System rests with the customs compliance area of the ABF.
This audit would examine effectiveness of the Department of Home Affairs’ operation of the Border Intelligence Fusion Centre to support border operations.
In 2016, the Border Intelligence Fusion Centre was established within the department to better identify potential threats across the border continuum. The centre brings together intelligence gathering and targeting functions that support border operations, including those functions that were previously delivered by the National Border Targeting Centre.
Through the operation of the centre, the department aims to enhance risk assessments of international passengers and cargo by improving access to analysis, coordination and sharing of border-related data; and collaborate with similar targeting centres in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
This audit would examine whether the Australian Government and its contracted service delivery partners are effectively collecting visa revenue.
Australia’s migration programs allow people from any country to apply for a visa to migrate to Australia or to enter the country on a temporary basis, provided that they meet criteria set out in law. There are a number of different ways to apply for a visa, including online (for certain categories) and via four service delivery partners, which are contracted by the department to operate Australian Visa Application Centres in 46 countries. The services provided by service delivery partners include pre– and post–visa lodgement inquiries, distribution of visa information to clients, collection of visa applications and biometrics, and banking of visa application charges.
The Department of Home Affairs has a contract with Surveillance Australia, a subsidiary of Cobham Aviation Services, for the conduct of coastal patrol services using Dash 8 aircraft. The contract was established in 2006 and runs through to 2021.
The audit would examine contract administration arrangements, including whether the terms of the contract are adequate to ensure contract compliance and provide value for money.
This audit would examine whether the procurement of garrison support and welfare services has delivered value for money, including through the use of competitive procurement processes.
In its September 2017 report on Commonwealth procurement, the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit recommended that the ANAO consider conducting a performance audit of the next procurement of garrison support and welfare services to determine whether lessons have been learned and whether the Commonwealth Procurement Rules have been followed.