The objectives of this audit were to assess, with respect to guarantees, indemnities and letters of comfort:

  • changes in the size and nature of the Commonwealth's reported exposure since 30 June 1995;
  • the extent of improvement in agencies' management and monitoring of the Commonwealth's exposure to these instruments;
  • the approach of agencies to effective risk management and control of Commonwealth exposures to these instruments; and
  • whether current reporting practices provide a sufficiently comprehensive coverage for public accountability purposes, at both the agency and whole of government levels.