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The Social Services portfolio is responsible for achieving the Australian Government’s social policy outcomes and delivering social security priorities through policy advice, program administration and research.
Read an overview of the Social Services 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 controls being implemented and/or developed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to ensure that decisions about the ‘reasonable and necessary’ supports to include in a participant’s plan are consistent with legislative and other requirements.
When fully implemented, it is estimated that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will cover approximately 460,000 Australians with disability, at a total cost of around $22 billion in 2020–21. Financial sustainability is a key objective of the NDIS, and the scope and volume of supports available through NDIS participant plans is a major cost driver of the scheme.
The audit would examine the controls being implemented by the NDIA to ensure that supports provided in participant plans are ‘reasonable and necessary supports’ as defined in the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013.
The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) fraud control program and its compliance with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework.