The audit covered major program elements within the Department of Primary Industries and Energy and Environment Australia that are managed:

  • directly by DPIE or Environment Australia;
  • through the One-Stop-Shop project assessment process administered by the States/Territories; or
  • by non-government organisations.

The purpose of the audit was to examine and benchmark the administrative processes established for these programs. The primary focus of the audit was to draw on the best elements of past practice (particularly in relation to programs involving the One-Stop-Shop) and highlight any shortcomings so that the risks to program effectiveness and accountability could be addressed in the implementation of the Natural Heritage Trust.