The main objectives of the audit were to examine and form an opinion on:

  • the efficiency, economy and administrative effectiveness with which the Commonwealth planned and coordinated implementation of the gun buy-back scheme;
  • the management of firearms surrender and destruction in the Australian Capital Territory by the Australian Federal Police; and
  • the management of the competitive tendering process for the national public education campaign.

Audit criteria were developed which examined program policy and planning, coordination with and payment of funds to the States.