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The Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities portfolio covers a number of policy areas, including safety across the civil aviation, maritime and transport sectors; air navigation services; developing and administering the national capital; and road, rail and freight transport systems.
Read an overview of the Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities 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 examine whether the Civil Aviation Safety Authority administers its legislative and regulatory responsibilities in an efficient and effective manner, consistent with the Australian Government’s Regulator Performance Framework and with other relevant standards and better practice principles.
This audit would examine the efficiency of the approval processes for airport master plans.
All leased federal airports must have a master plan approved by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. The master plan is to be a 20-year strategic vision for the airport site, including future land uses, types of permitted development, and noise and environmental impacts.
The audit would examine whether the negotiations with the successful tenderer for delivering the OneSKY Australia program resulted in the timely finalisation of contractual arrangements that represent value for money.
The civil air traffic management system operated by Airservices Australia (Airservices) and the separate system operated by the Department of Defence (Defence) for military air traffic are both due to reach the end of their economic lives in the latter part of the current decade. Under the OneSKY Australia program, Airservices is the lead agency for the joint procurement of a civil–military air traffic management system. The system is intended to be delivered through contracts between Airservices and the successful tenderer, with a separate agreement being established between Airservices and Defence for the on-supply of services and goods. Following a request-for-tender process, in February 2015 it was announced that an advanced work contracting arrangement would be entered into with Thales Australia, as a next step for the delivery of the OneSKY initiative.
The ANAO originally intended to examine the contractual arrangements as part of an earlier audit of the OneSKY tender process (Auditor-General Report No. 46 of 2016–17, Conduct of the OneSKY Tender). Due to significant delays with contract negotiations, this was not possible. An audit of the contractual arrangements was subsequently requested by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit. Contract negotiations concluded with an executed $1.2 billion contract, which was signed in February 2018.
The audit would examine the effectiveness of the design and implementation of the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP).
The $220 million RJIP program was established to stimulate economic growth and create jobs in 10 pilot regions by investing in projects that will diversify regional economies, stimulate long-term growth, deliver sustainable employment, and enable applicants to enter new markets and sectors. Grants are to be awarded on a competitive merit basis. Funding announcements have been made in relation to nine of the regions.
The scope of the audit would cover the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (which has overall responsibility for the program), as well as the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (whose Business Grants Hub plays an important role in the delivery of the RJIP), and include the application, assessment and decision-making processes.
This audit would examine whether WSA Co Limited’s procurement framework and procurement activities are achieving value for money.
WSA Co Limited was established in August 2017 as a government business enterprise to develop and operate Western Sydney Airport. It has already released tenders for enabling works, including geotechnical investigation and land survey services. The company will undertake further procurement of enabling activities in 2017 and early 2018 for remediation of contamination and initial bulk earthworks.
WSA Co Limited is a government business enterprise. The ANAO can conduct performance audits of government business enterprises where requested by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit.
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 Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities has designed and implemented appropriate governance and administration arrangements for the transition and delivery of sustainable reforms to services on Norfolk Island.