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Effectiveness of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's protection of overseas missions – follow-on
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This audit would assess the effectiveness of measures taken to strengthen the protection of Australia’s diplomatic posts and staff overseas.
Auditor-General Report No. 5 2017–18 and the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA) Report 471: Security of Overseas Missions reviewed the security of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT’s) network of overseas missions. The ANAO made seven recommendations in its report and the JCPAA made eight recommendations. In 2018–19, DFAT received $339 million over five years to strengthen management of its security assets and infrastructure, modernise processes and the use of security personnel (‘Security Enhancements Program’). A follow-on audit is proposed to review DFAT’s implementation of recommendations, including in relation to 10 new missions established in recent years, and to review progress in implementing new measures. Areas to be covered would include: security guidelines and training arrangements; security risk assessments; and the monitoring and assessment of physical security arrangements.