The ANAO first examined asset management in the general government sector in 1995. The outcome of that review was presented in Audit Report No. 27, 1995-96, Asset Management. The primary objectives of the current review were to:
- ascertain the degree of acceptance of the previous audit recommendations;
- establish the extent to which organisations were managing their assets in accordance with the asset management principles espoused in the Asset Management Handbook; and
- examine any central coordination initiatives in asset management.
Meeting these objectives permits the ANAO to express an updated opinion on the state of asset management in the general government sector other than for specialised military equipment.