The overall objective of the audit was to assess AusAID's management of commercial contracts to deliver Australia's overseas aid program. To this end, the audit examined whether:

  • there are sound supporting structures for contract management;
  • AusAid effectively manages risks;
  • contracts clearly define deliverables;
  • services are delivered and payments are made in accordance with the contract;
  • there are appropriate arrangements to manage contractor performance;
  • strategies appropriately assess and allocate risk between AusAid and contractors; and
  • contracts deliver the desired aid outcomes.