Implementation of ANAO and Parliamentary Committee Recommendations — Department of Defence
Why did we do this audit?
- The appropriate and timely implementation of agreed recommendations is an important part of realising the full benefit of a parliamentary inquiry or an ANAO performance audit.
- This is the third in a recent series of audits that examine whether entities have implemented recommendations in line with commitments made to the Parliament.
- The audit examined recommendations directed to the Department of Defence.
- A schedule of outstanding Government responses to parliamentary committee reports is presented to Parliament at approximately six monthly intervals. Two per cent of Senate committee reports and nine per cent of House of Representatives committee reports were responded to within the agreed timeframe across the Australian Government.
What did we find?
- With respect to the 32 agreed parliamentary committee and ANAO performance audit recommendations examined in this audit, the ANAO assessed 15 (46.9 per cent) as implemented, six (18.8 per cent) as largely implemented, four (12.5 per cent) as partially implemented and seven (21.9 per cent) as not implemented.
- Defence has appropriate governance arrangements for responding to, monitoring and implementing ANAO recommendations and partially appropriate governance arrangements for parliamentary committee recommendations.
What did we recommend?
- The Auditor-General made three recommendations directed at strengthening guidance, ensuring the implementation of recommendations is subject to periodic risk review and monitoring, and improving the clarity of responses. The Department of Defence agreed to all three recommendations.
10 out of 18 (56%)
Agreed Parliamentary committee recommendations fully or largely implemented by Defence.
11 out of 14 (79%)
Agreed ANAO recommendations fully or largely implemented by Defence.